OnBoard Magazine - Issue XIV - 2022 Season

Viking Yachts has become known for pushing the boundaries of yacht manufacturing in their constant drive to build a better boat every day. In 2014, Viking celebrated their 50th anniversary with the release of their largest sportfish ever: the 92 Convertible. Seven years and twenty-one hulls later, the Viking engineers were challenged to reduce the gross weight of the popular 92 by 10% and utilize the state-of-the-art propulsion system currently found in their popular 80' Convertible. With the enactment of new Tier III emissions regulations enforced by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the length of the Viking 90 will fall under the minimum threshold for the regulation. This means the new model will not be required to have a Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) system, which further saves weight, space and operating costs. With an investment of over $15M in research and development, Viking took the opportunity to make several improvements from the design of the 92 to perfect the 90. When asked about the new design, Viking President and CEO Pat Healey commented that, “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.” The substantial weight savings gained by Viking’s in-house engineering team will allow the new 90 Convertible to maximize speed, maneuverability and responsiveness. The new model will also feature a major improvement to the layout, with the entry door for the salon being shifted starboard, which allows for aft-facing seats on the upper mezzanine instead of the previously offered forwardfacing lounge. Although many updates and improvements have been made to the 90’s layout, there is still some familiarity to that of the 92 including the three-level cockpit with a centerline mezzanine seating area. The 23-foot beam affords an impressive salon and galley area that includes crew quarters and a day head forward on the main level. Down below is the full-beam master stateroom aft, plus four more staterooms forward, each with a private head. Also familiar to the outgoing 92 is the private crew quarters situated aft of the engine roomwith private entry from the exterior of the boat. The Viking 90 will be offered as an open bridge convertible, an enclosed bridge, or as a sky bridge, just as the 92 was. Hull number one is set to debut at the Miami International Boat Show in February of 2023. With several hulls already on order, we urge you to contact your Bluewater Yacht Sales Viking specialist for more information and to secure your production slot. VIKING ENGINEERS IMPROVING A SUCCESSFUL FLAGSHIP Meeting the Challenge 17 2022 SEASON