Vik­ing 93 MY

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There’s a video of Vik­ing’s new­est of­fer­ing, the 93 MY, cruis­ing the briny, fork­ing wa­ter­ways of the Mul­lica River in New Jer­sey, in her first of­fi­cial sea trial. Tear­ing through the es­tu­ary, leav­ing Vik­ing Yacht’s New Gretna head­quar­ters and a trail of cop­pery foam in her wake, the 93 posted a top speed of 27-plus knots, and a cruise speed of 23 knots, all thanks to her twin 1,945-horse­power MTU 12V-2000 diesels.

Af­ter con­clud­ing the sea trial, in a news­let­ter to the Vik­ing faith­ful, Pres­i­dent and CEO Pat Healey voiced his con­tent­ment for what he has de­scribed as the com­pany’s first “mini megay­acht” that has been in build for more than two and a half years. “I’m very pleased,” Healey said, re­fer­ring to the per­for­mance num­bers. “We nailed it.”

Look­ing as com­fort­able in The Boss’s back­yard as she would on a moor­ing in Monaco, the 93 is noth­ing less than a be­he­moth. Flank­ing her on the test run was an 80C—a big, honk­ing bat­tlewagon—and she eas­ily dwarfed her; no small feat. With an LOA of 93 feet and 5 inches, she is the largest of­fer­ing in the boat­builder’s his­tory, its im­pres­sive lineup of sport­fish­er­men very much in­cluded.

But the 93 doesn’t give the im­pres­sion of the builder be­ing out of its depth, or be­ing out­boxed in an en­tirely dif­fer­ent class, ei­ther. Re­mem­ber, Vik­ing had been pro­duc­ing an­gu­lar mo­to­ry­achts for decades be­fore ex­it­ing the mar­ket in 2001. Sens­ing a void in the mar­ket­place for large Amer­i­can-made mo­tor-yachts, Vik­ing pounced.

Rein­tro­duc­ing the mo­to­ry­acht line start­ing with the 75 (in 2015), and the 82 Cock­pit (in 2016), the 93 is both ex­em­plar and the flag­ship model of this new line; if not a phys­i­cal af­fir­ma­tion of the Healey fam­ily’s com­mit­ment to “build­ing a bet­ter boat ev­ery day,” it proves Vik­ing builds a bet­ter boat ev­ery year.

And what a boat she is. Fea­tur­ing an al­most un­prece­dented five-state­room lay­out for a boat this size, the ex­te­rior pro­file has both sleek and time­less qual­i­ties with an in­spir­ing sheer that is com­ple­mented by art­fully shaped win­dows. The build in­cludes a sky­lounge in the en­closed fly­bridge, a salon on the main deck, and open-air aft decks on both of those lev­els. And that doesn’t even count the two ad­di­tional crew’s quar­ters or the coun­try kitchen all the way for­ward on the main deck.

Maybe that’s why Healey said he thinks buy­ers look­ing in the 115- to 120-foot range will opt for the 93 in­stead.

“It’s got the ac­com­mo­da­tions of a much larger boat, over 100 feet,” says Vik­ing’s Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Direc­tor Chris Landry. But this be­ing Vik­ing, it’s not solely about lux­u­ri­ous ac­com­mo­da­tions; per­for­mance is just as im­por­tant. “Our own­ers, they’re guys that want to take their guests down and show off their en­gine rooms,” adds Landry. “They want the same power and tech­nol­ogy that you would find in their sport­fish­ing boats.”

To that end, the sport­fish­ing DNA the com­pany has cul­ti­vated for more than 53 years made its way into the 93. Pre­lim­i­nary fig­ures show that she has a range of about 450 nau­ti­cal miles from 20 to 23 knots. At 12 knots, her range climbs to about 730 nau­ti­cal miles, which will al­low own­ers to achieve their more far-flung cruis­ing goals.

“We’re con­stantly chal­leng­ing our­selves. It was a big un­der­tak­ing, but the thing about this com­pany is there’s so much tal­ent and ex­pe­ri­ence un­der one roof, you know you’re go­ing to be suc­cess­ful be­cause you have that as the foun­da­tion,” says Landry. “We set a goal, and we ex­ceeded it.”

Look for the 93 to make her world de­but at the 2017 Ft. Laud­erdale In­ter­na­tional Boat Show. — Si­mon Mur­ray

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