We knew it was coming, we just didn’t know when! Viking Yachts, the leading sportfish manufacturer in the world, has finished its line-up of express models that will be produced in the same vision as the award-winning 54 Convertible. After multiple orders and the recipient of the ‘Best In Show’ award at the 2020 Fort Lauderdale Boat Show, Viking’s success in the 50-foot sportfish category is dominant and established. Viking has now released the renderings for the all-new 54 Sport Tower, a model that gives anglers all of the best from Viking in an express-style layout. Also just released is the new Viking 54 Open and 54 Sport Coupe.
"All of the 54 models have the same proven hull design for speed and performance," said Frank Bongiorno, founder of SI Yachts and longtime Viking owner. "What's impressive is Viking's ability to create multiple topside configurations without ever changing the hull and without losing any of its best characteristics." The Viking factory in New Gretna, NJ utilizes a state-of-the-art $1 million 5-axis CNC router to be able to design the cockpit space, the command deck, and more, so that every is maximized for space, as well as a perfect fit with the hull.
At first glance, the 54 Sport Tower is unmistakably Viking with aggressive and sleek exterior lines, along with a noticeably low freeboard for raising fish over the gunwales. Of course, the transom door is there to pull in larger pelagics as with all Viking Sportfish. The Palm Beach Towers hardtop and tuna tower finish the exterior profile with a commanding presence. Driving the 54ST from the tower is truly an exhilarating experience and provides a competitive advantage.
The fighting cockpit is exactly what you would expect from Viking and is the same size as its stablemate, the 54 Convertible. It measures 154 square feet, giving angler ample room to fish and easily move around during intense battles during tournaments. Viking's signature mezzanine design offers comfortable seating for guests looking to enjoy the action along with cooler storage below, which can be converted to a freezer if you prefer. Other cockpit features include an in-transom live-well, in-deck fish boxes, in-deck storage spaces, and a bevy of rod holders. Finally, a centerline lazarette hatch can be opened to reveal the dedicated Seakeeper area along with access to the trim tabs and drainage pumps. Owners have the option of selecting a Seakeeper 9, 16, or 18.
The Viking 54 Sport Tower is designed with a 3-sided fiberglass deckhouse that offers the captain the best of both worlds - open air fishing with the ability to control the climate inside the command deck. An optional solid aft bulkhead can also be incorporated into the build. The main helm station inside the command deck is farthest forward and raised for increased visibility while sitting in the Release Marine helm seat. The streamlined helm is complimented by AME-installed electronics, as well as a row of Bocatech switches that have power status LED rings that are flush and integrated into the dash. This makes glancing down at your controls quickly and confirming power status while battling a fish, seamless.
Aft of the main deck helm station is plenty of seating, including a U-shaped couch with teak dining table and a L-shaped lounge portside that has storage underneath. A convenient refrigerator, storage, and tackle/gear compartments are also close-by in the command deck.
The Viking design team knows that after a long day of fishing and cruising that even the most motivated of anglers need to rest. That's why every cabin on a Viking is outfitted with the most comfortable appointments available. From the large, top-quality beds to the beautiful wood cabinetry and storage, your guests will rest well during their time on board.
Thanks to the 17' 8" beam on the 54ST has a very spacious interior for a mid-50 foot sportfish. Owners have a choice of either a 2-stateroom or 3-stateroom layout, depending on their boating plans. No matter what layout you choose, the forward master stateroom is abundant in space and storage, featuring a queen-sized berth. The horizontal-grain walnut cabinetry and accents will leave your guests in awe. The master suite has its own en suite head.
With the 2-stateroom layout, the salon area features a L-shaped lounge with a table for dining inside. A 43" television is nearby and the Amtico flooring, combined with the Walnut woodwork, provides a relaxing ambiance. The guest stateroom has upper and lower berths, while also having its own private head. If owners choose the 3-stateroom layout, the cabins share a head and the salon seating is changed to booth seating.
The 54ST has a wonderfully-sized galley that comes well-equipped to feed your hungry crew. Featured in the galley is an engineered stone countertop, under-counter refrigerator and freezer, and plenty of storage.
Back at the mezzanine, a set of lift-up steps raises to reveal access to the spacious engine room. Owners have a choice between MAN V12 1400mhp engines or upgrading to the 1550mhp engines. Hull number one of the 54 Sport Tower will utilize the more powerful 1550mhp models. Viking has also incorporated Optimus Electronic Power Steering that are matched to stainless-steel, high-speed rudders for incredible performance, range, and a comfortable ride. Captains will appreciate the single-lever controls for easier maneuvering. The Onan 21.5kW E-QD generator is designed to produce less noise and vibration, as the E-QD stands for 'Electronic Quiet Diesel'. The 54 Sport Tower truly is a magnificent sportfish that is capable of competing and winning major offshore billfish tournaments.
As the oldest Viking dealer in North America and not far from the Viking shipyard, SI Yachts is uniquely experienced to provide the best Viking purchase process anywhere. Our team of factory-trained Viking experts have decades of experience owning, using, and helping customers purchase these amazing fishing machines. We also make it easy on you by offering to take your boat in on trade towards the purchase of a new Viking or Valhalla Boatworks. SI Yachts continually has pre-owned Vikings for sale available or can help you find the perfect boat on the brokerage market. Contact us today by calling 1-516-623-6060 or sending an email to Sales@SIYachts.com for updated availability, pricing, and more information.