Viking's All New 62’ Convertible
by Matt Condon
The Viking design team, led by Dave Wilson, set out to eliminate any straight lines with the 62’ Convertible and succeeded in creating a sexy and seductive mistress of the high seas.
She runs as good as she looks!
The Viking 62’ is the real deal. Capt. Ryan Higgins, Viking’s tournament winning in-house captain took a group from Galati Yacht Sales out Palm Beach into 4’ to 6’ head seas. Before long, we were smoothly advancing at a fast 38-knot cruising speed. Wow!
Besides good looks, this new design is packed full of innovations and thoughtful improvements. For instance, she has a big salon with plenty of storage, a refined bridge with extra seating and ample elbow room, a cockpit longer than her siblings, and fuel efficient enough to travel more than 500 nautical miles at 30 knots in a single day. I am impressed!
Galley with Storage Galore
By design, the salon is bigger. However, more importantly, it feels bigger, too. Let’s start with the island galley; it is aligned fore and aft instead of the usual peninsula design, which tends to divide the salon. In addition to the six sub-zero under-counter drawers, other storage is everywhere. There are at least 15 storage shelves in the galley, seven of which slide out on ball bearing sliders for super-easy access to all your goodies, and eight drawers for cutlery and miscellaneous items. Behind one of Viking’s high polished teak doors is a pullout trash bin. Hidden behind another is access to a cavernous storage space under the sink, perfect for those over-sized pots and pans. Also, new on the 62’ are three deep shelves cleverly hidden behind the mirrored back splash and cabinets above the port side dinette.
The L-shape salon sofa extends from the dinette to the entryway with easy access storage underneath. Viking’s sofas, with hinges at the top of the backrests “dewberry style,” provide unfettered access to 40 square feet of storage – perfect for rod storage and spare parts.
Presto Chango … the TV Appears
Press the power button on the universal remote supplied by Atlantic Marine Electronics and presto, a super-sleek glass-panel Samsung LED TV appears from behind the curved cabinetry on the starboard side. I really like this boat!
The -stateroom, 3-head configuration is perfect for the traveling family or sport fisherman on the tournament trail.
The starboard master stateroom, located amidships, has a large queen bed that faces to port. Two huge hanging closets – his and hers – each behind twin raised-panel teak doors, add warmth and richness to the room. The master stateroom in the 62’ is by far, the best I have seen on a Convertible under 70’.
The VIP suite has an island queen forward, while the third stateroom features over/under bunks forward. The fourth stateroom, which includes an en suite head, is aft with side bunks and is ideal for the crew.
Bill Bales of William Bales and Company is responsible for the “WOW!” reaction most people have when they first step aboard the 62’. He chose a sculpted carpet with a chevron pattern, to go along with parquet styled Amtico brand flooring in the galley and heads. The woodwork on the cabin doors, done in raised panel teak and finished in high gloss, grabs your attention. The cabin doors also feature an archway top. All the gloss teak throughout the boat is spectacular with varying degrees of contrast in the grain, making it ultra-rich looking. In addition, the counter tops in the galley counter and the vanities are unusual. They are granite richly textured “leather-finished,” which gives the look and feel of colored slate.
Other nice touches include teak trim headliners in the staterooms that serve as A/C diffusers, ostrich wall coverings with 1” teak strips at the seams, and highly textured wall coverings in the heads.
The flybridge layout, which centers on Viking’s now famous island-style center console command station, is simply perfect. It is loaded with state-of-the-art glass panel navigation equipment. There are three Release Marine Trillion series helm chairs suitable for the Captain, the Admiral, and Thor himself. Along the sides are two long bench seats, each with an aft backrest for viewing the action in the cockpit, and a comfortable seat forward smartly integrated in the center console.
If you get the chance to stand at this helm, take a good look around, tell your friends to give you a minute, and then close your eyes and dream of running down that giant marlin.
Our test boat was outfitted with a pair of 1,925 hp Cat C32As. We saw a top speed of 42 knots, with 20 people aboard and 75% fuel load. These Cats can growl! But, when it is time to purr along, remarkably, she’ll run efficiently at 30 knots, burning about 100 gallons per hour at only 1,700 RPMs. This gives you a comfortable 18-hour cruising range, over 500 nautical miles. To put that in perspective, you can travel non-stop in a single day from Destin, Florida to Isla Mujeres, Mexico or from Wilmington, North Carolina direct to Palm Beach, Florida or from Nassau direct to Dominican Republic.
Action Central Cockpit
Whatever type of boating you do, the cockpit is the place to be. Tournament fishing, family cruising, or socializing at the dock, the 62’s cockpit is ideally configured for all. It is noticeably larger than most – a foot longer than the 70’, with a large transom box and a very comfortable aft facing mezzanine seat. Also large is the vacant area under the cockpit sole known as the lazarette. It is big enough to carry $200,000 Seakeeper anti-roll gyros, should you opt for total comfort at sea. Carmine Galati of Galati Yacht Sales said, “Absolutely, it is well worth it, considering the fact that your wife and guests will enjoy the boat as much as you.”
Beauty and the Beasts Within
The engine room is bigger than expected and smartly laid out, too. With 6’ of headroom and easy access outboard of the engines, I am very comfortable in Viking’s 62’ Convertible. There is truly an amazing amount of space for a low profile boat with big Cat engines. Viking created this height by eliminating the sub floor between the engines. She is wide, and it shows in the engine room where substantially more space exists outboard the engines too.
Mounted aft on top of the massive stringers and just below the overhead electrical boxes, the two generators are fully serviceable, yet tucked completely out of the way. The pumps and centralized seawater plumbing are found inside compartments forward of the engines. I also like how the main engine water intake is under a hatch as well.
White is the predominant color on all the thru-hulls, strainers, various mounting brackets, and even the Craftsman tool chest. In addition, the Cat C32 engines are shiny white, with chrome valve covers, and white Cat filters. Ramsome Cat dressed these engines to look as good as they run. Nicely done!
Innovations Sell Boats
Like every model that precedes her, Viking continues to innovate. Their mantra of “build a better boat every day” should also include “never stop innovating.” The 62’ hull design benefits from many Viking speed tricks that now include a recessed engine water intake, to go along with the recessed and glassed over strut and rudder mounts. Her hull is perfectly smooth.
My final take on Viking’s new 62’ is one of pride. This amazing boat, built in America by an all-American company, continues to improve on what is already considered the best money can buy. This boat is a benchmark for Viking Yachts, a company who refuse to rest on its past successes. She is faster, bigger, more luxurious, more comfortable, and more efficient. She is more of everything you want in a Convertible. I find her simply irresistible!
Originally published: February 13th 2013
Originally published by: Yachts International on April 5th 2013.