Incredible opportunity to secure a highly desirable 37 Billfish in turn key condition. Take this one step further by maintaining her in her Kailua Kona, Hawaii slip as she is being conveyed with the slip. Powered by the ever dependable Cummins QASB 6.7 Turbo diesels producing a massive 550 HP each. Classic looks combined with lots of modern technology built by Viking brings back the lines and performance of the legendary 37 Merritt.
The classic and timeless shearline evokes memories of one of the most revered sport fishing boats in history. Combining their heritage and Viking’s standards of fit and finish make this a classic in it’s own right. Own a legend.
Interested parties are encouraged to contact Jason “Tiny” Walcott Central Agent at 954-299-6914 for answers to your questions or to schedule your personal inspection.
Any devoted white marlin aficionado will tell you that the tackle available today is leagues above what was used on the tournament circuit back in the 1950s and 1960s. Yet, one of the best white marlin baits remains a firm and gleaming carefully rigged balao because when it comes to catching fish some things never change at all. The Viking 37 Billfish rides right alongside this wave of thinking. Designed to emulate the historic Merritt and Rybovich day boats of that by gone era, the Viking 37 Billfish raises the bar on the memory of these classic vessels with slick, contemporary styling and modern and more durable materials to offer better performance, easier maintenance and attractive overnight accommodations.
The day boat style offers unfettered access to the 86 square-foot cockpit equipped with a bait freezer, tackle stowage, a transom door with a lift gate, insulated fish boxes and a transom live well. The open salon provides all weather protection with a comfortable U-shape dinette and hi-lo fiberglass table, which converts to a bunk, opposite a cushioned lounge. At the end of the day, there is plenty of room to relax in a comfortable environment, a significant element missing from today’s wide open large center console boats.
Taking the day boat design up a notch, the Viking 37 Billfish also is outfitted with a lower helm station, sure to please northern anglers who plan to fish into the winter months, as well as owners looking for express style convenience. With available air conditioning on the command deck, southern fishermen wishing to escape the heat will find relief and comfort, as well as quick access to the cockpit. The flying bridge helm features a center console command station with single lever and optional joystick controls, power-assisted hydraulic steering, Vessel View engine instrumentation, a pedestal helm chair as well as lounges and jump seats. There is ample electronic space built into the console, as well as a fiberglass hardtop, and a three-sided Costa Clear enclosure.
Going below, the Viking 37 Billfish has a spacious and air conditioned layout thanks to its nearly 14 feet of beam. Amtico vinyl flooring is standard and the joinery is high-gloss teak. The private stateroom in the bow can accommodate a single queen bed, or can be ordered with over and under berths. Good stowage is provided with a pair of maple-lined hanging lockers, starboard hull-side cabinetry, under berth drawers, and a fishing rod shelf. The entertainment system includes a 20-inch flat screen television, a CD/DVD player, stereo, and an auxiliary input.
The L-shape galley features Corian countertops, a stainless-steel sink, an electric cooktop, a microwave/ convection oven, under counter drawer-style refrigeration, and spacious cabinetry for dinnerware, cooking utensils and supplies ideal for extended traveling for tournament fishing and family cruising. The generously appointed air conditioned head includes a fiberglass shower stall, a vanity with built in Corian countertop and sink, and a mirrored medicine cabinet. While aimed at fishermen, the Viking 37 Billfish also is a ubiquitous family cruiser adding to its overall appeal.
Standard power is a pair of tier 3 common rail, in-line six-cylinder, turbo-charged and after-cooled Cummins QSB 6.7 diesels with 550 mhp, which deliver a 30 plus knot cruise and a top end approaching 35 knots, depending upon load, sea and environmental conditions. For ease of maintenance, each engine and other critical machinery is located beneath electrically-actuated hatches in the command deck area. The engineroom bays, bilges and lazarette are finished with white gel coat for easy cleaning. The molded fiberglass hull with 12.8 degree transom deadrise includes premium vinyl ester resin barrier coats, biaxial stitched fiberglass fabrics, cored construction from the chine to the sheer and a solid fiberglass bottom. A molded fiberglass gel coated grid forms the stringer system which is chemically bonded into the hull and also serves as the base for nesting other internal components including the FRP floor into the boat for structural integrity.
Air conditioning with reverse cycle heat and temperature control (services whole interior)
Island Berth with innerspring mattress.
Bed spreads, quilted designer style with pillows and shams, fitted sheet set for each
Flooring, Amtico vinyl
Hatch, Bomar, foredeck hatch with screen and shade system
Headliner, Opus natural color foam and tricot backing throughout
Lighting, 24V, overhead recessed in headliner
Stereo system with speakers, CD/DVD player and flat screen TV
Air conditioning/heat with vent in soffit
Countertop and sink, polished Sandalwood Corian, with satin nickel faucet
Flooring, Amtico Vinyl
Freshwater electric head with holding tank and overboard discharge
Lighting, 24V, recessed in soffit and headliner
Lower vanity with storage
Receptacle, 120V, GFCI protected
Stall shower, fiberglass with satin nickel fixtures and drain to automatic sump pump in bilge
Towel bars and rings, brushed nickel
Aluminum cabin door, access to command deck
Countertop, polished Sandalwood Corian, stainless sink, with satin nickel faucet
Electric (2) burner recessed stove
Headliner, Opus natural color, 1/8" foam & tricot backing
Lights, overhead LED lighting
Main electrical service panel, AC/DC, backlit for easy viewing
Microwave/convection oven located in upper galley cabinet
Refrigerator/Refrigerator, under-counter drawer style,
Storage cabinets in upper galley, with varnished doors, finished maple interior
Storage cabinets and drawers in lower galley, finished maple interior
Garmin GPSmap 7612
Mercury Smart Craft Joystick with Skyhook Control
Two (2) ICOM VHF Radios
7” Mercury Marine Vessel View for Engine Information and Diagnostics
Garmin Auto Pilot
Garmin GS 20 Multi-Function Display
Fusion Satellite Stereo System
Dometic Cockpit Freezer Control and Monitor
Dometic Aft Refrigerator COntrol and Monitor
Center engine room hatch
Compass, flush mounted on centerline, lighted
Controls: Top mounted electronic controls with station select and keypad
Digital depth finder/temperature gauge and ICOM command mic
Drink refrigerator, drawer style
Engine display supplied by engine manufacturer
Fiberglass enclosure, 3 pc.
Fire system control with automatic and manual discharge and override system located at console
Helm seating, built in, with backrest and bolstered cushions
Instrumentation based on standard engine package
Nonskid on deck
Overhead lights at helm
Port side U-shaped lounge seating, with bolstered white vinyl cushions, and fiberglass hi-low table, electrically actuated for engine access
Power assist hydraulic steering
Starboard side bench seating with bolstered white vinyl cushions, electrically actuated for engine access
Tackle storage cabinets, one under starboard bench seat, one under helm seat
Trim tab controls, with LED position indicators, at helm
Windshield, front laminated, sides tempered
Windshield washers (2)
Air horns, trumpet style
Compass, flush mounted at helm, lighted
Digital depth finder/temperature gauge and ICOM 506 VHF
Engine display supplied by engine manufacturer
Fiberglass helm pod with stainless steel steering wheel and Palm Beach style controls
Helm chair, Bluewater Ladder Back with 4" pedestal and removable cushions and covers, adjustable
Instrumentation based on standard engine package
Power assist hydraulic steering
Lenco Trim Tab controls with LED position indicator at helm.
Blue water Rocket Launcher Back Fighting Chair
Cable TV connection wired to home run, RG TV cable to accommodate satellite system
Cockpit bait freezer w/upper tray
Dockside water connection - 50 amp/ 220 V Electric, located under forward gunwale
Dockside water connection with pressure reducing valve under forward gunwale
(1) Fishbox, Port side with chill plate, port and starboard is insulated, with hatches and drains plumbed to pump outs.
Freshwater wash down with hose bib located under forward gunwale
Gaskets for all lids, doors and hatches
Laminated mounting plate in deck for future fighting chair or table
Lazarette hatch for inspection of aft bilge
Live well in molded transom fishbox with window
Rod holders, (4) stainless st3eel, flush mounted
Seat cushions on freezer and tackle locker
Seawater wash down
Self-bailing cockpit with large cockpit scuppers
Stainless steel cleats and hawse pipes
Stainless steel gas springs on deck hatches and lids
Straps with padding to keep transom door and gate open
Transom swim step at transom door
Tricolor LED lighting under coaming
Tricolor LED lighting under flybridge overhead
Underwater LED lights (white)
Walk-through transom door with lift gate.
24V DC ship's service throughout
24V/12V Power supply with breakers on flybridge for future electronics
110V outlet under flying bridge helm
Anchor light/navigation lights, LED
Batteries (2) independent 24 V Banks mounted in fiberglass storage boxes
Battery charger, dual o0utput with thermal cutoff
Battery distribution panel with battery cutoff and charging system breakers
Battery distribution panel with battery cutoff and charging system breakers
Battery parallel system for main engines and generator start
Bonded electrical system with ground plate
Color-coded, labeled and numbered wiring system with corresponding drawings
Engine room lights, D with switch at helm
Onan Generator, diesel - 9.0 kW (R) w/1000 hours
Instrument panel backlights all electrical panels
Lighting, LED, recessed in ceiling, 24 V throughout
Master electrical control panel located in galley with 24V and 120V circuit breakers, individual switching for shore, or generator supply and gauges for electrical supply, voltmeter, amp meter, and frequency
Receptacles, 120V duplex with GFCI throughout
Voltage stabilizer isolation transformer for more consistent cleaner voltage.
5 Port Oil exchange system, main engines, transmissions, and generator
Air Conditioning - direct expansion single zone with reverse cycle heat for interior climate control
Bilge pumps linked into monitoring system and connected to float switches for automatic and manual operation
D/C pressurized freshwater system with cockpit freshwater fill and dockside supply inlet with pressure reducing valve
Deck pump out fitting and direct overboard pump out for holding tank
"Delta T" engine room ventilation system with supply and "Delta T" discharge fans for air supply and water intrusion suppression
External sea strainers, wedge type, for main engines
Fire suppression system, automatically or manually operated and tied into main engine and generator ignition systems with override
Fuel and oil lines, flexible, steel, reinforced USCG approved
Generator muffler, lift muffler with gas/water separator
Hour meters on main engines and generator
Internal sea strainers, basket type, Awlgrip white - generator & air conditioning
Main engine mufflers, double lift fiberglass, with surge protections
PEX plumbing, freshwater system plumbing with manifold system shut off in engine room
Propellers - Class "S" Pitch tolerance (ISO 484/2) and dynamic balancing. Advanced design cambered blade sections for optimum performance. Nibral alloy for maximum durability.
Racor fuel/water separators for main engines and generator clear bowl type, top loading for easier maintenance - includes vacuum gauge for fuel filter restriction, Awlgrip white
Shafts - Aquamet 22, double taper with machined keyway at main engine couplings.
Steering, hydraulic power assist
Trim tabs, electric, with LED indicators at both helms
Twin diesel engines with marine grade reduction gears and trolling valves.
Water heater, quick recovery, electric
Y-Valve emergency bilge pumps (2)
Anchor, constructed with a high-tensile, corrosion resistant aluminum magnesium alloy
Anchor locker with access from foredeck
Anchor rode, 200' with 12' chain
Fire extinguishers - 2 1/2 lb. portable (3)
Freshwater supply in anchor locker for general maintenance and cleaning
Holding tank monitor
Stainless steel bow, spring, and stern cleats thru-bolted to backing plates
Viking Smart Décor package
Reinventing a Classic- A Review by John Brownlee
The new Viking 37 Billfish updates a timeless design.
When Ocean Yachts debuted its 37 Billfish model in the mid- 2000s, the boat caused quite a stir on the docks. With lines intentionally reminiscent of the iconic 37 Merritt, the little Ocean immediately attracted the interest of serious anglers looking for a nimble and practical fish boat.
Fast forward a few years and that same phenomenon is now repeating itself. Viking Yachts has introduced an updated version of that same boat, with touches unique to the Viking brand, but without losing the essence of what made the 37 so cool in the first place.
Like the Merritt, the Viking 37 Billfish sports a classic look, even when sitting in the slip. If you’re a fisherman, it’s nigh impossible to walk past it on the dock without stopping to admire her lines. I did just that recently when I met Viking’s company captain, Ryan Higgins, to put the latest version of this unique boat through her paces in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.
As Higgins and I boarded, he offered some perspective on what it’s like to drive this beauty. “I spend a lot of time on our larger boats, 70-footers and up” he said, “So it’s really fun to drive this boat because its maneuverability is so incredible.”
Hardcore anglers will appreciate the 86-square-foot cockpit, a fairly sizable working area for a 37-footer. The boat features a transom fish-box that can alternatively be used as a live-well, and the primary fish-box sits to port beneath one of two large deck hatches. This box can be ordered with optional chill plates to keep the day’s catch cold, and the starboard, matching in-deck space serves as a dunnage box for loose gear.
A centerline lazarette just forward of the transom provides access to the rudder table, the boat’s fuel valves and the rear fuel tank. The 37 comes with two tanks, with the forward tank gravity-fed to the rear, for a total capacity of 440 gallons of diesel. A transom door to starboard sits beneath a hinged section of covering board, enabling you to land truly big fish with ease. And with an aft freeboard of only 2 feet 11 inches, handling fish of all sizes from the ’pit should be a snap.
In the saloon, Viking has made good use of limited space, with bench seating to starboard and a lower helm station forward of that. You can opt to lose the lower helm and then that bench seat extends all the way to the forward bulkhead. A dinette to port converts into a double berth, and a small refrigerator sits forward and beneath the dinette, handy for keeping cold beverages close at hand.
The lower helm has plenty of companion seating for those predawn runs to the fishing grounds and also makes the 37 Billfish a viable cruising boat.
On centerline, a day hatch affords entry to the engine room—but for better access, both sides (the dinette and the bench seat/helm) rise on electric actuators to put everything within easy reach. The twin 550-horsepower Cummins diesels are easily serviced this way, and everything is within sight and reach.
Viking has truly done an outstanding job with this space. The boat’s 9-kilowatt generator rests athwartships under the deck at the forward end of the engine room, where it’s easy to get to. Air conditioner systems sit outboard to port and the fire-suppression system is in front of both engines. Battery switches and fuel filters lie within easy reach, and Viking even had the forethought to build in a dedicated space for a Seakeeper unit, should a buyer decide they want one. Very clever.
Down below, the 37 features a sizable head to port complete with a shower, and a well-laid-out galley to starboard. The galley comes with a refrigerator/freezer, plentiful stowage under the counters as well as in a dedicated locker, and a microwave oven.
Center Console Competition
The 37 not only offers buyers a chance to join the Viking family in more affordable fashion, it also may challenge a hot, existing market: the high-end, large center console world.
Center console outboard boats are now available above 40 feet from a number of companies, and a few 50-plus footers have been introduced and appear to be selling well. A well-equipped 42 with quad outboards can easily reach the cost of the 37 Billfish, and the 50-foot-plus boats routinely fetch prices well into seven figures.
This may make the 37 attractive to prospective center console buyers, especially to young families looking for real cruising amenities along with ample fishing room. That combination is sometimes lacking in outboard boats, where the emphasis is usually more on the fishing side. And while the 37 Billfish will never match the center consoles in terms of speed, it can hold its own against a quad-engine boat when it comes to efficiency.
We all know no boat is perfect, but it wouldn’t surprise me a bit if Viking’s new pocket battlewagon attracts the attention of some buyers who originally looked elsewhere. And if they choose to go this route, they will become a part of the Viking family, a place a great many people enjoy calling home.
A forward stateroom has a queen berth at the forepeak and is separated from the galley/head area by bifold wood doors. A flatscreen TV lies to port in front of one of the two hanging lockers, and three cabinets hang along the starboard hull side. You can opt for an alternate stateroom layout, with a crossover bunk added above the double berth. The accommodations are tight, since there’s only so much you can do with 37 feet, but it’s so well designed that a couple or young family will have no trouble staying aboard, even on extended trips.
After our inspection, Higgins fired up the diesels and we cast off. I got a chance to look over the compact flybridge as we idled down the Intracoastal Waterway in North Palm Beach toward the Parker Bridge, and once again, I found everything to be logically arranged and well-planned.
A symmetrical layout on the bridge places the helm in a console unit on centerline with a single helm chair. Passengers will ride on one of the two matching bench seats port and starboard or on a seat on the front of the console. The electronics panel held a 12-inch Garmin display with the Cummins display on centerline in front of the helm. Two VHF radios were mounted in an overhead box, with a Garmin repeater. The helm position affords excellent visibility in all directions and the driver can easily see both the bow and the transom.
When we reached Lake Worth, Higgins pushed the throttles forward and the little Viking rose quickly onto plane. This boat accelerates fast, and in short order we reached a comfortable cruise speed of close to 29 knots at 2700 rpm. We ran the boat up and down the lake, gathering performance numbers throughout the rpm range, then Higgins showed me where this boat really shines.
He began backing and spinning the boat, simulating a fish fight; the Viking’s agility must be experienced to be appreciated. It spins from one direction to the other faster than most people can wind line, and even in forward it has an incredibly tight turning radius. This level of maneuverability is rare among sport-fishing boats of any size, and nonexistent in truly large vessels. But you buy them for different reasons, of course.
It might be an oversimplification to call this a “starter Viking,” but that’s really what it is. Viking took a well-conceived boat and added their own touches to it, including the traditional Viking engine room hull vents, a black mask treatment—the company’s signature high performance isopthalic gelcoat for superior gloss and weather resistance—and a secondary step in the hull.
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