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2024-02-02 16:26




Viking 90 - Steve Walker and Viking


The 90 was a big gamble for Steve Walker and Viking, the New Gretna, N.J.-based U.S. boatyard. In fact, on April 1st, 1964, brothers Bob and Bill Healey bought a small, struggling New Jersey boat company, Peterson-Viking Builders, and began building cruising and sport fishing boats that today are well known for their high standards and construction quality based on New Jersey’s shipbuilding tradition. 


What about the bet? Managing to maintain the great comfort and habitability features of the 92C: 21 boats delivered in less than seven years explain the success of a boat that can combine the luxury and lifestyle of a megayacht and the sport fishing DNA typical of Viking

Hence the yard’s desire to further develop this model and push the envelope, creating boats not only for deep-sea fishing enthusiasts but increasingly elegant, high-performance and technologically advanced. 


«But that’s not all. The goal was to provide the same number of cabins and bathrooms and at the same time lose weight by using lighter interior components or lighten existing materials», Walker adds. 

The construction process of the shipyard’s flagship model that will be available in three versions (Convertible, C; Enclosed Bridge, EB; Sky Bridge, SB) has been simplified to save weight and the lower external profile gives elegance. 


The end result is a spacious and functional layout. As requested by the shipyard, Steve Walker’s team delivered a full-beam master stateroom with his and her bathrooms and a private shower, a king-size bed, a large maple-lined walk-in closet, and four staterooms for eight guests. But he was also able to maintain the size of the beds and entrances to the 92-foot cabins and bathrooms, as well as the utility rooms for the three crew members. 

The cockpit of this 27.41 meter long fisherman (7.05 meter beam) measures an impressive 20 square meters (224 square feet) and includes aft-facing seating positioned on two different levels, between the lower deck and the mezzanine. «On a sport fishing boat all guests want to sit so they can look aft, because that’s where the spectacle of the fishing action takes place» confirms David Wilson, the design manager. But Viking is not only comfort, she also needs performance. 

Her 38-knot top speed and 30-knot cruising one come from the power of her two Caterpillar diesel engines and she is one  of the fastest motoryachts in the 24-30 meter size range. 


The bet payed off!