When the 74 Convertible launched in 2004, it was Viking’s largest convertible yacht. The 74C had many innovative design features and utilized every available space to provide extra storage, making the 74C an extremely versatile sportfish yacht, whether enjoying a long-range cruise, chasing trophy gamefish, tournament fishing, cruising islands, or as a liveaboard, this Viking was designed to please and perform for a range of recreational activities.
74' Viking 74 Convertible 2006
Santa Marta, Colombia
The 74 Convertible’s perfectly proportioned profile with gently sloping deckhouse lines and silky sheer curving from high flared bow and foredeck to the low cockpit freeboard, belie her 74 ft size when viewed from a distance. Close up, there’s no mistaking the Viking heritage developed over decades of continuous improvement and innovation into the perfect sportfishing yacht. Innovation and performance characterize the 74 Convertible along with superb interior workmanship. Constructed with balsa cored fiberglass hull bottom, sides, superstructure, and decks and vacuum-bagged resin-infusion for lightweight strength and consistency throughout. Major structural bulkheads are a foam/fiberglass composite with resin-infusion for consistent density and lightweight strength. The 74C hull has been tank-tested for optimal performance—speed and efficiency for extended range.
The 74 Convertible was offered in a 74 enclosed flybridge model, where the bridge was accessed from the main deck salon via a curved staircase. Both open and enclosed bridge can be accessed from the cockpit mezzanine by an angled ladder through a hatch in the bridge’s extended aft deck. The extended overhang shades and lights the mezzanine seating and deck area.
The large 216 square foot cockpit was set up with all the necessities for hardcore fishing; bait and gear can easily be accessed from built-in stowage in mezzanine and cockpit while keeping the non-skid deck clear of clutter. Gaffs and mops are stored in a cabinet under gunwale, along with the dockside water connection and freshwater washdown. Cable TV and phone connections are in starboard gunwale cabinet; dockside electrical Glendinning Cablemaster connections are in port and starboard gunwale cabinets. Removable, insulated in-deck fishbox is flanked by in-deck storage boxes, one of which can be optionally plumbed as livewell. Additional fishbox is mounted in transom. Transom tuna door with gate (safety feature) has swim/dive steps. A refrigerated chill box is undermounted in mezzanine step. The observation mezzanine features aft facing lounge seating on starboard side with hinged seats for storage compartments underneath, tackle cabinet with drawers and chamois storage, and two large bait freezers. Four Rupp rod holders are flush mounted in gunwales. Optional equipment and amenities include Murray fighting chair, Palm Beach Towers tower and outrigger package, and cockpit electric grill. Optional air-conditioning and cooling misters can provide added comfort to mezzanine area. Engine room access is through hatch in mezzanine. An optional watertight door in engine room opens to crew quarters.
Mezzanine steps lead up to electronically actuated sliding glass door entrance to main deck salon. Custom Amtico flooring is at the entrance of the classically elegant salon featuring a comfortable L-shaped sofa with storage underneath and teak hi-lo cocktail table on starboard side. Directly opposite are beautifully finished teak cabinets with a home theater center consisting of a 50” plasma TV on a lift and Bose Lifestyle system with custom surround sound that ties in with audio in cockpit, bridge, and staterooms. Ice maker and bottle storage teak cabinetry, teak valances with concealed A/C registers, teak window lambrequins, and more add an upscale designer touch. Forward of salon is the open fully equipped galley with granite countertops and granite island with overhang for 3 bar stools (2 for enclosed bridge model to accommodate bridge staircase). Galley equipment includes electric 4-burner cooktop with exhaust hob, undermounted stainless steel sink with garbage disposal, Sub Zero undercounter refrigerator and freezer drawer units, microwave/convection oven, trash compactor, and maple cabinetry and drawer storage.
Dinette settee with removable cushions has storage underneath and high-gloss teak dining table on teak pedestal. Companionway leading to belowdecks accommodations is behind dinette on starboard side. Viking shifted companionway to starboard instead of the typical convertible center configuration, for a spacious midships master suite. Elegant master stateroom features king-size walk-around berth with storage underneath, twin maple-lined hanging closets, end tables, credenza, Bose Lifestyle entertainment center with 32” LCD TV and ensuite head. Viking offered a 4 or 5 stateroom layout, including aft crew stateroom, each with private head. Forward guest stateroom features queen berth or an optional crossover arrangement. Port guest stateroom and aft crew stateroom feature upper and lower bunks; lower bunk has storage underneath. All staterooms are very comfortable with plenty of storage. A washer/dryer is at crew stateroom entrance and Viking offered an optional door to engine room from crew quarters.
Open bridge features center helm console set aft with guest seating forward of console and lounges on port and starboard sides with underneath storage. Three Murray helm seats on adjustable stainless-steel pedestals are flanked on starboard and port sides with aft facing jump seats. Top loading refrigerated chill box and sink with spray head are forward in guest seating area. Helm features hydraulic steering, recessed electronics and radio boxes, and excellent all-around visibility.
Enclosed bridge features forward raised wrap-around helm with all necessary controls and instrumentation, and Stidd helm chair flanked by companion jump seats. Bridge is air-conditioned with reverse heat system for cruising in complete comfort year-round. Enclosed bridge features lounge area with raised L-settee and cocktail table, 20” LCD TV, stereo with CD player, refrigerator with ice maker, central vacuum connection, inside stairway down to main salon, and more. Weathertight aft door leads to aft bridge deck with pod style aft docking station on port side and an aft-facing lounge seat on starboard side, both shaded by flybridge hardtop overhang. A ladder leads up through hatch to hardtop and a hatch in bridge aft deck with ladder leads to cockpit mezzanine for safe, easy outside access.
Viking’s philosophy of continuous development, adding innovative details to build better boats is evident in the 74 Convertible from the engine room up to the bridge and throughout the cockpit and interior living spaces, where the best in design and performance combines for a luxurious seagoing experience. As with all Viking convertible yachts, the 74C was customizable by owner and many have been updated and upgraded since then.
Viking 74 Convertible LOA is 74’ or 78’2” with bow pulpit; beam is 19’9” and draft is 5’7”. Transom deadrise is 15 degrees. Fuel capacity is 2,400 gals. or optional 3,000 gals. Water capacity is 385 gals. and holding tank is 250 gals. Aft freeboard is 2’11”. Displacement is given as 135,000 lbs.