It is with great pleasure and pride then that we announce the launch of the Viking 66 Convertible, which premiered at the 2011 Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show in October. Sharing the sleek, aggressive stance of its new generation siblings, the profile of Viking 66 Convertible bespeaks power, speed and grace. The yacht’s interior is an expansive display of hand finished teak joinery with beyond custom quality workmanship including natural veneers that reveal warmth of beauty and detail rich in opulence.
In the salon, your senses are delighted with a spacious layout that is both luxurious and practical for tournament campaign living, as well as cruising for a month at a time, or longer. Space is conveniently appropriated for dining, cooking and relaxing with generous accommodations for all. Viking benchmarks abound including a granite-topped island with 360 degree egress, bar stools and under counter refrigeration in the galley opposite a roomy dinette. Aft, an L-shaped sofa with abundant stowage below is strategically placed to enjoy the sights and surround sound details from the 40-inch flat screen television that rises from the teak cabinetry. Special touches include a galley pantry forward with standing headroom, deep-pull-out drawers in the galley, and a day head aft conveniently placed immediately inside the electric opening fiberglass salon door.
Below, four staterooms, each with its own head and fiberglass shower stall teem with restful space with large, comfortable spring mattress berths for comfort and privacy. The master suite with its queen plus size berth flanked with end tables, and his and her maple-lined hanging lockers is particularly inviting. Cleverly designed crew quarters include private access to and from the engineroom. Note, too, that the offset companionway is thoughtfully designed to maximize traffic flow to the staterooms and laundry center, which includes a nearby linen closet.
The flying bridge is a proven tournament design featuring a center console helm with electronic controls, superb visibility, plus amenities that include Murray Products teak ladder back helm seats, port, starboard, and forward lounge seating, refrigeration, and an Atlantic Marine Electronics’ navigation and communication package. Viking’s winning ways on the tournament circuit also are incorporated in the 174 square-foot cockpit with an observation mezzanine protected from wind and spray by the flying bridge overhang, refrigeration and freezer space, tackle and gear stowage, insulated wells for fish and bait, a transom door with lift gate, rounded coamings, under gunwale stowage, and a nonslip fiberglass sole.
The new Viking 66 Convertible also benefits from advanced engineering and construction materials that deliver better performance, increased strength and reduced weight. The hull bottom is vacuumed-bagged end grain balsa skinned with high-tech knitted fiberglass laminates. Composite main engineroom and forward bulkheads also are vacuumed-bagged. The molded fiberglass salon floor/engineroom ceiling is foam cored to provide thermal and acoustical insulation. Interior teak cabinetry doors are cored for weight savings and stiffness.
Mechanically, the Viking 66 Convertible is equipped to live large in the wild. Viking’s proprietary VIPER power-assisted hydraulic steering features programmable independent rudders. At flank speeds the 66 Convertible will turn in two boat lengths with your fingertips on the wheel. The Delta-T engine room ventilation system uses thermostatically controlled supply and discharge fans for proper air circulation and water intrusion suppression. Pneumatically controlled air intake dampeners are integrated with the fire suppression system for added safety. A Moritz Octoplex touch screen power distribution system controls all AC/DC requirements at the salon main panel and at the helm on the flying bridge. Manually operated back-up systems are conveniently located throughout the yacht. When combined with its MTU V16 Series 2000 M91 engines, the new 66 C will provide 40 plus knot performance with horsepower to spare for better efficiencies and longer range than its competitors. Standard power is MAN V12 1550 CRM diesels. Engine packages are custom matched with S-class propellers to enhance performance and efficiencies.
The new Riviera 5000 Sport Yacht has many different features that owner’s will enjoy. For starters, it is powered by duel Commins Mercruiser diesel engines that are linked to the new Zeus pod drives, a revolutionary new drive design. This provides the boat with exceptional maneuverability, whether you are out on the open water, or the close quarters of bays and marinas. The Zeus drive systems, as well as the Cummins turbo diesels, boast superior performance, with a 30% increase in fuel economy, and 15% faster cruising and top speeds.
In addition, the underwater profile of the Riviera 5000 Sport Yacht also aft facing counter rotating propellers, as well as exhausts that the are tunnel mounted, protecting the pods from any debris that may be encountered in shallow waters. Another advancement is the controllers. For slow speed maneuvering, a simple yet advance joystick can be operated with just one hand, turning is done with a simple turn of the wrist. Another important advancement is speed control is the Skyhook feature, a system that continues to maintain course even in a tight area, even in strong winds or currents.
The large capacity mid mounted fuel tanks not only provide a more stable ride, but also extend the range of the Riviera 5000. Not only is this vessel great for day trips, but extended excursions as well. This means that you don’t have to worry about how long you stay out, and a day adventure can turn into a weekend or even a week long outing.
The story starts with the revolutionary Volvo Penta Inboard Performance System (IPS), a technology that features steerable drive units mounted under the hull with counter-rotating, forward-facing propellers. Rather than ‘pushing’ the boat along
as with conventional propulsion, the boat is literally ‘pulled’ forward through the water.
The result is superb handling, a remarkably
tight turning circle and, thanks to an intuitive joystick, docking control and other close-quarters manoeuvres are delightfully easy. What’s more, IPS uses up to 30% less fuel than conventional drive systems.
With the standard diesel horsepower ratings available, you can also look forward to a thrilling ride: racy, responsive, yet soft and dry.
The hull is equally noteworthy. Not only is it designed using the latest CAD software, which contributes to the outstanding hydrodynamics of the hull, it has been constructed using the most up-to-date infusion-moulding technology.
Compared with traditional open lay-up of fibreglass and resin, this infusion system produces more uniform thickness, reduced weight and greater strength. The hull is also divided into three sections, including a collision bulkhead forward.
Given the contemporary styling, sumptuous comfort and long list of luxuries that are to be found on board the 4400, you will no doubt be tempted to cruise far from the madding crowd
– and with a 1,500 litre fuel tank, it is certainly equipped to help you do just that. However, it
is knowing that this a vessel with impeccable structural integrity, a vessel that can handle the vicissitudes of life at sea, that makes it possible to sit back and truly relax.
And relax you will, because at Riviera we are passionate about putting more pleasure into your pleasure boating. As you are about to discover, that commitment is expressed in a myriad of ingenious ways.
Check out the new Riviera 53 Enclosed Flybridge at the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show. Riviera’s new 53 Enclosed Flybridge superyacht is one of two brand new models to be released at this year’s Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show having been just released in May of this year.
Riviera Yachts USA Inc director Chris McCafferty said Riviera’s new luxury yacht 53 Enclosed Flybridge had received strong interest since its world release at the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show in May with 17 confirmed orders.
“In the US Riviera is extremely well known for our range of Flybridge boats and the new 53 superyacht will not disappoint with its impressive list of space age technology and design features and its appeal to the cruising market.”
This boat has an incredible layout. See it for yourself! If you have any comments or questions don’t hesitate to comment.
Viking’s Top Shot Photo Winners
Our winning photographers from Viking Yachts’ Top Shot Photo Contest continue in the limelight this week with the voters’ choices in the general category.
First Place is lovely 12-year old Miss Morgan Farrior lighting up the cockpit aboard her father and grandfather’s Viking 55 Job Site taken by Bill Farrior, Jr. at the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament this past June.
With her nose to the south, and two paws on the wheel, that’s Bambi at the helm of the Sushi VI, a 1993 Viking 43 Convertible as it heads toward the Montauk Yacht Club, in this photo taken by Mark Schachner that garners Second Place honors.
Third Place goes to Adam McKeon who took this picture aboard a 2006 Viking 68 Convertible while docked at the Trump Marina in Atlantic City.
Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show
Among the 13 boats headlining the impressive Viking display at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, which gets under way October 27 through October 31 at the Bahia Mar Yachting Center will be three spectacular 70 class convertibles.
The 70 Convertible is a showcase of our near half century of boatbuilding expertise and demonstrates our unyielding commitment to build a better boat every day.
A seagoing masterpiece, the 76 Convertible has it all from a 206 square foot cockpit to a full beam master suite to top speeds around 40 knots.
If Fort Lauderdale isn’t in your plans next week, mark February 3 – 4, 2012 as the dates of our 16th Annual VIP Boat Show Preview to be held at the Viking Yacht Service Center in Riviera Beach, Florida. We will feature our complete product line from 42 to 82 feet available for inspection and sea trials, as well as 45 vendors displaying accessories, marine equipment, electronics and more.
For more information please visit, www.vikingyachts.com