If you aren’t familiar with Valhalla Boatworks, don’t be hard on yourself. This brand-new boat family of three—the V-33, V-37, and V-41—is still in production on the East Coast. The daughters of a marriage between the design and engineering team of Viking Yachts and the Michael Peters Yacht Design firm, there’s some buzz around these luxury fishing machines set to debut in 2020. The Valhalla Boatworks V-37, a speedy looking center console, merits a closer look.
Part of the hype is due to a patented Stepped-V Ventilated Tunnel that pairs with the deep vee hull of the V-37. Twin steps work with this tunnel to pop the V-37 on a plane with ease and provide benefits to performance, handling, and stability. Naturally, we’ll all have to see this in action after launch to see if it works as advertised, but in theory, the concept is a good one. We await those performance numbers with bated breath. Triple outboards will be mounted to the transom, guaranteeing speed—come hell or high water.
The overall look has some East Coast swagger about it with gentle sloping S-shaped shearlines, proud saucy bow, and maybe the slightest hint of Florida cigar boat but with more yacht-like wood trim and upholstery. Onboard, it looks to be all about that padded seating hangout area in the foredeck and wide-open work deck aft for slaying fish. A hardtop with ample rod holders and a windshield shelters the three seats at the helm. There is a modest cabin below with a berth, toilet, and stowage.
Overall, the V-37 shows a lot of promise for the go-fast, fish-on crowd seeking a modern, upscale experience. You can keep tabs on the build’s progress through local Valhalla Boatworks dealer Stan Miller Yachts.