Rooms with spectacular views
Viking has been building enclosed bridge convertibles since delivering the first model, a 58 EB in the summer of 1995. From the initial launch, the design has grown more and more popular with cruising yachtsmen who wanted Viking’s well-documented performance with a climate-controlled helm. In essence, a Viking Enclosed Bridge Convertible is a fast, long range motoryacht with the speed, handling and sea keeping ability of an offshore proven tournament sportfisherman with great looks to match.
As the design has evolved over the years, Viking now offers enclosed bridges on many Convertibles. And although the size of the enclosed bridge varies depending upon the model, each one shares a commonality of luxury and convenience features.
To maximize visibility, the helm is moved forward on centerline and each of three tinted windshield sections is fitted with a wiper and washer. The dash is wrapped in black ultra-leather to reduce glare and serves as the ideal location for electronic displays and the flush-mounted compass. Overhead, a bank of accessory switches controls various systems. Single lever controls supplied by the engine manufacturer and a vertical destroyer-type wheel with power assisted hydraulic steering deliver instant and effortless response. Beneath the dash there is considerable stowage for loose gear and other accessories. An adjustable Stidd helm chair provides plenty of comfort for long range excursions and on most models is flanked with upholstered companion seats, each with a sturdy footrest.
Abaft the helm is essentially a second salon with similar amenities found below. A plush J-shaped lounge with stowage underneath on a raised platform allows guests panoramic views through the forward, side and aft windows, which totally eliminates any sense of confinement. A cocktail table adds a nice, convenient touch. Opposite the lounge, the hand-finished teak cabinetry houses a refrigerator with space available for bottle stowage and a sink. For entertainment, a flat-screen television, stereo and CD player are standard.
The enclosed bridge is fully air conditioned and in reverse cycle mode, the system can supply heat for those chilly days at the beginning and end of the season. In fact, it is this feature of the enclosed bridge that many owners appreciate because it allows them to extend their boating season and enjoy more time on the water. On those in-between days, you can open the overhead hatch and the weatherproof exterior door to invite plenty of fresh air aboard.
Another useful benefit of the design is it provides for an interior staircase from the salon so that during inclement weather, there is no need to travel outside to reach the flybridge. (One exception is the 56 Enclosed Bridge, which presently is not offered with a spiral staircase.)
For docking ease, each enclosed bridge model is equipped with an outside aft docking station. The controls and wheel fit neatly into a fiberglass helm pod with room to add some electronics if desired. Opposite the outside helm, there is a molded fiberglass seat topped with a plump cushion for comfort and plenty of stowage below.
On enclosed bridge models, all of the flybridge railings, including the bridge ladders are powder-coated to blend in nicely with the surroundings. Even the quartz lights, which illuminate the cockpit, are ensconced in fiberglass pods for a totally finished look.
Viking also offers an option called the skybridge. This feature is a cozy open flybridge that sits atop the enclosed bridge roof. If it is extra height you are looking for aboard your next new Viking, it’s safe to safe the sky is the limit with this accessory.
Viking’s Enclosed Bridge Convertible line-up is one more example of our commitment to build a better boat everyday. They are the consummate cruising yacht, yet are fully capable of fishing alongside our Open Bridge boats. We invite you to contact your dealer to learn more about this exciting and unique fleet.