VIK­ING

44CC

Boating - - TESTS -

It’s un­clear who built the first fly­bridge, but it’s easy to ar­gue sport-fish­ing con­vert­ibles would be among the first. No­body ben­e­fits from that lofty view like fish­er­men. In fact, Vik­ing doesn’t of­fer the 44C with a lower helm, which per­fectly il­lus­trates an an­gler’s com­mit­ment to that view. Vik­ing will pro­tect the bridge with acrylic side cur­tains, and when air con­di­tion­ing and heat­ing are added, there’s no weather short of rough seas to keep you from hav­ing fun.

We’ve al­ready dis­cussed the dock­ing advantages, and no off­shore skip­per is go­ing to wink at a 20-minute wait for a bridge — he’ll just get his crew up that much ear­lier. Be­cause off­shore an­glers are long-range fish­er­men, the Vik­ing 44CC doesn’t pull punches on com­fort­able ac­com­mo­da­tions. Two main state­rooms of­fer queen beds, and the amid­ships berth in­cludes a pri­vate head. Add a sin­gle bunk for­ward and con­vert­ible set­tees, and there is plenty of sleep­ing space on board for com­fort.

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