Galati Yacht Sales currently has The Provider, a Viking 76 Convertible, listed with an asking price of $4.795 million. The 2015 sportfisherman underwent a refit in 2018, getting a new Palm Beach Tower and new electronics. It has a rare six-stateroom, five-head layout with space to sleep up to 12, making it a solid contender for a tournament team hitting the billfish circuit.
Owners and guests will immediately notice the battle-ready, 206-square-foot cockpit, which has room to spare for the BlueWater fighting chair. There is mezzanine bench seating creating a perfect perch to keep an eye on the trolling spread and spot that bill and its windshield-wiper motion knocking the teasers around. A ladder to port of the centerline leads to the 76-footer’s flybridge where the three-seat helm station sits abaft a bench seat and fixed table, a great spot for guests to converse with the captain en route to the fishing grounds.
During downtime, the salon offers a welcome respite for the weary angler. There is a day head immediately to port and multiple seating options with an L-shaped sofa and a coffee table to starboard and three fixed stools at the open galley bar forward to port. A C-shaped dinette sits next to the galley and is a great spot to relax and enjoy casual meals with the crew. The galley has two countertop areas, a dishwasher, a trash compactor, an electric cooktop and a sink.
The extra pantry space that would typically be forward of the galley on a Viking 76C has been converted to a sixth stateroom with a twin berth. Belowdecks, there is a full-beam owners’ stateroom amidships with a desk and an en suite head. The forepeak VIP has a queen berth and an en suite head. The forward port and starboard guest staterooms have single bunks and an en suite heads. The guest stateroom aft and to port has a double berth.
Twin 2,600 hp MTU 16V2000 M94 diesels power The Provider, giving it a reported blistering 42-knot top hop and a cruising speed of 34 knots, ensuring a lot of fellow tournament competitors will be staring at this sportfish boat’s transom. The engines currently have 3,150 hours.
Other notable features on board include a Seakeeper SK26, satin-finish walnut interior, seven rod holders, Garmin GPSMAP 8622 22-inch widescreen glass-bridge multi-function displays, a GPSMAP 7612–no sounder, an EZ2CY enclosure for the flybridge, a plumb transom box livewell with glass window and lights, and a transom livewell plumbed for tuna tube system with dedicated pumps, a great addition for live-bait anglers.
From the Yachting Archive: Viking 76: Intelligent Design and Evolution
“Since the 76 replaces our 74, introduced in 2004, we had a number of styling updates in terms of the house shape and window lines,” said David Wilson, Viking Yachts’ manager of design. With the added length and a bit more sheer height, Wilson was able to do away with the raised trunk foredeck without compromising headroom belowdecks. In addition to in-house input, Wilson was armed with a punch list generated from dealer and customer feedback. Customers, for example, wanted a full-beam master stateroom. Wilson accomplished this by adding six inches of chine beam and a bit more shape to the topsides. Storage space for the owner’s gear was also important. Wilson crafted a five-stateroom arrangement that includes a walk-in pantry forward of the galley.” – Yachting, July 2010
Where is The Provider located? The yacht is currently lying in Anna Maria, Florida.
- Length Overall: 76′
- Maximum Beam: 20’3″
- Fuel Capacity: 2,945 Gal.
- Draft: 5’6″