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Viking Mezzanine Style Cockpit Seating

March 23rd, 2017 | Posted in General, Power Blog
By: BBY Staff Writer The abundance of older quality production sportfishing boats leads to an easy choice to buy for the new or current small boat angler looking to extend their offshore range, comfort, and safety. With new production offering features, innovation and creative layout, older models produced by Viking, Hatteras, Cabo and beyond, can often be found ready for improvement. Price point driven modifications are increasingly popular as a way to increase the use and comfort of these older sportfish boats. Modernization of their utility is possible at a fraction of the cost of a new sportfising boat all while maintaining a high ownership value and enjoyment. Like the owner of this Viking, the next generation of boaters who are focused less on maintenance and upkeep and more on turnkey enjoyment, sets the standard that boatyards like Bennett Brothers Yachts must refit these boats to. The owners of this 1982 Viking 46 were ready to incorporate features from new models into their own boat and turned to the professionals at Bennett Brothers Yachts. Mezzanine seating found on larger sportfishing models is a popular feature for accommodating guests without additional deck chairs cluttering the cockpit and also acts as a viewpoint of the angler fighting big game offshore. Back at the dock, additional seating doubles as expanded entertaining space. Although the 1982 Viking 46 lacks a mezzanine, seating can be added in on cockpit deck level to meet the goal of fixed seating and storage. Our project managers worked with the owners to set their objectives into motion, directing our onsite staff of skilled tradesmen. The construction of the new cockpit seating, where you would find a prep station on many sportfishing boats, began the transformation of this standard Viking 46 cockpit. Not stopping at additional seating, aged teak cockpit coaming boards were an eyesore and ready for replacement while in the boatyard. In lieu of a teak replacement the owners opted for fiberglass, due to no hassle maintenance, longevity, good value and a modern look. Bennett Brothers Yachts is still mid project at the time of this posting, stay tuned for images of the final product in the cockpit refit of this Viking 46.