Imagine if the leading builder of sportfishing yachts designed a line of center consoles. How would they perform? What would they look like, and what amenities might they include?
We will find out in a few months, but Anglers Journal Boat Reports is giving you a first look.
Viking Yacht Co. president and CEO Pat Healey announced today the builder’s entry into high-end center consoles with a wholly owned subsidiary called Valhalla Boatworks.
“Valhalla Boatworks was developed to allow our dealers and customers to fulfill a strong desire for high-end center consoles built by the Viking Yacht Co.,” he said. “It’s a very exciting time and another important chapter in our history of building a better boat every day.”
The renderings released today show three models: a twin-outboard V-33, a triple-outboard V-37 and a quad-powered V-41. Also released were images of the hull plugs being formed using Viking’s computer controlled multidirectional, multihead milling system — the same one used to generate hulls and major component systems for Viking Yachts with minute tolerances.
What we know so far is these handsome designs will ride on hulls incorporating noted naval architect Michael Peters patented Stepped-V Ventilated Tunnel running surface, one of the best-riding bottoms on the water.
“It’s the most advanced and proven stepped-hull design in the world,” says Viking design manager David Wilson. “The twin steps and tunnel not only give you fast and efficient performance, but also precise handling and a very stable ride.”
OK, this is a Viking. So what else might be in store? How about clean lines that incorporate a proud bow with raised toe rails and a graceful sheer. The sleek console has a yacht-style helm pod and — get this — aft-facing mezzanine seating. Viking touts a custom Seakeeper stabilizer installation that doesn’t sacrifice stowage or deck space, plus Viking-designed mechanical, plumbing and electrical systems that take these center consoles to a new level of technical excellence. And there is no shortage of fishing features, including custom pipework and electronics by Viking subsidiaries Palm Beach Towers and Atlantic Marine Electronics.
The initial preview of the Valhalla Boatworks V-Series center consoles is slated for Viking’s dealer meeting this summer and at Viking dealers not long afterward.