They will also appreciate this yacht’s 151 square feet of fish-fighting cockpit space as well as the two massive in-sole fish boxes under the optional teak-covered cockpit that are both capable of holding several bigeyes. Of course, these boxes can also be set up as a dump for the ice maker (as on this vessel) and livewells, or any combination of the three. There’s also an in-transom kill box. Like that cockpit sole, the 55 sports optional all-teak covering boards.
Finishing off the business side of this boat is a pair of Rupp outriggers, a contoured and artisanal-grade Release Marine offset fighting chair set up for battling granders and a mezzanine with built-in bait stowage under the seat.
The same attention to detail given to the 55’s construction and fishability can be found in this sport-fisherman’s interior spaces. This test vessel sported grain-matched, high-gloss teak veneer throughout her interior. Attractive teak strips set up against the salon’s cream-tone headliner subtly, but effectively, play off the overhead LED lighting, adding a sense of warmth to this space.
The 55’s starboard-side island galley layout with an Amtico rosewood-tone sole sported two stools at the overhanging countertop, offering a great place for breakfast. Four under-counter, drawer-style Sub-Zeros (two refrigerators, two freezers) offer plenty of room for stores for the traveling angler and his team for a week or more. If you prefer, you can lose the island and extend the galley counter outboard to starboard, which gains you two more drawers under it. (This 55 got extra freezer space by placing a unit on the flying bridge in lieu of the standard sink.)
A four-burner electric cooktop makes meal preparation for the crew a breeze, but when the bite is hot and time is limited, the Sharp Carousel microwave makes reheating that oh-so-tasty Hot Pocket a no-brainer. (You know you eat them.)
Deep pullout cabinet drawers offer sizable stowage space for dry goods, paper products and snacks. Worthy of note is the light feel of the galley’s cabinet doors, which are cored with Nomex honeycomb in yet another weight-saving measure. All latches and catches here are robust, and even when running the 55 at wide-open throttle up and over boat wakes, not one door or drawer popped open.
Viking 55 Convertible
Viking Yachts’ latest midsize convertible is a bred-for-blue-water fishing machine.