Viking Yachts 80 Enclosed Bridge Walkthrough

By HMY Contributor   June 3, 2020

Join HMY Yacht Sales Professional and Viking Yachts specialist Doug Donohue as he takes you on an exclusive tour of the Viking Yachts 80 Enclosed Bridge with custom Palm Beach Towers Tuna Tower.

Standing in the cockpit of the impressive Viking 80 EB, you can really feel the spaciousness of the 21' 4" beam. This room in the cockpit allows you to have six or seven anglers fishing without bumping elbows - plenty of space for everybody to get a shot at catching. There is a full teak package on the Viking 80 with teak on the mezzanine steps and cockpit soul. You have ultra leather mezzanine seating and a Cool Breeze mezzanine air conditioning system. Additional features of the cockpit include a tackle center and refrigerators and freezers under every compartment in the mezzanine. An Eskimo ice chipper discharges into the fish box, capable of making a thousand pounds of crushed ice a day. There is a Release Marine large Marlin Trillion Series fighting chair and there’s still enough room to where you don't feel like the mezzanine is in the way. There is plenty of space to work your rods or whatever you're doing for your sport fishing application that day. Moving off to the transom you have a large transom box which is also plumbed as a live bait well, two full length in deck fish boxes with dividers and mounted underneath the gunnels are outlets that are both 12 and 24 volt for electric reels. Lastly is access to your Sea Keeper stabilizer which in this model is the SK 35.

Once you’ve made your way into the salon of the 80 Viking enclosed and you can clearly see why Vikings are known for their elegant appointments. You can truly feel how the 21 feet 4-inch beam carries itself throughout the whole boat. As you walk in the salon immediately, to the starboard side you’ll see a stainless-steel fixed staircase up to the flybridge. It’s a very easy staircase to go up and down. As you look to the starboard side there's a cocktail ice maker right below the steps and some audio-visual equipment. If you continue a little bit forward on the starboard side there's bottle storage and bar storage and in the upper section of the cabinetry is a large pop-up flat-screen TV. Looking to the port side is a u-shaped sofa with a high-low walnut cocktail table and forward of that is the galley and dinette area. The galley features a beautiful, very lightweight Cambria stone and a beveled edge. The Cambria is the lightest stone that we can put in a sport fish boat like this. There are many different techniques that the Viking Yacht Company utilizes does to make their boats as strong as they possibly can yet as lightweight as they possibly can to offer the performance and fuel consumption that our customers expect in our industry. The choice of Cambria stone is just one example. The Viking 80 EB is outfitted with six sub-zero galley drawers, two refrigerator and two freezers plus a surface-mounted stove sink and a trash compactor. Across from the galley is the u-shaped dinette area but below is a roll out cabinet designed for rod storage. Up above is the dinette table with a u-shaped ultra-leather appointed settee and two storage drawers below. It's a very nice place to kick back and be comfortable. This area in conjunction with the bar stools and the u-shaped settee enable you to entertain a good amount of people.

Moving forward is the day head area with a nice sink, Cambria stone and a very quiet headhunter head system. On the forward wall of the salon is large pantry drawer area and some secondary drawers beneath so you can store your paper goods and cutlery. It's concealed and out of the way and it's right here when you need it. On the starboard side is the secondary pantry. If five staterooms is not enough room you have the option of putting a small berth in there for an extra person. Coming down the stairs you’ll enter the companionway and immediately off to the right is the full beam master stateroom. The master offers a large king-size bed with an upgraded, very comfortable mattress. You have large flat-screen TV with a beautiful walnut frame, two beautiful end tables, and a nice headboard and sconce. Two large cedar-lined hanging lockers are available for storage and to the starboard side is a vanity makeup area with a pullout seat. In every state room on a Viking, the mattress pops up on a hydraulic ram. This is an example of fantastic utilization of space – an area where Viking certainly excels. Every nook and cranny of this boat is storage wherever possible. Since the Viking 80 is a five stateroom boat, you have five times the storage throughout the boat. The master head also features the Cambria stone and a beautiful shower with the headhunter head system which offers a very quiet flush.

Back in the companionway the first door you’ll come to is going to be a Bosch washer/dryer, an excellent, very quiet unit that uses very little water. Moving forward is the starboard guest stateroom upper and lower berths large cedar line hanging closet private access to its own head with Amtico flooring

large stall shower. Across the hall to the portside is the second guest stateroom. This one features a queen bed with storage below on hydraulic pistons. There are two end tables, a nice ultra leather headboard, crown molding, four recessed dresser drawers a large hanging locker, large flat-screen TV and a private ensuite head. Continuing forward is a nice linen closet to the portside and to the starboard side is the side stateroom with upper and lower bunks. In this room there is a large hanging locker and it has its own private ensuite head. A very well-appointed bunk room. Finally, all the way forward is the VIP stateroom with a large queen walk around bed with island pedestal storage beneath and its own private ensuite head.

The Optiplex system that is located throughout this vessel is Viking’s electrical panel which allows you to turn all of your breakers on and off from one place. There's four panels throughout the boat including a home screen so you can monitor your batteries and see where your voltage is. If you want to go to fuel management you can transfer fuel. You can see what your fuel gauge is you allowing you to watch it while you're running and see how it's moving. Back to the home screen you can turn your air chillers on, all your air conditioners, everything is right here. This Optiplex system is designed to eliminate wire runs so because Viking is able to go with a touchscreen panel and six different junction boxes throughout the vessel, they’re eliminating about six thousand pounds of wire. As mentioned before, when you start talking about honeycomb corridors, lightweight Cambria stone and six thousand less pounds of wire on board, all of that equates to speed when the vessel is underway.

Up on the bridge there's a nice u-shaped sofa on the port side where six people can sit comfortably. You’ll find a nice high-low cocktail table, some bottle storage, additional storage aft and a nice pop-up TV forward. To the port side is sub-zero refrigeration as well so there's beverages available for whoever's commanding the vessel at the time. In addition to just commanding the vessel from the flybridge, this area is also a wonderful entertaining space and quite often there's going to be eight to ten people up here enjoying the ride. If you're standing up and looking out from the bridge you will see the incredible job Viking does with adding curvature to their windshield glass. This is a panoramic 360-degree visibility making the visibility for an enclosed bridge boat second to none over any enclosed bridge sportfish in the industry.

Looking at the navigational equipment in the steering wheel you’ll find a full Garmin package, all touchscreen, so navigating this vessel is a breeze. It’s very user friendly, cutting edge technology. The steering wheel has been specifically designed to be small. In Viking enclosed bridge models from sixty to seventy two and eighty the patented Viking Viper steering system is used and there's no tie bar between the rudders. This Viking 80 EB at 80 feet long and roughly a hundred and forty five thousand pounds full fuel truly performs like a sports car. Walking out on to the aft deck station you’ll see a nice release Marine helm pod and the MTU’s F2 joystick to help you maneuver. You have bow thruster controls, controls for your hydraulic outriggers and a Garmin screen for GPS or a fish finder or whatever you'd like to set it up to use that day. The bow thruster controls are integrated into the handles so if you're docking the vessel or you're working a large Marlin or fish you can sit and look behind you, you don't have to try to look at the cockpit from inside and you can see what your anglers doing see. Visibility is outstanding. Above the aft station is a set of Maya Epoch US9 teaser reels for your Marlin and dredge fishing where the captain can access it easily. The flybridge mezzanine seat is comfortable for two people to sit and watch the rods, watch the wake and enjoy the sunset. The aft deck features a centerline ladder to you access the custom Palm Beach Towers Tune Tower. There are some electronics up there, engine controls and the visibility is of course outstanding up there.

Coming back down into the cockpit the engine room access is through the mezzanine. There is ample room to walk right between the motors as well as plenty of headroom. Aft is two phaser and the engines on board this Viking Yachts 80 Enclosed Bridge are twenty six hundred horsepower MTU M96Ls. A wonderful engine package that is very smoke-free and extremely quiet. You’ll have a normal cruise of about 34-35 knots and for a hundred and forty five thousand pounds, that's extremely impressive.

If you have any additional questions or you'd like to tour the Viking Yachts 80 Enclosed Bridge in person please reach out to Doug Donohue at 954-914-4303.

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