The Viking 68EB is a 68-foot sportfishing yacht with an enclosed bridge that was launched by the New Jersey-based fishing-boat builders in 2018. This yacht builds on the success of the original 68EB that was released in 2006, refining the exterior design and hull, upgrading internal mechanics and kit, and providing the sort of next-generation fishing capabilities that tournament fishermen need to stay ahead of the game. The Viking 68EB shares many similarities with the 68 Convertible, with the primary difference being the enclosed flybridge and altered layouts on the main deck.
As with all Viking sportfishing vessels, the 68 Enclosed Bridge can be fitted with an optional tuna tower provided by Viking subsidiary Palm Beach Towers, should you desire elevated viewing and piloting of your vessel. The main helm station on this model sits within the bridge, taking up a central, forward position with superb visibility out of a wrap-around, sloping windscreen. There is a single Stidd helm-chair in black Ultra-leather here, sitting across from an ergonomic dashboard installed by Atlantic Marine Electronics and featuring Garmin instrumentation, bow thruster controls and VIPER steering. There is also room up here for a pair of forward-facing loveseats either side of the helm and an L-shaped sofa to port surrounding a teak coffee table. As an added benefit there is also an external aft-deck on the bridge with a rear-facing side sofa and a set of outdoor aft-helm controls that are perfect to use while berthing.
One level down and you will discover a 176-square foot cockpit lined in durable teak that is tailor-made for tournament fishing. There is a helm door with a lift gate, flush rod holders, a live well, fish boxes, tackle storage, fresh and saltwater pipes and a freezer out here, as well as a floor plate for the installation of a fighting chair or set of rocket launchers. The cockpit also features a mezzanine level with drinks storage and a three-seater leather sofa so that guests can comfortably sit and watch as you haul prize-worthy pelagic fish onto deck.
The internal salon impresses with teak and walnut surrounds, leather furnishings and plush carpeting throughout, and boasts a large L-shaped sofa with a coffee table to port. On the starboard side you will find a day head, cabinet space and a sinuous, curving staircase up to the bridge. Amidship there is a U-shaped dining sofa with a breakfast table, as well as a walk-in galley with a three-seater cocktail bar, custom granite worktops, a three-zone hob, a combination oven, a Sub-Zero fridge and a large sink.
Below deck layouts are subject to customization, but commonly feature three en suite staterooms plus private access to a rear en suite bunk berth that can be used as a crew quarters. Towards the bow there is a double stateroom that can be altered to accommodate an extra single bunk, while to port there is a single bedroom with a hanging closet and a private bathroom. The owner’s stateroom sits amidship, and boasts a king-sized island bed, bedside tables, maple-lined hanging closets, side cabinetry or a work desk, and a bathroom with a fiberglass shower stall.
Engine options on the Viking 68EB run from standard MAN V12s, through CAT C32B 2025MHP engines, all the way to a pair of MTU V12 M96X engines with 2002 MHP. The latter option will provide top speeds of around 40 knots with cruising speeds of 36 knots and superb acceleration. A proprietary planing hull, meanwhile, offers this yacht superb balance on the turn, plenty of buoyancy and a dry ride in a range of 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.