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Introducing the Viking 45
Like all Vikings, the 45 Open has been bred to deliver stellar performance in the harsh environment regularly experienced by tournament anglers. Visibility from the centerline helm is outstanding making the 45 Open as easy to maneuver offshore as in a crowded marina. High-speed stainless-steel rudders matched to power-assisted hydraulic steering provides fingertip control. Navigation electronics stow neatly behind clear acrylic panels, which makes the gear totally accessible, yet safely protected from weather and spray. A separate compartment accommodates communication equipment.
The bridge deck features three helm seats and an L-shaped lounge to port with rod stowage below. To starboard, a molded fiberglass console houses a refrigerator and icemaker, stowage locker and jump seat.
Lessons learned from countless tournaments have produced an impressive cockpit with all of the amenities a casual or serious angler would need to gain a spotlight in the winner’s circle. The 119 square-foot cockpit features a molded nonslip sole with an insulated fishwell flanked by a pair of deep stowage compartments, one of which can be made into a livewell. The molded console against the aft bulkhead contains a bait freezer, a rigging station, ample tackle stowage and provides engineroom access. The step leading to the bridge deck conceals an insulated drink box. Rounding out the comprehensive list of standard equipment is a transom door, fresh and saltwater washdowns, a stowage locker, recessed stainless-steel cleats and hawse pipes, four flush rodholders, stereo speakers, indirect lighting, oval exhaust ports and a Glendinning Cablemaster shore power cord.
A sliding acrylic door leads to the salon, which features a U-shaped lounge to port and a U-shaped galley to starboard. The 45 Open is available with a single or two staterooms. Though Viking’s smallest boat, she wears her namesake proudly, as she is engineered like her larger siblings. Powder coated web frame steel engine beds, for example, are hung on dedicated composite bulkheads to minimize vibration and assure drive train alignment. Her raked entry, molded chines, 15-degree transom deadrise and fairbody running surface allows the 45 Open to plane quickly and efficiently. A solid reinforced keel enhances tracking in a seaway and provides major league protection in the event of a grounding.