The Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show always provides some hot new boats for us to check out, and this October should be no different. Case in point: the new Viking 42 C.

Viking just announced that the 42’ 7” long, 15’10” wide, 35,999 pound 42 C will premier at the show, and this boat is something of a surprise, coming from Viking. In past years they phased out production of “small” sportfishing yachts, and focused on the 50-and-up range of boats. This being the case, the 42 C will not only be Viking’s newest boat in the 2011 line-up, it’ll also be the smallest.

Hull number one of Viking's 42 C should hit the water before the Lauderdale Boat Show.

Hull number one of Viking's 42 C should hit the water before the Lauderdale Boat Show.

Fortunately, they didn’t try to cram one of their 50-somethings into a 42-footer. Often boat builders try to shoe-horn in that extra stateroom or two, and as a result, all of the belowdecks areas end up short on elbow room. The 42 C’s two stateroom/two head layout, however, ensures that all of the living areas provide plenty of space. The galley is also a bit unusual, with a bi-level design featuring bar-stool seating.

Though the interior may be an eye-opener, even bigger surprises come when you look at the outside of the boat. First off, take note of the cockpit mezzanine. These are usually reserved for much larger convertibles, and finding a comfy bait-watching perch like this is unusual in boats under 50’ LOA. Secondly, a glance under the waterline exposes a shocking trait of the 42 C: Viking designed it to run with 440 or 480 horsepower Cummins diesels coupled to a pair of Zeus pod drives, instead of the traditional straight-inboard arrangement that was long favored by Viking. That should give this boat a boost in both efficiency and handling, and considering its 525 gallon fuel capacity, the 42 C should have the range to allow you to run to far-off hotspots and distant offshore canyons.

How will Viking top the 42 C? Rumor has it that they’ll also have an interesting introduction at the Miami Boat Show next February: a 42 Open express. Stay tuned!

Written by: Lenny Rudow
With over two decades of experience in marine journalism, Lenny Rudow has contributed to publications including YachtWorld,, Boating Magazine, Marlin Magazine, Boating World, Saltwater Sportsman, Texas Fish & Game, and many others. Lenny is a graduate of the Westlawn School of Yacht Design, and he has won numerous BWI and OWAA writing awards.