I took my turn at her wheel in seas off Palm Beach that offered little challenge. The thought that cold Kalik, conch and gin-clear Bahamian water were just a few hours away made our trial runs along the beach a bit of a tease. Fitted with 2,000-hp, MTU 16V 2000s, the 74 gets up and goes-responding so well to helm input that it was easy to forget that she had a full tower and weighed in at 135,000 lb. She reached a maximum speed of 35.1 knots in about 40 seconds. At 2100 rpm I recorded a speed of 32.0 knots and a fuel burn of 156 gallons per hour. This performance is a bit off the 36-knot speed Viking expects but this is splitting hairs. The 74's captain suggested a dinged prop was the problem and I did notice a mild vibration above 1800 rpm. The 16V 2000s are an upgrade. With the standard 1,500-hp, MTU 12V 2000s, Viking's data suggest a maximum speed of 30 knots and a cruising speed of 26 knots.