plenty of power to get it moving, but that
comes in spades from the quadruple 350-
hp Yamaha outboards mounted on the
Armstrong bracket. The boat exceeded 60
mph in testing, but according to published
performance data, the most economical
speed seems to be in the 35-mph range,
still plenty fast enough for most folks, but
with a vastly reduced thirst to make that
600 gallons of fuel last longer.
Options include an upper helm above
the T-top and an outdoor galley behind
the standard three-position seat/leaning
post. The console interior features a small
galley, a dinette that coverts to a double
berth, and an enclosed head with shower,
so overnight stays are a possibility for a
couple. A diesel generator fitted below
the cockpit sole provides power to the
air conditioner, battery charger, water-
heater, and other domestic loads. There’s
no getting away from the fact that this
is a big center-console, but the Yamaha
Helm Master joystick control system
eases nerves when it’s time to bring the
boat back into the dock.
LENGTH 41’ 3”
BEAM 12’ 6”
DRAFT 3’ 7”
FUEL 600 GAL.
WATER 60 GAL.
WASTE 25 GAL.
WEIGHT 20, 100 LB.
with quad engines
on the Regulator
41 offer speeds
topping 60 mph,
down the throttle
to the 35-mph
range is a bit more
SPORTFISHERS Viking 48C
Viking’s first 48 convertible, launched
more than 30 years ago, was an almost
instant hit. A revamped model appeared
in 2002, and this latest model debuted
at the 2016 boat shows. Equipped
with a pair of MAN diesel engines,
the new 48C is designed to cruise in
the 30-knot range, depending on the
engines. The boat is about fishing first,
and it features almost 125 square feet of
cockpit space. That’s not to say Viking
has taken any shortcuts belowdecks.
The accommodation spaces are
roomy and luxurious and can be customized to the owner’s taste. Viking
is a semicustom builder, but the first
yacht featured a large flat-screen television with a surround-sound system
that would put many home theaters to
shame, a gourmet galley, and sumptuous
staterooms to relax in after a hard day’s
fishing. Joinery choices are either teak
or walnut in either satin or gloss finish.
There is space aplenty on the upper
deck, which features a centerline helm
with excellent sightlines for the captain, power-assisted hydraulic steering,
single-lever electronic engine controls,
and tons of space for the electronics of
your choice. vikingyachts.com
LENGTH 49’ 3”
DRAFT 4’ 8”
FUEL 997 GAL.
WATER 178 GAL.
WASTE 52 GAL.
WEIGHT 66,342 LB.
Interiors on the
Viking 48C are
luxurious and can
be customized to the