The Viking 66: Yes, another winner for the New Jersey builder, and perhaps the company’s most beautiful convertible yet, with more freeboard forward, a steeply raked windshield, and absolutely no sharp edges. But have no doubts: This beauty is a pure battlewagon, designed to go fast and catch fish. The Viking 66 has a totally new hull; the company’s first that’s completely infused, and it’s much flatter aft, with only 11 degrees deadrise. With optional twin 2,000-horsepower MTUs, top speed is 42 knots. As one of our editorial judges remarked, “This may be the best boat I ran in this category in 25 years.”
Meeting the needs of boaters in the U.S. has some builders around the world scratching their heads, but not Rio Yachts. This Italian builder knows what works and what doesn’t, and adds a creative touch and fine finish to differentiate its product from lots of other boats out there.
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