Two Flagships, One Boat Show

Viking introduced two flagships at one boat show with the 90 Sportfish Yacht and the V-55 premiering at the Miami International Boat Show.

The Viking Yacht Company is one of the leading semi-custom boatbuilders in the world. Viking held a press conference at the Miami International Boat Show for the world premiere of two new flagships. The Viking 90 Sportfishing Yacht and the Valhalla 55 Center Console have each been highly anticipated.

“Both of these boats will not only become the leaders in their respective classes, but they’re also going to dominate for years to come. They’re that good. We just keep pushing, following our mantra of building a better boat every day. It’s a thrill to be the head coach of this incredible team. ”

Viking President and CEO Pat Healey

A crowd of about 50 members of the media gathered at One Herald Plaza in Downtown Miami. The Viking and Valhalla in-water display was between the Venetian and MacArthur Causeways. The two industry-leading luxury yachts were front and center for all to see. Both are completely new designs from the keel up.

The Viking 90 Introduction

The Viking 90 delivers the same luxurious accommodations as the Viking 92. This includes six staterooms, seven heads and two salons. The performance level is on par with the Viking 80. Powered by twin 2635MPH 16-cylinder MTU engines, the Viking 90 Sky Bridge hits a top speed of 38-plus knots and cruises at 32-33 knots. At this speed, she has an incredible range of 600 nautical miles. The 90 on display at the show was a magnificent feat of design and engineering. She featured an enclosed bridge topped by an open sky bridge. Viking also offers the 90 with an enclosed bridge or open bridge. This is with or without a custom Palm Beach Towers (PBT) tuna tower.

Innovation and Ingenuity

The 90’s advanced propulsion systems include struts, rudders and propellers. These reduce drag and maximize efficiency. Lighter interior materials, carbon fiber, and resin Transfer Molding contribute to superior performance. The stern of the 90 showcases the perfect balance of form and function. A faux teak mezzanine accents the Kingston Grey gelcoat and upper aft deck. There are also three aft-facing seating areas and storage galore. The cockpit measures 224 square feet, with a 203-gallon transom fish box/live well. There is also a pair of full-length 103-gallon insulated in-deck fish boxes. These have a refrigeration optional as well. A single hatch on centerline provides access to the Seakeeper 35. This is a water tight design. The cockpit sole has reinforcement for the mightiest of 2 fighting chairs. With 16 already sold, the 90 is the new benchmark of innovation and ingenuity for the sportfishing yacht.

The Valhalla 55

The Valhalla 55 has seen comparable success right out of the gate. Valhalla has seen more than 50 boats sold since her introduction. The Valhalla 55 is a statement boat. She merges the engineering, technology and quality of a Viking sport fisher with the style, performance and high-level fishability of the Valhalla luxury center console. At the Miami International Boat Show, the V55 confirmed its excellence. The new flagship won the innovation award in the Center Console/Walkaround Fishing Boat Category.

Size and Fuel Capacity

The V55 has a 15-foot 6-inch beam. The size allows for more fuel capacity up to 1,200 gallons. It also allows for more cockpit space, on-deck seating, and interior living accommodations. In these areas, the V-55 has more than any other center console in its class. She’s the largest center console utilizing the Stepped-V Ventilated Tunnel running surface. The V-55 will thrive in a variety of roles. Such roles include offshore tournament contender, high-performance sport yacht and fish-and-cruise express. She can also perform as a tender to a Viking or superyacht.

Built for Mercury

The Valhalla 55’s engineers built and designed the model for Mercury’s V-12 600 outboards. This includes a resin-infused one-piece stringer grid that supplies structural strength. Such design is necessary for the tremendous torque and power of these outboards. The quad power package pushes the V Series flagship to a top speed of 63-64 mph. It has a range of 450-500 miles, cruising from 40 to 50 mph. With five 600s, the V-55 hits 73-74mph, with a higher cruise speed and the same range. The V-55’s ride is so smooth, stable and dry–even in rough conditions–its speed is deceptive.

“People have been amazed. It may feel like you’re going 35 mph, but you’re actually running well over 50 mph. They don’t believe it until they look at the GPS.”

Viking’s Ryan Higgins – conducted more than 30 sea trials with owners

Hull No. 1 of the V-55 also features a custom Palm Beach Towers gap tower with Gem lux carbon fiber outriggers. The helm design is second to none, with incredible visibility and ergonomics. Accommodations below bring yacht-like luxury–akin to a Viking interior–to the V-55. It has a private forward stateroom, galley-dinette and aft berths. Another game-charger is a machinery room for mechanical and electrical components. This room is like a Viking engine room, that offers protection and ease of access.

The Innovation Continues

The V-55 accommodates the latest and largest equipment. This includes a Seakeeper 9, a15kW generator, and an omni-directional sonar. This also includes the Electro Sea raw water cleaning system. Like the Viking 90, the V-55’s engineers built the model with two of the company’s subsidiaries. These include the PBT and Atlantic Marine Electronics–for turn-key delivery. Read more about Valhalla’s innovative hull design and more!

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