BY MICHAEL VATALARO
Battlewagons Don’t Have To Be Big
Some of the biggest
names in sportfishing are
going back to basics
he trend toward supersized sportfishers isn’t
over, but during the most
recent boat show season,
both Hatteras and Viking
revealed new models with more modest LOAs. But don’t mistake these
for entry-level boats. Think of them
as everything the builder has learned
about building a bluewater fishing
machine, bundled in a tighter package.
LOA 42’ 7”
Beam 15’ 10”
Draft 3’ 7”
Displacement 32,699 lbs.
Fuel 525 gal.
Water 120 gal.
The short end of your fleet offerings might be considered entry level.
But the newest Viking in the fleet, the
42 Open, which debuted in Miami,
is every bit a Viking. Built with a pair
of 600-hp Cummins-Mercruiser Zeus
pod drives, the boat is bridging the
gap between large outboard-powered
fishing boats and the sportfish designs
for which Viking is known. “The pods
are helping people make the leap,” says
Peter Frederiksen of Viking Yachts. “You
can drive it three ways, like a traditional
inboard, with a single control, or with
the joystick, increasing the comfort
level at the helm.” At around a million dollars, the yacht doesn’t carry an
entry-level price, but Frederiksen says
that’s because the boat is built the same
way as the larger boats in the Viking
fleet. “The water system is the same as
the one on the 82-footer, as is the hand-finished woodwork for the interior.”