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Name: 43 Open
Length: 43'0"
Hull Type: Modified-V
Gross Weight: --
Fuel Capacity: 525/600 gals.
Model Years: 1994—2002
Draft: 4'3"
Beam: 15'3"
Water Capacity: 115 gals.
Waste Capacity: 40 gals.
Length w/ Pulpit: --
A big, muscular fishing boat with tremendous eye appeal, the Viking 43 Open was the best-selling express fisherman in her class during most of the 1990s. Viking offered this model in an Open Sportfish or Express configuration with the difference being the bolt-on swim platform and radar arch of the Express model. The deck plan was very innovative when the 43 was introduced back in 1994—the helm is centered on the raised bridge deck, and the steps leading down to the cockpit are offset to starboard. This permits a full set of in-line tackle centers and a centerline access door to the engine room. A fish box is built into the cockpit sole, and a transom door and transom livewell were standard. The standard single-stateroom floorplan has a spacious, wide-open salon with a big U-shaped settee and a roomy galley—an excellent day-boat layout, although a two-stateroom arrangement was also available. Among several engine options, a pair of 550hp 6V92s cruise in the high 20s (30+ knots top). Later models with 680hp MANs cruise at a fast 30 knots with a top speed in the neighborhood of 35 knots. Over 70 were built during her production years.


Powerful sportfishing machine with striking lines, exemplary finish delivers high-octane blast of luxury, fishability, performance.


Choice of one- or two-stateroom interiors, both with large galley, exquisite teak woodwork, premium decor. Spacious helmdeck—3 steps above cockpit—features wraparound lounge seating, centerline helm with best-in-class dash layout. Cockpit engineroom access is a plus.


Popular model—over 70 were built.


GM 550hp diesels cruise at 25 knots; later models with 680hp MANs cruise at 30 knots.

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