Viking Yachts launched two new 2017 models at its New Gretna, N.J., facility.
Scheduled to make their world premiere at the 2016 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show in November, the Viking 48 Open and 48 Sport Tower are still works in progress. Built on the same hull as the Viking 48 Convertible, the new Vikings share a commonality of features.
The 48 Open has a one-piece fiberglass wraparound windshield. The 48 Sport Tower features a three-sided fiberglass air-conditioned deckhouse. Both boats have the Palm Beach Towers custom tuna tower.
Each boat has identical cockpit and command deck layouts. The 124-square-foot cockpit features a split mezzanine with aft-facing lounge seating and built-in stowage compartments. Centerline steps lift to expose engine-room access.
Additional stowage is found in the transom live well, a drink and a bait box cooler, a recessed fish well and a dunnage box.
The lazarette is prepped for an optional Seakeeper 9 gyrostabilizer. The command deck will feature three pedestal seats. L-shaped port and starboard consoles will be complemented with pedestal mounted tables and cushioned seating.