Viking is a favorite American yacht brand among the diehard sportfisherman known to take off on hundred-mile trips seeking blue marlin or yellow tuna. But the company also sells its convertibles to families who like the salty, seaworthy hull and angler’s cockpit, and appreciate the simple yet refined interiors. Launched at the Miami International Boat Show in February, the new 82 Convertible has Viking’s usual aggressive bow and black wraparound windshield, but it also has softer curves in the hull that show an evolution in design. The flybridge offers an exceptional view of the water and a lounge for socializing. The salon is large and a contrast to the minimalist exterior with its hand-finished teak joinery, satin finishes, and sculpted woodwork.
The 82 also has a full-beam master stateroom with a window. Again, the evolution of the sportfishing battlewagon is evident here: A decade ago, the three cabins would have been purely functional, for sleep only. Now convertibles like the 82 boast yacht-quality fit and finish, Bose entertainment systems, and designer galleys. Of course, it’s still, at heart, a fishing boat, with serious features like under-mount freezers, insulated fiberglass bait wells, and cavernous fish wells. Because it’s a Viking, everything is exceptionally sturdy and well-designed. (www.vikingyachts.com)