Valhalla Boatworks this morning announced plans to build a flagship 55-foot center console, the V-55.
The new boat joins the V-33, V-37, V-41 and V-46 models in the Valhalla lineup. The announcement comes a year after the flagship V-46 was revealed and less than three years since the Viking Yacht Co. division launched with the V-33, V-37 and V-41.
“There will be nothing like it,” said Viking president and CEO Pat Healey this morning at the Viking and Valhalla VIP show in Riviera Beach, Fla. “We’re setting a new standard by bringing together the qualities of a large center console and a luxury sportfishing yacht.”
Michael Peters Yacht Design penned the V-55 hull, which will be the largest built with Peters’ patented Stepped-V Ventilated Tunnel, according to Valhalla. The deep-vee design has a 22.5-degree transom deadrise and a 15-foot, 6-inch beam, which the builder said will be the beamiest center console between 50 and 60 feet.
The hull will be the largest resin-infused center console of its kind, according to Valhalla, using both fiberglass and hybrid carbon fiber/e-glass fabrics. The structural stringer grid, deck, hull liners and hardtop also are resin-infused. The stringer grid is engineered to accommodate a gyroscopic stabilizer.
Quad V-12 600-hp Mercury Verados will be standard, and quintuple 600-hp Mercurys will be an option. Fuel capacity is 1,200 gallons. Estimated performance figures were not available at press time.
The V-55 will feature a fishing-heavy deck plan with plenty of seating. The under-console, walnut-trimmed cabin has 6 feet, 10 inches of headroom. Amenities will include a galley, an L-shaped lounge and a forward private stateroom with queen-size island berth, an en-suite head, a standalone shower and 32-inch flatscreen television.
“We’re providing all the strengths of our Valhalla design — everything from the style and aesthetics to the ride quality and fishability — in a center console large enough to accommodate a private stateroom, head with separate shower and overnighting space for additional crew,” Viking design manager David Wilson said in a statement. “We wanted to give our owners the ability to spend more time on board with family and friends — to go farther, stay longer and bring along more guests.”