The powerful Viking 75 EB MY
More than five decades ago, brothers Bob and Bill Healey bought a small New Jersey boat builder in 1964 which turned into Viking yachts, a fibreglass yacht producer who has delivered over 4000 yachts. The company's history wasn't rosy, namely in the 90's. A luxury tax coupled with recession almost brought the company to its knees, however, the ingenuity of the founders and desire of the workforce to fight back repealed the new tax law and Viking rose above its competition to become the most dominant boat builder in its class. Thanks to the company's visionaries and open door policy, Viking decided to manufacture 90% of the boats parts in house, except the engines, electronics, and other auxiliary equipment. Today Viking represents one of the USA's leading builders of convertible yachts; some would argue the best in the world in this category. This Viking 75 EB MY is for sale so let us delve into its review to see how the new yacht stayed true to the company's ideals.
The Viking 75 EB MY is a result of a collaboration between Viking yachts' design team and Michael Peters’ company Design of Sarasota. Sleek and curvy with a teardrop saloon window, distinct visual features of the hull and superstructure places the yacht above others in this category. The hardtop is made completely out of fibreglass and covers the flybridge helm completely. The helm position has three black leather seats which are very comfy. The control panel is right in front of the seats with the steering wheel in comfortable reach. Three monitors contain all the necessary information for the captain; another detail on the control panel is the joystick, ideal for docking situations. Additional support when docking is the fact that Viking installs hydraulic bow thrusters: powerful and durable, unlike electric thrusters. Couple this type of thrusters with the Caterpillar’s CAT Three60 joystick system and one gets easy docking without much noise or turbulence. The Viking 75 EB MY price hardly increases by much for the installation of this option.
Behind the flybridge helm is the flybridge lounge area with a comfy L-shaped couch and a coffee table in front of the couch. Opposite is a commode which has an LCD TV hidden inside of it which emerges and offers entertainment to the guests in the lounge. Through a glass sliding door, one reaches the aft area which has a small wet bar area with a grill, fridge, washbasin, and faucet- ideal for a quick drink and snack. Two deck chairs offer a great option for sunbathers.
Taking the stairs down, one reaches the cockpit area with a C-shaped, crème coloured couch with a dining table and two chairs. This area is ideal for early morning breakfasts of group chats followed with a drink. Beyond another few steps, one reaches the stern which is ideally placed for swimmers or even sunbathers, not to high above the water, but again not too low so that it has to be cleaned constantly. Going back up, through a glass door we reach the saloon.
Teardrop windows do not reduce the light that comes in the saloon and it is very luminous. The first thing that catches one’s eye is the crème coloured C-shaped couch on the left with a small coffee table in front of it; opposite are situated two comfy armchairs. Behind the armchairs is a divider which has a hidden LCD TV inside of it and this completes the offer of the small lounge area inside the saloon. A bit forward is the dining area with a nice long table and six comfy chairs. The stairs on the right-hand side lead up towards the flybridge lounge, which is very convenient. Day Head is just forward, containing a toilet bowl, washbasin on a small low cabinet and a mirror, ideal for a quick refresher before dinner. The galley is also close by and it is simply majestic. A huge two door fridge is the first thing one notices, next to it is a glamorously intricate Miele espresso machine, below which is a small built in oven. Cupboards abound and space for all the kitchen necessities are there. A built in cooker and built in oven are next to the sink. All in all, a very well-rounded galley which won’t leave anyone indifferent. The main lounge is further forward and features a U-shaped couch with a table and opposite is an L-shaped couch and a table. The dashboard in front also has a hidden LCD TV, so watching sporting events in this area is a real treat.
Going outside through the starboard side, we move forward to the bow lounge. The bow and bow lounge area are very spacious, a couch and sunbathing areas are nicely protected by the stainless steel handrails. It is certainly a heaven for sunbathers and people enjoying the cool breeze.
The lower deck contains all the accommodation for the passengers. The crew mess can be reached through the stern; it contains a small snack area with a microwave. To the left is the captain’s cabin with a comfy bed and a TV mounted to the wall and enough cupboard space. Opposite is the crew cabin with a bunk bed and also storage space. The crew head has all the necessities a modern toilet would require.
Below the bow is the master cabin with a large bed, storage space to the left of the bed and a lounge area to the left. A wall mounted TV will take care of the entertainment and the master Head is lavishly equipped with modern necessities. Additionally, there are port and starboard guest cabins which can house up to 3 people and a VIP cabin directly below the bow which boasts more space and luxury than the guest cabins.
There are four engine options to choose from when equipping the boat. The Viking 75 EB MY review focuses on the model with a couple of 1925 hp Caterpillar C32 ACERT diesel engines which can reach a top speed of 35 knots and a comfortable cruising speed of 30 knots.