From out of South Jersey comes another Viking build that may be destined to become a classic. Although she is the smallest Viking, the 42 has a big attitude. With aggressively raked lines and a dark visor contrasting with her expansive foredeck, the 42 certainly looks ready to rumble offshore. And a cockpit with a built-in mezzanine, a transom door with lift gate, rounded coamings, and recessed fishboxes ensure that she will be all business when the bite is on. Down below, the 42 makes full use of her nearly 16-foot beam regardless of whether she is outfitted with two or three staterooms. (If the owner chooses a two-stateroom layout, a mid-level galley replaces the third berth. Otherwise the well-equipped galley is located on the saloon level.)
The 42 also comes with the innovative Zeus pod-drive propulsion system matched to Cummins diesels. Viking says this feature was added to enhance maneuverability (particularly when docking or waiting for a bridge to open), as well as improve construction efficiency, since each drive installs in an hour, compared to the days it can take to put in a straight-shaft system.
Out on the water the 42’s automatic trim tabs respond in real-time to create efficient running angles and reduce time-to-plane. Optional twin 480-hp Cummins diesels should propel the 42 to the nearest schools of fish at speeds of up to 35.6 mph while her modified-V hull form with prop tunnels should ensure a seakindly ride.
This article originally appeared in the March 2011 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.