The New Viking 64′ Convertible
The Viking Yacht Company has been leading the industry in defining, and redefining, the ideal fishing and cruising convertible yacht since 1964. Pat Healey, the president, and CEO takes you inside the Viking plant in New Gretna, New Jersey to reveal their latest model. As usual, this company has executed industry-leading design, top-quality construction, impeccable performance, and tournament-winning fishability.
“We never stop – it’s that simple,” says President and CEO Pat Healey. “Every new model is an improvement from the last one because we’re a design- and engineering-driven company. We have the best team in the business, and this is what we do – design and build incredible boats.”
Without further ado, HMY would like to introduce you to the all-new Viking 64' Convertible!
The Viking design team is constantly seeking new tools and technologies to build a better boat every day. Using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) software, the 64’s running surface has been optimized to achieve the best performance possible. Viking’s in-house CFD allows their team to run numerous virtual sea trials to fine-tune the shape of the hull bottom for increased efficiency.
The hull has been built with an engineered composite of fiberglass fabrics and coring that’s vacuum-infused with vinylester resin. Great stiffness and strength are brought to the structure while minimizing weight utilizing a calculated resin-to-fiberglass ratio. The structural bulkheads and fuel tanks (which are customized to the shape of the hull) are also resin-infused, and the hull-to-deck is through-bolted every three inches and fiberglassed from inside for a rock-solid union.
The 64' Convertible’s unbroken S-shaped sheer flows gracefully from bow to stern. The swept-back black-masked windshield, pronounced hull, and deckhouse feature lines, and distinctive hull-side vents give the 64' an unmistakably Viking profile that is recognizable and admired around the world.
The result of thousands of hours on the tournament trail, the 180-square-foot cockpit is clean, streamlined, and maximizes freedom of movement, with easy access to storage and service areas. The standard equipment list is extensive including:
· flush rod holders
· fresh and raw-water wash down systems
· transom fish box with live well
· rounded coamings with indirect rope lighting below
· side lockers for tag stick and gaff storage
· quick disconnect fitting for oil changes for the engines, transmissions, and generator
· port and starboard in-deck insulated fish and stowage boxes and optional in-deck live well
· stereo speakers
The centerline lazarette hatch (available with power actuation) opens nearly 90 degrees for full viewability and access to the available Seakeeper 26 as well as the steering, trim tabs, and drain pumps. An aluminum backing plate is laminated into the cockpit sole for a fighting chair, rocket launcher, or table.
The observation mezzanine is designed to keep guests cool and dry thanks to the flybridge overhang, as well as clear of the crew working in the cockpit. For those in warm climates, Viking offers mezzanine air conditioning. To starboard, freezer and cooler space are provided under the mezzanine seating. A centerline hatch opens with stainless steel gas pistons for excellent access to the engine room. The port side holds additional cooler storage and a tackle cabinet with drawers.
The flybridge echoes other new-generation Vikings with a space-saving streamlined walk-around center console. The beautifully crafted fiberglass module neatly holds a recessed black acrylic panel for flush-mounted all-glass electronics displays. The helm is also equipped with the following:
· Bocatech switching
· recessed radio boxes with split lids
· custom helm pod with single-lever electronic controls
· stainless steel steering wheel
· trim tab switches
· electronic trolling valves
The layout of the flybridge makes excellent use of space, providing a variety and abundance of seating and storage. In addition to the helm and two companion pedestal chairs, there’s lounge seating to port and starboard with storage below. A third two-person lounge with fold-down armrests (and a massive freezer beneath it) is integrated into the console’s forward end. In the four corners of the flybridge, you’ll find more smart storage solutions, including a sink and a refrigerated drink box.
The interior of the Viking 64' offers an ideal open layout with a walkway that extends in a straight line from the salon all the way to the forepeak, heightening the sense of interior depth and space. The L-shaped lounge (with storage underneath) provides plenty of room to stretch out and relax with an accompanying walnut cocktail table. To port, the dinette comfortably seats four adults. It sits on a raised platform that provides rod storage underneath while also enhancing the view out the tinted salon windows.
The starboard-side galley is full of features including:
· walnut cabinetry
· custom Amtico flooring
· engineered stone counters (with an overhang that creates a bar area
with two stools).
· Under-counter Sub-Zero refrigerator (2) and freezer (1) units with deep pull-out drawers
· walnut cabinetry
· a four-burner cooktop and a microwave/convection oven OVERNIGHT
Overnight accommodations consist of four staterooms. The master and forward guest room offers queen berths and en-suite heads. The port side is dedicated to a guest (aft) and crew stateroom (forward).
Twin MAN V12 1550CRM (1550 MHP) diesels serve as the standard power, with several options ranging from twin 1900 MHP to 2025 MHP powerplants. Hull No. 1 of the 64' Convertible will be powered with a pair of MTU Series 12V 2000 M96X (2022 MHP) engines.
You can see the new Viking 64’ Convertible for yourself during her world debut at the 2021 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show this November.
Contact an HMY Viking Product Specialist for more information at 561-331-5200.