It’s a big year for Viking Yachts. The venerable sportfish builder is celebrating its 50th anniversary and this summer will sea-trial its largest yacht yet — a 92-footer that’s slated to debut at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show in October.“It may be the largest sportfishing boat ever built in the United States entirely with resin infusion,” director of communications Peter Frederiksen says. “It’s really quite an achievement for us.”
Resin infusion allows Viking to build a lighter, stronger boat in a more measured working environment. The 92 features a climate-controlled enclosed flybridge and a custom Palm Beach Towers tuna tower. She has six staterooms, each with its own head: five for the owner and guests and a separate stateroom aft for crewmembers. There is also a day head on the main deck.
An eight-person dining table (port side), a galley with a wraparound counter and bar (starboard side), a C-shaped saloon couch and an entertainment area with a flat-screen television comprise the four main interior areas. “The 92 has a formal dining area, which is a first for any of our boats,” Frederiksen says.
There are two mezzanine decks — in the cockpit and on the main level afterdeck — as well as an outside galley and grilling area. A fighting chair anchors the cockpit. “When we came out with the 74, they said it would be too big to fish from,” Frederiksen says. “That boat proved to be very popular, as did the 82. These bigger yachts give you all the fishing capability and that much more comfort and space.”
The 92 can be powered with 1,925-hp Caterpillars or 2,600-hp MTUs. With twin MTUs, she’ll cruise around 30 knots and top out at about 34, Frederiksen says. “It won’t be a 40-knot boat but still plenty fast enough, especially for such a large vessel,” he says.
With an optional 4,015-gallon fuel capacity and MTUs, she’ll have a range of about 616 nautical miles at a cruise of 28.5 knots, Frederiksen says.
The 92 Convertible also will be available in an open-bridge configuration.
LOA: 98 feet, 7 inches (with pulpit)
BEAM: 23 feet, 5 inches
DISPLACEMENT: (standard fuel load) 205,000 pounds
HULL DRAFT: 5 feet, 11 inches
HULL TYPE: modified-vee
POWER: twin Caterpillar C32A (1,925 hp), twin MTU 2000 V16 M96 (2,600 hp)
SPEED: 30 knots cruise, 33 to 34 knots top (MTUs)
TANKAGE: 3,410 gallons fuel (4,015 gallons optional), 485 gallons water, 330 gallons waste
BASE PRICE: $7.36 million (Cats), $8.045 million (MTUs)
CONTACT: Viking Yacht Co., New Gretna, N.J.,
Phine: (609) 296-6000.
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July 2014 issue