EAS­ILY CON­VERTED

Yachting - - REVIEWED -

Vik­ing Yachts re­cently de­buted the 44 Open’s closely re­lated sis­ter­ship, the Vik­ing 44 Con­vert­ible. That boat is a bit more fish-cen­tric and bet­ter suited to longer voy­ages be­cause of her en­closed sa­lon. The 119 square feet of cock­pit space should keep fish­er­men happy, while the in­te­rior serves as a wel­come es­cape from hot or oth­er­wise in­clement weather. (I sought re­spite there dur­ing one par­tic­u­larly steamy day at the Mi­ami Yacht Show, and the space was great.) Both mod­els have the same hull and smooth ride, so own­ers com­par­ing and con­trast­ing can look at lay­outs and fea­tures to de­cide what’s ideal for them.

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