"If you want to strike fear into the biggest fighting marlin or tuna out there in the big blue yonder, you want a Viking." - Motor Boat & Yachting Magazine.
After the 54 Convertible won 'Best In Show' at the 2020 Fort Lauderdale Boat Show, expectations were extremely high for the new 64 Convertible, which made its debut at the 2021 show. Did it live up to those expectations? Absolutely. More than 550 yachts have been produced by the Viking shipyard in the 60-to-70 foot category since 2001 and the world's greatest sportfish builder shows no signs of letting up.
"The 64 Convertible is an absolute game changer," says Rich Lucas, Viking Brand Manager for SI Yachts. "Every new model is tweaked to make it better than the last so the 64C is the culmination of owner feedback and hundreds of hours of fishing on board by the Viking team. The hull has been stiffened and slight changes to its shape have been made through the new CFD design software. The result is a 46-knot+ top speed that can better slice through whitecaps faster with far less pounding."
Below: Sportfish Trader takes a peek inside the 64C during the boat show.
"Some of those small refinements we've made are in the hull form, in the chine angle, the chine angle [in relation] to the water, the softness of the radius from the transition of deadrise to the chine," says Viking design manager David Wilson who spent some time explaining the changes from past models. "We've lowered the strakes in the bow slightly to get a better angle of attack for spray upfront. We believe the strakes do more of a job in spray than in the back where they provide lift." All of these changes lend to improvements in draft, planing, speed, and efficiency.
Below: The full interview with David Wilson on the 64C.
Arguably the most important area of the new Viking 64C, and really any tournament-ready sportfish, is the fighting cockpit. With thousands of hours fishing competitively and winning several events, the Viking team has perfected the size, equipment, and features of the cockpit. At 180-square feet, it's clean for easy movement around the angler, has everything a team needs for landing big fish close at hand, and thoughtful mezzanine seating for guests.
The cockpit on the 64 Convertible has a considerable amount of standard equipment and features in the cockpit including:
- An abundance of flush-mounted rod holders
- A centerline lazarette hatch (option to make it power actuated) specifically for a Seakeeper 26
- Transom fish box with live-well
- Rounded comings with indirect rope lightning for better stability when fighting a fish
- side storage lockers for gaff and tag stick
- Additional live-well options in-deck
- Quick disconnects for easy service oil changes
Additionally, as you can see below, the cockpit mezzanine is a comfortable area to watch the action complete with air conditioning, ultra-leather, and stereo speakers to set the intensity of the fight.
The flybridge is equally as impressive as the cockpit and captain's will be ecstatic at the equipment within reach, the comfort provided by the pedastal chairs, the visibility, and, of course, the precision handling. The center console helm saves space on the bridge and provides plenty of room to walk around. Additional pedastal chairs on both sides of the captain's chair, along with bench seating port and starboard, provide guests with plenty of seating options with a view.
All of the electronics, installed by Viking subsidiary AME, are behind a black acrylic panel that is flush-mounted into the console. The result is a set of all-glass displays that are easy to see, are neatly organized on the console dash, and look futuristic. Other features on the bridge include Bocatech switching, single-lever electronic controls, trim tab switches, and electronic trolling valves. A neatly hidden compartment in the factory hardtop stores the Furuno color scanning sonar controls. The flybridge on the 64 Convertible is truly an owner's and captain's dream.
As tough and rugged as the 64 Convertible is on the outside, the interior living areas are luxurious, spacious, and just as plush as the builder's motor yacht line. The layout of the interior is open, so that everyone enjoying the salon and galley is able to socialize and easily move around the yacht. The horizontal natural walnut throughout the interior looks sharp, whether you choose the hi-gloss or satin finish, you can't go wrong. Seating is abundant and there are two flat screen televisions for that downtime after fishing. The galley is equipped with high-end appliances and enough refrigeration to feed the entire crew during multi-day tournaments.
The four stateroom, three head layout offers plenty of opportunity to rejuvenate after a long day of fishing in the sun. Every stateroom is comfortable and offers plenty of storage for longer vacations. Both the master suite and VIP feature walk-around queen-sized berths, en suite heads, and ample storage. Whether fishing a multi-day tournament or cruising the islands with friends, sleeping comfortably on board the Viking 64C is never an issue.
For more information on the design and construction process of the new Viking 64, please watch this part one video below where Vice President of Design and Engineering Lonni Rutt discusses the methodology of the process.
Part 2 of the series on the construction of the 64C also features Lonni Rutt and delves into the role that structural adhesives play in the overall performance of the boat, the resin transfer molding, and the hull-to-deck joint.
For more information on the new 64 Convertible, or its sibling model - the 64 Enclosed Bridge - please contact our main office at 1-718-984-7676. SI Yachts is strategically located and equipped to offer an unparalleled Viking purchase experience thanks to our proximity to the Viking factory. We can even take your existing boat in on trade towards a new one or sell it through our premium brokerage services. In business since 1964 and one of the oldest Viking dealers in the world, SI Yachts is your best resource for purchasing a new boat.
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