Viking Yachts understands that innovation drives growth and is committed to its mantra to build a better boat every day by investing nearly $50 million in R&D over the last 4 years. As part of this investment, Viking introduced three new models this year, the 37 Billfish, the 44 Open and its flagship, the 93 MY; but never a company to rest on its laurels, the legendary yacht builder will introduce the Viking 68 Convertible in 2018.
The 68 Convertible will make its debut at the Viking Winter VIP and Sea Trial event on February 2-3rd at the Viking Yacht Service Center in Riviera Beach, Florida and then a public debut at the Miami Yacht Show on Collins Avenue on February 15th.
The Viking 68 Convertible features some of the attributes of the larger Viking Yachts yet delivers the handling and efficiency of a smaller vessel. Running on Viking’s proven hull shape with a 12.1-degree transom deadrise, the Viking 68 C delivers a soft ride in rough seas, with a 35-knot cruising speed and a top end approaching 40-plus knots. An aggressively raked stem, gently sloped sheer, swept-back black-masked windshield and flying bridge brow present a powerful yet elegant picture.
The 176-square foot cockpit provides plenty of maneuverability for the angler while the air-conditioned observation mezzanine keeps guests comfortable when watching the action below. The Viking 68 Convertible is offered with either an open or enclosed bridge.
Using the 19 ft. 2 in. beam to its full potential, the salon is the perfect combination of intelligent form and function. The island galley opens to the salon and serves as a prime area for socializing. The dinette seats four along with three stools mounted at the bar.
With a layout that puts the companionway to port, the starboard master stateroom is nearly the full beam of the boat. In addition to the master stateroom, there are two guest staterooms and a crew stateroom for a total of four staterooms.
The boat is designed for the installation of a Seakeeper gyro stabilizer, which heightens comfort during both fishing and cruising activities. The 68 Convertible comes with twin 1,945-hp MTU Series 2000 V12 diesels for powerful, efficient and clean-running engines.
As with all Viking yachts, custom electronic packages and tuna towers can be ordered and professionally installed by Atlantic Marine Electronics and Palm Beach Towers respectively for turn-key delivery and utmost satisfaction and performance.
Galati Yacht Sales will take delivery of three Viking 68 Convertibles next Spring. Two of those boats has already been sold and the other was built to the specifications of the Galati Yacht Sales fishing specialists with input from captains and owners, and is currently available for purchase.
Length Overall (LOA): 68 ft. 7 in. (20.90 m)
Beam: 19 ft. 2 in. (5.84 m)
Draft: 5 ft. 5 in. (1.65 m)
Gross Weight*: 115,306 lbs. (52,302 k)
Fuel Capacity: 2,060 gals. (7,798 ltrs)
Water Capacity: 344 gals. (1,302 ltrs)
Cockpit Area: 176 sq. ft. (16.4 sq. m)
* Standard Fuel Load