Alone in its class, the 50 Open ranks as the largest sport-fishing express model available today. Other builders offer similarly sized express cruisers with some fishing options, but the Viking stands as the only offering built from bow to transom door strictly for the tournament fisher.
The 50 Open’s dedication to the serious fisherman is obvious throughout. Look in the cockpit, where a transom door, two fish boxes and tackle center come standard. Look on the bridge, where visibility from the center-line helm is unhindered in any direction. Look in the spic-and-span engine room, which Viking seems to have down to a science. Even look in the comfortable salon, where a day head is positioned close to the sliding entryway for quick access during fishing. (A second, private head resides in the forward stateroom.)
On the air-conditioned bridge, single-lever controls and a pod-style helm capture the immediate attention, but an angled electronics suite hidden behind a lockable clear door and a unique hidden radio box arrangement really set this boat apart.