If King Poseidon were to suddenly rise from the sea, what kind of yacht would he want? A cushy motor yacht with a nice chaise lounge chair to sunbathe? We think not. No, the mythical king of the ocean would most certainly choose a fast, rugged, durable, bad-ass Viking. And what greater chariot to slice through waves at 45 knots than the Viking 72 Convertible. The state-of-the-art sportfish also comes in an enclosed bridge version and can be customized to fit exactly how you plan to go to battle.
History: The Viking model preceding the new 72 Convertible was the 70 Convertible, a very popular model that debuted in 2010 and went on to sell 40 units over the next several years. The 70C came standard with a 4-stateroom, 4-head layout with Viking's signature interior amenities. Powered with the owner's choice of MTU, CAT, or MAN engines, it also had a 2,000 gallon fuel capacity and top speeds of over 40 knots. While all this sounds like the description of a brand-new Viking, it was the 70C in 2010 which at the time was at the top of its class. With the new 72C, Viking kept many of the same popular features while improving on what it could. The fuel capacity, for example, was increased to over 2,500 gallons on the new 72 to keep you fishing longer.
Engine and horsepower choice for a battle-wagon like the 72 Convertible has to be as jaw-dropping as the boat itself. Viking Yachts didn't stray much from the same power options as the aforementioned 70 Convertible offering MAN, CAT, and MTU options.
- MAN / V12 1550CRM 1,550 MHP (Base Engine Package)
- CAT / C32A 1,925 MHP (Optional Upgrade)
- MTU Series 2000 / V12 M96L 1945 MHP (Optional Upgrade)
- MTU Series 2000 / V16 M96L 2635 MHP (Optional Upgrade)
As with Viking's motto of "Building A Better Boat Ever Day" and the investment in new technology at the New Gretna factory, the 72C was destined to out-do its predecessor. While cruising in the mid 30 knot range is still expected, the 72C was able to reach speeds in excess of 47 knots, besting the 70C by a few knots.
209 square feet. That's how much room is in the cockpit of the 72 Convertible which is 9 square feet larger than the similar model of Viking's direct competitor. What can you do with 9 extra square feet? How about another member of your crew to grab the leader! Viking's cockpit's are known for maximizing space and the designing convenient spaces for fishing tackle, bait, rod storage, and built-in spaces for Seakeeper Gyro's. And of course, no Viking would be complete without the signature observation mezzanine. Watch all the action from this air-conditioned, ultra-leather sofa in complete and total comfort.
The flybridge on the 72C is a captain's dream. Excellent visibility, controls within reaching distance, and three comfortable Release Marine helm chairs. With a beam of 20-feet to work with, there is plenty of room to walk around the helm even with two lounge seats on both sides. All of the electronics (supplied by Atlantic Marine Electronics, Viking's subsidiary) are conveniently close to the captain with large displays for easy reading.
Food and rest, the two things every angler needs after a long day of fighting marlin. Cocktails as well, so let's make that three things! The salon in the Viking 72 Convertible is set up for comfort and for a good time.
Upon entering the salon, there is a convenient day head to the right which is a favorite among owners who travel often with family. A U-shaped sofa is portside, along with a coffee table, all of which is across from a walnut cabinet that houses a retractable flatscreen television. Forward from the sofa is the galley which features two Sub-Zero freezer drawers, two 27-inch refrigerators, beautiful polished granite countertops, and all of the appliances needed for extended fishing trips.
The master stateroom on the Viking 72 is placed midship and portside. The queen-sized berth has nightstands on each side with plenty of room to walk around. There are closets, drawers, and storage spaces through-out the bedroom taking a wardrobe along on your cruising and fishing trip is no issue. The master suite also has its own private bathroom with walk-in shower, sink, and storage.
Every one of the three guest suites on board each have their own private head making it very comfortable for other couples on board. Owners have the option of outfitting the forward VIP cabin with the standard queen-sized berth, or creating additional sleeping space with adding over-under bunks.
If you would like to learn more about the new Viking Yachts 72 Convertible or any other Viking models, please give us a call at (718) 984-7676 or email us at Sales@SIYachts.com.
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