First Look at the Viking 58 Convertible

A sneak peek at a hot new design from an industry leader

Viking Yacht Company

The boat has an attractive three-stateroom/two-head layout, plus those classic Viking lines.Courtesy Viking Yacht Company

Building on the success of a legendary hull design is a tall order, but that is exactly what Viking Yacht Company has done with their new second-generation 58-foot convertible. Marlin had a first look at the new boat during the company's annual dealer meetings in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

“From 1991 to 2000, we sold 110 of our 58 convertibles,” says Viking’s president and CEO, Patrick Healey. “It was our largest boat at the time and a major milestone for us.” Eighteen years later, Viking’s Gen II 58 promises to once again lead the way as one of the best-performing sport-fishers in her class.

The boat features a center console helm design and enormous cockpit, while the attractive three-stateroom/two-head layout provides the perfect mix of amenities for entertaining, relaxing or dining.

“This boat is ideal for the owner/operator with a family, or the hardcore tournament competitor,” says Viking design manager David Wilson. “She’ll compete in performance, engineering and interior accommodations with larger boats, certainly those well into the 60-plus-foot range.”

Several engine packages from MAN and MTU are offered. Hull No. 1 is powered with a pair of new MTU V10 2000 M96L engines rated at 1,600 hp each. With a standard fuel capacity of 1,551 gallons, the boat has a top speed of 41.8 knots and cruises easily in the mid 30-knot range.

A huge cockpit can accommodate either a full-sized fighting chair or rocket launcher.Courtesy Viking Yacht Company
The teak deck decreases glare and improves footing, especially in rough seas.Courtesy Viking Yacht Company
The boat's center-console helm layout allows guests to easily access the forward seating. All controls and electronics are within easy reach, and sight lines to bow and cockpit are excellent.Courtesy Viking Yacht Company
The 58's galley has Sub-Zero refrigeration and freezer systems plus plenty of storage.Courtesy Viking Yacht Company
To port is a spacious lounge with storage beneath.Courtesy Viking Yacht Company
The dinette on the starboard side is roomy enough to feed the entire crew at once.Courtesy Viking Yacht Company
The boat's spacious master stateroom.Courtesy Viking Yacht Company
The forward bunkroom, with six-foot-plus headroom.Courtesy Viking Yacht Company
Gleaming in Awlgrip, the Viking's engine room shines. Hull No. 1 is powered with a pair of new MTU V10 2000 M96L engines rated at 1,600 hp each.Courtesy Viking Yacht Company
The boat is perfect for tournament competitors or a family who enjoys fishing and travel.Courtesy Viking Yacht Company