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donnyvron
May-17-2006 @ 11:30 PM                           Permalink
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Have a chance of buying a Viking 26 Aft cabin at present on the Broads.

Does anyone know anything about these boats?

Any info would be welcome.

Graeme

All right so what is the technical name, sharp end or pointy end?

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May-17-2006 @ 11:56 PM                           Permalink
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captain joshie another member has a viking boat so he should be able to give you a bit detail although his is the center cockpit.

There is a viking website as well but can't find it.

james



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May-18-2006 @ 11:57 PM                           Permalink
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I know a bit because my Dad owned one for a while, using it to tour the canals & Thames. I stayed on it a couple of times & it was OK. It was pretty basic but my Dad's was a 1984 model & you may or may not be able to afford one that's more recent.

They were designed as a canal cruiser & only have a 6ft 10 beam, so they're small even for 2 people! If you're planning on keeping to the Broads then you may be better off with something that's a fair bit wider. Bear in mind also that the fast majority have outboard petrol engines which I'm sure have their benefits but overall I think are less desirable than an inboard diesel.

Simon

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Graeme

I've PM'ed you with info... hope it helps.

We have the Aft cabin Viking 26 'Blue Skies', which has the cockpit in the centre (well nearly centre  Playful ). I agree that as billed as a 6 berth it would be 'friendly'  but with say a family of 4 it would be fine, though there is only the 2 of us and it's spacious then!!



Kind regards, John.

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Here's a photo of Blue Skies at Cantley with the canopy down and Mrs Blue Skies getting a bit of Sun!!...

Kind regards, John.


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Graeme,

I'm sure that Viking 26 owners get plenty of enjoyment from their boats, but their design has one particular drawback that took them off our "shopping list" when we were looking for a boat.

As mentioned above, they were designed for canals and one disadvantage of the small beam is the approx. 3 inch wide "ledge" that you have to traverse to walk along the side deck.
If you are used to the deck space that you can expect on a hire cruiser this may come as a bit of a shock.

If you need to drop a mudweight or just get to the bow before mooring, there would seem to be no other option than to walk the plank in this way.
As a result we have never seen inside one.

E/boat Steve


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