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New Boats Feb 07

Viking 52 Open

Viking Yachts combined the hull form and cockpit of its 52 Convertible with a new topside layout and interior arrangement to create a big express fisherman. The 52 Open is the second offering in the venerable New Jersey builder’s express lineup, joining the 45 Open, Viking’s smallest boat.


The cockpit of the 52 Open measures 148 square feet and includes the raised mezzanine seating area found on many large convertible sportfishermen. The mezzanine has aft-facing seats with storage beneath, a bait freezer, tackle drawers and engine room access. The self-bailing cockpit has a non-skid fiberglass sole, transom door, fresh and raw water washdowns, flush rod holders, rounded coaming, in-deck storage boxes and a recessed, insulated fishbox.

The bridge deck has three Murray pedestal seats, with the helm station on the centerline. There is an L-shaped settee to port, and a starboard cabinet with refrigerator, icemaker and storage.

Below, the boat has a two-stateroom, two-head layout. The forward master has a queen-size island berth, maple-lined hanging locker, flat-screen television, and private head compartment with stall shower. The guest stateroom is to port and has upper and lower berths, as well as access to the second head.

The saloon, located amidships, has an L-shaped lounge to port with a table and rod storage beneath, as well as an entertainment system with a flat-screen television. The galley, located to starboard, is equipped with an electric stove, microwave/convection oven, under-counter refrigeration and sink with garbage disposal. The saloon and galley have teak cabinetry, and all cabin areas are air conditioned.

Viking Yachts, New Gretna, N.J. Phone: (609) 296-6000.


LOA: 52 feet, 10 inches

BEAM: 17 feet, 3 inches

DRAFT: 5 feet

DISPLACEMENT: 57,040 pounds

HULL TYPE: modified-vee


TANKAGE: 1,200 gallons fuel, 200 gallons water, 50 gallons waste

ENGINE OPTION: twin diesel inboards to 3,100 hp

SPEED: 46 mph top, 41 mph cruise (with twin 1,360-hp MAN diesels)

PRICE: $1.509 million

Sterling Atlantic 43 Flybridge

Brazilian boatbuilder Sterling Yachts has launched a flybridge version of its Atlantic 43. The flybridge — placed slightly abaft amidships, atop the saloon — has a helm station with full instrumentation and a chart locker, a mahogany-trimmed windshield, a pair of adjustable stainless steel chairs seating two people each, stainless steel rails and a stainless steel ladder with teak steps from the aft deck.


The 43 was designed by American Greg Siewert and is built in Itajaí, Brazil, by Sterling. Her broken sheer and classic motoryacht looks belie an all-composite hull that, along with the deck and stringers, is cored with Core-Cell foam. The raised pilothouse has a second helm station, leather settee and mahogany table. The saloon — typically laid out with cabinetry, a desk, coffee table and seating — is located abaft the pilothouse and down a couple of steps. A sliding door provides access to the aft deck from the saloon.

Forward of the pilothouse is the galley-down, head compartment and master stateroom. The galley comes equipped with a Brazilian granite countertop, double sink, two-burner electric stove and refrigerator/freezer. The stateroom has an island berth with storage beneath and a pair of cedar-lined hanging lockers. A two-stateroom version also is available.

Sterling Yachts, Itajaí, Brazil.


LOA: 42 feet, 9 inches

BEAM: 12 feet, 8 inches

DRAFT: 3 feet, 2 inches

DISPLACEMENT: 21,000 pounds

HULL TYPE: semidisplacement

TANKAGE: 300 gallons fuel, 200 gallons water, 55 gallons waste

ENGINE OPTION: single diesel inboard

SPEED: 16 mph top, 14 mph cruise (with 220-hp Cummins) PRICE: $471,375

Formula 310 Sun Sport

The Formula 310 Sun Sport is a twin-sterndrive cuddy capable of reaching a top speed of 52 mph with optional power. Starting at the transom, the boat has a flush-mounted remote control for the stereo system and a pair of stereo speakers, as well as a transom shower. A sunpad over the engine box converts to an aft-facing transom lounge. The 310 SS comes equipped with a ski tow eye and remote-controlled swim platform and cockpit lighting.


The cockpit area contains a U-shaped lounge and table, portside lounge with storage beneath, and a wet bar. The helm, to starboard, has “command” seating for two. Below, the cabin has a U-shaped lounge with a wood table and filler cushions to create a berth. The galley console to port is equipped with a stainless steel sink and a refrigerator. A microwave and a flat-screen television are popular options, according to Formula. The enclosed head and shower compartment are to starboard.

A selection of splashy graphics is available. Base price with twin MerCruiser 5.0 MPI Bravo Three sterndrives is $168,880.

Thunderbird Products, Decatur, Ind. Phone: (260) 724-9111.


LOA: 31 feet

BEAM: 9 feet, 6 inches

DRAFT: 3 feet, 1 inch

DISPLACEMENT: 9,750 pounds

HULL TYPE: deep-vee


TANKAGE: 130 gallons fuel, 30 gallons water, 36 gallons waste ENGINE OPTION: twin gas sterndrives to 640 hp

SPEED: 52 mph top, 30 mph cruise (with twin 320-hp MerCruiser MX 6.2 MPI Bravo Threes)

PRICE: $180,400

Bayliner Discovery 246

Bayliner’s Discovery Series is designed for family use and includes bowriders, cuddies and cruisers. The Discovery 246 is a sterndrive-powered hardtop cruiser.Its cockpit area, accessed from the swim platform via the transom door, has a table and seating for four. The raised bridge deck — protected by the hardtop, a full windshield and side windows — has helm and companion chairs to starboard and port, respectively.

Descending the centerline companionway steps, there is a midcabin berth immediately to port. Forward of that is a galley equipped with a stove, microwave, refrigerator and stainless steel sink. An enclosed head compartment is to


starboard, and forward of that is a convertible dinette, with a V-berth in the bow. The cabin has forward and side windows, and a stereo system is standard. Options include a flat-screen television, electric head system, air conditioning, windlass, and Navman electronics.

A Web site devoted to Bayliner’s Discovery Series ( ) offers cruising videos, journals, tips and links.

Bayliner, Knoxville, Tenn. Phone: (865) 582-2200.


LOA: 25 feet 8 inches

BEAM: 8 feet, 6 inches

DRAFT: 3 feet, 3 inches (sterndrive down)

DISPLACEMENT: 6,637 pounds

HULL TYPE: modified-vee

TRANSOM DEADRISE: 17 degrees TANKAGE: 81 gallons fuel, 20 gallons water, 20 gallons waste

ENGINE OPTION: single 250-hp MerCruiser sterndrive

SPEED: 40 mph top, 28 mph cruise

PRICE: $58,579

Mako 184

Mako has introduced a number of center consoles of late — the 204, 234, 264 and 284 — and the most recent is the 184, designed for single-outboard power from 90 hp to 150 hp. The boat has a fuel capacity of 56 gallons, and its self-bailing cockpit is equipped for fishing with a 26-gallon bait well in the forward console seat, a pair of 16-gallon fishboxes in the forward bench seating, port and starboard rod storage, and a pair of rod holders. The 184 also has recessed stainless steel bow rails, an anchor locker, stainless steel cleats and stainless steel through-hulls above the waterline.


The center console contains battery storage and has a stainless steel steering wheel, an open surface for mounting electronics, windshield, beverage holders and an integrated footrest. Pedestal seats are standard, as are no-feedback steering, navigation lights and a 1,100-gallon-per-hour bilge pump. Options include a T-top or Bimini top, aft jump seats, cockpit coaming bolsters, stereo system, paint schemes and a trailer.

Mako Boats, Springfield, Mo. Phone: (417) 873-5900.


LOA: 18 feet, 4 inches

BEAM: 8 feet, 2 inches DRAFT: 1 foot

DISPLACEMENT: 1,800 pounds

HULL TYPE: modified-vee


TANKAGE: 56 gallons fuel

ENGINE OPTION: single outboard to 150 hp

SPEED: 46 mph top, 31 mph cruise (with 150-hp Mercury OptiMax)

PRICE: $17,695 (with 90-hp Mercury OptiMax)