Viking reinforces its reputation for building the best high-performance express fishing boats in the industry with the announcement of the 44 Open. This model allows Viking to bring new members into our family, and gives seasoned owners looking to downsize the opportunity to continue experiencing Viking quality and performance. The 44 Open excels as both a hardcore sportfishing boat and a comfortable cruising yacht, delivering the fishability, accommodations, comfort and performance that you demand on the water.
With her raked bow, swept-back wraparound windshield and gently sloping sheer, the 44 Open presents a picture of strength and style. The running surface is equally adept with a 14.3-degree transom deadrise and a design that provides lateral response and confidence in a seaway.
The command deck of the 44 Open shares many of the practical and notable aspects of its larger siblings including our signature and tournament proven centerline forward helm station on a raised platform for enhanced visibility. A raised molded fiberglass console can hold a bank of electronics displays, and has space for engine instrumentation and other accessories. Recessed compartments accommodate radios and additional equipment, plus accessory switches and controls. Like all Viking yachts, the 44 Open can be appointed with custom Atlantic Marine Electronics’ packages for navigation, communication and entertainment accessories, and using this Viking subsidiary allows the yacht to be delivered turnkey ready. The Costa Clear enclosure and optional air conditioning will keep you comfortable on the command deck.
The spacious command deck with a molded nonslip fiberglass sole affords generous seating options, including three adjustable pedestal seats. A table accompanies a four-person L-shaped lounge outfitted with comfortable padded seating. The port console holds refrigeration and stowage.
Outfitted with a custom designed and built Palm Beach Towers’ tuna tower, another of Viking’s experienced subsidiaries, the 44 Open comes ready to fish with a second complete helm with additional electronics, a fiberglass buggy top and Rupp outriggers.
A sliding door and a sturdy staircase leads to the climate-controlled salon. With its 16 ft. 4 in. beam, the widest of any boat in this class, the salon is particularly noteworthy by taking full advantage of the square footage, fostering a prime social area for relaxing and entertaining. The starboard-side galley, which sits opposite an L-shaped lounge with a dinette table, includes teak cabinetry with meticulous joinery and fit and finish, expansive Corian countertops, an electric range, separate under-counter refrigerator and freezer units and a microwave/convection oven. Other notable amenities include a stereo system with a 24-inch flat screen HD TV.
In the forward master stateroom, the island queen bed with mattress has a lift-up top with gas pistons and maple-lined storage underneath. There’s also a maple-lined hanging locker. Air conditioning, a 19-inch flat screen television and access to the head and shower are among standard amenities.
The head has custom Amtico flooring, a one-piece molded Corian countertop with rounded edges and a sink with a satin nickel faucet. The aft stateroom on the port side features a double berth, a maple-lined hanging locker and other stowage areas.
We have engineered the 44 Open for the installation of a Seakeeper gyro stabilizer, which brings great stability to the vessel and elevates the overall comfort level. The 119-square foot cockpit just steps away from the command deck is tournament ready with flush rod holders, a transom live well, and a transom door with a lift gate, tackle stowage, step-box coolers and in-deck fish and stowage wells. Guests can take in the fishing action from the observation mezzanine’s aft-facing lounge seating (which has freezer storage underneath).
The engineroom, lazarette, forward bilge and anchor locker are all painted with snow white Awlgrip for maximum visibility and easier maintenance. A pair of state-of-the-art 800-hp six-cylinder inline MAN diesels power the 44 Open. A Delta-T engineroom ventilation system, an oil exchange system and an Onan 13.5 kW E-QD (electronic quiet diesel) Series generator are just some of the standard mechanical and electrical equipment.
The 44 Open will be one of the headliners at our Annual Dealer Meeting and Sea Trial Event, September 11-13, in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Please contact Viking’s Gina Waldron or your authorized Viking dealer for more information. The boat will make its world-wide premiere at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, Nov. 1-5. We encourage you to come and see this exciting new boat, which is yet another example of our relentless effort to build a better boat every day.
Viking 44 Open
|Overall Length||45’ 1” 13.74 m|
|38’ 0” 11.58 m|
|Beam, overall||16’ 4” 4.98 m|
|Draft||3’ 10” 1.17 m|
|Freeboard, forward||6’ 2” 1.88 m|
|Freeboard, aft||3’ 4” 1.02 m|
|Height: waterline to top: of flying bridge hardtop||11’ 7” 3.53 m|
|Height: flying bridge hardtop masthead light||14’ 7” 4.45 m|
|Displacement (with fuel and water)||46,010 lbs 20,870 kg|
|Water||120 gal. 454 l|
|Cockpit||119 sq. ft.
11.1 sq. m