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Name: 53 Convertible
Length: 53'7"
Hull Type: Modified-V
Gross Weight: --
Fuel Capacity: 900/1,100 gals.
Model Years: 1990—1998
Draft: 4'10"
Beam: 16'7"
Water Capacity: 200 gals.
Waste Capacity: --
Length w/ Pulpit: --
A strong selling boat with over 100 delivered, Viking got it right with the 53 Convertible, a balanced blend of handsome styling, luxurious accommodations, and solid performance. She was built on a low-deadrise, modified-V hull with a wide beam and a shallow keel for directional stability. Several interior layouts were available during her production run. The original galley-up floorplan has three staterooms and two heads on the lower level with the master stateroom to starboard. In 1992 an angled double bed replaced the single berths in the forward stateroom, and the last layout—introduced in 1993—has a walkaround queen bed in the bow stateroom. The beautifully appointed interior of the Viking 53 was lavish indeed by the standards of her day, especially for a sportfishing yacht. The cockpit features a full tackle center, transom door, in-deck fish box, and access to a huge engine room. The flybridge is equally large and features well-conceived helm console. Updates in 1997 included restyled (frameless) deckhouse windows and an extended flybridge. Standard 840hp MANs cruise at 26–27 knots (30 knots top). Twin 1,000hp MANs cruise at 30 knots (low 30s top), and 1,200hp MANs top out at 36–37 knots.


Highly regarded 1990s convertible with honest 30-knot performance became one of the best-selling big sportfishing yachts ever built.


Lavish three-stateroom interior with amidships master boasts combined salon/galley/dinette area, standard washer/dryer, posh furnishings. Highlights include spacious fishing cockpit, huge flybridge, well-designed engineroom.


Frameless windows became standard in 1997. Over 100 built.


MAN 1,000hp diesels cruise at 30 knots; 1,200hp MANs cruise at 33 knots.

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