Prepping For Prime Time: Viking Yachts 68 C

VIKING YACHTS 68 C

Updated: 04/17/2018

Viking Yachts 68 Convertible

Viking Yachts 68 Convertible

Viking Yachts 68C Running

The team at the Viking factory has been busy launching new models recently with the debuts of the 93 Motor Yacht, 44 Open, and 37 Billfish all receiving acclaimed reviews from customers and magazine editors alike. Pat Healey, Viking’s President and CEO, has led the company to invest over $50 million in research and design over the past several years and the results of that  commitment have now started to come to fruition. For the tournament angler and Viking traditionalist, the new 68 Convertible is perhaps the most exciting new development since the 80 Convertible first splashed. “This boat is going to be a big hit,” says Viking Design Manager David Wilson. “We were able to bring some of the attributes of our larger models to the 68 while maintaining the efficiencies of a smaller sportfishing boat.” Viking’s mantra with their sportfish models in the past several years has been to focus on speed and “fish-ability” while also creating a comfortable and spacious interior. Not only does this allow anglers to get their rest during a multi-day billfish tournament, but it also converts the Viking into a comfortable cruising yacht when needed for when the family is on board.

 

Viking Yachts 68 Convertible

176 square feet. Let that sink in a minute. The massive cockpit on the Viking 68 Convertible is a fisherman’s dream. At 176-square feet, there is plenty of room for multiple crew to move around the fighting chair during a tense battle with a giant marlin. There is an aluminum reinforcement plate where the fighting chair is placed on the expansive teak deck along with all of the possible fishing amenities you could ask for including flush rod holders, plenty of storage for gaffs and tackle, an in-deck fishwell with a macerator pump discharge, and a circulating livewell. And of course, the 68 Convertible comes with Viking’s signature observation mezzanine. These comfortable, shaded seats put the guests right in the action to cheer on their favorite angler. The cushions are Sunbrella-covered and hide additional tackle storage and a bait freezer beneath the seats.

 

Viking Yachts SeaKeeper

Viking Yachts SeaKeeper 

For the ultimate comfortable ride, the deck of the Viking 68C was specifically designed to be able to house a Seakeeper Gyro stabilizer. Not only does this help while fishing in rougher seas, but cruising with the family will become even that more enjoyable.

 

Viking Yachts Flybridge

Viking Yachts 68 C Flybridge

The flybridge on the Viking 68 provides amazing views from the helm which give the captain full 360-degree visibility. The helm station is centerline on the bridge which also provides for a good view of the cockpit and all sides of the boat. The electronic trolling valves give unprecedented control when on the hunt in the trolling grounds and extra fishing rod storage under the seats keep everything stowed and out of the way. There is even an additional freezer and more bench seating forward of the helm. As an option, anyone looking to do a bit more cruising than fishing can opt for a climate controlled staircase that leads into the salon.

Viking 68 Convertible

 

Walking into the salon through the electronically operated doors, the large port and starboard windows and the light they bring in is immediately noticeable. The 19’ 2” beam allows for much larger accommodations inside the 68C than most sportfish of similar size and class. A L-shaped couch and table provide plenty of seating indoors across from a 49” pop-up television that can retreat into the walnut cabinetry. Guests and owners will appreciate the day head with cockpit access to avoid getting the carpet in the salon wet. The powerful air conditioning flows from hidden vents that also reduce noise.

 

Viking Yachts 68 Galley

Viking Yachts 68 Galley

The open design of the 68 Convertible’s interior allows for a spacious galley and dining area adjacent to the salon, so even the appointed chef can be a part of the socializing going on inside. The galley is loaded with the most modern, top-end appliances including Sub-zero, under-counter refrigeration and pull-out drawers on aircraft-type slide mechanisms that lock in place for safe keeping. Four adults have more than enough room to sit in the dining area adjacent to the galley and other guests can sit at the bar-stools at the island galley countertop.

Viking 68 Convertible Layout

Viking 68 Convertible Layout

Viking 68 Convertible Master

Viking 68 Convertible Master

 

The four-stateroom, five-head layout of the Viking 68 Convertible offers every guest on board maximum comfort and privacy for those extended fishing trips or tournaments. The master stateroom is placed amidships and takes full advantage of the large beam which provides room for extra storage and his-and-hers hanging lockers. The queen-sized berth is comfortable with a nightstand on both sides and lots of room to walk entirely around the bed. Lift up the mattress for extra hidden storage! The VIP stateroom is placed forward on the boat with ensuite head and a queen-sized berth. Two additional guest staterooms on the boat feature over-under bunks that are big enough for adults and lots of fun for kids staying on board. Crew quarters are discretely located via a set of steps off of the companionway to the bedrooms.

 

Viking 68C Engine Room

Viking 68C Engine Room

The 68C wouldn’t be a Viking sportfish without power and speed. With a 35-knot cruise and a top-end speed of over 40 knots, anxious anglers will be able to get out to the fishing grounds in no time and with the comfort of Viking’s incredibly strong hull. For propulsion, the Viking team chose twin MTU Series 2000 V12 1,945-HP diesel engines and housed them in Viking’s cutting edge powder-coated web-frame structural-steel engine beds that are mounted to reduce vibration. The engine room features plenty of space to walk around and stand up which makes service much easier. And with a standard fuel capacity of over 2,000 gallons and the option to add an additional 400 gallons, the Viking Yachts 68 Convertible can keep you fishing longer.


Check out the new 68C cutting through the waves on a rough day near Palm Beach!

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Updated: 04/03/2018

Running on Viking’s proven hull shape, the 68 Convertible’s eye-pleasing profile is apparent from every angle. New photos of the four-stateroom blue-water thoroughbred, which debuted less than two months ago at the Miami Yacht Show, reveal why she’s captured the attention of not only Viking enthusiasts but boating and fishing fanatics around the world.
Viking Yachts 68 Convertible
The optional 1945-hp MTU Series 2000 V12 M96L
diesels push the 68 C to a 40-plus-knot top end and a
35-knot cruise. With these powerful yet efficient powerplants
and a fuel capacity of up to 2,423 gallons, the boat has
great range. The Seakeeper 26 gyro enhances stability so
you can always enjoy the ride or stay on the bite.
The captain has superb 360-degree visibility from Viking‘s pioneering flybridge center console walk-around helm. The helm and flanking companion seats are joined by port and starboard lounges and a seat forward of the console. Store an abundance of bait or food in the forward top-loading freezer.
The deck design maximizes the space under the 176-square-foot cockpit’s sole. Our shipwrights laminate an aluminum backing plate into the deck for rocket launcher or fighting chair installation. Port and starboard hatches lead to storage for an in-deck fish box, optional live well tub and dunnage box.
Relax in the salon’s port L-shaped lounge while taking in a movie on the 49-inch HD TV (that silently rises from the starboard walnut cabinetry with the push of a button). The galley, with its convenient island counter, is only a few steps away. Facing the galley, the raised starboard dinette seats four comfortably. The midship master has a queen walkaround bed, two hanging lockers, a pair of credenzas, under-bed storage, end tables and a full-size private head with separate shower.
The 68 Convertible is also offered with an enclosed bridge, which boasts a forward console station, a pod-style aft docking station, a lounge and a custom stainless steel spiral staircase that joins bridge and salon. For more information about either model, we cordially invite you to contact your Viking Yacht Specialist – (866) 602-5204.

 

1/17/18

And she’s off! The brand-new Viking Yachts 68′ Convertible, which will be used as Viking’s winter demo boat, was put through her paces earlier this month, running strong through the Palm Beach Inlet. This video was captured as the boat was headed in after fishing in the Sailfish Club of Florida‘s annual Gold Cup.

Each year Viking designates three new demonstrator boats by season- one in the winter and two in the summer. This ensures hands-on experience that leads to innovation in all aspects of boat design, from performance and handling, to fishing features to interior accommodations and overall comfort. Building boats – and then applying them to the real world – is the formula that has fueled Viking excellence for over five decades.

Consistently running, fishing and maintaining the demo boats allows Viking to showcase their products in the environment in which they were born to perform. The Viking 68 and Viking 72 will be appointed as demonstration boats this summer. “Each demo boat is an engineering tool, a design tool, a marketing and sales tool, and a customer service tool,” says Ryan Higgins, Viking Southeast Sales Manager and Demonstrator Program Manager. “With our demos, we can show a level of commitment to our customers that you’ll only find with Viking.”

See the new 68 C demo boat and the entire sportfish and motor yacht line-up at Viking’s invitational 22nd Annual VIP Boat Show Preview February 2nd and 3rd at the Viking Yacht Service Center in Riviera Beach, Florida. Contact SI Yachts Viking Specialist today for more information on this exclusive event.

 

The Viking Yacht 68C Preps for Prime Time.

Ready to prove once again that Viking is the world leader in sportfish boatbuilding, the new Viking Yachts 68 Convertible emerges from the New Gretna, New Jersey, manufacturing plant last week, revealing her splendid Shimmering Blue hull.
Our 70-ton Travelift carries the 115,306-pound, four-stateroom yacht to the make-ready dock where she will be prepared for sea trials. The first 68 C is powered with twin optional 1945-hp MTU Series 2000 V12 M96Ls.
Finish Mechanic Foreman Tom Harris directs the Travelift into position so the 68 C can be lowered into the basin. The photo shows the 68 C’s sharp entry, variable deadrise and bow flare, which are just some of the design traits that give the boat a smooth, dry and stable ride.
The 68 C will be shown at our invitational 22nd Annual VIP Boat Show Preview at the Viking Yacht Service Center in Riviera Beach, Florida. Viking’s new 82 Cockpit Motor Yacht with enclosed bridge, which is pictured to the right of the 68 C, will also be on display at the February 2-3 event.
The 68 C settles in for the night in this twilight photograph that captures the yacht’s bold but elegant profile. For more information on the 68 Convertible or any other Viking sportfishing or motor yacht please contact your SI Yachts Viking Specialist.
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