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September 21, 2007
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Viking 68 Convertible

|| |—| |Length 68′ 8″ Beam 19′ 4″ Draft 5′ 5″ Deadrise 15 ¿ Fuel 2,000 gals. Price $2,995,000 w/ twin 1,520-hp MTU diesels| This 68-footer is the latest addition to Viking’s offshore fleet. The sea-kindly hull will cruise at 34 knots and tops out at 39 knots. The flying bridge has a center console helm with power-assisted hydraulic steering and electronics on the centerline. The 186-square-foot cockpit has a mezzanine with aft-facing seats to watch baits out of the sun, a walk-through transom door and an in-deck fishbox with macerator pump. Viking Yachts; (609) 296-6000; www.vikingyachts.com

Panga 22

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|| |—| |Length 22′ 6″ Beam 6′ 6″ Draft 8″ Deadrise 11 ¿ Fuel 55 gals. **Base Price $17,995 without power| With its eight-inch draft and pronounced bow, the Panga 22 LX is a versatile, rugged fishing machine. The narrow beam requires less power than conventional hulls without sacrificing performance and stability. A leaning post with rod holders is standard, along with a live well system. Wiring harnesses are neatly routed and all hardware is stainless steel. Factory-rigged with Evinrude or Suzuki outboards up to 120 horsepower, the boats are built with quality resins and gelcoats, and a closed-cell-foam stringer system. Panga Fishing Boats; (305) 971-7572; www.panga.com

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