The Viking 61EB is a 61-foot convertible sportfishing yacht with an enclosed bridge that was produced by the New Jersey-based boat building firm between 1999 and 2009. One of the most popular large convertible yachts ever built, more than 150 of these yachts were sold across a decade, and this vessel retains its iconic status on the used and charter markets thanks to its sleek looks, high-performance caliber, tournament-winning fishing prowess and comfortable interior spaces.
The 61EB can come fitted with a Palm Beach or Pipewelders tuna tower for elevated renaissance, piloting and angling in the open air. If you prefer to pilot your vessel safely shielded from the elements, or prefer fishing in more northerly climes, then you will enjoy the enclosed bridge on this yacht. A leather clad Stidd helm chair, flanked by two side sofas, sits across from a central dashboard that has been installed by Atlantic Marine Electronics. The dashboard features power-assisted steering, bow thruster controls, Furuno display screens, Simrad autopilot and more for confident piloting out to tuna-rich waters. The bridge also hosts an L-shaped sofa with a tear-shaped teak-topped coffee table to port and cabinet space to starboard, while it is also large enough to feature an open-air aft-bridge with a set of aft-helm controls for docking and a wet-bar console with an icemaker and a grill.
A curved timber staircase leads down to the main-deck internal salon, which differs from that of the 61C in a few key ways: first, there is a touch less cabinet space to starboard to accommodate the staircase, while the port-side leather sofa on this model is L-shaped rather than U-shaped. This opens up room, however, for a cocktail bar attached to the galley, where you will also find Corian worktops, a three-zone hob, a combination oven, under-counter fridge-freezer units and a stainless-steel sink. There is also a U-shaped dining sofa surrounding a teak-topped Hi-Lo breakfast table, where you will enjoy many an evening meal gazing out of panoramic side windows.
Stepping outdoors via a Stanley electric door you will discover a 170-square foot aft-cockpit that has been fine-tuned for the tournament fishing experience. The cockpit hosts a bulkhead bait-prep console with a tackle center, a freezer, a sink, a drinks chiller and a freezer, while elsewhere you will find essentials such as a transom door with a lift gate, flush rod holders, a pair of Glendinning Cablemasters, a live-well, fish boxes, fresh and salt-water hoses and a floor plate for a rocket launcher set-up or a fighting chair. While no boat can guarantee landing a prize marlin, the Viking 61EB really prepares you for fishing success, and is perhaps why this yacht has won dozens of competitions down the years.
Below deck there are a range of layouts, running from a three-stateroom set-up for up to 7 guests, or a four-stateroom layout for 8. There is an en-suite double stateroom to the bow, a pair of bunk berths to starboard, and a port-side owner’s stateroom with maple-lined hanging closets, bedside cabinets, a queen-sized island bed and an en-suite with Amtico flooring, Corian surfaces and a fiberglass shower stall.
Buyers can choose between a pair of MTU 16V 2000 engines or twin CAT C32 1675MHP diesels for top speeds of up to 38 knots and consistent cruising of 30 knots. A fuel tank holding up to 2,000 gallons of diesel gives this yacht an ocean-going range that will keep you out at sea for days on end, while a proprietary Viking hull with a fine entry and a severely raked bow offers a balanced, efficient and dry ride across both inshore and bluewater conditions.
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.