The Viking 42 Open is a 42-foot open express sportfishing yacht that was produced by New Jersey-based Viking Yachts between 2012 and 2019. Sharing the same modified V-hull as its sister yacht the 42C, this was also among the first yachts produced by Viking to feature Zeus pod-drives for greater riding efficiency. Though one of the smallest yachts produced by Viking, this model still makes a big impression on the used and charter markets due to its graceful profile, tournament-ready fishing credentials and a practical main deck layout that keeps helm and aft mere steps away. Also check out two similar models Viking built in the 42 Convertible and 42 Sport Tower.
This yacht can be easily fitted with a custom-built tuna tower provided by Viking’s very own subsidiary Palm Beach Towers, to turn this vessel into the ultimate fish-finding machine. Though if you choose to rely on piloting from the command deck helm station you will not be disappointed, as it boasts 360-degree visibility through wrap-around windshield windows and an open aspect to the rear. The centrally-located helm sits on a walk-around fiberglass console and features instrumentation installed by Atlantic Marine Electronics. You can expect to find bow thruster and trim tab controls here, along with CMD electric steering attached to a teak helm pod, a Zeus joystick, SmartCraft DTS controls, Icom VHF radio, SkyHook autopilot and Furuno display screens, all sitting across from a trio of Murray or Release Marine helm seats. There is also room in here for a pair of chaise-longues tracing the sides of the command deck, as well as a drinks chiller and integral speakers linked to the yacht’s below-deck home entertainment system.
A few steps back takes you to the Viking 42 Open’s 120-square foot aft-cockpit, where you will find a space engineered around the competitive fishing experience. The cockpit comes with fishing essentials such as a transom door with a lift gate, non-slip fiberglass surfaces, 4 flush-mounted rod holders, insulted fish boxes, a transom livewell, tackle and bait storage, fresh and salt-water wash-down hoses, a cablemaster reel, access to the engine room and a floor plate for a bespoke fighting chair. The cockpit also hosts a mezzanine level with a freezer, a beer chiller and a pair of comfortable Sunbrella sofas, and can be fitted with an optional swimming platform at the transom.
Access to this boat’s lower level is through a water-tight companionway door at the front of the command deck, which leads you down toward a spacious open lobby with a dinette lounge and an open galley. This space impresses with masses of glossy teak surrounds, cherry Amtico flooring, Corian work surfaces and leather furnishings. To port there is an L-shaped dining sofa surrounding a teak-topped breakfast table, while to starboard the C-shaped galley boasts a two-zone electric hob, a microwave-convection oven, a large fridge-freezer unit, plenty of storage and a high-velocity exhaust fan to keep this space feeling fresh even when in the midst of preparing gourmet meals. There is also room down here for a bathroom with a shower, a master stateroom to the bow with a queen-sized bed, and a recessed twin room at the rear.
A pair of 600MHP Cummins QSB Zeus pod-drive engines power the Viking 42 Open to top speeds in excess of 36 knots, with cruising speeds clocking in at around 30 knots. At a more leisurely pace of 8 knots, meanwhile, this yacht has a range of more than 1,000 nautical miles, making it an ideal option for extended fishing or cruising vacations.
As a new Viking dealer and a leader in used Viking Yachts brokerage sales, SI Yachts is strategically positioned to assist you in the purchase or sale of a boat. From our proximity to the Viking shipyard, to our industry-leading Northeast service team, we offer a level of personal, customer service that others cannot. We can also take your existing boat in on trade towards the purchase of a new or pre-owned Viking. Give us a call today to begin talking about how you can enjoy the water this season on your new boat or yacht.