2018 Viking 68 Convertible | Big Winner
Viking Yacht Company is on a roll! They have been debuting many new models lately and HERE IS ANOTHER ONE, and a big WINNER! The NEW Viking 68 Convertible emerged from the New Jersey manufacturing plant this past December, revealing her splendid blue hull.
This four-stateroom blue-water convertible has unmatched performance, bulletproof construction, luxury interior accommodations and advanced propulsion and boat-control technologies. “This boat is going to be a big hit,” says Viking Design Manager David Wilson. “We were able to bring some of the attributes of our larger models to the 68 while maintaining the efficiencies of a smaller sportfishing boat.”
The 68 C is designed and engineered to function equally as well as a tournament-ready offshore runner and a cruising yacht with all the conveniences and technology that you’ve come to expect from Viking.
The optional Seakeeper gyro stabilizer heightens the level of comfort during both fishing and cruising activities. Anglers do battle in a 176-square foot cockpit, while guests can watch from an air-conditioned observation mezzanine.
Running on Viking’s proven hull shape with a 12.1-degree transom deadrise, this beautiful battlewagon delivers a soft ride in rough seas, with a 35-knot cruising speed and a top end approaching 40-plus knots. An aggressively raked stem, gently sloping sheer, swept-back black-masked windshield and flying bridge brow present a powerful yet elegant picture.
Here is an action shot of Viking's Finish Mechanic Foreman Tom Harris directing their Travelift into position so the 68 C, a 115, 306-pound vessel, can be lowered into the basin for her first sea trial. The photo shows the 68 C's sharp entry, variable deadrise and bow flare, which are just some of the design traits that give the boat a smooth, dry and stable ride.
Each year Viking runs three demonstrator boats - one in the winter and two in the summer. Hands-on experience leads to innovation in all aspects of boat design, from performance, to fishing equipment and features to interior accommodations and comfort. Building boats - and using them in the real world - has fueled Viking excellence for decades.
Consistently running, fishing and maintaining the demo boats allows us to showcase our products in the environment in which they were designed to perform. The leaders of Viking Yachts are also the guys who fish their demo boats. Director of Design & Engineering Lonni Rutt (left) bumps fists with Sales Manager Mark Waldron after releasing a white marlin aboard the Viking 62 during the MidAtlantic tournament demo last summer. Innovative designs, such as our flybridge center console walk-around helm, are often born from on-the-water experiences.
"Each demo boat is an engineering tool, a design tool, a marketing and sales tool, and a customer service tool," says Ryan Higgins, Viking Southeast Sales Manager and Demonstrator Program Manager. "With our demos, we can show a level of commitment to our customers that you'll only find with Viking." With the 2018 tournament season ramping up, all eyes were on the 68 Convertible which happened to be THE winter demo boat for Viking this year. Check out this video which shows the new 68 Convertible, tearing through Palm Beach Inlet on her way home after fishing the Gold Cup earlier this month.
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