A new take on a legacy line.
Viking Yachts had been out of the motoryacht arena since 2001 when its well-respected 60 was discontinued. The builder is back in the motoryacht space in a big way, with the 75 Motor Yacht, a 78-footer that takes advantage of technological advancements developed over the last decade and a half and refines many of the things that made the 60 a winner.
Modern diesels (MAN or Caterpillar), a hydraulic bow thruster and a joystick are linked to let the big yacht operate nimbly around the dock. Without using pod drives, Viking has managed to deliver pod-like maneuverability with traditional shafts. With a top speed around 35 knots and a comfortable cruise around 30, the 75 MY is no slacker. Add the optional Seakeeper gyro, and the ride will be level at any speed.
Inside, the 75 offers an aft salon with seating for eight to 10 on a C-shaped settee and twin chairs. A dining area with room for eight to eat sits amidships to port. The galley is just forward of the dining area, and a day head sits to starboard. Forward on the main deck are two more seating areas, one a dinette, the other more a lounge.
Belowdecks are five staterooms, including a full-beam master amidships and directly forward of the engine room. Three more staterooms are forward of the master, and a fifth is aft of the engine space. It can be crew quarters or a guest stateroom. All five staterooms have an en suite head.
The covered flybridge is an entertaining/ lounging space. The centerline helm includes a single captain’s chair, but to each side is a double companion seat, so five people can sit at or near the helm. We’ll let the captain decide if that’s a good thing. Aft of that is a settee for even more passengers. Six people can sit on the aft deck around a table and have sunset cocktails or an alfresco meal. Down stairs to either side is the hydraulic swim platform, which is big enough for a tender or a PWC, or it can be a teak beach for the swimming and sunning crowd. Certain design cues, such as the teardrop salon and flybridge windows, keep the 75 MY distinctly Viking, but a newly designed hull and the sheer volume of the interior indicate this is a new line and direction for the builder.