The first Viking model with pod-drive propulsion, the 42 Open combines performance and versatility in a small package.
The Viking 42 Open and her sistership, the Viking 42 Convertible (2011–16), were the first Viking models to feature Zeus pod-drive propulsion. Aside from their increased efficiency and maneuverability, pod drives—mounted vertically, well aft under the cockpit—leave considerably more space for cabin accommodations. Stepping below, the companionway is offset to port and opens to a comfortable salon with the galley to starboard and settee and dinette to port. Finding a mid-cabin interior in a boat of this type comes as a surprise and it’s only possible because of the pod drives. The standard layout has twin berths in the aft stateroom and an island berth in the forward stateroom. An alternate interior trades the dinette for a third cabin (with over/under berths) and a second head. The split mezzanine overlooking the 120 sq. ft. cockpit conceals insulated storage compartments under the seats. Port and starboard fish boxes and a transom door are standard, and a bait freezer and transom livewell were optional. A center console helm on the slightly raised bridge deck provides unobstructed 360-degree visibility.Cummins QSC-600 Zeus pod-drive diesels cruise the 42 Open at 25–26 knots (low 30s top).
Available with two or three staterooms, the mid-cabin interior of the 42 Open is unusual in an express sportfishing boat.
The companion seats are somewhat aft of the helm seat resulting in excellent sightlines in all directions.