On the Market: The Viking 61 Convertible

The Viking 61 Convertible is a popular choice for anglers looking to bring in the big ones.

New Jersey-based Viking Yachts launched the 61 Convertible in 2000 with open- and enclosed-bridge versions.Charlie Clark

Fifteen years ago, I fished aboard a Viking 61 Convertible off Costa Rica. Several 61Cs were in the marina, and I soon found out why. For two days, we backed down on, chased and caught countless sailfish, plus a blue marlin. We didn't miss a fish. The boat had an uncanny ability to put the squeeze on pelagics in a flash.

Notable features: She has a razorlike sheer line. Standard power was 1,360 hp diesels. Power options included diesels up to 2,000 hp apiece. Reported top speed ranges from 37 to 42 knots.

Belowdecks: Three staterooms, three heads were standard.

 Availability: We found 27 Viking 61Cs on the market, ranging from $659,000 for a well-equipped 2001 to $1.37 million for a 2005 that's ready to fish.