Replacing the popular Viking 61 Convertible, the Viking 60 Convertible had a higher freeboard forward and a cambered foredeck. Below the surface, there was a new hull form with a finer entry, convex sections forward in the hull and flatter sections aft, enhancing overall performance.
When I ran the 60—powered with optional 1,825 hp Caterpillar C32 Acert diesels—top speed was 42 knots and cruise speed was 36 knots.
At press time, there were four Viking 60 Convertibles on the market ranging from $1.6 million to $2.45 million.
From the Archive
“The wind was down a bit, from a sustained 35 knots from the northeast to a mere 25-knot easterly as we climbed aboard. As the inlet came into view, solid 8-footers breaking across its mouth had me wondering if we got a bit more than we bargained for. I found out soon enough, though, that we hadn’t, as skipper Ryan Higgins pushed up the throttles and negotiated the ugly inlet at 18 to 20 knots with ease.” —Yachting, December 2008