Constructed from the success of the 92 Viking comes the heir to the throne — the all-new Viking 90 Convertible, announced at the 2021 Fort Lauderdale Boat Show. With 21 sportfish yachts delivered in seven years of production, the Viking 92 Convertible was arguably the most desirable large sportfishing yacht of all time. The six-stateroom world-traveler merged convertible performance and fishability with superyacht luxury, proving that a Viking Yacht of its size could outshine on the tournament circuit while providing the pinnacle of comfort.
Driven by their mantra to build a better boat every day, the Viking 90 Convertible is prepared to refine the capabilities of the luxury convertible sportfisher and become the new benchmark in the genre. “We’ve taken all the incredible qualities of the 92 – the interior layout, the accommodations, the style, the amenities – and merged them with greater performance, technology, and versatility,” says Viking President and CEO Pat Healey. “The 92 was the Bentley. This is the Ferrari.”
Three new models will be available in the Viking 90 sportfish yacht: the Convertible, Enclosed Bridge, and Sky Bridge. All models will highlight six spacious staterooms, including a full-beam master suite. The Open and Enclosed Bridge models can be outfitted with a tuna tower from Palm Beach Towers, and all three models can be equipped with a custom electronics, communications, and entertainment package from Atlantic Marine Electronics.
Dive into the action on the cockpit and dual mezzanine area, which share a sense of attachment. The Viking 90 Convertible will highlight a 224 square feet cockpit with 203-gallon transom fishbox/live well, plus a pair of full-length 103-gallon insulated in-deck fishboxes. In addition, the cockpit sole is built with reinforcement for a fighting chair, rocket launcher, or table. A single-powered hatch on the centerline provides easy access to the Seakeeper 35.
From the salon, an electric-powered single door opens with a touch of a button. Portside on the upper mezzanine is an L-shaped aft-facing lounge with an available air-conditioned backrest and a teak table. Starboard, a versatile cooking and refreshment hub can be personalized to the owner’s liking.
The expansive lounge area on the lower mezzanine overlooks the cockpit with its shapely module that holds storage underneath and tackle drawers on each side. The mezzanine provides centerline engine access to the crew quarters and engine room and showcases an oversized freezer (port) and two refrigerated boxes (starboard).
The Viking 90C’s profile represents a synthesis of design traits from the 92, 80, and other modern Viking sportfishing yachts, as well as subtle motor yacht influences. “We designed the 90 to be as sleek as possible, stressing a low profile and clean lines,” says Viking Design Manager David Wilson. “We also brought several refinements to the exterior that enhance that lean, sexy look.” Carefully placed feature lines, deckhouse windows, portlights with chamfered edges, and signature hull-side vents are just a few of the 90 Vikings’ aesthetic high points.
Inside, the combination of volume, a smooth flowing, open layout, and several design touches create a refreshing and relaxing ambiance throughout the immense living space. New horizontal-grain, natural walnut finishes in the salon greet you with warmth and elegance.
Guests and owners alike will appreciate the roomy lounge that begins at the salon door and wraps around the port side. A starboard-side entertainment center features a 65-inch pop-up HD TV. Forward, the large starboard wraparound galley is open to a raised U-shaped dinette to port (with rod storage below.)
Below deck, five guest staterooms are present, each with its own private head and shower. Plus, a crew quarters with immediate access to the engine room, a pantry with an additional crew berth, and a day head. Not to mention the owner’s suite, which spans the 23-foot, 2-inch beam, boasting a king walk-around bed, a walk-in closet, a dressing table, a lounge area, and his-and-hers private facilities with separate access.
Why did Viking build the 90C? — “Constantly looking to the future, we embarked more than a year ago on this design,” explains Pat. “It came at a time when international regulations would be taking effect that required Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) in the engine rooms of yachts with a ‘load line length’ greater than 24 meters. Understanding that suitable engine and SCR technology for this market was unavailable, the US Coast Guard announced in March a three-year suspension of the regulations in the US. But the development of the 90, which does not require SCR, was already well underway, and in 15 months, we will proudly present the next flagship of the Viking sportfishing fleet.”
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