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FLIBS 2017: Viking introduces its 93 Motor Yacht

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Viking Yachts introduced its new 93 Motor Yacht, the largest boat the company has ever built, at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show on Wednesday.

It joins the 75 Motor Yacht and the 82 Cockpit Motor Yacht in the company’s motoryacht line. The company also showed off the 44 Open for the first time and gave a sneak peek of the 68 Convertible, which will make its world premiere at the Miami Yacht Show @ Collins Avenue in February.

“Part of the sportfish boat DNA is the overall performance, along with the high level of engineering and mechanical equipment,” said Chris Landry, director of communications for Viking.

The Viking 93 Motor Yacht is the company’s flagship.

The Viking 93 Motor Yacht is the company’s flagship.

The Viking 93 Motor Yacht is the company’s flagship.

The 93 Motor Yacht is powered by twin MTU V-12 diesels rated at 1,945 hp. The boat has an estimated top speed of 27.5 knots and the cruising speed is 21 to 24 knots, depending on the fuel load.

Landry said one of the highlights of the yacht is space. For example, the Sub-Zero refrigerator is 7 feet tall. “Everything is big for a reason. Our customers want size,” he said.

The boat has three decks, five staterooms, seven heads and 12 TVs, including two 65-inch screens. Belowdecks, the master quarters has its own private stairs. Above, Landry said, “One of the unique features of this motoryacht is that it has an enclosed bridge.”

Bifold doors, a hydraulically powered window on the aft bridge and an electrically operated sunroof open the enclosed bridge area, which is large enough to hold a second salon with an L-shaped couch and a flat-screen TV.

The Viking 44 Open also made its world premiere at the show. When visitors step aboard, one of the first things they’ll notice is the space in the 119-square-foot cockpit.

The Viking 44 Open has an open cockpit for fighting fish and two staterooms.

The Viking 44 Open has an open cockpit for fighting fish and two staterooms.

The boat also has a mezzanine area forward of the cockpit where passengers can watch anglers fight fish without getting in the way, Landry said.

Moving on to the Command Deck, there are seats abaft the centrally positioned helm. Owners will notice that the water breaks just aft of the helm area for a very dry ride.

“The dry ride comes from a design that’s focused on providing lift and deflecting spray,” Landry said. “[The boat] has a 14.3-degree deadrise at the transom.”

The 68 Convertible will make its world premiere at the Miami Yacht Show @ Collins Avenue in February.

The 68 Convertible will make its world premiere at the Miami Yacht Show @ Collins Avenue in February.

Patrick Healey, Viking’s president and CEO, told the Viking dealer network on Wednesday about the plans for the 68 Convertible.

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