Continuing its legacy as the premier builder of sport-fishers in the 50- to 60-foot range, Viking Yacht Company introduced their latest model: a new 54 Convertible.
“No one has done a better job in this segment of the market,” says Viking President and CEO Pat Healey. “Over the last 20 years, we’ve designed more boats from 50 to 60 feet than any other manufacturer in the industry. This is absolutely our sweet spot.”
The three-stateroom, two-head open bridge boat pushes the convertible design to the highest levels of engineering, performance, accommodations and capabilities. It’s perfect for an experienced owner/operator or full-time captain.
Watch: Viking President Pat Healey introduces the new model and also shows us around Hull No. 1 in construction at the Viking plant in New Gretna, New Jersey.
Notable features include a 154 square-foot cockpit with in-deck access to the optional Seakeeper gyrostabilizer as well as mezzanine. The helm has a center console design with seating on either side; Optimus Electronic Power Steering delivers precise maneuverability and fingertip control. A pair of V12 MAN 1,400 hp engines is the standard power package, although this can be upgraded to the 1,550 hp MANs for next-level performance.
The console itself is designed with a toekick all around for better balance and increased walking area, and the top of the module is radiused inboard for more overall space. The 54 can be outfitted with a custom designed and fabricated Palm Beach Towers tuna tower and equipped with navigation, communication and entertainment systems from Atlantic Marine Electronics; both companies are Viking subsidiaries, and help deliver a boat that’s ready to fish right out of the gate.
In the salon, Viking’s design team makes full use of the boat’s 17-foot, 8-inch beam, with an impressive interior layout. The key to the configuration is the uninterrupted sightlines of the companionway, which stretches from the starboard-side salon door all the way to the forepeak. The lounge area and peninsula galley are to port, while the dinette is to starboard. High-gloss teak or walnut is offered for the 54′s interior, and a satin finish is optional.
The three-stateroom, two-head layout includes a master suite to port with a walk-around queen berth. The forward stateroom comes standard with a queen berth, but also is available with a crossover berth arrangement for additional guests; the starboard stateroom has upper and lower bunks.
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The Viking 54 Convertible will make its world premiere at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show Oct. 28 through November 1, 2020.
Viking 54 Convertible Specs:
- LOA: 54′ 6″
- Beam: 17′ 8″
- Draft: 4′ 11″
- Displ.: 75,026 lb.
- Fuel: 1,403 gal.
- Fuel, Optional Cap: 1,535 gal.
- Water: 198 gal.
- Power: Twin 1,400 hp V12 MAN
- Power, Optional: Twin 1,550 hp V12 MAN