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Viking Launches 82 Convertible on 60th Anniversary

The five-stateroom yacht proves again Viking is the leading builder of the world’s biggest convertible sportfishing yachts.

To commemorate their 60th anniversary, leading sportfish yacht builder Viking Yachts has unveiled the all-new 82 Convertible.

The company was founded in 1964 by the Healey Brothers and has long been regarded as one of the most influential innovators in boating.

In their current form, the company continues to be incredibly popular, particularly along the Eastern Seaboard where their offshore fishing designs are the ideal complement of luxury yachting and fishing capability. Notable celebs like Michael Jordan have been impromptu brand ambassadors thanks to their appearance at high-end sportfishing tournaments up and down the coast.

To commemorate the arrival of the all-new 82 Convertible the company released a launch video featuring company President and CEO Pat Healey, which you can see below along with a full press release showing the 82's full specs:

You can read the full press release below:


Raising the bar again, the Viking Yacht Company is proud to announce its latest large sportfishing yacht – the 82 Convertible. The five-stateroom, six-head world-traveler builds upon the tremendous success of the Viking 80, pushing the genre to new heights of excellence.

“We’ve taken a boat that has been proclaimed by the sportfishing community as the most successful 80-foot sportfish boat ever and improved upon it,” says Viking President and CEO Pat Healey. “We’ve been able to design and build a better boat by using our experiences on multiple Viking 80 demo boats and collecting a tremendous amount of feedback from owners, captains and mates. And like every new model, the 82 is going to be bad-ass – another industry leader.”

The Viking Yacht Company, which celebrates its 60th anniversary this year, has delivered more than 110 convertibles over 80 feet. The first-generation 82 Convertible was introduced in 2009 during some of the toughest economic times in recent history, and still 27 boats were sold.

Viking’s largest-ever sportfisher – the 92 – premiered in 2014. Twenty-one 92s were delivered before misguided emission regulations forced the model to be discontinued. The Viking 80’s numbers are astounding, with 54 boats delivered. Our new flagship, the Viking 90, has been utterly unstoppable since its recent world premiere, with 16 boats sold and eight delivered.

And now here comes the 82, proving once again that Viking is the leader in the design, development and production of the biggest convertible sportfishing yachts in the world. The 82 will be offered in three different models – open bridge, enclosed bridge and sky bridge. Hull No. 1 will be an open bridge model with a Pamlico Blue gelcoat and a custom tuna tower from the Viking subsidiary Palm Beach Towers. The yacht will make its world premiere at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, Oct. 30-Nov. 3., and then serve as our demo boat.


Length Overall (LOA):

82 ft. 11 in. (25.27 m)


21 ft. 5 in. (6.53 m)


5 ft. 9 in. (1.75 m)

* Gross Weight:

154,647 lbs. (70,147 k)

Fuel Capacity:

2,671 gals. (10,111 ltrs)

Water Capacity:

425 gals. (1,609 ltrs)

Cockpit Area:

229 sq. ft. (21.3 sq. m)

“Like the 80 and our previous large sportfishing boats, the 82 will prove that a boat of its size can not only meet the demands of the tournament circuit – but also win,” says Viking Design Manager David Wilson. “We’ve broken that barrier, and we’re doing it again with the 82, making refinements and improvements in every area – speed, performance, ride, maneuverability and fishability.”


With a length overall of nearly 83 feet, our new convertible presents a long, sleek and strong profile. Her gently sloping unbroken S-shaped sheer, double strakes and chines, deftly placed molded-in deckhouse and bridge style lines and swept-back black metallic mask are unmistakable Viking traits. The 82 features exterior stylistic refinements of the 90, including deckhouse window and hull portlights with chamfered edges and the latest hull-side engineroom vent design. The 82’s hull sides also boast a prominent feature line that appears to flow through the tinted port light.

The 82’s performance was optimized through Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), software that allowed the Design and Engineering team to analyze the longitudinal center of gravity and pressure distribution, study trim angle and trim tab effectiveness, and modify strakes and chines to increase running efficiency.

The Viking 82 will also be offered with the Advanced Viking Propulsion System (AVPS), which utilizes struts and rudders with modified or “twisted” shapes that minimize hydrodynamic resistance, improving performance. “The strut is designed to improve the in-flow of water to the propeller, while the rudder minimizes resistance in the flow of water from the propeller,” says Viking Naval Architect Joe Snodgrass. “These improvements allow us to use a larger propeller and gain speed.”

With twin 2635MHP MTU 16V 2000 M96Ls and the Advanced Viking Propulsion System, performance levels are expected to be in the same range as the latest Viking 80s – 42 knots at full load with a cruise of 36 knots.

“The 80 delivered an extremely smooth, fast and dry ride,” says David. “Built at roughly the same weight as the 80 and benefitting from an additional 2 feet in length, the 82’s ride quality will be even better.”

Fiberglass and carbon fiber/e-glass hybrid fabrics, resin infusion, Light Resin Transfer Molding and the use of a variety of core materials – with specific densities for their location – in the build process maximize strength and weight savings. A modified vinylester/epoxy resin is used throughout the hull for maximum blister protection and optimal structural performance.

“We review each component within the build to optimize the structure required to meet its purpose,” says Viking Vice President of Design and Engineering Lonni Rutt. “Every material and method of construction is chosen for specific reasons.”


The 82 gives you more cockpit space and a larger mezzanine that allows for increased storage and a new extended lounge to starboard. Just under 230 square feet, the cockpit is built with everything you need to make it to the Winner’s Circle, including a transom door and lift gate, a transom fishbox/live well and full-length in-deck fish boxes with split lids to port and starboard. The Viking 82 is engineered for the installation of a Seakeeper 40, easily accessible via a single cockpit hatch on centerline with optional electric actuation.

The mezzanine holds an abundance of storage, including a tackle cabinet, ice chipper storage box and a refrigerated step box to port. Access to the engine room is via the centerline mezzanine steps, and there are two refrigerator and freezer boxes to starboard. The flybridge overhang is designed to keep guests cool and dry, and optional air conditioning is available for added comfort.

The flybridge, which applies many of the design concepts of the Viking 90, is anchored by a walkaround center console with a full-width helm platform that accommodates three Release Marine helm chairs with teak ladder backs. The 8-inch-high platform offers 360-degree visibility, a clear view of the cockpit deck and excellent access to all instrumentation.

The console’s recessed black acrylic dash holds four 17-inch multifunction displays (MFD). The clean, streamlined and operator-friendly helm also features dual radio boxes with split lids housing instrumentation and controls, a teak helm pod, single lever electronic controls and a stainless steel steering wheel. Air conditioning can be added to the helm, as well. Hull No. 1 will feature a custom navigation, communication, fishfinding and entertainment package from Atlantic Marine Electronics, also a Viking company.

The 82’s center console features an integrated full-length forward lounge with standard air conditioning in the backrest and storage underneath that’s available as an optional freezer. Dual freezers forward allow you to store different baits separately. The forward flybridge is also home to a convenient sink and refrigerated drink box. Seating modules to port and starboard each hold back-to-back lounges that share a backrest.

Our enclosed bridge (EB) model offers a totally climate-controlled helm area and a luxurious second salon. Viking has been building enclosed bridge convertibles for 30 years, and this experience is unmatched in the industry, with constant evolution in design, ergonomics and comfort. Access to the enclosed bridge is provided by a ladder from the mezzanine to the EB’s aft deck or a staircase inside the salon. The salon is appointed with a raised L-shaped lounge with walnut table to starboard, a refrigerator, an HDTV and ample storage. An unobstructed one-piece windshield provides gin-clear visibility at the forward control station, which features a one-piece raised black wraparound electronics pod with integrated visor