Valhalla Boatworks, a subsidiary of Viking Yachts, has been making big waves in the world of center consoles since it burst onto the scene in 2019 with its lineup of three V Series models, the V-33, V-37 and V-41. When Valhalla followed up with the V-46 a year and a half later, it officially cemented itself as a major player in the sector. Now, the builder is pushing the envelope even further with the introduction of the new Valhalla 55, which will be one of the largest center consoles available on the market.
“There will be nothing like it,” said Pat Healey, President and CEO of Viking Yachts, when he broke the news at the Viking yachts & Valhalla Boatworks VIP Boat Show on January 4. “We’re setting a new standard by bringing together the qualities of a large center console and a luxury sportfishing yacht.”
With its substantial LOA and 15 feet, 6 inches of beam, the V-55 will have more cockpit space, seating, interior living accommodations and fuel capacity than any other boat in the builder’s center console lineup. Power will come from four or five Mercury 7.6-liter V12 600-hp Verado outboards, and the boat will hold 1,200 gallons of fuel.
Riding on the patented Stepped-V Ventilated Tunnel from Michael Peters Yacht Design, the V-55 should be easily maneuverable with good helm visibility. It is also reportedly the largest resin-infused center console of its kind, manufactured with fiberglass and carbon fiber/E-glass hybrid fabrics like a Viking sportfisher.
The cockpit on the V-55 will be similar to that on a convertible, featuring dual 65-gallon livewells and flip-down transom seats. There will also be twin insulated fishboxes flanking the Seakeeper hatch and lazarette. Nine forward-facing chairs under the hardtop makes it possible to seat more people than ever before. The V-55 can also be outfitted with a custom Palm Beach Towers gap tower or fold-down marlin tower with removable sunshade.
Down below, the cabin has 6 feet, 10 inches of headroom and features a galley to starboard and an L-shaped lounge to port with a drop-down dinette that converts to a bunk. There is a private stateroom forward with a walk-around queen berth, ensuite head and separate enclosed shower.
Construction on hull number one will begin this summer. The V-55 will make its world debut at the 2022 Ft. Lauderdale Boat Show.