Viking Yachts has been family owned since founded in 1964 by brothers Bill and Bob Healey in New Gretna, New Jersey. Although a production boatbuilder, Viking Yachts is counted among the historical South Jersey boat builders having bought out Peterson-Viking Builders, a small boatbuilder of the typical vintage South Jersey wooden 37ft sportfishing boats. Viking’s first all-fiberglass sportfish, the Viking 33 Convertible, was introduced in 1971, followed by the extremely successful Viking 40.
Over the next 20 years, Viking continued innovating and expanding production to take a leadership position in the pleasure boat industry with both high-end convertibles and motor yachts. Until 1990, when the entire industry was crushed by economic recession and the luxury tax that was enacted in 1991. The Healeys were able to sustain the company and lead the industry in getting the luxury tax on boats repealed in 1993. By the 2000s, Viking was solidly back in production building premier yachts that were globally recognized for excellence and the choice of many big-game anglers. Though a production builder with over 4,500 boats built by its 50th anniversary in 2014, Viking offers many options and owner personalization that make each yacht truly unique. The Viking hull and build quality is never compromised in keeping with Viking’s motto of building better boats every day.
The Viking 92 Convertible Sportfish launched in 2014, broke new ground in the industry as one of the largest convertible sportfish yachts, spurred on by market demand for convertible yachts with greater living and entertainment area—blurring the distinction between motor yacht and sportfisher even further. The 92 Convertible is offered in both enclosed and open configurations; both feature a center command station with a raised teak helm pod.
No need for owning separate yachts as the Viking 92 Enclosed/Sky Bridge (tower helm) offers the best of both—serving as a luxury motoryacht for extended cruising along with the hardcore Viking fish-fighting cockpit to satisfy the trophy gamefish angler. Of course, owners can choose from many options and upgrades tailored to their personal fishing and/or cruising style. The 92C was not just a bigger yacht, but also the most technologically advanced boat in its class at initial launch. The running surface was refined for speed and enhanced handling, maximizing lift and reducing drag to an absolute minimum. Keel and steps were removed, and the aft section flattened to less than 12 degrees deadrise. The hull is completely resin-infused using high grade Baltek® coring that offers great strength and rigidity with lowest weight for greater fuel savings. It also offers excellent sound absorption, impact, moisture, and chemical resistance, is durable and a sustainable material. Carbon fiber is also used in hull and deckhouse for its lightweight strength.
Through-hulls were reduced, and Viking’s proprietary VIPER (Viking Independent Programmable Electro-hydraulic Rudder) steering system was developed for the responsive handling required for tournament fishing—backing down, trolling, spinning on axis, turning, reversing direction, working in concert with the hydraulic bow thruster. As a convertible yacht, the 92C is built for speed and the ability to chase down fish in any sea condition. The high-powered and reliable 1925 hp CAT C32A diesels are the standard power package. Viking’s optional twin 2600 hp MTU turbocharged diesels cruise the 92C at 31 knots/2,100 rpm and just over 37 knots at WOT for a competitive edge. ZF Smooth Shift 5050 transmissions route power to dual 48” diameter 6-blade propellers on shafts set in deep prop tunnels, keeping draft to a minimal 5’11”. The boat’s 24ft beam not only adds spaciousness, but also stability.
The fully equipped 238 sq ft cockpit is rigged for serious fishing but could be further customized.
A Palm Beach tower and outriggers could be added along with extra livewells, fighting chair, and ice-chipper. Transom mounted illuminated fishbox that could be configured with tuna tubes, tackle cabinets, refrigerated drink box, 6 rod holders, and other storage compartments are some of the standard amenities, including two large in-sole stowage boxes. An optional second livewell can be located in the lower mezzanine sole next to an icebox that can be connected to an optional 1,000 lb. per day Eskimo icemaking unit. In the mezzanine center section lifts to access crew quarters and the engine room. Full-beam crew quarters consist of two bunks, private head with shower, and kitchenette. The two-tier cockpit mezzanine offers comfortable aft-facing seating for watching baits and has easily accessed built-in storage. To either side are steps up to the main aft deck with a second mezzanine featuring aft-facing lounge seating and a table with seating for al fresco dining or cocktails. An outdoor galley and grill complete the setting.
Entrance to the expansive main deck salon is through double-wide doors from the aft deck and is elegantly styled with built-in furniture and appointments such as the 60” flatscreen TV that rises from a teak cabinet. The full-size galley is luxurious with stone countertops, beautifully finished walnut cabinetry, full-size stove, refrigerator, sink, microwave and more. Galley is open to salon and the portside formal dining area that seats 6 to 8. The L-shaped wraparound counter has five leather-topped bar stools on the salon side. Forward of galley is a walk-in pantry that is large enough to hold provisions for extended cruises, and forward of the portside dining area is a very convenient day head. Stairway to enclosed flybridge is in aft starboard corner of salon, over a cabinet with wet bar.
Down 4 steps from main deck, is the accommodations deck with 5 staterooms, including full-beam master, each with private head, and a laundry with stacked washer and dryer. The spacious master suite entrance is aft to port and down 3 steps. Large hull-side windows provide lots of natural light. Master suite features, king-size berth, large flat-screen TV, dresser, walk-in closet, plenty of stowage, his and hers heads with a shared center shower stall. Three guest staterooms have double berths, and the fourth features twin berths. Each is very nicely appointed with plenty of stowage.
The enclosed flybridge can be accessed from the circular staircase in the salon or stairs from the upper mezzanine to the flybridge outside aft deck. Aft door opens to the huge flybridge lounge area and forward helm. Atlantic Marine Electronics, a Viking subsidiary, installed the array of navigation and communications electronics, along with ship control and monitoring systems that span the helm—all within reach of the Stidd helm chair. Wraparound windows provide an all-around view. Two forward-facing bench seats flank the helm, starboard and port. Lounge area features a seat to starboard, L-shaped couch, a coffee table that can be adjusted to dining level, entertainment system and refrigerated drink box and sink, in air-conditioned comfort. The open aft deck of the enclosed bridge features an auxiliary control station on starboard side overlooking the cockpit and L-shaped seating to port.
Optional Palm Beach tower would be accessed by a ladder in the center of bridge aft deck. Stairs leading down to upper mezzanine are also on port side. The aft deck can be air-conditioned for extra comfort. Air-conditioning is also an option on the upper mezzanine deck.
The built-to-order Viking 92 Convertible Sportfish successfully combines the luxurious features of a custom mega yacht with a world-class tournament fishing boat.
Length overall is 93’3” with a 24’1” beam and a 5’11” draft. Gross weight with standard fuel load is 205,000 lbs. Fuel capacity is 4,015 gallons, water capacity is 485 gallons, and holding tank is 330 gallons. Modified-V hull with high flared bow and 12-degree aft deadrise.