If you are a boat buyer who is considering purchasing a semi-custom sportfishing yacht that you can operate yourself and whose family wants the best way to enjoy both fishing and cruising, a convertible or an express yacht might be the best choice.
A convertible yacht has a flybridge command station that not only provides superior visibility for the operator in all sea conditions, but also offers ample seating at the helm, electronic stowage, and lounge seating for guests. With plenty of stowage for gear and loose items. The flybridge is a social area under way. With a fiberglass hardtop and clear vinyl enclosure panels, it is a dry environment for relaxing in comfort. Protected from spray, rain, and glaring sun. Back at the dock, the flybridge is a wonderful vantage point from which to take in a sunset. All while sipping a fine pinot noir, or simply enjoying the views around the marina.
The cockpit is perfect for fishing with features including a molded non-slip fiberglass sole, rod holders, tackle lockers, drink coolers, and fish boxes. A fishing chair, a rocket launcher, or a cockpit table adds more versatility. And unlike a center console with its motors hanging off the transom, the convertible cockpit space is 100 percent usable from the aft bulkhead to the transom. Generous freeboard and mezzanine seating adds comfort and security. Nice items when small children are aboard. In addition, extra convenience is the walk-through transom door that makes boarding from the dock or an available swim platform effortless.
After a fun day on the water, the salon beckons with a celebratory invitation to kick off your boat shoes and relax in comfort. A third social area, the air-conditioned salon with tinted windows brings natural light aboard with custom shades for evening privacy. An L-shape lounge and a hi-lo cocktail table, handsome joinery and cabinetry, a dinette, a flat screen television, and entertainment system add ambiance. The galley is fully equipped with refrigeration, an electric cook-top, and a microwave. Cooking your fresh catch of the day while aboard is a meal guaranteed to bring smiles to family and friends.
Below, appoints luxury staterooms with notable headroom, comfortable beds, reading lights, television, large hanging lockers, and cabinetry. All providing the most pleasant and private overnight accommodations. A generously sized air-conditioned head includes a fiberglass shower stall. In essence, the convertible yacht is the virtual waterfront vacation home. Perfect for cruising through the Florida Keys, or just spending the weekend at the yacht club.
You can also find similar convertible amenities on express-style yachts in this LOA. With a slightly different helm and deck arrangement. Options like a tuna tower add more personalization. But perhaps most importantly, both the convertible and express style yacht designs offer a multitude of luxurious features. Be sure to truthfully calculate how you plan to use your semi-custom sportfishing yacht. This will not only protect the value of your investment while using it but also at the resale time when you are ready to move up.
Two superb examples of semi-custom sportfishing yachts include the Viking Yachts 37 Billfish and the Viking Yachts 44 Convertible. The 37 Billfish combines tournament fishing prowess with pleasant accommodations for a young family. The single stateroom layout with its double berth forward is complemented with a dinette table in the salon that converts into a double berth. The boat has dual helm stations including a large flybridge and a lower command station. Which is popular for both northern and southern yacht owners. Quick and nimble, the diesel-powered 37 Billfish combines attractive lines with Viking’s legendary performance and engineering and is in a class by itself.
The Viking Yachts 44 Convertible, which Galati Yacht Sales has in-stock, offers two staterooms and two heads. A spacious salon sprawls with openness thanks to the mid-level galley. Which also features a pair of bar stools at the galley counter. A queen-size bed in the master suite demonstrates Viking’s commitment to deliver outstanding luxury in every model they build. Similarly, the flybridge centerline helm makes the boat feel larger than it is. The cockpit is tournament tuned with a transom fish-box, a step box cooler, rounded coamings, tackle and gear stowage and a transom door. Viking’s subsidiaries, Atlantic Marine Electronics, and Palm Beach Towers enable the 44C and all Vikings to be delivered turnkey ready.
For more information on new or pre-owned Viking Yachts, contact your Galati Yachts yacht broker.