The Viking 44 Convertible (44C) is the newest addition to the Viking Yachts family. The company flagship is the 92’ version of this convertible, but this half-a-flagship struts much of the same features and quality of her bigger sister. Made to be open-water luxury sport fishers, Vikings are ubiquitous on the East Coast where they are often seen in gnarly weather chasing fish off the coast of New Jersey and flying over calm turquoise seas to the Bahamas.
The 44C looks like a Viking with a similar profile as her peers: sheer lines that run stern to stern, flare on the raked bow, swept-back angle of the deckhouse, etc. The yacht also has a large sheltered working cockpit, rod holders, in-deck fish box, and a live bait well built into the transom. For those not working the lines, a set of steps leads from the cockpit to the hardtop-covered flybridge. There’s plenty of seating around the helm station to keep the skipper company.
The interior is where the luxury aspect really kicks into gear with a roomy salon upon entry complete with large L-shaped setee aft. High-gloss juno teak wood finish, brushed nickel hardware and carpeting, and Ultraleather on the seats are a few notable touches. The 44C has a two-head, two-stateroom layout.
The Volvo Penta of the Americas announced that they are supplying twin inboard 1,000-horsepower D13 diesels for the model. In sea trials, the diesels met or exceeded all expectations, according to Chris Landry, director of communications at Viking Yachts. “The boat achieved top speeds of over 38 knots, with a cruising speed of 32 to 34 knots. The engines provided outstanding acceleration and low-RPM torque, and a smooth, quiet ride.” We haven’t been aboard yet to verify, but if this is all true, the 44C is certainly an all-encompassing performer.
Viking Yachts still retains a signature look that’s been decades in the works, and the new 44 Convertible looks to fit into the lineup nicely. If interested, the West Coast dealer is Stan Miller Yachts. You can reach out to them for more information or pricing.