HMY Boat Report: Viking 48 Convertible
Third in a series of 48-foot convertibles from Viking Yacht going back to 1985, the Viking 48C is the latest evolution of one of Viking’s most popular models. Perfect for cruising or serious fishing, the Viking 48C embodies the same bold styling and posh accommodations of Viking’s larger yachts. With her signature Viking profile and distinctive wraparound black metallic windshield mask, the Viking 48C makes an impressive statement even resting at the dock.
The 48C's beautiful, open-plan interior offers many of the luxuries found in a small motor yacht. Taking advantage of the wide 17-foot beam, the salon features an L-shape lounge and cocktail table to starboard, dinette to port, and a peninsula galley forward with a raised bar top, two bar stools, and under-counter refrigeration, and easy-to-maintain Amtico flooring. There are three staterooms and two heads on the lower level including an amidships master with a walkaround queen berth and two guest staterooms with upper/lower berths. A laundry center is to port at the foot of the companionway stairs.
With 124 square-feet of space, the Viking 48 Convertible offers an array of standard fishing features including flush rod holders, transom fish box, and recessed fish and stowage wells in the sole. A transom door with lift gate, drink box, bait cooler, and tackle stowage are also standard. Note that the cockpit lazarette of the Viking 48C is designed to accommodate a Seakeeper gyro stabilizer — almost a standard option now. Access to the engine room is through the lift-up hatch on the mezzanine bench.
Powered with MAN 1,200hp diesels, the Viking 48 Convertible will cruise at 30 knots and reach a top speed in the mid 30s depending on load and conditions.
- Length Overall: 49’1”
- Beam: 17’0”
- Draft: 4’8”
- Weight: 66,342 lbs.
- Fuel: 1,190 gals.
- Water: 178 gals.