The Viking 43C is a 43-foot convertible sportfishing yacht with a flybridge that was produced by New Jersey-based Viking Yachts between 1990 and 2002. This yacht replaced the popular Viking 41, up until that point the firm’s best-selling model, but improved on that vessel by offering a longer hull, more powerful engines, a luxurious hand-finished interior and a next-generation fishing cockpit. Though no longer in production at the Viking facility in New Gretna, NJ, this vintage yacht continues to draw admiring glances in marinas worldwide and is still a popular choice on the used and charter markets.
Whether you choose to pilot your vessel from a bespoke Palm Beach tuna tower or from the open flybridge you will find that this is an incredibly enjoyable yacht to ride. The open flybridge, covered with a fiberglass hardtop and featuring an extended footprint on models produced after 2005, features a central helm console fixed to starboard with a pair of Release Marine or Murray helm chairs. On the ergonomically designed dashboard you will find Kobelt or Glendinning single lever controls, power-assisted steering, a NorthStar chartplotter, Furuno display screens, a Ritchie compass and water-resistant Plexiglass covers over your electronics. The flybridge also features a forward seating lounge with a side chaise-longue and an L-shaped sofa built into the front of the helm, all protected from spray thanks to a Venturi-style windshield and an optional Costa Clear enclosure.
One level down and you will find a 113-square foot aft-cockpit lined in non-slip fiberglass or durable teak with fishing essentials such as a transom door with a lift-gate, an eight-foot-long fish well, an insulated livewell, flush rod holders, fresh and salt-water hoses, drainage grills, grabrails, and a Glendinning Cablemaster as well as a bait-prep console with an 8-drawer tackle box, a sink and a chilled storage unit. There is also the option to install a deluxe fighting chair or multi-armed rocket launcher out here to give this yacht turnkey-ready tournament appeal.
Viking Yachts are famed for the quality of their hand-finished luxury interiors, and the 43 Convertible shows exactly why. Glossy teak surrounds, mirrored wall panels and plush upholstery set a sedate tone in the salon, where you will find an L-shaped sofa to port and plenty of cabinet space to starboard. A step-down galley features a full-height Kenmore fridge-freezer, a serving bar with a pair of stools, Corian work surfaces, a Sharp Carousel convection microwave, Amtico flooring and a large sink. Across from the galley there is space for a U-shaped dining sofa with a breakfast table, though many owners choose to turn this area into a bunk berth for up to two guests. On the lower deck there is a generously proportioned master stateroom to the bow with full-length teak lockers, finely grained carpeting, a queen-sized bed and a Jack-and-Jill head with a shower.
Though it is more than 30 years since the Viking 43C was put to water it is still one of the most agile fishing yachts around thanks to a modified V-hull with a sharpened forefoot, reverse chines and a pronounced flare. Buyers can expect to enjoy top speeds of 32 knots and cruising speeds of 28 knots thanks to a pair of 680MHP MAN diesel engines.
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.