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Old 05-15-2013, 01:22 PM
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Default New Viking 60/62 vs Spencer 60

Ok I am going to open up a can of worms.

We currently are on a 2001 55’ Viking and looking to get a new boat. We use the boat primarily in the Bahamas to vacation on and to fish, so not a hardcore tournament boat. We have been big fans of Viking because they have taken care of us. But now would like to widen our search to make sure we are getting the best.

We are looking at the 2013 60 and 62 Viking but are intrigued by the Spencer 60 with IPS drives. The reason we haven’t been looking at the customs is because they are smaller inside and on the bridge., but we want to see what they can offer. We like the IPS drives because of what they can do, handling, GPS anchor and docking etc.

My question is what are pro’s on cons on each of the boats.
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One is production=Viking.
One is custom=Spencer.
One is more money, to buy and maintain=Spencer.
Alot of people own Vikings, not too many own Spencer's.
Viking builds a very nice boat, probably the best production boat.
Spencer builds a very nice boat, personally I don't think it is the best build custom boat.
IPS's????? Jury is still out. IMO.
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Viking is the best at what they do. Production sport fishing boats. Their worldwide support is second to none. If you want custom, Spencer builds one hell of a boat, but I might go next door to Bayliss' place.
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Viking is the best at what they do. Production sport fishing boats. Their worldwide support is second to none. If you want custom, Spencer builds one hell of a boat, but I might go next door to Bayliss' place.
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I'm a big Carolina builder fan, along with Spencer and Bayliss, look hard at Chadwick (Jamie), Lightning (Bill is a member here) and Winters (Tim is a member here also). Viking builds a fantastic production boat with great support no question about that.

The IPS/Zeus systems are the future, some will disagree but the benefits are real.

Best of luck with your hunt, enjoy.
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If you go custom go Bayliss, my absolute dream boats. But don't get me wrong I would take a 60 Viking as well. One you see every day at the dock the other is an absolute stunning show piece that will stick out on any dock!

I have seen the Lights Out and Shark Byte come through our marina for the MA500 absolutely beautiful boats!
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Bayliss is a great boat but they have only made 20 or so boats. Spencer is a proven hull. We see a ton of them in the Bahamas.

Caymanboy to be honest the Spencer is around the same price or cheaper. The price of the new 62 with good engines is crazy! One of the reasons we are looking around.

We have been waiting to buy a boat because of the IPS technology and Viking started to run with it but has since stopped. Another reason we are looking at Spencer, they have built a bunch of IPS boats. We are going on a Spencer sea trial tomorrow so I will get a closer look.
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I own a 42 Viking with the Zuess drives and we love it. There are a few things we would have changed but they are small. However the best by far are the drives. This boat handles better than my twin outboard or 24 pathfinder single. The 60 is what we want next and I hear that the zuess is in the works? I hope so!
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cwhite3: would love to hear your comments on your sea trial.

congratulations to you on either boat.
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Man those Spencers are nice.

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Since youre in Palm Beach Gardens... have you looked into American Custom Yachts, Jim Smith, Garlington, Merritt, Willis Marine (in Stuart) just to name a few... They're all built within a 30 minute drive from you and you'd be nuts not to consider them!
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For what you described, Viking 62 makes the most sense. Lots of dreams out there. You will be happy with the Viking. It suits your needs. Thats an awesome boat. There are a lot of nice customs. I am a sucker for em. The 62 is pretty much vikings answer to the customs. Also check out Weaver and Garlington. Winter custom does some fine work as well.

Check out my Garlington 61. Cant find a better boat imo

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Johncdbass, you did hear they were putting the Zuess drives in the 60? I'll have to look into that because that would be awesome!
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I was on a 60ish Spencer heading out of Red Hook in a tourney a few years back in some 4-6's, pretty sporty stuff. A 60-ish Viking Enclosed bridge was next to us. Both boats were doing around 30 knots head in the slop. The Viking was being swallowed by the swell and wind and eventually had to back off and follow the Spencer in the Spencer's wake. I have a series of photos to prove the green water over the bridge of the viking, I will mention no boat names. I have no bad things to say about either boat, but the Spencer was much dryer and more stable in that stuff, I was really impressed. Those skips run these boats like they stole them, the owners prefer it that way for the tourneys. Truth be told, comparing the two is like apples to oranges, your budget will dictate which is better- not all boat owners run caribbean tournaments for broke.
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Budget wont play a factor at least for these 2. Common misconception out there. The Viking is likely the same money. Bayliss is a differnt story, but Spencer isnt as expensive as a bayliss. I will also venture to say that no one commenting here has ridden a 2013 of either model. Compare the 62 to the Spencer. The 62 is an amazing riding boat. PM me and we will work on getting you on one. In your location, Viking or a Florida builder would make sense regarding service. If you have warranty work, your heading to NC with a Carolina builder with 90% of the builders. Cant go wrong with either, but I would tell you to strongly consider Viking, Jim Smith and Garlington etc... Viking has world class and world wide service that is very tough to match. Im a fan of all these boats, but again with what your use sounds like, Viking seems to be your best bet.
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I've heard Spencers have a great ride, we shall see tomorrow. I hope its rough!

Someone mentioned more maintenance on a custom? Is that because its painted? Our Viking is painted and we love it, looks brand new. We've had to repaint certain areas to keep it looking fresh but its worth it.
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No not painted. Paint is better that gel. Its the construction. The wood flexes and cracks in the hull and else where, I can show you pics. Its just part of the custom game. Its more maintenance and you have to be careful where you add things. Know if there is wood where you add screws etc. They also have big flare so hulling is different. You have to go to the right yard. Again, I love the customs, but it is different. If you want a custom that doesnt have that tendency, look at Garlington. You can come ride on mine any time. Can likely get you on a 62 Viking as well. If you have not yet done so, do it. You will be super impressed with the Spencer. But ride the other two I have mentioned before you decide. You cant go wrong. PAINT is WAY BETTER.

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PS Garlingtons are typically more money once you finish it out but WOW excellent boats.
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My buddy has a 61 Garlington. Best all around boat I've seen or ridden in that size range, and I've seen them all and ridden on most. Very economical (as good as POD boat), unbelievable ride, and, best of all, is worth as much as he paid new 4 years ago. He's always getting unsolicited inquiries.....
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Definitely check out Garlington!

BTW, Spencer does not build with wood. Spencer's are cold molded but with corecell. On occasion they could have maintenance issues but Spencer will take care of them.

I also am one of the few that seems to think a new GT63 is a nice boat, but I have not run one.

Not a huge Viking fan b/c of the wide forefoot. Ride is more important to me than interior.
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