Men who fish are serious about their hobby—indeed, in many cases, it’s a passion that borders on an obsession. Thusly, they are also serious about the boats they use to hunt those fish. If you’re one of those guys who can’t possibly get enough time out on the water, then the Viking 62 may be the boat for you. Because it is one seriously hard-core fishing machine.
The 62, which comes with either an enclosed or open bridge (shown), debuted in February. Both iterations of the boat are well equipped to chase monster-size fish the world over, and they look the part too. A gently crowned foredeck tops off a full eight feet of wave-smashing freeboard, while a graceful sheerline slopes aft to the spacious cockpit. Meanwhile 19 feet of beam helps to ensure that this boat is not only roomy throughout, but also steady out on the rolling sea.
The aforementioned cockpit has an observation mezzanine, as well as a freezer, tackle drawers, fresh- and raw-water washdown systems, extra stowage, and a fishbox in the transom. A lazarette can be optioned out to have a Seakeeper gyrostabilizer—a feature any fisherman would appreciate when, say, drifting for sharks.
All that fishing equipment in the cockpit is complemented by serious running gear. The 62’s hull has refined propeller pockets to enhance water flow to the five-blade props. That enhanced flow helps the props do two things: Get a better bite, and stay quiet. The former evinces itself in the vessel’s relatively blistering 41-knot top end with optional twin 1,925-horsepower Caterpillars, while the hushed decibel levels will benefit everybody onboard.
The boat’s saloon boasts a 46-inch flatscreen television and a Bose speaker system. A granite-topped serving island is perfectly placed for easy access to refreshments, too.
Down below, the 62 can have either three or four staterooms. If the three-stateroom layout is preferred, each area will have an en suite head, while in the four-stateroom layout the guest cabins to port share a head. The well-accoutered amidships master has an athwartship queen-size berth with an upholstered headboard and a pair of flanking night tables. It sounds like quite a comfortable layout. And that’s a good thing, because if you’re going to do some serious fishing, you’re bound to get worn out sooner or later. After all, this boat wasn’t built for going down to the pond and chasing bluegills and tommycods!
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This article originally appeared in the March 2013 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.