I have always asserted that, aside from the several factory visits at those strategic times during a new build, one should inspect the engine-room space before anything else on board. With Viking’s Peter Frederiksen as my guide, I easily lifted the upper cockpit’s centerline hatch and, after comfortably descending the stairs, entered the space. My first impression was that it was a roomy space with the kind of working room that would all but eliminate the elbow-busting, knuckle-scraping conditions often found in engine rooms of similar-size boats. Viking applies a gelcoat to the overhead and a bright-white Awlgripped finish to the bulkheads and bilge. The engineering staff fit in the pair of new MAN V12 1,550 hp CRM power plants to provide complete access on both the inboard and outboard sides. Among many other outstanding features, the new engines include: maintenance-free, gear-driven freshwater pumps, starter motors that can be fitted to both sides, and multistage injection for quiet operation.