The Viking 76 Convertible yacht introduced in 2010, is described as a speedy and agile sportfishing “battlewagon,” powerfully built to muscle through heavy sea conditions, delivering a comfortable and dry ride in pursuit of tournament gamefish. Viking’s proprietary VIPER (Viking Independent Proportional Electro-Hydraulic Rudder) steering system, a type of “fly-by-wire” system for the independently controlled rudders that allow the 76 C’s tight turning radius.
With a convex hull shape, sharp entry, and nearly 9’ of forward freeboard, head seas just splash aside like on all Viking Yachts. Resin-infusion technology and Baltek® premium coring was used in the production of hull, superstructure, topsides and decks for added strength and weight reduction, and along with the time-proven running bottom, have contributed to a WOT 2500 rpm speed of over 42 knots. Average cruising speed at 2000 rpm is about 33.5 knots, which will vary with load and conditions, giving the 76 C the range for cruising to distant fishing spots.
76' Viking 76 Enclosed Bridge 2010
Galveston, Texas, United States
76' Viking 76 Sportfish 2012
Ft Lauderdale, Florida, United States
The 206 square foot cockpit is thoughtfully arranged for anglers with plenty of stowage for gear, two large side-by-side bait freezers, and tackle cabinet with pull-out drawers in mezzanine level. Observation mezzanine features a starboard aft facing hinged lounge with cushions and storage underneath. Mezzanine is shaded by bridge deck overhang. Owners could opt for the additional comfort of air-conditioning. Cockpit has two drop-in deck storage boxes—one can be converted to a livewell, and a fishbox with pump-out on portside. A recessed refrigerated chill box is undermounted in mezzanine step. Gaff and accessory storage cabinets are under port and starboard gunwale. Cable TV and phone connections are in port gunwale cabinet—all neatly out of sight. Some other standard features include 4 Rupp flush mounted rod holders, transom mounted fishbox with drain (optionally plumbed as livewell) and walk-though transom door with lift gate—transom swim steps are at door.
Remote controlled cockpit speakers are tied into the salon entertainment system. Viking offered many optional selections and owner could upgrade equipment and amenities as desired. Many added a sturdy Palm Beach Towers tuna tower, Rupp outriggers with spreaders, 6-rod flybridge rail rocket launcher, Release Marine fighting chair, Eskimo ice chipper for cockpit usage and Miya Epoch electric teaser reels. Electronics were owner customizable also through Viking’s Atlantic Marine Electronics subsidiary.
The Viking 76 Convertible was offered as a standard open bridge version or optional Enclosed Bridge (EB) and an open Sky Bridge (SB) could be added to the enclosed bridge model, offering a combination of both. A Sky Bridge model was also offered with hardtop features like a pod-style helm console and two pedestal helm chairs for comfort. The open bridge is offered with standard set-up for tournament fishing. Helm console with raised electronics pod is set back with guest seating around a table in front. Helm features Moritz Octoplex touch screen control monitor for controlling all vessel systems and the VIPER steering system among standard navigation and communication electronics.
Additional lounge seating is to port and starboard and is hinged for access to storage. Amenities include a top loading freezer, refrigerated chill box for drinks and snacks, sink with spray head, stereo speakers tied into salon system, Murray helm chair, and two companion seats. Bridge is accessible via aft deck hatch and ladder from cockpit mezzanine. If optional Palm Beach Towers tuna tower was installed, access ladder would be from bridge aft deck through hatch in bridge hardtop for safe access.
The Enclosed Bridge is most comfortable for cruising and entertaining with a forward raised wraparound helm station, single Stidd pedestal helm chair with two flanking forward-facing companion seats, elevated L-shaped lounge with storage beneath and teak cocktail table, finished teak cabinetry and furniture, 32” flatscreen TV on lift in cabinet, stereo with CD player, refrigerator with ice maker, carpeting, and hose connection to central vacuum system. A custom staircase leads down to salon. Aft weatherproof locking door opens to bridge aft deck with a pod-style aft docking station under portside of bridge hardtop overhang. A molded fiberglass aft facing seat with removable cushions and storage beneath is to starboard. Aft deck hatch with ladder leads to cockpit mezzanine below. A ladder from the aft deck through bridge hardtop hatch leads to Sky Bridge for safe access, if the 76 Convertible is an SB model.
As much as the cockpit and open bridge are about sport fishing, the interior living spaces are about extended cruising in luxurious comfort designed by renowned interior design firm, William Bale and Company. From the cockpit mezzanine steps, an electric sliding glass door opens to an elegantly appointed salon with open galley and dinette. The open bridge model features a day head just inside the salon to port. In the enclosed bridge version, the staircase leading up to bridge is next to the day head and salon furniture is configured accordingly. An L-shaped couch with rod storage beneath, and coffee table is on starboard side. Directly opposite is a 55” flatscreen TV on risers and a Bose entertainment system that can accessed remotely. TV is fixed mounted in the Enclosed Bridge salon configuration. Icemaker, bottle and glass storage, drawer and cabinet storage, designer touches such as the window lambrequins, teak valances, Amtico flooring at salon entrance and much more, make the salon a great area to relax and entertain.
Fully equipped galley is forward of salon and features a granite-topped island with granite overhang for 3 bar stools. Galley equipment includes SubZero undercounter refrigerator and freezer units, custom Amtico flooring, sink with single lever faucet, 4-burner stovetop, microwave/convection oven, trash compactor, dishwasher and plenty of storage cabinets and drawers. Galley is opposite a U-shaped dinette with high gloss Mappa burl table; settee has storage below. Pantry located forward of galley and dinette, is accessed from companionway.
A few steps down, companionway leads to below deck accommodations area. The Viking 76 C features a full-beam master suite with king-size berth, end tables, two maple-lined hanging lockers, 40” flatscreen TV entertainment center, side credenzas, starboard side built-in seating, vanity/desk area with stool, portlights. Ensuite master head features custom Amtico flooring, granite countertop, shower stall, linen storage, and more. Forward VIP stateroom and port aft guest stateroom both feature a queen walkaround berth that lifts for underbed storage, maple-lined hanging locker, central vacuum connection, plenty of storage, 19” LCD flatscreen TV, and private head access.
Port forward guest stateroom and starboard crew stateroom feature upper and lower bunks. Bottom bunk lifts for storage. Maple-lined hanging locker and private head access, stereo speakers with remote control connected to salon Bose system. All heads have separate stall showers and custom Amtico flooring. Laundry center with stackable washer and dryer is in companionway, along with the central vacuum unit connection and accessories.
The 76 Convertible is a versatile fishing machine with the speed and agility for rigors of tournament fishing and the comfort and range to chase trophy pelagics around the world.
Viking 76 Convertible LOA is 76’2” or 80’8” with optional bow pulpit. Beam is 20’3” and draft is 5’6”. Displacement with standard fuel load is 136,200 lbs. and deadrise at transom is 11.7 degrees. Standard fuel capacity is 2,547 gallons (optional capacity is 3,174 gallons), water capacity is 425 gallons and holding tank is 257 gallons.