Viking likes to build what it calls “a model within a model.” The idea is to dial in the hull design, and then branch out with configurations that appeal to cruisers, fishermen, and those with a foot in each camp. Thus was born the 52 Sport Coupe, or SC for short.
The 52 SC is built on the same eminently enjoyable platform as the 52 Convertible. The hull has 12 degrees of deadrise at the transom and planes easily thanks to molded strakes. Construction is resin-infused fiberglass comprised of a matrix of E-glass and Aramid knitted fibers, foam and end-grain balsa coring, and epoxy and polyester resins.
What sets the SC apart from the convertible is a different house design with a wraparound windshield and molded hardtop that is open aft, centered on a raised command bridge helm for excellent lines of sight. The three Stidd helm and companion seats are accompanied by an al fresco saloon area with a U-shaped settee with pop-up television, a refrigerator, and generous stowage.
Belowdecks, Viking offers either a standard two-stateroom layout or an optional third stateroom. In both designs, the master is forward, with a private head and shower, and the galley is located on the port side.
One thing’s for sure, the choices don’t get any easier as the 52 SC struts her stuff alongside the convertible and her other equally fishy sister, the 52 Sport Tower. But since they all have that Viking ride and performance, there’s no wrong choice. —Jason Y. Wood
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- Builder: Viking
- Model: Viking 52 SC
- Year: 2015
- Base Price: $1,932,000
- LOA: 53'2"
- Draft: 4'11"
- Beam: 17'6"
- Displacement: 67,680 LB.
- Fuel Capacity: 1,202 GAL.
- Water Capacity: 186 GAL.
- Standard Power: 2/1,000-HP MAN 1000 CRM V-8s
- Cruise Speed: 37 Knots
- Top Speed: 41 Knots
This article originally appeared in the June 2015 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.