Koenig’s First Take: This boat is particularly slick even by Viking standards. To my eye the profile of the enclosed flying bridge looks a little like a person in the midst of literally getting her hair blown back. By design, I’m sure.
The Viking 80 EB is, if anything, a boat that was born to run. Her hull was created precisely to chew up waves and spit them out. A sharp entry tapers out to 12.5 degrees of deadrise at the transom, while the boat’s beam carries well aft, aiding in her balance, volume, and lift. This design helps her get up to speed quickly and easily, while also allowing her to slice through nasty slop. Four molded running strakes help her hull with maneuverability and tracking. Meanwhile a high forward chine combines with 9 feet of freeboard at the bow to swat down any waves that dare try to douse her as she runs. The boat’s hull is resin-infused with foam and balsa coring—weight savers that help her twin 2,635-horsepower MTU V16 M96Ls propel her out to (and back from) the fishing grounds at impressive speeds. She easily cruises at 34 knots, but can also top out at over 40 if need be, Viking says.
On board, creature comforts abound, starting with her eponymous enclosed bridge, which acts not only as a command center, but as a secondary saloon. Down below, a full-beam master with an island king is the highlight of the five staterooms.
As for fishing amenities, look no further than the boat’s 217-square-foot cockpit, which has a transom door, fishbox, livewell, ice chest, and a chill box for drinks. Yes, it appears there’s something for everyone aboard the Viking 80 EB, even for—you guessed it—tramps like us.
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- Builder: Viking
- Model: Viking 80 EB
- Boat Type: Sportfisherman
- Year: 2016
- Base Price: $6,152,000
- LOA: 80'6"
- Draft: 5'7"
- Beam: 21'4"
- Displacement: 150,000 lb.
- Fuel Capacity: 2,600 gal.
- Water Capacity: 424 gal.
- Standard Power: 2/1,600-hp Caterpillar C32As
- Optional Power: 2/2,635-hp MTU Series 2000 V16 M96Ls
- Cruise speed: 34 knots
- Top speed: 41 knots
This article originally appeared in the December 2015 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.