Few anglers have had the adrenaline rush of captaining a convertible sportfish at 40 knots, chasing birds in the distance in search of feeding pelagic fish. Convertible yachts are the most popular type of sportfishing boats built today due to the panoramic, elevated views, the open air platform, and the ability to see what's happening in the cockpit during a battle. Also called flybridge yachts, having this spacious, open deck allows the captain to easily communicate with the crew in the cockpit. While enclosed bridge sportfish do offer some flexibility with fishing during colder months and extra comfort, serious tournament anglers are typically found with a convertible-style yacht.
Since 1964, SI Yachts has been helping our customers through countless boat purchases and expand their boating horizon. We are proud to be dealers for Viking Yachts, the world's most prolific convertible sportfish builder today. If you're interested in speaking with one of our convertible sportfish experts, please contact our main office at 1-718-984-7676.
As of January 2022, there are currently 541 convertible sport fishing boats on the brokerage market in the United States ranging in price from $100,000, to nearly $10 million for some of the larger Vikings, and several under $5 million if slightly older. The two most popular production sportfishing brands are Viking and Hatteras Yachts, although Viking has produced more models and more units sold in the last decade.
Many custom boat builders also produce some incredible convertible flybridge yachts. Custom boat builders like Buddy Davis, Jarrett Bay, Merritt, and Rybovich are examples of popular convertible brands. Custom boats can be found on the brokerage market or ordered new through the builder, although it often takes years to see the boat.
Should you choose to build your own new Viking Convertible, the SI Yachts team is uniquely situated in close proximity to the Viking shipyard where we can oversee the construction of your boat throughout the entire process. We've helped our customers build hundreds of new Viking over the years and are serious anglers ourselves, so we can offer expert advice on what model, what engines, what equipment, and what other features you might need. Owning a convertible sportfish is a wonderful experience for fishermen and cruising enthusiasts alike with many opportunities for adventure. From tournament fishing, to spending weeks cruising the islands, a convertible yacht will provide you with countless memories.