Viking Sport Cruisers 67 Motor Yacht — By Richard Thiel
— October 2005
The Sensible Sibling
Part 2: The master has the three distinctive ports on each side that bring extra light into what would normally be a dark space.
As with the V70, the space beneath the cockpit is well utilized. Aft is a 6'3"-long crew’s quarters with hanging locker, single berth, head with stall shower, two ports, and separate air conditioning that could function as an additional stateroom. There’s also a 2'3"-long, full-beam lazarette/machinery space that contains the standard 27.5-kW Onan genset, isolation transformer, and shore-power cable. Two notable things here: the separate Sea Fire fire-suppression system and blower and the way each battery container is vented overboard via its own hose.
Forward of this and beneath a cockpit hatch is the engine room, with 5'10" headroom. The diesels are inclined (i.e., no down-angle gears), but there’s good access to them all around, and raw-water strainers and Separ fuel-water separators are clustered for easy checking. The single 960-gallon fuel tank is forward, insulating this space from the amidships master.
That master is one of three staterooms on the lower deck, all accessed via a centerline stairway forward on the main deck. The other two include a forepeak VIP and starboard amidships twin cabin, the same basic configuration as the V70. All have hanging lockers, en suite heads and separate showers, and opening ports. Additionally, the master has the three distinctive ports on each side that bring extra light into what would normally be a dark space.
The real difference between the 67 and 70 is the main deck. The 67 offers a lower helm with two seats and a starboard door that offers passage to the side deck. (The helmsman can’t really get out without the passenger vacating.) The three-panel windshield has fairly wide mullions, yet visibility is still good forward and to both sides. Visibility aft is as well, thanks to a nifty clear-glass bulkhead that can be turned translucent electrically to provide privacy for the helmsman—or for everyone in the U-shape galley immediately aft and in the saloon aft of that. Those who’d rather watch the world go by can do so from the port-side dinette, which offers occupants good views on all points and has the added plus of being close to the galley for easy food service.
It’s luxury and amenities like these that will make a lot of buyers be willing to give up the performance of the 70, but they may be surprised to learn that they don’t have to give up much. With a top speed of 35.7 mph and a best cruise speed of 24.1 mph, the 67 offers a fine turn of speed. Moreover, after having driven both in three- to four-foot seas, I can say that the 67 exhibits nearly equal seakeeping, cruising speed for cruising speed. She can’t match the 70’s tight turning radius, but despite her additional stature, she feels just as stable.
No, the 67’s not the dancing queen the V70 is, but she’s no sweatin’-with-the-oldies matron, either. She’s a lady who can cut a mean rug and make you feel at home, too.
Viking Sport Cruisers ( (609) 296-6000. www.vikingsportcruisers.com.
This article originally appeared in the November 2005 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.