Captains command from a center console walk-around helm with 360-degree visibility and a clear view of the cockpit. Crew and guests have a choice of port, starboard or forward seating. The flybridge’s fiberglass overhang throws shade on the mezzanine below while providing space aft of the helm and companion pedestal seats. An available fiberglass hardtop can be ordered with overhead instrumentation and teaser reel compartments, as well as a Costa Clear enclosure.
The salon and galley are bathed in high-gloss teak, giving the interior a warm and inviting feel. The salon is large, air-conditioned and appointed with comfortable seating, dining and socializing areas. Relax in the L-shaped lounge to starboard with a teak hi-lo table. Forward to port is a raised dinette and settee against a teak bulkhead with cabinetry and a 40-inch flat-screen television. The starboard galley is one step down. Our space-saving split-level design allows for a Corian countertop with bar stools in the salon to increase sitting and dining areas, while below, the galley is equipped with all the conveniences of a modern-day home. Teak cabinetry, premium Amtico vinyl flooring, Corian countertops and a bone-color Corian recessed sink are only a few of the galley features. A plethora of appliances are at your disposal: an electric range, a two-burner, surface-mount stove, a large-capacity deep-drawer under-counter style refrigerator and freezer and a microwave/convection oven.
The port-side master stateroom is inviting and comfortable with a queen-size walk-around bed with maple-lined stowage below, flanking night tables, carpeting, a maple-lined hanging locker, a 28-inch flat-screen television and stereo speakers. The head includes a fiberglass shower stall, Amtico flooring and a vanity with teak door and Corian countertop.
The forward stateroom has a double and a single berth in an over and under crossover arrangement. A second head and shower serve this stateroom. The head also has a vanity with Corian countertop and Amtico flooring.
We arm the 119-square-foot cockpit with an arsenal of standard equipment such as flush rod holders, fresh and salt water wash down systems, a transom live well, a transom door with lift gate, tackle stowage, a step-box cooler and an in-deck fish and a stowage well.
The 44 Open is engineered and designed for the installation of a Seakeeper gyro stabilizer, which brings great stability to the vessel and elevates the overall comfort level. Guests can take in the fishing action from the starboard-side observation mezzanine's aft-facing lounge seating.
Twin 800-hp MAN 6-cylinder diesels provide the standard power. An engineering showcase, the bright white engineroom that’s easily accessed through the observation mezzanine illustrates Viking’s legendary attention to detail. A Delta-T engineroom ventilation system, an oil exchange system and an Onan 13.5 kW E-QD (electronic quiet diesel) Series generator are just some of the standard mechanical and electrical equipment.
No other company has the experience and know-how to build convertible sportfishing yachts than Viking, which was founded more than five decades ago and continues to introduce innovative, new models regularly. Viking remains driven to build a better boat every day. We’re proud of our latest convertible and cordially invite you to see the boat. Viking will introduce the 44 C at our invitational Annual VIP Preview, February 2-3, 2018, at the Viking Yacht Service Center in Riviera Beach, Florida. You can also see the yacht at the Miami Yacht Show on Collins Avenue February 15-19, 2018.
Lessons learned from countless tournaments have produced an impressive cockpit with all of the amenities a casual or serious angler would need to gain a spotlight in the winner’s circle. The 119 square-foot cockpit features a molded nonslip sole with an insulated fishwell flanked by a pair of deep stowage compartments, one of which can be made into a livewell. The molded console against the aft bulkhead contains a bait freezer, a rigging station, ample tackle stowage and provides engineroom access. The step leading to the bridge deck conceals an insulated drink box. Rounding out the comprehensive list of standard equipment is a transom door, fresh and saltwater washdowns, a stowage locker, recessed stainless-steel cleats and hawse pipes, four flush rodholders, stereo speakers, indirect lighting, oval exhaust ports and a Glendinning Cablemaster shore power cord.
A sliding acrylic door leads to the salon, which features a U-shaped lounge to port and a U-shaped galley to starboard. The 45 Open is available with a single or two staterooms. Though Viking’s smallest boat, she wears her namesake proudly, as she is engineered like her larger siblings. Powder coated web frame steel engine beds, for example, are hung on dedicated composite bulkheads to minimize vibration and assure drive train alignment. Her raked entry, molded chines, 15-degree transom deadrise and fairbody running surface allows the 45 Open to plane quickly and efficiently. A solid reinforced keel enhances tracking in a seaway and provides major league protection in the event of a grounding.