THOR’S HAM­MER

Yachting - - TESTED VIKING 48 OPEN -

Vik­ing takes en­gine rooms se­ri­ously. The 48 comes with twin MANs in 900 hp, 1,000 hp or 1,200 hp ver­sions. Our test boat had the big guns, which have proved a pop­u­lar op­tion thanks to their blend of speed, ef­fi­ciency and dura­bil­ity. The en­gine room it­self has good ac­cess to all ma­jor com­po­nents, in­clud­ing to the sides of the en­gines — not some­thing ev­ery open fish­ing boat can say. When you com­bine the 48’s con­sid­er­able en­gine mojo with a hull that has a sharp en­try, a flat af­ter sec­tion and molded run­ning strakes that aid ma­neu­ver­abil­ity and track­ing, what you get is a yacht that can truly fly. Al­beit, with­out a fly­bridge.

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