Open yachts are usually used for sport. Open yachts take part in sportfishing and racing. Open class yacht racing revolves around the principle of freedom. There are few inhibiting regulations, allowing teams to explore design innovations. Many such discoveries have been popularized in the recreational boating environment, such as furling units and auto pilot development.
Viking builts one of the best open yachts that are speedy, powerful, and safe. Viking leads the industry today in performance, innovation, engineering, and luxury. Viking's commitment to excellence goes far beyond building boats, and that is reflected in the "Viking Difference". Viking Yachts has been family owned and operated since 1964. Viking is a debt free company and answers only to their unyielding commitment to build the finest boats money can buy. As the price is usually is rather high Viking yacht loans are available. Having built more than 3,600 yachts over the last 35 years, Viking celebrates its rich boat building heritage and looks ahead to an exciting future.
In 1964, Bob and Bill Healey, now Chairman and President respectively of the Viking Yacht Company, purchased Peterson Viking Builders, a small New Jersey builder of 37 foot wooden cruising and sport fishing yachts. With a hands on approach, inspired by a perfectionist mind set, and through incorporation of the newest computer based technologies, the Healeys have transformed Viking Yachts into one of the world's largest and most respected luxury yacht builders.
New models of open yachts are the pulse of this dynamic company. More than 50 percent of the Viking product line is less than three years old with new models arriving yearly. Viking stays in front by incorporating the best in design and performance. Other than a few major components, such as engines and appliances, virtually every part of a Viking is designed and manufactured on the premises. This state-of-the-art facility utilizes the most sophisticated technology and machinery in the industry.
Viking has an inherent quality control advantage. Each open yacht is thoroughly inspected by factory trained personnel during the construction process. This attention to detail ensures greater yacht reliability, safety, and longevity. Open yachts are backed by factory trained service personnel with an intimate familiarization of every on-board system. Viking open yachts are 45' Open Sportfish, 48' Open Sportfish, 52' Open Sportfish.
On the Viking 45' Open you'll find spectacular performance and quality in an express sportfisherman. Like all Vikings, the 45 Open has been bred to deliver stellar performance in the harsh environment regularly experienced by tournament anglers. Visibility from the centerline helm is outstanding making the 45 Open as easy to maneuver offshore as in a crowded marina. High-speed stainless-steel rudders matched to power-assisted hydraulic steering provides fingertip control. Navigation electronics stow neatly behind clear acrylic panels, which makes the gear totally accessible, yet safely protected from weather and spray. A separate compartment accommodates communication equipment.