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Viking 42 Convertible

The 57-gallon center transom live well’s dual hinged lid can be secured with positive-locking latches, and the rubber gasketing keeps the water inside and off the deck. The undersides of both lids double as cutting boards. By raising the live well off the deck, the builder has created toekick space. (The live well also can be used as a fishbox.) Note the stainless steel scupper in the cockpit corner — it’s flush with the sole to prevent puddling.

Four anglers and a mate have ample room to do battle in the 122-square-foot cockpit. The best convertibles hold all the necessary equipment to fish, stowed away — and concealed — in smart, easy-to-access compartments. Under the mezzanine, there’s a spot on the starboard side for a bait freezer. The step up to the deckhouse door houses a refrigerated drink cooler. Viking mounts all hardware out of the way, and the coamings have no padding to avoid snagging hooks.

Much of the tackle can be stored inside the boat, but the tackle being used for the day is kept in this small console beneath the flybridge ladder. The drawers lock in place when closed, and the door has a positive latch. The console faces inboard rather than aft to prevent accidental spills when underway.

Viking builds this and other lockers with great attention to detail. This insulated fishbox is integral with the cockpit, rather than the drop-in type, to maximize its size. The gutters are deep (at least 3 inches); the gasketing is well-secured and thick; drainage leads overboard, not into the bilge; and the dual stainless gas-piston lifts are mounted with beefy hardware.

Viking 42 Convertible at a Glance LOA: 42 feet, 7 inches BEAM: 15 feet, 10 inches DRAFT 3 feet, 7 inches FUEL: 525 gallons POWER: twin 600-hp Cummins QSC diesels SPEED: 34 knots top, 30 knots cruise PRICE: $1,156,000 CONTACT: Viking Yacht Co., New Gretna, N.J., (609) 296-6000.

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June 2015 issue