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Viking’s Center Console Solution

Published: Thursday, January 16, 2020

From the legendary builder of the finest convertible sportfishing yachts in the world comes a new breed of center console that sets revolutionary standards in performance, engineering, day boating, and fishing capabilities.

The Viking Yacht Company recently introduced Valhalla Boatworks, a new company dedicated to designing and building high-performance center consoles with the same Viking quality, craftsmanship, and expertise that has led the marine industry for 55 years.

Backed by Viking’s industry-leading customer service and dealer network, the Valhalla Boatworks V Series consists of three outboard-powered deep-V monohulls from 33 to 41 feet designed to excel as luxurious sport cruisers, yacht tenders, or hard-core fishing boats.

Viking DNA

The V-33, V-37, and V-41 are the result of the cooperative effort of the Viking Design & Engineering team and Michael Peters Yacht Design (MPYD). The V Series utilizes MPYD’s patented Stepped-V Ventilated Tunnel running surface that reduces drag while increasing speed, stability, and efficiency.

“It’s the most advanced and proven stepped-hull design in the world,” says Viking Design Manager David Wilson. “The twin steps and tunnel not only give you fast and efficient performance but also precise handling and a very stable ride.”

Following in the footsteps of their convertible stablemates, each V Series model is destined to become the leading center console in its class through engineering, experience, and boatbuilding skill.

The design traits of Viking convertibles can be seen throughout these center consoles. Proud bows, gently sloping S-shaped sheers, double forward chines, teak helm pods and toe rails, and mezzanine seating are some of the hallmarks. Viking engineering and mechanical prowess shine through as well, with customized Seakeeper installations that maintain storage or deck space and mechanical, plumbing, and electrical systems designed and built to unmatched levels.

Let Freedom Ring

No matter the model, the captain has gin-clear visibility through a wraparound Costa Clear or solid glass windshield. A black acrylic panel spans the width of the console for flush-mounted electronics. The fly-by-wire engine controls with available joystick and power-assist steering give you virtually effortless vessel command. Quick downward glances allow for regular performance checks via the high-definition engine monitor. Cupholders are nested in shapely recessed areas, and there’s a port-side glovebox with a 12V and a USB outlet. A row of Bocatech switches – intuitively grouped according to function – lines the bottom of the panel.

When it comes to seating arrangements, the V Series gives its owners the flexibility to adapt to changing fishing and cruising needs. All three come standard with a forward console lounge with dry storage; at the helm, Costa Marine upholstered bench seating features storage and Gemlux rod holders and cupholders on the backrest.

The aft end of this finely tooled seating module hides a slide-out cooler topped with a seat cushion. Helm seating options include Llebroc Billfish or Release Marine chairs or Costa Marine bench seating. All three feature flip-up bolsters and armrests.

Integrated GG Schmitt transom seats and forward bench seating with backrests can also be added to your V Series vessel. Both options are designed and positioned to maintain maximum deck space.

The console, helm seating module, and forward seats are all designed with toekick space for increased safety and balance. Convenience features include a standard port-side dive door and options such as an anchor chute with plow anchor and windlass as well as a bow thruster.

The features on the V Series are impressive, giving owners the freedom to personalize the boat for their geographic region and type of use. Dress up your boat as you like with faux teak helm pods and toe rails, custom hardtop underside colors (to match hull color), teak forward backrests, deck box LED lighting, premium upholstery with Bentley stitching, and underwater lights.

Top Shelf

The same resources of Viking’s vertically integrated company are at the disposal of Valhalla Boatworks owners, so standard and custom components and systems of each build – such as hardtops and electronics packages – are being designed and installed in-house by experienced shipwrights to guarantee turnkey delivery. Hardtop packages can be loaded with top-shelf components in flawless installations. Lumitec spreader lights, six-rod rocket launchers, molded overhead electronics pods, Miya Epoch electric teaser reels (mounted in custom boxes) and outriggers from Gemlux and Rupp are available on all three models.

The consoles of these boats will feature a molded-in vanity with freshwater sink and retractable shower wand, dedicated lockable storage under the lounge seating, an electric freshwater head, and access to electronics and the electrical distribution panel. These boats come with mechanical and electrical components and systems such as racing-style trim tabs; a D/C pressurized freshwater system; and color-coded, labeled and numbered wiring with corresponding drawings (an electrical system signature of Viking).

Twins, Trips, Quads

Yamaha or Mercury four-stroke outboards with horsepower ratings from 300 to 425 in twin, triple, or quad configurations provide the power for the V Series. All three models are engineered for Seakeeper installations in specially designed lazarette locations on centerline.

The efficiency of the stepped hulls and these engines deliver best-in-class fuel economy and range. Power-assist hydraulic steering is standard and joystick helm control systems with GPS station-keeping are offered on all three models.

The Valhalla Boatworks V Series center consoles debuted at the Viking/Valhalla Dealer Meeting and Sea Trial Event in September 2019 and made their world premiere at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show this past fall.

For more details, contact Jefferson Beach Yacht Sales, your exclusive Great Lakes Valhalla dealer, and the oldest Viking dealer in the world!

(866) 490-5297 | [email protected] | jbys.com/valhalla-boatworks

 

 

This article first appeared in the Winter Issue (Jan/Feb) 2020 of Great Lakes Scuttlebutt magazine.


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