Viking 75 Motor Yacht
Viking’s 75 Motor Yacht is just a little deceptive. From some vantage points she looks like a curvaceous, contemporary megayacht, with big, darkened teardrop windows and a swept-back skylounge. But from others? Well, she’s pure Viking, with all the seagoing performance, rock-solid engineering, and pizzazz that Viking battlewagons are famous for.
Driving the Viking 75 Motor Yacht feels like driving one of Viking’s big, bodacious sportfishing convertibles. By any measure we sea-trialed the boat under some pretty rough conditions, but in the open Atlantic, in 6-to-8-footers, the ride felt rockin’-chair comfy, the windshield remained bone-dry, running attitudes held at 4 degrees or less, and sightlines stayed superb.
Speeds were impressive, too. Despite the rowdy sea state, we recorded an average top hop of 34.6 knots and an average cruise velocity (with 20-percent tab deployed and our optional Seakeeper 26000 gyrostabilizer activated) of 29.9 knots.
But it was going downhill that was the real kick. With a motley crowd of white-topped bruisers busting behind us, the boat ran with unswerving directionality, thanks most likely to a good bit of deadrise in the bottom (16 degrees at the transom), along with full, steadying bow sections, and some very emphatic running strakes. According to Michael Peters, the designer of the boat’s running surface, two precisely constituted tunnels also play a part—they resist or reduce lateral movement at the stern, he says, sort of like feathers on an arrow.
And hey, just steering the boat was a hoot, thanks to Viking’s proprietary, tiebar-less VIPER steering system, which lets each rudder operate independently via sophisticated electro-hydraulics. And docking the boat was a hoot, too, thanks to our optional CAT Three60 control system, which uses the 75’s standard hydraulic thruster, a couple of Twin Disc QuickShift transmissions, and a computer-linked joystick to pull pod-type maneuverability from a straight-shot inboard system, all while maintaining steady revs and only faintly disturbing the surrounding water.
Viking Yachts is a vertically organized company, meaning that most of the components of the 75, from the hull, deck, and other modular fiberglass parts to the electrical harnesses and powder-coated aluminum air intakes, are built in-house. Redundancy, both for safety’s sake and the sake of convenience, is important. The shoebox-type hull-to-deck joint, for example, is not only bolted but also thoroughly fiberglassed from inside the vessel. Moreover, rather than just one, there are two standard-issue 29-kW Onan QD (Quiet Diesel) generators shock-mounted in the engine room, one on either side of the entryway. An ample bilge pumping system is backed up with a set of beefy, engine-driven crash pumps. And the 75’s saddle-type fuel tanks are not only equipped with electronic fuel-level senders but also have a provision for physical sounding via a tape measure.
The bottom deck of the 75 emphasizes stretch-out family comfort, thanks to four, expansive en suite staterooms—a VIP forward; a secondary VIP (with twin berths) abaft it and to port; a double guest also abaft but to starboard; and a full-beam master all the way aft. Additionally, there’s a fifth stateroom for crew at the stern with private access.
On the main deck expansiveness continues to be the theme. There’s a very comfortable lounge/dinette all the way forward, a U-shaped galley directly abaft it, with a dayhead opposite, and then a saloon (with formal dining area with table and chairs for six) all the way aft. Up top, the enclosed bridge serves as second saloon of sorts as well as a navigation station. Especially appealing features onboard the 75 include large through-hull windows in the master, furniture throughout that looks residential but is actually custom designed to suit its placement in the vessel, and a level of fit-and-finish that’s second to none.
Viking Yachts, 609-296-6000; www.vikingyachts.com
: 125,198 lb.
: 1,650 gal.
: 302 gal.
: 2/1,925-hp Caterpillar C32 ACERT diesels
: $5,275,000 (with 1,550-hp MAN V12s)
: 2/32-kW Onan
: 2/1,550-hp MAN V12-1550; 2/ 1,800-hp MAN V12-1800; 2/1,825-hp Caterpillar C32 ACERTs; 2/1,925-hp Caterpillar C32 ACERTs
: Twin Disc 6599A; 2.48:1 ratio