First Look at the Viking 38 Billfish

Designed to fill a void in midsized diesel-powered sport-fishers, this one is an instant hit

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The boat's clean lines indicate its Viking heritage.Courtesy Viking Yachts

The 38 Billfish from Viking Yacht Company was designed and built with the same genetic makeup as her predecessor — the 37 Billfish — and is aimed at the owner/operator who desires more comfort and the reliability and economy of inboard diesel power.

“The 37 Billfish was an instant success so we decided to make a commitment toward taking the Billfish concept to the next level,” says John Leek IV, General Manager of Viking Mullica, where the Billfish line is being manufactured.

With a 109-square-foot cockpit ready for fighting chair or rocket launcher, the boat’s design is clearly aimed at the hardcore fish market. The command deck has a salon-style living area with portside U-shaped dinette and hi-low table, plus lounge to starboard with rod storage. A second lower helm station is also an option.

The boat’s flybridge is designed with a center console walkaround helm featuring Palm Beach-style controls and power-assisted hydraulic steering. Viking subsidiary Atlantic Marine Electronics can build and install a full package of navigation and communication equipment to deliver the boat turnkey-ready.

A Seakeeper SK 6 gyrostabilizer is a popular option. Powered with twin 550 hp Cummins QSB6.7 diesels, top speed is estimated at 35-plus knots, with a cruise of 31 knots.

Viking 38 Billfish Specifications

LOA: 38’ 8”
Beam: 14’ 0”
Draft: 3’ 4”
Displacement: 30,953 lbs.
Fuel Capacity: 460 gallons
Water Capacity: 69 gallons
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The 38 Billfish shows off its spacious cockpit.Courtesy Viking Yachts
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The flybridge has a center console helm pod with ample space for multiple electronics displays.Courtesy Viking Yachts
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With a 109-square-foot cockpit ready for a fighting chair or rocket launcher, the boat’s design is clearly aimed at the hardcore fish market.Courtesy Viking Yachts
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The boat has comfortable seating in the cockpit, plus additional lounges on the command deck, just steps away from the action.Courtesy Viking Yachts
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A Seakeeper SK 6 gyrostabilizer is a popular option. Powered with twin 550 hp Cummins QSB6.7 diesels, top speed is estimated at 35-plus knots, with a cruise of 31 knots.Courtesy Viking Yachts
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The air-conditioned command deck has seating as well as storage.Courtesy Viking Yachts
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Corian counters and Amtico flooring mean easy maintenance.Courtesy Viking Yachts
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The Viking 38 Billfish has a full berth for comfortable overnight or even multi-day excursions.Courtesy Viking Yachts