When I first ran the Viking 55 Convertible in 2012, its 33.5-knot cruise speed impressed me. That boat had optional 1,550 hp MANs (1,400 hp MANs were standard). Top hop was 42 knots.
Angling features included a 151-square-foot cockpit, a transom fish box, and bigeye-size in-sole boxes that could also be used as livewells or plumbed to the ice maker. Our test 55 had optional Rupp outriggers and a Release offset fighting chair.
At press time, there were five Viking 55 Convertibles for sale, ranging from $1.74 million for a 2013 to $2.35 million for a 2015.
From the Archive
“Her vacuum-infused, Baltek-cored hull—except for where there are through-hull penetrations, which are solid fiberglass—sports a planing hull form. This hull form features amplified convex sections forward and aft that help with head-sea performance and enhance stability in a seaway, roll moment on the drift or trolling, and lift when throttling up. Two small strakes add to her effortless planing ability.”
—Yachting, February 2013