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Discussion in 'Viking Yacht' started by Jeremyvmd, Jul 26, 2021.

  1. Jeremyvmd

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    379A28D1-28E3-417F-9E19-FC3F1AE25A6F.jpeg 41376244-5093-4BDE-961B-097DDA7A0FDF.jpeg 7128214B-7B71-4057-ADD9-4EE8EC620F70.jpeg 747F2FB8-F850-46AE-BAEE-217075DA2C5A.jpeg 02DDCB50-5832-45EA-94C6-00F81C5F95D1.jpeg So after nearly a year of searching after selling my previous boat I finally found myself a new toy. Settled on her this weekend and brought her home. She’s a 1989 Viking 45c. All in all she’s in very good shape. Mechanically she’s in perfect shape. Aesthetically she could use a little work. Needs some wet coring dealt with in the sides by the vents and the floor of the flybridge on the wing needs some coring attention. But all the decks are dry and solid otherwise. All issues that be dealt with pretty easily. Very happy with my purchase. The previous owner loved the boat and it shows. She is being renamed “knot crazy”

    (interior and engine room photos taken from listing)
  2. chesapeake46

    chesapeake46 Senior Member

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    Congratulations on the new boat.
    Detroits ..... My favorite.
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    Very nice purchase . Looks great. I agree, Detroits ....my fav also. Enjoy!
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    Congratulations of the new boat! That was a very popular model back in the day. Some of the wet areas are also very common on those years.
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    Thank you guys, Yea I was tempted to walk away but one of the guys who works at my marina was a service manager over at Viking in new gretna and he told me most of them will have moisture in those two areas, since the rest of the boat was so nice I decided this one was worth putting the money into. As for Detroit’s, I briefly considered a boat with mans (93 Viking 50) but they couldn’t get the exhaust manifolds sorted so I walked away, really wanted a boat with Detroit’s anyway. All the boats but the 50 that I looked at and surveyed were Detroit boats.
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    The wet areas can be fixed and dried out. You got a great boat. Dry them out fix them up seal them up and enjoy the go! Lol , as the TP commercial says. You are WAY ahead of the game . Get a current quote on a new Viking 48 you will love your new boat even more, and that wimpy moisture area will vanish right out of your mind. Get it dry , seal it up and use the boat!
  7. Jeremyvmd

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    Yea I know. Saw the replacement cost for a new 45 on the survey. Got a great deal on it due to the moisture so plenty of room there financially to deal with all that
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    Plans for the boat currently are deal with a few issues survey found, dry out hull and fix any soft spots (correctly),new radar (Garmin just because previous owners just installed new Garmin 12” and transducers) and new autopilot. Also the rear enclosure I want to add a clear panel to
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    Congrats on the 45 Viking, those pics bring back good memories. We had a 89' 45 with dd 671's. It went to New Jersey when sold in 2004 and later the owner took it to California. Great layout and perfect size for fishing and cruising. We fished and cruised it all around Florida and the Bahamas, you will enjoy that boat.
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    Yea I love the interior layout and it’s big enough without being crazy big
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    What kind of fuel burn are you guys getting?
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    You should expect around 30(ish) gph in the 2000rpm range with those engines. Obviously depends on the usual factors.
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    Thank you! I think just for longevity I’m probably gonna cruise 1800-1850rpm. The boat really seemed to settle in nicely at that rpm. Chart says she should do 20gph total at that rpm. That seem right? 30ish matches the chart for 2000rpm
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    Congrats on the new boat! I just bought a 1986 Viking 48’ with 8V92 Detroit’s. This is my first big boat so I’m learning lots. What is your plan to address the coring? I’m curious because I just heard from my surveyor who indicated some coring issues starboard aft. The moisture readings were ok and no cracks but it apparently didn’t meet his plastic hammer tests and it does sound a bit hallow. I hate the idea of hacking the boat up if there is another method.
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    If you're referring to the hull sides and transom area above the water line then yes there are methods.

    When we bought ours many years ago surveyor found soft spot in Port aft corner. We had the interior cabinets removed and did all the repairs from the inside, then reinstalled everything. Worked really well. Key to this is having a wood craftsman not a yard guy do it. So choose a yard that has that quality. 20 years later still excellent interior joinery.
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    Cut out the glass skin replace the core and replace glass. On a structural part like the hull sides I’m gonna have it done right. They are very small areas and the surveyor said do it eventually but the boat is fine to use. So probably this or next winter I’ll have it done.
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  17. bayoubud

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    It may not be a problem now, don't wait long to repair. Small wet coring become large large wet coring in time. Saw a 80-ish 48 Viking sf years back the owner had considerable wet coring repaired just to be able to sell the boat, supposedly started at the rub rail wetting very large hull side areas. All boats with balsa or plywood coring should have extensive moisture surveying when buying.
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    Yea I’m planning to get it fixed ASAP. Don’t want to let it get worse
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    Not sure about the OP boat (and not wishing him anything bad of course - rather the opposite, in fact!), but particularly when balsa or plywood coring is also used in the bottom, IMHO it's much better to save the survey cost and just look for something else...
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  20. Jeremyvmd

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    These boats are solid glass bottoms. They didn’t start using core in the bottoms in Vikings until recently. 99% of the core is solid, motors are perfect with twice yearly oil samples and oil changes, rebuilds and low hours. Exceptional records on use and maintenance. Decks are 100% dry and solid, lots of extras. Even after I spend the money on the hull side repairs a) the boat will be better than new, and 2) I could still sell it for what I have into it due to the condition of the boat otherwise. Wasn’t worth walking away for a few small dull spots on percussion. Trust me I’ve looked at a ton of boats before choosing this one. And even with the soft spots it was worlds nicer and better kept than any of the others I looked at even much newer and much more expensive