Stealthy Stun­ner

The Vik­ing 93 Mo­tor Yacht is packed with sur­prises.

Yachts International - - Contents - By Chris Caswell

TThey were called Q-ships dur­ing World War I: ships that seemed in­no­cent enough un­til an en­emy drew within range. Then the Q-ship sprouted weapons.

I thought of them when I saw the Vik­ing 93 Mo­tor Yacht, which con­ceals the heart of a sport­fish­ing war wagon within lux­u­ri­ous ap­point­ments.

Vik­ing CEO Pat Healey ded­i­cated more than two years to cre­at­ing the 93 Mo­tor Yacht. It rep­re­sents a re­turn of sorts to mo­to­ry­achts for the com­pany, which stopped build­ing them when the econ­omy slumped, con­cen­trat­ing in­stead on sport­fish­ing yachts. Vik­ing launched new mo­to­ry­acht mod­els a cou­ple of years ago, with a 75 and 85, and the 93 is now the flag­ship of the mo­to­ry­acht line.

She is big in ev­ery way: a 24-foot, 4-inch beam (2 feet wider than some competitors’), a thun­der­ous 3,890 horses in the engine room, a seakindly Michael Peters hull and a transat­lantic 4,100-nau­ti­cal-mile range with op­tional fuel tanks.

A sky lounge is stan­dard with a day head, an aft win­dow that dis­ap­pears to cre­ate an al­fresco bar area, and twin sets of stairs: one to the aft deck and an­other to the sa­lon. The yacht’s wide beam al­lows for five state­rooms and seven heads, with the mas­ter span­ning the full beam amid­ships.

“Peo­ple like big, and that’s what we’re giv­ing them,” Healey says.

There are three din­ing ta­bles plus a galley dinette, 14 barstools at three bars, and 12 TVs. The crew quar­ters are fin­ished like guest ar­eas with two cab­ins, a head with stall shower, and a mess with galley and dinette.

The yacht’s main galley is for­ward un­der the wind­shield, with a cen­ter is­land, a 7-foot (2.1-me­ter) Sub-Zero fridge, and a day head. Cae­sar­stone coun­ters and an Avalon sole are de­signed for easy clean­ing and good looks.

The mas­ter state­room has a pri­vate en­try and a walk-in closet, along with an over­sized ta­ble un­der a tear-shaped win­dow for morn­ing crois­sants or a game of canasta. The VIP state­room with is­land queen berth is for­ward, with an un­der­wa­ter scene by Florida-based artist Christo­pher Chan­nell in etched glass above the head­board. As with the mas­ter’s, the VIP’s berth hinges up to reveal stowage for items such as suit­cases.

Two guest state­rooms aft can be con­fig­ured to an owner’s needs (this 93 had a dou­ble-berth state­room to port and one with twin berths to star­board). The fifth state­room is off the cen­tral com­pan­ion­way and can be fit­ted with bunks for the kids or out­fit­ted as an owner’s of­fice.

The in­te­rior on this 93, by WBC De­sign, was a warm, glossy wal­nut. Teak and other woods are an op­tion. The yacht had an op­tional hy­draulic slid­ing

door to star­board in the sa­lon, where the bulk­head folds out­ward to be­come a ter­race with room for a pair of chairs. Cut­away coam­ing to port gives seated guests inside full vis­i­bil­ity through the sa­lon’s win­dows.

Power for the Vik­ing 93 is a pair of MTU Se­ries 2000 V-12s putting out 1,945 horse­power each. In the engine room, crew can walk en­tirely around each engine, in part be­cause Vik­ing cre­ated an ex­haust man­i­fold that arches over the out­board walk­ways.

This 93MY had up­graded 55 kW Cum­mins Onan gensets and a Sea­keeper 35 gy­rosta­bi­lizer. The pip­ing, plumb­ing and elec­tri­cal com­po­nents were a text­book ex­am­ple of sea­man­like in­stal­la­tion, from tidy la­bels to neat wire looms. A tool­box and work­bench are next to the door to the crew quar­ters, and this yacht had both AC power man­age­ment and an ASEA con­verter.

Since Vik­ing re­cently launched the largest resin­in­fused sport­fish­ing boat in the world at 92 feet (28 me­ters), the yard drew on that knowl­edge to bond con­ven­tional fiber­glass and car­bon fiber fab­rics with end-grain balsa cor­ing on the 93. The builder also added twin fold­out dock­ing sta­tions in the cock­pit,

with bow and stern thrusters as well as shifters.

Un­der­way, the yacht topped out at more than 27 knots and carved turns like a wa­ter­ski boat. The hull slid through waves with­out fuss, throw­ing spray aside like, well, a Vik­ing sport­fisher.

If you re­ally want to wet a fish­ing line, there may be a 93 Mo­tor Yacht with a cock­pit on the draw­ing boards. For now, she may not be a Q-ship, but she’ll sur­prise you when you get close.

above: Warm, glossy wal­nut through­out the sa­lon is brought to life by nat­u­ral light. op­po­site ( top to bot­tom): The mas­ter suite spans the full beam; Plenty of room for en­ter­tain­ing on the main deck aft; A fold-out ter­race opens from the sa­lon; A...

The Michael Peters-de­signed hull slips along with­out fuss, even at over 27 knots, pushed by 3,890 MTU horses in the engine room. The stan­dard sky lounge leaves plenty of aft deck for sun­ning.

LOA: 93ft. 5in. (28.5m) BEAM: 24ft. 4in. (7.4m) DRAFT: 5ft. 11in. (1.8m) CON­STRUC­TION: com­pos­ite GRP DIS­PLACE­MENT (full load): 214,685 lbs. GROSS TON­NAGE: 93 EN­GINES: 2 x 1,945-hp MTU 12V 96L GEN­ER­A­TORS: 2 x 55 kW Onan Cum­mins FUEL: 2,007 gal....

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