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Cruise And Fish In Comfort

The second generation of Viking Yacht's 54 Convertible features the best of everything.

Viking 54 Convertible sportfishing boat

Viking Yachts started it's 56-year run with wooden sportfishing boats at its New Jersey plant but became a leader in semicustom fiberglass yacht production with more than 4,000 Vikings delivered. Viking's largest boat is a whopping 92 feet, but it's latest — more modest model — won accolades at this year's Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.

The Viking 54 Convertible is built for both fishing and cruising in comfort. The three-stateroom, two-head open bridge yacht defines the convertible's accommodations and sportfishing capabilities.

The Viking design and engineering department used Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) software to optimize the 54's running surface for maximum performance. Take a walk through with Rob Spano of HMY Yachts in Palm Beach, Florida.

Viking Yachts 54' Convertible Debuts at the 2020 Ft Lauderdale International Boat Show

The 154-square-foot unobstructed cockpit comes with molded nonskid on the cockpit sole for grippy footing (even when wet) and large scuppers to drain water quickly. A walk-through transom door with a lift gate takes the work out of boating a trophy catch. Anglers will appreciate Viking's signature rounded cockpit coamings and toe kick for lengthy stand-up battles. Flush rod holders, recessed stainless-steel hawse pipes and cleats keep the cockpit clear.

Guests will be impressed with the raised observation mezzanine (pioneered by Viking) as they watch the action in comfort, shaded by the flybridge overhang. The inboard portion of the mezzanine provides access to the engine room.

Viking 54 Convertible sportfishing boat interior

Making full use of the 17 feet, 8 inches of beam, the 54's layout accentuates the impressive interior size. The key to the configuration is the uninterrupted companionway that stretches from the starboard-side saloon door all the way to the forepeak. The lounge area and galley are to port, while the dinette is to starboard. The three-stateroom two-head layout includes an owner's suite to port with a walk-around queen berth sided by night stands and a credenza to port.

The optional MAN V12 1550CRM (1550 MHP) diesels power hull No. 1. With this propulsion package, the Viking 54 Convertible will have an estimated cruise speed in the mid-30-knot range with a top end of 40-plus knots depending upon load, sea state, and boat condition. A pair of MAN V12 1400CRM (1440 MHP) diesels are standard.

Oh yeah, the price tag is $1.7 million, but consider it an aspirational boat to dream about |


Rich Armstrong

Senior Editor, BoatUS Magazine

A journalist by training, BoatUS Magazine Senior Editor Rich Armstrong has worked in TV news, and at several newspapers, then spent 18 years as a top editor at other boating publications. He’s built a stellar reputation in the marine industry as one of the most thorough reporters in our business. At BoatUS Magazine, Rich handles everything from boat and product innovation and late-breaking news, to compelling feature stories, boat reviews, and features on people and places. The New Jersey shore and lakes of lower New York defined Rich's childhood. But when he bought a 21-foot Four Winns deck boat and introduced his young family to the Connecticut River, his love for the world of boats flourished from there.