Viking 58 Convertible Boat Review



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From 1991 to 2000, Viking Yacht Co. sold over 110 of its now famous 58-foot convertibles. At the time, it was the company’s largest boat to date, and it put the New Gretna, N.J.-based builder on the sportfishing map as a boat-building powerhouse. Eighteen years later, Viking has introduced an updated version of the 58, and it’s a winner right off the bat.

To check out the new Gen II 58 C, I drove to the company’s annual dealer meeting in Atlantic City, New Jersey, just about 30 minutes from the Viking factory location on the Bass River. Foggy weather had arrived in the area so we had plenty of time to take a look before heading out for a quick sea trial in the waterway – the huge swells of Hurricane Florence about 500 miles to the south of us kept us from spending time in the ocean. On board for the morning were Viking President and CEO Pat Healey, Director of Communications Chris Landry, renowned nautical writers Karl Anderson and Peter Frederiksen, and Captain Scott Adams at the helm.

When I ask about the intended place of the 58 convertible in the Viking lineup, Healey talks about simplicity. Rather than being overly complicated, this is a boat intended to have everything you need in a serious fishing boat, but designed and built in such a way that an experienced owner/operator can easily manage with a part-time crew. She is an uncompromising and comfortable tournament competitor.

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The 58’s center console helm on the flybridge mirrors other Viking designs, with two recessed electronics boxes either side of the helm station to house VHF radios and other equipment under hinged, split covers
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Cockpit and Flybridge

With a 165 square foot teak deck cockpit, the 58 is clearly designed as a hardcore fishing boat. Standard features include a large transom livewell, deck fish boxes, side lockers for gaffs, brush handles and chamois mops, transom door with tail lift and hand washes. fresh water and salt water. The corners are beautifully rounded and everything is within easy reach for a crew of anglers and mates. Hull #1 was fitted with a Release Marine rocket launcher mounted on a slightly offset upright, which adds several inches of extra space behind it and the step to the mezzanine; it’s a perfect place for two anglers to stand while watching the spread.

A Seakeeper 9 gyrostabilizer resides in the lazarette hatch, just forward of the transom. Viking was one of the first boat builders to design all of its new models with the ability to incorporate such outriggers, and this location provides easy access for routine maintenance.

The 58’s center console helm on the flybridge mirrors other Viking designs, with two recessed electronics boxes either side of the helm station to house VHF radios and other equipment under hinged, split covers. A full electronics suite is protected under a clear acrylic spray screen easily visible from the two Release Marine helm seats, while a drop-down box in the hardtop can accommodate additional screens. A second box just aft houses a pair of Miya Epoch US9 HD electric teaser reels within easy reach of the captain. Lounge benches run the length of each side of the deck, with an aft-facing folding seat for the starboard side. The custom Palm Beach Towers tuna tower, along with a pair of 41-foot Rupp triple-spread outriggers, complete the boat’s aggressive lines.

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From the entrance to the forward companionway is a straight line through the saloon, giving the appearance of a much larger area.
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Interior

One of the key features of all Vikings is the maximization of interior space, and nowhere is this more true than in the 58. From entry to forward companionway is a straight line through the living room, giving the appearance of a much larger area. An L-shaped sofa is on the port side, with ample storage below for gear and tools, while the flat-screen HD TV rises from the starboard home theater system. The dinette is opposite the galley, countertop and Sub-Zero-equipped helm to port. The high-gloss finished walnut cabinetry, combined with the gray and cream colors of the interior, give the boat a look and feel of understated elegance. Amtico flooring also offers low maintenance durability.

The three-cabin, two-head layout of the boat is cleverly executed. The master stateroom is to port, with a queen bed and ample storage under and in his-and-hers hanging lockers. To starboard is a side-by-side twin cabin, followed by a third cabin forward, available with cross-berths or a single walk-around queen bed.

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The 58C has an attractive three-cabin, two-head layout.
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Construction

Viking’s construction, engineering and mechanical systems are well known in the industry. The hull is constructed from a resin-infused end-grain balsa core sandwiched with fiberglass and carbon-fiberglass hybrid fabrics. The integrated fiberglass fuel, water and holding tanks are also resin-infused, with a balsa core on all sides for added rigidity, while the main structural bulkheads are constructed using the same resin-infused process. resin using a composite core material for added strength. The result is an incredibly strong boat yet light enough to deliver exceptional performance.

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All mechanical spaces, including the lazarette and forward shims, are coated with Snow White Awlgrip urethane.
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The engine room

Below deck, the first thing that struck me was the engine room space. With a single generator – an Onan 21.5 kW E-QD located on the port side – and a pair of brand new MTU V10 2000 M96L engines rated at 1,600 hp each, the engine room seemed even larger than usual for a boat this size. All spaces, including the lazarette and forward holds, are covered in Snow White Awlgrip urethane.

Performance is another hallmark of the Vikings. Its boats are built to travel long distances at high speeds on the high seas. The 58 cruises at 36 knots and tops out at 41.8 knots with the optional MTU V10 2000 power package. Standard fuel capacity is 1,502 gallons, with an option to increase it to 1,741 gallons. According to Viking factory specifications, the boat’s range at 35.7 knots is 401 nautical miles, putting distant lands within easy reach.

The Gen II Viking 58 Convertible made its world debut at the 2018 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, and judging by the interest among current and potential Viking owners, it’s already well on its way to becoming legendary.

Specifications

*1,741 gal. (opt.)

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In the Tuna Tower, the matte finish reduces reflections.
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The spacious cockpit mezzanine, with plenty of storage above and below.
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The living room is bright and airy.
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The 58’s teak cockpit is among the largest in its class.
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While underway, the boat offers excellent performance, cruising at 36 knots and peaking at 41.8 knots with the optional MTU V10 2000 power unit.
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