Viking Sport Cruisers 75 Page 2
Viking Sport Cruisers 75
— By George L. Petrie
— October 2003
A Sure Thing
|Part 2: Even with her main engines running, I found the 75 to be impressively quiet.|
The helm itself is a serious control station, fitted with a pair of Recaro seats that would look at home in a Formula One car. There’s also a full complement of electronics and navigation gear that on my boat included a 64-NM Furuno radar, Northstar GPS/plotter, and Simrad autopilot, all interfaced by NavNet. But what really impressed me was visibility from here, not just across the bow and to both sides through the large windscreen and side windows, but even astern thanks to a glass panel aft of the helm station that permits a direct line of sight to the cockpit rail. For those occasions when the owner’s party might want privacy from the helm, this panel changes from transparent to translucent with the flick of a switch. For night running, the helm is fitted with red lights in addition to the standard white illumination.
On the lower deck, I found more evidence of Viking Sport Cruisers’ willingness to accommodate an owner’s wishes. The standard layout is a four-stateroom configuration, with the master suite amidships, a VIP forward, and guest staterooms on either side of a central foyer. But this owner wanted an office onboard, so the starboard guest stateroom was fitted out accordingly, with a desk, drawers, chair, and space for computer and printer in lieu of the usual crisscross twin berths. Along one bulkhead was a pull-down berth to accommodate a guest in a pinch, and the space had it’s own private head. If a future owner desires, it can be easily converted back to the original four-stateroom layout.
Being of ample stature (6'2"), I was pleased to see that the lower-deck accommodations were all generously proportioned. Especially noteworthy is the large, sunken tub in the master’s en suite head; not a hot tub, but a full-size soaking tub with a stand-up shower and a bank of water jets to quench you in a refreshing spray from chest to knees. I was pleased to note the presence of good handholds, even in the tub enclosure. But I found the closure mechanism on the shower door to be a little tacky; a little flap latch on top of the doors with no mechanism to keep the doors from swinging past the closed position.
I found the crew staterooms, aft and with direct access to the machinery space, nicely proportioned. They were nearly as large as the guest staterooms and finished in the same cherry joinery. By this time I was hardly surprised to step into the engine room and see that it, too, was spacious. But on entering the room, I was a bit surprised to hear the 27.5-kW Onan genset murmuring softly in its hush box—surprised, because up until the moment I opened the door to the engine room, I hadn’t even been aware that it was running.
Indeed, even with her main engines running, I found the 75 to be impressively quiet. During sea trials, sound levels at the lower helm were less than 65 dB (quieter than normal conversation) at speeds up to 20 mph. Running at her top speed of more than 36 mph, I measured just 74 dB, a quiet testament to her thorough soundproofing.
Handling underway was smooth and predictable, with good course tracking on the straightaways and positive response in the turns. The combination of bow and stern thrusters made our dockside approach child’s play even in a stiff breeze. And had we needed to back into a slip, it was comforting to know there’s a full docking station in the cockpit.
By the end of the day, it was clear to see why this owner has remained such a loyal customer. Once you’ve found a sure thing, why not stick with it?
Viking Sport Cruisers Phone: (609) 296-6000. www.vikingsportcruisers.com.
This article originally appeared in the September 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.