Congrats to Paul Spencer and the Spencer Yachts team for building 100 state of the art sportfishing vessels.
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
Hatteras Yachts Announces New GT59 Convertible
New Bern, N.C. – September 15, 2017 – Hatteras/Cabo Yachts LLC (“Hatteras Yachts”), a world leader in the construction of convertible sportfishing and luxury motor yachts from 45 to 100 feet, announced the new Hatteras GT59 Convertible model at the Hatteras Club Experience event at Hatteras Yachts Headquarters in New Bern. The GT59 is the newest addition to the Hatteras GT Series of tournament-ready sportfishing yachts, which also includes the GT45X, GT54, GT63 and GT70. Scheduled to launch in 2018, the GT59 represents the next evolution of the GT Series, showcasing a new aesthetic exterior design and enhanced interior arrangements.
“We are building on the success of the Hatteras GT Series and taking it to the next level with the new GT59,” said Hatteras/CABO Yachts President and CEO Kelly Grindle. “Our customers were asking for a Hatteras GT Series Convertible in the 55- to 60-foot range to round out our line. With this model, we are offering them not only a boat that will deliver the same high level of performance and fishability as the rest of the GT Series, but also one with an updated interior and flexible lower-deck accommodation plans. It’s built for fishing, while also offering the premium fit and finish and amenities of a luxury motor yacht.
The yacht’s interior features a flush-deck salon/galley with island layout designed to facilitate social traffic flow. It is equally suited to feeding a hungry crew and staging an elegant cocktail party. Grindle added, “The open, free-flowing salon/galley arrangement is truly unique in the sportfish segment, allowing customers to feel comfortable during extended fishing trips.”
Flexible arrangements for the lower deck will let individual owners personalize the GT59 to suit their fishing and cruising styles and needs. The standard layout encompasses nearly equivalent VIP and master staterooms, plus a bunkroom that can accommodate a captain and deckhand, a couple of fishing buddies, or the grandkids. One optional layout optimizes the boat’s fishability by placing tackle storage space with workbench to starboard of the companionway stairs, while another adds a third head.
Like its GT Series siblings, the GT59 has a spacious, well-laid-out flybridge that places the captain in the optimal spot for viewing the action in the cockpit and the waters surrounding the boat. However, the new model features a new flybridge layout that places a lounge forward of the helm concealing a huge storage compartment that can be converted to a freezer.
GT Series boats are designed to deliver top speeds of over 40 knots and to cruise in the mid-30-knot range. Their proven variable-degree deadrise hull begins with knifelike entry for slicing through head seas, then gradually flattens out toward the transom, creating less drag and more lift for exhilarating speed and better fuel economy. Lifting strakes combined with the chine configuration make for a dry ride even in the rough stuff offshore. Hull tunnels, aft, help the GT models back down straight and true, while keeping the cockpit dry. The hullform also allows them to maintain cruising speed in rougher conditions than many competitor sportfishing boats.
Sportfishing captains also love the GT Series convertibles for their sportscar-like maneuverability, which results from the GT Series hullform combined with the standard differential steering system. Most of all, captains and owner/operators love the Hatteras GT Series boats for their excellent seakeeping abilities, which help them safely navigate inclement seas.
Fishability is assured by the GT Series’ large, clean, highly functional cockpits. The GT59 has a 153-square foot cockpit with full mezzanine seating. Standard fishing features include a transom door, molded-in transom live well, two insulated fish boxes with macerator, rod stowage, and a mounting plate for a fighting chair. The mezzanine incorporates a bait and tackle center with drawers, bait freezer, and a refrigerated drinks box.
The engine room and other utility spaces will embody the craftsmanship and attention to detail that are enduring Hatteras hallmarks. Taking that tradition and building on it, GT59 will be a worthy next-generation heir to the legendary Hatteras sportfishing yacht line.
LOA 59’9″ (18.21 M)
Waterline Length 51’9″ (15.77 M)
Beam 18’9″ (5.71 M)
Draft 4’9″ (1.45 M)
Weight Displacement 89,000 lbs (40,370 KG)
Fuel Capacity 1,575 gals (6,624 L)
Opt. Fuel Tank 250 gals (946 L)
Power 2x 1,600 BHP Caterpillar C-32A diesel
Freshwater Capacity 200 gals (757 L)
Holding Tank 120 gals (454 L)
Generator 1x 21.5 kW diesel
Bayliss Boatworks Delivers Wave Paver
Bayliss Boatworks is proud to announce the delivery of Wave Paver, a 77-foot custom sportfishing yacht. This build holds a distinct combination of unique interior details, sleek exterior lines, and an assured purpose to travel the world and catch fish. Wave Paver was christened in August 2017, ahead of her projected fall delivery date.
Begun in March of 2015, she is the product of over 71,000 man hours, and nearly 30 months of labor. Her owners have run a long-standing and very successful program on the tournament circuit, which the new Wave Paver will mesh seamlessly into. Wave Paver’s hull is cloaked in the classic Matterhorn White, which pairs easily with a black boot stripe and bottom paint; her long bow deck brings a fresh silhouette to the Bayliss line.
The cockpit is designed with efficiency in mind; extensive refrigeration is the prime feature, especially the in-deck refrigerated fish box. A grill and tackle center, multiple electrical outlets, and tuna tubes round out a blueprint that is crafted with workability as the main attribute.
Wave Paver’s bridge console adds functionality to longer trips at sea with additional refrigeration and a large freezer in the bridge console. Four electric teaser reels sit comfortably above the helm to allow for flexibility in different teaser and dredge configurations.
Granite and marble are paired with a stunning combination of teak, Circassian walnut, and Sapele Pommele wood throughout Wave Paver’s interior. A dayhead and pantry are placed near the galley, adding practicality and function. The built-in custom rod locker rounds out the interior package of a boat that will explore new ground and catch more fish. The four-stateroom, five-head layout features a wraparound crew companionway that allows unique pump room access through the crew stateroom.
Wave Paver’s spacious pump room layout is a product of ultra-detailed systems planning. With extensive travel planned for this build, every system is installed with redundancy from ice makers to chillers. Additional drawer and accessory storage adds strength to an often-cramped space. Both the engine and pump rooms are equipped with fire suppression systems as a supplemental safety measure. She is stabilized with two Seakeepers, an SHD 12 and SHD 7. Her twin MTU M96L 2600 horsepower engines ensure Wave Paver is a swift mover. With top speeds of 43 knots, she evens out to cruise effortlessly at 35 knots.
Bayliss Boatworks has been building custom sportfishing yachts since 2002. Four additional builds are in progress at the company’s facility in Wanchese, including a recently begun 75-footer, a 64’ (named Lor-A-Di), and two GameBoats, sized at 60 and 62 feet.
Splash Date: August 2017
Length Overall: 77 feet
Beam: 21’ 11”
Draft: 5’ 8”
Displacement: 140,500 lbs.
Fuel: 2,700 gallons
Water: 450 gallons
Power: Twin 2600 horsepower MTU M96L
Top speed: 43 knots
Cruise speed: 35 knots
Additional information can be found at: www.baylissboatworks.com
Wave Paver 2015 Captain of the Year Russell Sinclair awards presentation Click Here
In this video interview, Viking President and CEO Pat Healey talks about the new 93 MY, a tri-deck motor yacht with the space and accommodations of a 115-footer and the design and performance prowess of a Viking.
Ten months later and the 44′ Rybovich Mar Sal is restored. Mark and Sally Williamson of Fort Myers, Florida have taken delivery of their dream. “I just couldn’t be happier. I would highly, highly recommend A and J Boatworks for any major restoration. I just can’t say enough about Steve and his team and all of the of the subcontractors,” beams Mark Williamson. “Every contractor did what he said he was going to do and more. Mr. Nguyen of Nguyen Yacht Refinishing and Derek Lynds of Custom Yacht Works who handled all of the carpentry, I was very pleased with the overall quality of his work.”
“We were over time and over budget, but what the hell. I have redone a couple of boats before and knew what I was getting into,” Williamson describes. “Everybody always reads these stories and wonders how much do boat projects cost. The boat was done for about 45% of the cost of a new Rybovich.”
What all went into the overhaul? Just about everything. “We put in new diesels, new generators, new wiring– everything mechanical in the boat is new. From the thru hulls to the electronics to the showers. The outside was all repainted. In fact, the only thing that was not repainted was the forward area. We revarnished and refinished everything- new latches, new fixtures, new shower. We refinished everything, but the structure itself was in very good shape,” says Mark Williamson of his newly finished project.
“Plans now? We’re going fishing, baby! Fishing and cruising with my wife,” Mark explains happily. As he described how the boat came together, we could practically hear his smile over the phone.
To check out the article we published during the refit in October 2016 Click Here
Bayliss Hull 23 – In Production
Popular these days is the advent of a two-boat fishing program; one for the
Atlantic/Caribbean, and one for the Pacific. Bayliss Hull No. 23, at 75’, will be part of a
two-boat program (as the larger of the owner’s two boats), and the owner’s second
Exterior features include a natural teak cockpit bulkhead, toe rail, transom, and more.
Built for travel to remote destinations, she will be equipped with (7) custom stainless
refrigerator/freezer boxes, all fabricated by Bayliss Boatworks. The interior layout is
designed around a center island galley and a very symmetrical, balanced living space.
Systems will include a pair of Tier 3 Northern Lights 30 kw generators, a Seakeeper 26,
dual 1,000 pound-per-day icemakers, an FCI watermaker, and much more. Hull 23 will
deliver in late summer of 2019.
Beam: 20’ 8”
Draft: 5’ 10”
Displacement: 128,000 lb.
Fuel: 2,500 gal.
Water: 450 gal.
Power: Twin 2600 hp MTU M96 V16
The latest build from Mark Willis and Brooks Smith is getting finishing touches and according to Smith, “is just weeks away from completion.” Smith said he is already working on the next one. We will bring you a walk thru in the near future on this much anticipated cutting edge sportfishing boat.
Captain Robbie Inglima gives us a peek at his new upcoming ride. Next up is Palm Beach Towers to top her off and a bow pulpit. It won’t be long before she’s running on the rip. M96 Engines.