The Viking 50 Convertible launched in 2009 is a showcase of smart design. The hull form has been refined and features a flatter 12-degree deadrise that is about 3 degrees less than previous models (such as the 50 Convertible of 2001), giving it more lift. The hull’s shape is more convex in midships and aft sections for a softer, dryer ride in head seas. The 17 ft beam widened the engine room space which is well arranged and superbly functional for quick easy access to engines, machinery, batteries housed in fiberglass boxes, and systems. Engines are secured to beds of steel beams set on intermediate bulkheads to ensure alignment and minimize vibration.
50' Viking 50 Convertible 2011
Ocean City, Maryland, United States
50' Viking 50 Convertible 2000
Jacksonville, Florida, United States
The 50 Convertible’s “sportscar” handling is a combination of power-assisted steering, high-speed stainless-steel rudders, and the 33” Veem props. ZF gears along with the MAN engines’ torque and RexRoth controls, enable the 50C to spin and maneuver on a rowdy billfish with finesse! No doubt, the Viking 50C is built battlewagon-tough to take on any sea condition, whether on the tournament circuit or on an extended cruise. But Viking’s interiors are also second to none. Working with the Viking design team, in-house craftsmen hand finish matched wood grains for classic elegance, designer accents such as headliner teak trim, and the ingenious use of space that are standard on the Viking Convertible fleet.
Viking’s commitment to excellence encompasses the entire vessel—bow to stern, interior and exterior.
Salon entry is on starboard side via electric sliding door from cockpit steps. The beautifully appointed salon/galley/dinette layout features a soothing earthtone palette, L-shaped sectional couch that lifts for rod and reel storage underneath, and cocktail table to port with C-shaped dinette to port forward. Large flatscreen TV is mounted on bulkhead above dinette and can be viewed from all seating areas.
Cabinetry containing Bose home theater surround sound entertainment system, bottle storage, and main electrical panel, is on starboard aft side and flows into the L-shaped Corian-topped galley with island counter and 2 upholstered bar stools. Companionway to lower-level accommodations is on portside—flow shifts from starboard salon entry to port companionway and walk-through galley. Galley features recessed hob (3-burner cooktop) with Corian cover for expanded counter area and a clean uncluttered look. All appliances are hidden in cabinetry. Refrigerator and freezer drawers are undercounter. Dinette seats 3-4 around a gloss-finished teak table on single pedestal. Island bar provides extra dining places if needed or for serving snacks and beverages, etc.
The Viking 50C features a standard 3-stateroom, 2-head accommodations layout. Doorframes are arched—a very upscale design touch. Amidships master stateroom on starboard side features an island queen berth that lifts for storage underneath, nightstands, drawers, maple-lined hanging locker, 22” flatscreen TV, and ensuite head with large fiberglass shower stall. Two portside forward and aft guest staterooms feature generous sized over/under bunks and access to guest/day head located in between staterooms on portside. Washer and dryer are closeted in aft guest stateroom. All staterooms and heads are nicely appointed and very comfortable, making longer fishing trips and cruises enjoyable.
The open flybridge is the typical convertible set-up with helm console and two standard Murray helm chairs, forward lounge seating and starboard side bench seat that is hinged for storage access and has removable backrest for aft-facing jump seat at aft end. Helm pod is flanked by molded in boxes with gas-strut lifting lids for VHF radio and other electronics. Raised panel with three display screens are protected from elements by weather-tight clear acrylic covers. Some flybridge options could be teak helm pod with single lever controls, bow thruster, hardtop with overhead bins for electronics and electric teaser reels, tower, outriggers, center rigger, 3-sided zipped Costa enclosure, rocket launchers on aft deck rail, and more. Electronics packages could be customized by owner and installed by Viking’s Atlantic Marine Electronics. Extended aft deck provides walkaround space behind helm chairs and the overhang shades the cockpit mezzanine below. A hatch in aft deck and angled ladder takes you down to the mezzanine level of cockpit.
The 140 sq ft cockpit with observation mezzanine has sufficient area for a full-size fighting chair. Viking includes a deck plate for that option. The large freezer under the hinged portside mezzanine bench seat comes with a divider to keep bait separate from food. Engine room access is through bench seat section that lifts up to reveal steps down to watertight door. Angled ladder with handhold is on starboard side over cabinet with tackle drawers. Refrigerated drink box is under step to salon. Either of two fore/aft fishboxes in cockpit sole could be plumbed for livewell. Another insulated box could be for ice storage and fed by optional Eskimo ice machine (in engine room below). Built-in transom fishbox is another option. Transom door with lift gate is standard, along with transom swim steps. Under gunwale stowage hides shore water, cable TV, phone, and power connections, equipment such as gaffs, and more. Rupp flush-mounted rod holders are standard. Cockpit could be configured and outfitted to an owner’s fishing style and personal preferences, making each 50 Convertible a semi-custom sport fishing yacht.
Viking 50 Convertible length overall (LOA) is 54’8” with standard bow pulpit; beam is 17’ and draft is 4’10”. Fuel capacity is 1,000 or 1,200 (optional) gallons, water capacity is 183 gallons, and holding tank is 54 gallons. Displacement weight with standard fuel load is 66,500 lbs. Standard power: Twin 1,100 hp MAN V10 1100CRM diesel inboards. Optional power: Twin 1,360 hp MANV12 1360CRM diesel inboards.