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Coming Soon: The New Viking Yachts 44' Open & 44' Convertible

Posted on: by Kimberly Smith

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With every new yacht launch, the legendary Viking Yacht Company demonstrates their unyielding passion for breaking new ground in the boat-building industry. The latest proof of this dedication to building better boats every day, Viking's mantra for over half a century, can be found in two all-new models, the Viking Yachts 44 Open and Viking Yachts 44 Convertible. These latest additions to the elite fleet are blue-water battlewagons in their own rite and while they are mid-size sportfish they present themselves as big boats in small packages. Setting the bar high for other fish-and-cruise yachts in this class, both the Viking 44 Open and the Viking 44 Convertible offer some of the same, exceptional features found in larger Viking vessels such as a roomy cockpit with signature mezzanine seating and generous interior accommodations for overnights. 

Recently, Viking released an interview with John Leek, the general manager at Viking's Mullica factory where hull number one of the 44 Open is currently cruising down the production line. The Mullica factory is responsible for building the smaller boats in the Viking fleet such as the 52 Sport Tower, the 48 Convertible, the 42 Convertible and now the 44 models. John reveals a few behind-the-scenes details on the 44 Open which is set to premiere at the 2017 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show in November. 

 

While not yet in the stages of production, the Viking team is currently hard at work laying the groundwork for the 44 Convertible's creation and its first hull will begin the manufacturing process in the very near future. Details about Viking's plans for the 44 Convertible were initially revealed in February at Yachts Miami Beach and more information about the vessel itself and its build timeline have just emerged. It will make it's first, exclusive premier at the Viking Yachts VIP event taking place on February 2nd and 3rd of 2018, located at the Viking Yachts Service Center in Riviera Beach.

As with the Viking 44 Open, the new 44 Convertible is specifically designed for those boat owners who find this mid-range size sportfish to be the perfect fit in terms of their space needs, overall layout and performance. The Viking 44 will be utilizing the conventional drive system of shafts, struts, propellers and rudders. The midship master stateroom and generous salon offer amenities found in much larger boats. The 42 Convertible is still being offered for those customers who prefer the Zeus pod drive system. As Viking did with the 44 Open, they implemented a handful of the most popular options that were ordered with the 42 Convertible and made them standard features in the 44, this includes the standard power of MAN I6 @800 hps. Viking will still continue to offer the very successful 42 Convertible with the Cummins Zeus pod system along with the conventional drive 44. 

As these two exciting new models start to take shape on Viking production line, we will bring you updates on the progress. If you are interested in one of these new 44 models or any other available Viking models, please contact us today and Viking specialist will be in touch with you.


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