Viking 92 Convertible
” The largest Viking to date in its 50-year history is its new 92 Convertible.
It launches late summer 2014. The first boat will be an enclosed-bridge model, and this will be followed by open-bridge versions. The project was handled by Viking from design, the building of the molds in-house with the aid of a pair of five-axis profiling milling machines and all of the construction aspects.
The 23-foot beam not only opens the salon, but transforms into a living room with built-in furniture and appointments like a 60-inch flat screen television that rises on a lift out of the teak cabinetry. An L-shape island in the galley complements the work area and all countertops feature custom-selected granite. A pair of walk-in pantries and a full day head are forward and characterize an excellent use of space. Nearby, a formal dining area accommodates eight guests.”
Length Overall (LOA): 93′ 4″ (28.45 m) Beam: 23′ 5″ (7.03 m) Draft: 5′ 10″ (1.77 m) Gross Weight*: 195,000 lbs. (88,450 kg) Fuel Capacity: 4,000 gals. (15,141 l) Water Capacity: 450 gals. (1,703 l)
” The 92 Convertible has six staterooms, each with its own private head and shower. The full-beam master suite features a king-size walk-around bed, a walk-in closet, a dressing table, and his-and-her private facilities. Crew quarters are aft with access from the cockpit. The full-beam area includes a head with a shower, a small galley area, and upper and lower berths in a private cabin.
Propulsion choices include offerings by Caterpillar and MTU. The communication, navigation and entertainment electronics package will be designed and installed by Viking’s sister company, Atlantic Marine Electronics. The first open-bridge boat will have a tuna tower designed and fabricated by Palm Beach Towers, another Viking subsidiary.
If Viking is not your cup of tea , how about a Hatteras ?
” Hatteras’ largest sport-fishing boat is the 90C. The boat was built in 1995, with the first boat delivered in 1996. This was a series of convertibles Hatteras produced at the time, the first one was in 1992, which was an 82C.
There were a total of 23 boats from the series built and sold from 1992-1998. At the time, it had largest diesel engines on a sport-fishing boat — the Deutz 16v-620 engine with 2,900 break hp.
Another unique feature of the 90C is that Hatteras built a bridge upon a bridge, meaning a flybridge on top of an enclosed bridge. There was only one like this built in its fleet.
The biggest challenge with the build process was the draft of the boat due to the large horsepower. Hatteras Engineering and Michigan Wheel designed a hybrid propeller specific for this model.
Of course the comparison above is not quite fair as the Viking 92′ is a current production boat while Hatteras , at present , “only” makes sportfish up to 77′ in length … see below .
|Length Overall||76’10″/ 23.42 meters|
|Length Overall with Bow Pulpit||80’2” / 24.43 meters|
|Beam||22′ / 6.71 meters|
|Draft||5’3″ / 1.60 meters|
|Freeboard Aft||3’5” / 1.04 meters|
|Headroom Most Areas||6’6” / 1.98 meters|
|Freshwater Capacity||380 gallons / 1,438 liters|
|Fuel Capacity||3,000 gallons / 11,356 liters|
|Holding||255 gallons / 965.28 liters|
|Weight Displacement||175,000 lbs / 79,348 kilos|
|Height Above Waterline to top of Console||20′ / 6.10 meters|
|Waterline Length||66’ / 20.17 meters|
|AVAILABLE OFFERED AS ENCLOSED BRIDGE ONLY|
Other fine fishing machines represented in the Marlin Magazine article include Jim Smith , Merritt , Rybovitch , Paul Mann and others . See them all here .