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Boat Reviews By Owners

1989 -- 38' 0" VIKING

Model: 38 Convertible

Cockpit: Viking didn't produce many of these "pocket yachts" in the late eighties early nineties. For a 38 footer it feels bigger. Nice sized cockpit with enough room for small sized fighting chair or rocket launcher. Plenty of storage, tackle drawers, and bait freezer. Good access to the steering gear and the batteries which are located under the deck.

Cabin: Probably one of the biggest sized salons are found on these boats especially the one stateroom dinette models like the one I ran. I hate boats that have every little thing crammed into them just because and this boat is the complete opposite. Viking puts in just enough and the result is a nicely spaced "big" small yacht. Nice sized head with decent sized shower. Galley is small but functional and simple. Master stateroom is adequate and again functional.

Construction: Like all Vikings this one is well built and if I remember correctly weighs about 33,000 lbs which is heavy.

Handling: I ran a 48 Viking for many years and any professional captain will tell you they are horrible in a head-sea. I was skepticle when I ran this boat but was later suprised. The heavy weight and shorter length translate into a very solid and smooth riding boat. But like 48, the 38 is wet also so make sure the bridge curtains are in place. The boat behaves well in a following sea but does tend to "wander back and forth" and is not as stable as the 48 but then again the 48 is longer...go figure.

Engine Room: Same power as the early Viking 45's...twin Detroit Diesel 671TI's single turbo, 485hp each. Cruise speed is about 23-24 knots loaded and WOT is about 27-28 knots. Decent sized engine room for this class boat but nonetheless it's tight especially around the generator...any major service and the floor is coming up for access.

General Comments: An awesome small yacht with big yacht feel. Excellent construction and equipment. Just the right size for the owner who like to do his or her own maintenance, repairs, etc. Economical to own and operate in this size range. No longer in production and not many used ones on the market either. Be prepared to pay top dollar for clean examples ($285K for 1989 model).

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Date Submitted: 2004-12-17

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