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The Vik­ing 61 Con­vert­ible is a pop­u­lar choice for an­glers look­ing to bring in the big ones.

Yachting - - BROKERAGE - By Pa­trick Sci­acca

if­teen years ago, I fished aboard a Vik­ing 61 Con­vert­ible off Costa Rica. Sev­eral 61Cs were in the ma­rina, and I soon found out why. For two days, we backed down on, chased and caught count­less sail­fish, plus a blue mar­lin. We didn’t miss a fish. The boat had an un­canny abil­ity to put the squeeze on pelag­ics in a flash. No­table fea­tures: She has a ra­zor­like sheer line. Stan­dard power was 1,360 hp diesels. Power op­tions in­cluded diesels up to 2,000 hp apiece. Re­ported top speed ranges from 37 to 42 knots. Belowdecks: Three state­rooms, three heads were stan­dard. Avail­abil­ity: We found 27 Vik­ing 61Cs on the mar­ket, rang­ing from $659,000 for a well-equipped 2001 to $1.37 mil­lion for a 2005 that’s ready to fish.

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LOA 61'1" MAX BEAM 18'2"

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