The yacht expands the builder’s Open series to five models, currently ranging from 42 to 52 feet in length. Some of Viking’s Open yachts (42, 48 and 52) include variations such as sport tower, with a fully composite windshield and open back and sport cruiser, with a fully enclosed bridge deck. For now, the 44 Open will have the standard layout with a wraparound glass windshield and Costa Clear enclosure.
Like all Viking’s, the 44 Open will feature a stout build for bluewater duty. The builder says the yacht will have a resin-infused, vacuum-bagged composite hull. Bulkheads will be cored for weight savings without sacrificing strength.
In addition to her beefy construction, the 44 Open should be beat back those head seas with a fine entry and six feet of freeboard forward. Other notable features include a planing hull form with 13.9 degrees aft deadrise and lifting strakes that should help her run fast and track true in a seaway. Twin 800 hp MAN I6 diesels are the 44’s standard powerplants.
Anglers will appreciate the vessel’s 119-square-foot cockpit, mezzanine seating, bait and tackle stowage, in-deck livewells and aluminum backing plate for that fighting chair.
Stay tuned to Yachting for a future test of the Viking 44 Open.
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