46 C Ascending mid-size luxury and performance in the Viking tradition
Starting with an all new hull and running surface, the 46 Convertible takes extreme advantage of the ground breaking design heralded with the introductions of the Viking 60 and the Viking 50. The performance and sea keeping qualities of its stable mates validated Viking’s design, engineering and production teams’ pursuit to take Viking’s worldwide recognition for outstanding quality and achievements to still higher levels. The 46 Convertible follows this overwhelming success in a slightly smaller envelope making it an ideal choice for the owner/operator seeking Viking’s more than four and a half decades of boat building expertise in a scaled down version of its tournament winning champions.
The Viking 46 Convertible easily sets itself apart from the competition with its performance. The running surface offers the clear benefits derived from its convex deadrise shape with an aggressively raked entry and sharpened waterline sections. The convex deadrise adds form to the bottom and along with the wide beam, which carries well aft, creates increased lifting motion in a head sea. This buoyancy combined with the sea parting ability of the convex hull delivers a noticeably soft and dry entry. Running strakes along the bottom, as well as the knife-like waterline sections make spray a distant memory. The result is a big boat ride in an overall modest-size package.
Performance is further enhanced with the inclusion of weight saving features including vacuum-bagged end grain balsa in the bottom, laminated end grain balsa in the hull and top sides, as well as resin infused fiberglass fuel, freshwater and holding tanks. It should also be noted that because Viking designs its own tankage, each cell fits low in the hull structure for enhanced stability and maximum capacity and draw. Prop pockets in the new hull reduce the draft to 4 ft. 5 in.with the standard MAN V8 900 mhp common rail diesels. This power package will provide 30 knot cruising speeds and a range of over 350 nautical miles. Also available are 1,100 mhp V10 MANs.
The flying bridge is designed for serious tournament fishing, but the socializing aspects have not been overlooked either. A pair of Murray Products helm chairs with teak ladder backs and stainless steel pedestals is standard. A Moritz safety monitoring system keeps the operator informed with audible and visual alarms, as well as confirming that yacht systems are functioning properly. Raised electronic cases with clear acrylic fronts keep navigation equipment in full view throughout all weather conditions. Additional boxes flanking the helm accommodate communication equipment and accessory switches. Power-assisted hydraulic steering and single-lever electronic engine controls respond instantly for superb control throughout the power band. Special touches include hidden fasteners for a seamless appearance, lounge seating forward and starboard with stowage below, plus an aft facing jump seat. Refrigeration also is available for the insulated drink box.
Accommodations will include two staterooms and two heads. The master stateroom features a queen-size walk around berth with an upholstered headboard and teak end tables, with door and drawer stowage, a large maple-lined hanging locker, an entry credenza, a 22-inch flat screen television, Xenon overhead lighting, air conditioning with reverse cycle heating and plush carpeting. A private head is forward and highlighted by a spacious and sizeable stall shower in the bow. The guest stateroom to port offers the convenience of comfortable upper and lowers berths along with the second head and stall shower. The available stacked laundry center is located in the companionway.
Taking advantage of the yacht’s generous beam, the salon is warm, inviting, and fully accented with beautiful teak joinery in either high gloss or satin finishes. The layout outshines anything in its class with a roomy island and twin bar stools in the walk-through galley. Counter space topped with polished Corian hints at the sizeable stowage space below, including under counter refrigeration in slide out drawers. Other appliances are concealed behind teak cabinetry. A plush L-shaped sofa to port has rod stowage below and the dinette is forward. The main backlit electrical panel is at eye level upon entering the salon for ease of use and the home entertainment system includes a 37-inch flat screen television, Bose LS18 DVD/CD player, VCR and FM stereo with surround sound and powered subwoofer.
Whether cruising or fishing, the 121 square feet cockpit is ready for action and fun with its observation mezzanine. Topped with comfy Sunbrella cushions, the seating area also houses a bait freezer, stowage compartments and engineroom access. A tackle cabinet, an insulated drink box in the salon step, stereo speakers, indirect rope lighting beneath the rounded coaming, gaff stowage, four flush rod holders, a GlendinningCablemaster, recessed wells for fish and stowage, a transom door with lift gate, a fresh and a raw water washdown system are but a sample of the standard equipment list.
In the engine room, Viking’s engineering benchmarks are industry famous. Engines are mounted to powder-coated structural steel web frame beds that are secured to intermediate vacuum bagged composite bulkheads, which ensure drive train alignment for silky smooth trolling and minimal vibration. A 17.5 kW Onan generator supplies electrical power underway and a voltage stabilizer isolation transformer delivers clean dockside power. For dry engine combustion air to maximize performance, there is a Delta T ventilation system with supply and discharge fans for proper fresh air supply and water intrusion suppression. The engineroom is painted in bright white Awlgrip for easier maintenance and all daily engine fluid checks are inboard for accessibility.
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