The 52 Sport Tower was first introduced at Viking’s 2014 dealer meeting and was greeted with a lot of enthusiasm. “In planning and designing these boats, we looked at the Open series, one that we’ve been in for years since the mid-1980s beginning with our 35, and saw an empty space we knew we could fill,” Pat Healey says. Capt. Ryan Higgins has an expertise that not only covers skilled boat handling, he also has a keen sense and insight of what went into a particular build as well. “For this size, range, power and accommodations, this boat is as good as it gets and it more than takes care of any fishing needs an owner would want while also providing roominess for travel.”
The test boat came with a pair of optional MAN V12 1,400 hp diesels (MAN V8 1,000 hp engines come standard), a 21.5 kW Onan EQD generator, an optional Eskimo ice machine and a Seakeeper NG9 gyro situated neatly behind the starboard engine. I found the refrigerator-white Awlgripped engine room to provide plenty of space in which to service all the equipment. The battery compartment is easily accessed as are all critical maintenance areas, including fluid checks, belts, hoses and connections. Viking also provides a central water system that all but eliminates the need to have individual pumps to take care of the freezers, air conditioning, heads and any other such needs aboard.
We took the boat into the Intracoastal Waterway to do some speed runs before heading out into the ocean. With 800 gallons of fuel on board — this 52 Sport Tower was equipped with the optional 1,467-gallon tanks with standard tankage at 1,202 gallons — and full water at 186 gallons, Higgins and I posted a top speed of 43.7 knots at 2,330 rpm. She held her direction beautifully and gave us an exhilarating ride. When we pulled the throttles back to 2,000 rpm, she reached 36 knots and she also hit an impressive 31.3 knots at 1,750 rpm. — Adapted from Boat Review: Viking 52 Sport Tower by Capt. Ken Kreisler