There’s a new Viking 42 Convertible with Zeus pod drives on the way, and this sportfishing boat will be ready in time for the fall boat shows. The new 42 will be the smallest boat built by this company currently available, and will feature a real departure from the norm for Viking Yachts with the Cummins diesel, Zeus pod drive arrangement.

Viking says the 42 Convertible will be followed by a 42 Open express, which should be ready to demo by the Miami boat show in February of 2011.

The new 42 features a two stateroom, two head layout, and will have a bi-level galley with bar stool seating. Surprisingly, it’ll also feature a cockpit mezzanine – an unusual perk in a convertible fishboat this small. The bridge is said to have a centered helm, port and starboard lounges, and forward seating. From the early pics one can also make out a port-side cockpit freezer, a centered transom livewell, and a port side transom door. The mezzanine looks to be on the small side (which should be expected on a 42), with maybe enough room for two people to spread out or three to cram on. Overall cockpit space is 122 square feet according to Viking’s web site, but they don’t say if this measurement includes the area consumed by the mezzanine and bait freezer; different companies take this measurement in different ways, and out of 122 square feet we could be looking at a 15 or even 20 percent difference. LOA is 42′7″, beam is 15′10″, and displacement is about 36,000 pounds. There’s a nice rendering of the boat on Viking’s web site, For now, you can check out this construction shot of the new Viking 42 Convertible with Cummins diesels and Zeus pod drives, which the company e-mailed out yesterday.

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The first new Viking 42 Convertible with Zeus pod drives makes its way down the line.