Viking has led the charge in the design, development and production of the biggest Convertible Sportfishing Yachts for more than 20 years. Like all Vikings, the 80 Convertible hones its blue-water DNA from its stable mates. The Hull's sharper entry merges with a higher forward chine designed to divert spray downward when ripping through head seas. Convex Hull sections add curvature and form to the refined running surface, while a quad of molded running strakes accentuate lateral tracking and maneuverability. Tumblehome at the corners of the curved transom adds definition and beauty. Deadrise at the transom is 12.5 degrees and the beam is carried well aft providing exceptional volume, buoyancy and balance, a deft combination, which comfortably accommodates additional fuel, and the weight of a gyro stabilizer.
Mechanically, the 80 Convertible shares a commonality of technical features proven time and time again for reliability and practicality at the thousand fathom line and beyond. Chilled water air conditioning provides cooling and heat throughout the yacht with individual thermostats in the Staterooms and the Salon for efficient climate control. A Delta-T Engine Room Ventilation System with thermostatically controlled supply and discharge fans provide proper fresh air circulation and water intrusion suppression. Pneumatically controlled Engine Room ventilation dampers are integrated into the yacht's fire suppression system. Viking's proprietary VIPER (Viking Independent Programmable Electro-hydraulic Rudder) steering eliminates the tie-bar for independent rudder operation and optimizes response and reduces drag at low, mid and high speeds for extraordinary maneuverability in all sea conditions.
A lengthy list of standard equipment includes a hydraulic bow thruster, a centralized seawater system, dual fresh water pumps, Veem S-Class propellers, (2) 29kW Onan generators, (2) Glendinning Cablemasters, Charles PM 100 shore power cord combiner and isolation transformer, and an Octoplex touch screen electrical distribution panel with monitors in the Salon and on the Flying Bridge with manual back-up.
Powered with Tier 3 MTU Series 2000 V16 M96L engines each developing 2,635 mhp. with Blue Vision controls and display monitors, Viking's testing calculations indicate a top speed in excess of 40 knots with an effortless high 30 knot cruise, depending upon load, sea conditions and ambient environmental factors.
Entered through an electric sliding door on the Cockpit Mezzanine Deck, the Salon is a forest of satin walnut joinery and leather appointments, created by the artful direction from the team of the William Bales and Company. The 21' 5" beam and the use of the vertical space is immediately apparent creating a free flowing movement with the ambiance of a great room. A Day Head is immediately to starboard. To port, a J-Lounge and coffee table is a virtual conference area, opposite walnut cabinetry housing a 60" flat-screen TV on an electric lift. Forward to starboard a raised built-in dinette serves a dual purpose with rod stowage for 80 pound outfits. The fore and aft style of the Galley maximizes useful space with under counter refrigeration beneath a second dining area with bar stools, while the outboard counter accommodates a double sink and electric cooktop. Forward of the Galley, a versatile walk-in pantry is as spacious as a Stateroom and can be outfitted as such.
Inviting accommodations include five generously appointed Staterooms, including a full beam Master Suite with a king size walk-around bed. The Port and Forward Staterooms have walk-around queen beds. The two Starboard Staterooms have supper and lower berths and are surprisingly spacious thanks to the use of sliding entrance doors which maximize interior space. Every Stateroom has a large Head and fiberglass shower stall. A washer and dryer are located in the Companionway.
On the Flying Bridge, a Center Console Command Station gives the operator a great view underway and while fishing. Three pedestal Helm seats are standard, and additional seating is available on port and starboard lounges, each with rod stowage below. A U-shape lounge and table forward of the Console seats more guests and is notably below the forward sightlines of the helmsman thanks to the raised standing platform behind the Console. A freezer is forward between a refrigerated box and a sink with a fresh water outlet. While air conditioning is available on the Open Flying Bridge, a climate controlled Enclosed Bridge with access from the Salon and the Mezzanine Deck also is available.
The 216 sq. ft. Cockpit is equipped for tournament fishing with a transom door, freezer, tackle and general stowage space, live well capacity, fish wells, an ice chest and a chill box for drinks. But some subtle touches also show that the Viking team never stops sweating the details to make things better. The 80 Convertible is prepped at the factory for the installation of the M26 Seakeeper gyro stabilizer, either on the production line or at a later date!
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