Video: Viking 93 Motor Yacht completes sea trials
by Chris Jefferies
As the aerial footage shows, this 28.45 metre yacht is capable of a brisk turn of speed, surpassing her claimed top speed of 27 knots. Speaking after the conclusion of the sea trials, Viking President and CEO Pat Healey said: "I'm very pleased, we nailed it!"
Consumption figures from the tests show that her twin 1,920hp MTU V12 2000 M96L engines can deliver a maximum range of 450 nautical miles when cruising at 23 knots. "If you're out on the water and get the urge to head to Bermuda, you've got the legs to get there," added Healey.
The Viking 93 Motor Yacht is the second largest launch from the Gretna-based yard to date, eclipsed only by the 32 metre Starter Kit, which was launched back in 2001.
This in-house design features a fast planing hull and builds on the success of the yard’s existing Viking 75 Motor Yacht and Viking 82 Motor Yacht series. While the 82 was based on an extended version of the 75's hull, the Viking 93 is an entirely new project for the yard.
This tri-deck motor yacht features a beam of 7.41 metres and a maximum draft of 1.8 metres, while the enclosed skylounge provides a sheltered observation area. Accommodation is for up to ten guests split between five cabins, including a master suite, VIP cabin, a double and two twin rooms. Meanwhile, the crew quarters allows for a staff of up to three people.
The American yard plans to showcase the Viking 93 Motor Yacht at the 2017 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. Other projects recently splashed at the American yard include the first Viking 82 Motor Yacht, Marybelle.
Viking plans to launch a grand total of 17 yachts measuring more than 24 metres LOA in 2017, including nine hulls in its popular 92 sportsfish series and the tenth hull in the Viking 80 series, Friendship, which was given a public debut in March at the 2017 Palm Beach International Boat Show.