We got to peek at the Viking 37 Billfish when it came to the West Coast back in 2017. Now that Viking has announced their new 38 Open Billfish to their lineup, the clock is ticking until one gets Pacific-side. Meant to bolster the Viking Yachts builds that are less than 40 feet length overall, the 38 Open aims at the Viking formula of hitting the day hard for a fishing derby while providing great overnight accommodations.
On deck you have that Viking profile with long foredeck that melts into the swept back windshield. Even when not in a derby, this boat always looks like its ready to go with numerous rod holders, transom box and live well, tackle storage, and, of course, the massive tuna tower with second helm.
The Open 38 is powered by a Cummins QSB6.7 550-horsepower engine as standard. If you don’t take home first prize, it isn’t going to be the 38 Open’s fault.
Below, accommodations are modest for a yacht but sumptuous for a sportfisher. There’s an enclosed head and galley, some seating, stowage, and two bunk-style berths. Most of the handing out will be done above, for the sheltered area around the helm features plenty of padded entertainment space separated from the working space aft. There’s space aplenty for both the rabid fisherfolk and imbibing tag alongs.
If you want a sportfishing yacht, you’re probably already eyeing Vikings for good reason. The 38 Open Billfish is a welcome addition to the growing Billfish fleet. The first builds should be on the water in the fall. If interested in more information or pricing, you can contact local dealer Stan Miller Yachts.