Viking Yachts 46 Billfish

The 46 Billfish is the new flagship in this series from Viking Yachts.

Viking Yachts 46 Billfish
The Viking 46 Billfish is the new flagship in this series for the New Jersey builder.Courtesy Viking Yachts

Viking yachts' 46 ­Billfish is a vessel that takes owners from the mid-30-foot dayboat category into the traveling, tournament-circuit-ready stage.

The big sister to the 38 ­Billfish, the 46's extra waterline should increase comfort offshore on those choppy days and enhance internal volume, easily accommodating a larger crew or a family when cruising.

To that end, the layout belowdecks has a forepeak master stateroom with a queen island berth and a hanging locker. Aft to port is the second stateroom with two bunks for crew or the kids. There is a single head with a walk-in shower abaft the second stateroom at the foot of the stairs leading from the main deck.

Interior wood is high-gloss teak, and the salon sole is Amtico—a vinyl ­product produced with resin under high pressure, creating a durable, ­low-maintenance surface.

Abaft the master stateroom to starboard is the galley with an L-shaped Corian countertop. The galley is fitted out with a two-burner electric cooktop, ­microwave, catty-cornered sink, and fridge and freezer drawers with an ice maker.

Viking Yachts 46 Billfish
The Palm Beach-style helm has a Release Marine teak chair and an optional companion chair. The 46 Billfish’s black mask helps to visually lower the yacht’s profile. The insulated cockpit fish boxes drain overboard.Courtesy Viking Yachts

The homelike ­appointments should keep the owner and crew happy during downtime, but the primary ­mission for most ­Viking owners is chasing big fish. And it starts with the yacht’s business end, a 140-square-foot cockpit with room to mount a fighting chair or a rocket ­launcher into the laminated deck plate. Other angling amenities ­include in-sole fish boxes to port and starboard, a bait freezer, and a transom livewell, which can serve as ­another fish box. Mezzanine seating flanks the centerline steps to the main deck, and this seating should give the crew an unimpeded view of the trolling lanes.

If it gets hot in the cockpit—or the bite slacks off, and it’s time for lunch—the ­main-deck salon has U-shaped seating with a table to port and a bench seat across.

Standard power for the 46 Billfish is twin 715 hp Cummins QSM11 diesels. Twin 800 hp MAN i6-800 diesels are an option. Projected performance data was not ­available at press time. A Seakeeper SK6 gyrostabilizer is available.

Look for the 46 Billfish on display at the fall boat shows.

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