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September 21, 2007

Ride High

The Viking 74 mixes luxury and fishing prowess.


HIGH SPY: The optional tuna tower is so elevated-75 feet off the water-that you can spot fish in the next time zone.
COMMAND CONTROL: With electronic displays to rival those of Navy battleships, plus comfortable settees and a drink box to prevent any mutinies, the flying bridge is the place to be to savor the strikes.
HIT THE DECK: With 218 square feet of space, the cockpit is the star attraction. It includes plenty of fishbox capacity, an available live well and icebox, and a transom door and walk-through gate.
WRENCH ROOM: A Delta-T ventilation system, cockpit access, labeled through-hull fittings and more than seven feet of headroom clearance make these spaces an engineer's dream.
BUILT TO LAST: Viking craftsmen combine four decades of building experience with state-of-the-art materials and components to produce a high-caliber sportfishing yacht.
INSIDE JOB: Exquisite details like teak joinery, an entertainment center with 50-inch plasma television and a four-stateroom layout make the 74 fit for a king-and his court.

LOUNGE AROUND: Kick back on the mezzanine lounge between bites and enjoy a respite from the sun while staying within steps of the trolling action.

Contrary to conventional sportfishing wisdom, the brawny 74 Convertible from Viking is not too big to be fishable-it's fishable because it is so big. Sporting a beam of 19 feet, nine inches and 218 square feet of cockpit space, this lavish sportfisher meets anglers' high expectations from Costa Rica to Cape May and in between.

Performance

Length 74' Beam 19' 9"
Draft 5' 7" Deadrise 15 ¿
Fuel 2,400 gals. Price $3,877,000
w/ twin 2,030-hp MTU 2000-V16 M91 diesels

The optional MTU engines let our test boat cruise at 28.6 knots and top out at 33.6 knots with a full load of fuel. It spins well for its size, and has the legs to put you on the spot before the others in any sea. An optional 3,000-gallon fuel capacity can provide world-class range.

How It Fished

Test Conditions
Los Suen¿os, Costa Rica
Sunny 85 ¿
Winds: Light and variable
Seas: 1-2 feet
Target: Sailfish

The 74 handled a full spread and pitch-bait rods with room to spare. Seven sailfish releases for the day, including one double, helped keep our Game On in the thick of the race during the red-hot Los Sue-os Signature Billfish Series in Costa Rica. Viking Yachts, (609) 296-6000; www.vikingyachts.com