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Valhalla Boatworks has stolen the spotlight again with the announcement of the all-new Valhalla V-55, just twelve months after introducing the revolutionary V-46. The Valhalla Boatworks V-55 was officially announced at the 2022 Viking VIP event on Friday, February 4th.
“There will be nothing like it,” said Viking Yachts President and CEO Pat Healey, who broke the news at the Viking Yachts & Valhalla Boatworks VIP Boat Show at the Viking Yacht Service Center. “We’re setting a new standard by bringing together the qualities of a large center console and a luxury sportfishing yacht.”
The Newest Flagship of the V Series
Poised to become the industry’s leading center console over 50 feet, delivering unbeatable performance, range, engineering, fishability, and luxury accommodations.
- The V-55 combines the speed, maneuverability, 360-degree on-deck access, and convenience of an outboard-powered center console with the engineering, accommodations and conveniences of a Viking convertible.
- The V-55’s overall size – particularly its 15-foot 6-inch beam – allows for more fuel capacity, cockpit space, on-deck seating and interior living accommodations than any other center console in its class.
Strengths of Valhalla Design
“We’re providing all the strengths of our Valhalla design – everything from the style and aesthetics to the ride quality and fishability – in a center console large enough to accommodate a private stateroom, head with separate shower and overnighting space for additional crew,” said Viking Design Manager David Wilson.
- The V-55 will thrive in a variety of roles – offshore tournament contender, high-performance sport yacht, fish-and-cruise express, or tender to a Viking or superyacht.
Powered by Quadruple or quintet Mercury 7.6-liter V12 600-hp Verado outboards for the new Valhalla. “The boat was designed and engineered for these engines,” said Viking Vice President of Design and Engineering Lonni Rutt. “We developed a transom and structure to support the weight and horsepower. We prepared for – and are working with – the technology rather than adapting to it.”
- The V-55 holds a total of 1,200 gallons of standard fuel – that’s 200 to 300 gallons more than competing models.
- The boat is also engineered with an electrically operated fuel management system, providing increased reliability and utility by allowing each engine to draw from designated fuel tanks.
Patented Stepped-V Ventilated Tunnel (SVVT) from Michael Peters
The Valhalla V-55 rides on the patented Stepped-V Ventilated Tunnel (SVVT) from Michael Peters Yacht Design. “We’ve seen great performance with the other V Series models in all aspects – from excellent ride quality and efficiency to maneuverability and helm visibility,” Wilson said of the double-stepped, deep-V running surface. “The V-55 is the largest center console on the market to utilize what we believe is the most advanced and effective stepped-hull design currently available.”
More Beam Than any Other Center Console from 50 to 60 feet
That width brings a host of advantages on deck and in the cabin.
- Dual 65-gallon live wells anchor an immense cockpit, comparable to a convertible’s business end.
- Flip-down transom seats can be integrated into the cockpit corners.
- Twin insulated fish boxes flank the centerline Seakeeper hatch and the lazarette – both finished with a white gelcoat for better visibility and maintenance.
- Fuel filters; bilge pumps and switches, live well and fish box pumps; live well manifolds; the Hooker Sea Chest System; the freshwater engine flush and other components are expertly installed, neatly labeled and readily accessible in the lazarette.
The new Valhalla is designed for up to nine forward-facing chairs (with armrests and flip-up bolsters) in two rows under the hardtop. The fiberglass seating modules sit on a raised teak-clad platform for increased visibility; the aft unit includes a four-person aft-facing mezzanine seat with refrigeration underneath and a grill (starboard) and sink (port).
- The center of the backrest folds down to reveal tackle storage with Plano boxes and a large drawer. Rod holders and cupholders line the top of the module.
- The second row has a pair of convenient designated refrigerated drink boxes in the deck, as well as footrest and cupholder areas.
- Owners can choose a standard Costa Marine bench or four or five Release Marine teak chairs for the second row.
- The forward row holds four Release Marine chairs (with electric slides for adjustment), and a fold-down step for the captain (if necessary).
In the Viking and Valhalla tradition, the helm layout is clean, straightforward, and operator-friendly with excellent visibility in all directions.
- A ProCurve solid glass enclosure with custom fiberglass frame provides weather protection and a gin-clear view ahead.
- A recessed black acrylic dash is home to three large multi-function displays, with a row of Bocatech switches beneath; the boat comes standard with the Optimus Electronic Power Steering and the Zipwake Dynamic Trim-Control System.
- The Edson steering wheel is mounted on a custom faux teak or solid teak helm pod, with the engine controls and optional joystick to starboard.
The cabin boasts 6 feet, 10 inches of headroom, and is appointed with a feature-rich galley to starboard and an L-shaped lounge on the port side with a drop-down dinette table for conversion into a bunk.
- A standard 32-inch HD TV faces the dinette.
- The forward area is dedicated to the private stateroom with its raised walk-around queen bed (with storage underneath); 32-inch HD TV; port-side ensuite head with vanity and sink; and separate enclosed shower on the stateroom’s starboard side.
- The layout also makes the head accessible from the cabin interior. Moving aft, there’s a bunk area with a pair of single berths, each 6 feet, 3 inches long – perfect for a couple, kids, or anglers.
With the V-46, VBW was the first to design and engineer a large designated dry space for mechanical and electrical components – a “machinery room.” Accessed through an aft bulkhead door in the bunk area, the V-55’s machinery room contains the batteries and battery chargers, fire and ventilation systems, hot water heater, electrical distribution panel, generator with 50-gallon diesel tank, access to the electronics, fuel management systems and much more. A 15 kW genset was chosen as standard equipment to ensure ample power for air conditioning, refrigeration and Seakeeper operation.