5 Things to Know About Viking’s New Valhalla Series of Luxury Center Consoles
It was big news last fall when Viking Yachts — the leading builder of sportfishing yachts in the world — announced the formation of Valhalla Boatworks to build a series of high-performance center consoles. The initial Valhalla lineup consists of three deep-V monohulls designed to take a front row seat in the hardcore fishing boat market.
Here’s what you need to know about these exciting new boats.
1. Advanced Twin-Step Hull Design
Viking’s design and engineering team and Michael Peters Yacht Design collaborated on the design. Valhallas ride on a proprietary twin-stepped ventilated tunnel running surface that reduces drag and increases speed, stability and efficiency. “It’s the most advanced and proven stepped-hull design in the world,” said Viking design manager David Wilson in the statement. “The twin steps and tunnel not only give you fast and efficient performance, but also precise handling and a very stable ride.”
2. Built to Viking’s Rigid Quality Standards
While they don’t share the Viking Yachts name, Valhallas are built to the same exacting standards as Viking’s larger yachts. Viking design traits are easily detected: gently sloping S-shaped sheers, double forward chines, helm pods, raised toe rails and mezzanine seating are just some of the Valhalla features. As, Viking engineering and mechanical excellence shines through from bow to stern.
The same resources of Viking’s vertically integrated company are at the disposal of Valhalla Boatworks so major components such as hardtops, marlin and gap towers and electronics packages are manufactured at Viking to guarantee turn-key delivery.
3. Optional Seakeeper 3 Stabilizers
All three Valhalla models come equipped with Seakeeper technology. The new Seakeeper 3 stabilizer is available on the V-37 and V-41 and the Seakeeper 2 is on the V-33. The SK3’s leaning post installation is designed to reduce side-to-side roll while providing improved ride comfort to all aboard. According to a recent article in Sport Fishing magazine, it takes about a half-hour for the Seakeeper 3 to rev up and become operational and another 20 minutes or so to reach its maximum rated rpm. Designed to run on a center console’s 12-volt DC electrical system, the 550 lb. Seakeeper 3 consumes less than 750 watts at full operating speed.
4. Efficient Deck Layouts
A standup transom livewell, in-deck fish boxes, strategically located rod holders, a port dive door and lots of storage space are just a few of the standard features on each Valhalla model. They also feature a forward console lounge and optional port and starboard bow seating with forward-facing backrests. The consoles of each boat features rod storage and a roomy head compartment with sink and easy access to the electrical distribution panel. A frameless wraparound Costa Clear or tempered glass windshield provides exceptional visibility in all weather conditions.
5. Premium Power Packages
The V-33, V-37 and V-41 are powered by four-stroke outboards with horsepower ratings from 300 to 450 in twin, triple or quad configurations depending on the model. The efficiency of the stepped hulls combined with these direct-fuel-injected engines deliver best-in-class fuel economy and range.
As these new models take their place among the nation’s elite center consoles, it should be kept in mind that Valhalla Boatworks is only just getting started. The market for mega-powered center consoles has been on fire for nearly a decade now and the segment is only expected to grow as more powerful outboard motors become available. Backed by Viking’s industry-leading customer service and dealer network, the Valhalla Boatworks V Series will continue to excel as hard-core fishing boats, luxurious sport cruisers or yacht tenders.