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.