The Viking 72 Convertible launched in 2017, was tournament tested in the Atlantic during the famed White Marlin season by Viking’s own people, providing valuable hands-on experience of the boat’s performance. The rigors of open ocean marlin tournament fishing have proven the boat’s mettle for responsive handling, maneuverability, seaworthiness, comfort, and of course, the ability to find and raise big trophy fish!
72' Viking 72 Convertible 2018
North Palm Beach, Florida, United States
72' Viking 72 Convertible 2020
Orange Beach, Alabama, United States
72' Viking 72 Convertible 2019
Jupiter, Florida, United States
This has been Viking’s forte since the family-owned and operated company was founded in 1964 by brothers Bill and Bob Healey near Atlantic City, New Jersey. Today Viking’s vertically integrated high-tech production facility designs and manufactures almost 90% of the components that go into the build of each Viking Convertible. In-house manufacturing ensures quality control, greater flexibility, and faster delivery time. Clients benefit from the many options offered by Viking for “to order” personalization, blurring the lines between custom and production and making each 72 Convertible unique.
While some accommodations modifications are possible, the tank-tested and tournament-tested hull is not, neither is the engine room which is carefully configured for efficiency, weight balance, and center of gravity for maximum performance. Viking does offer power plant options that are optimal for the 72 Convertible. Standard are twin MAN / V12 1550CRM 1550 HP diesels. Engine options are three CAT diesels: C32A 1925CRM 1925 HP, C32B 2025CRM 2025 HP, C32B 2400CRM 2433 HP, or two MTU diesels: Series 2000 / V12 M96X 2002 HP or Series 2000 / V16 M96L 2635 HP.
Based on the very successful 70 Convertible, the 72 Convertible’s hull was refined with the goal of increasing length without adding performance-compromising weight. Notable refinements are the removal of aft hull chines for increased beam, tweaking of transom deadrise to 11.5 degrees from a 40-degree entry, removal of keel for a faster bottom and raising forward freeboard for greater belowdecks interior space. Viking utilizes E-glass and a carbon fiber hybrid material along with the vacuum-bagged resin infusion process to provide greater strength and stiffness while reducing weight. Styrene emissions are reduced to nearly zero for a “green” benefit. The 72 Convertible is the culmination of 3 years of design, engineering and production team development and R & D investment to ensure a “better built boat.”
Viking offers the 72 Convertible in 3 models—Open Bridge (standard), 72 Enclosed Bridge, or the Sky Bridge, which adds an open bridge above the enclosed bridge for the best of both, as the Sky Bridge offers excellent visibility, control pod and electronics for tournament fishing with the Enclosed Bridge’s comfortable cruising, socializing and entertaining amenities. Guests can enjoy panoramic views from the Sky Bridge’s lounge seating. The Enclosed Bridge features a forward wraparound helm with large KEP sunlight-readable displays and Viking’s Atlantic Marine electronics package with all necessary equipment for running a powerful 72-foot convertible yacht and all its systems, such as Gen 2 VIPER “fly by wire” rudder control, Octoplex, Furuno NavNet and more. Aft of the raised helm, is an L-lounge with storage underneath and cocktail table on a raised platform. A refrigerator and ice maker, entertainment center with TV, and storage cabinetry in climate-controlled comfort creates a “second salon” for socializing and relaxing. A circular staircase leads down to the main deck salon. Aft weatherproof door leads to extended bridge aft deck with aft steering pod and aft-facing cushioned seat. In-deck hatch and ladder lead down to cockpit mezzanine for both Open and Enclosed Bridge versions. The Open Bridge features a centerline convertible style helm and plenty of guest seating.
The 209 square foot cockpit is all about the angler and crew, the way a sport fishing boat should be designed. With chines removed from aft hull, transom is full 20 ft beam and there is 8” more cockpit deck space behind the optional fish fighting chair in the 72 Convertible. The cockpit can be rigged for any style of fishing the owner may want. Some standard features are two refrigerated bait boxes; one is a 4-stack of rigged bait trays, huge freezer box ice dump for Dometic icemaker, drink box and stowage compartments under steps to main deck salon, and tackle cabinet with rigging station. Mezzanine cushioned couch has storage underneath and a convenient lift out bottom for access to the battery bank from cockpit. The bridge aft deck overhang shades and lights the cockpit mezzanine area. Cockpit in-deck insulated fishboxes that flank the (optional) Release Marine fighting chair can be used for storage or plumbed as livewells. Both hatches have cutting boards on underside. Transom box can also be a fishbox or used as a livewell. Cockpit is wired for an electric dredge and kite reels as well. Viking added a centerline compartment forward of lazarette for a Seakeeper gyro stabilizer as they have become a popular option in recent years.
Sliding door from cockpit to main deck salon opens electronically to reveal an elegantly designed interior by William Bale and Company featuring beautifully finished American walnut throughout.
Immediately to starboard is a day head and a standard Octoplex display on the bulkhead. A J-shaped sofa with coffee table is to port. Optional L-shaped seating with an open galley is available. Cabinetry on the opposite side holds Bose Lifestyle entertainment system and TV. Forward of salon are the U-shaped galley and dinette seating four. Galley features custom polished granite countertops, cabinetry with crown molding, granite bar with 3 stools and is equipped with two each of Sub-Zero refrigerator and freezer drawers, an electric stovetop, microwave/convection oven, trash compactor, plentiful drawer space, and more. Dinette with table and C-shaped settee has a large drawer below for rod storage. Enclosed Bridge model’s circular stairs are next to the dinette in salon. Forward of the galley is a walk-in pantry.
Starboard side companionway leads to belowdecks accommodations, configured as a 4 stateroom/4 head standard layout on all three models of 72 Convertible. The spacious three-quarter beam master suite features a king-size walkaround berth, abundant closet and storage space, entertainment center, wall-mounted flatscreen TV, and luxurious ensuite head. Roomy VIP guest stateroom with raised queen berth (or optional crossover berths) is in forepeak area and portside stateroom forward of master, has over/under bunks with storage under bottom bunk. All are very comfortable with plenty of storage and private head with shower. Crew quarters are aft of master and down a few steps from companionway stairs. This fourth stateroom features full-size bunks and private head with shower. Bulkhead door leads to engine room. Viking also offers a five-stateroom layout.
The 72 Convertible is another exemplary sportfishing yacht from legendary Viking Yachts offering the ultimate in performance, style, and engineering.
The Viking 72 Convertible LOA is 72’8” with a beam of 20’ and a 5’9” draft. Displacement weight is 129,700 lbs. Fuel capacity is 2,590 gallons, water is 370 gallons and holding tank is 200 gallons.