The new Viko S30 is a Polish-built 30-footer at a price that few other boats of its size can come close to matching. Take a look for yourself in this First Look Video filmed at this year's Southampton Boat Show.
The Viko 30 is an up to date cruising boat designed by the Italian Sergio Lupoli as a well-mannered yet economic fast cruising yacht. At its UK launch during the 2015 Southampton Boat Show, the boat was offered for under £50,000.
While this is not the largest 30-footer on the market – making most use of a boat’s volume can be an expensive exercise – this boat nevertheless offers a well-planned interior with two compact double cabins, plus a saloon with long settees each side. Headroom is a generous 1.95m (6ft 3in).
On the downside, the galley is relatively basic – even the cooker is not gimballed – but against this the heads compartment is surprisingly spacious and well appointed. Even on swing keel models the keel box does not intrude unduly into the accommodation – it forms the base of the saloon table.
On deck and under sail
The layout on deck follows the norm for a contemporary performance cruiser, with a double spreader rig sporting blade jibs, rather than overlapping headsails, plus a short bowsprit for asymmetric spinnakers. The cockpit is of an excellent size, with the space further emphasised in tiller steered versions, and the optional upholstered seat cushions and back rests giving a surprising degree of comfort. There’s good stowage on deck and an open transom.
Equipment and extras
As might be expected at this price, the inventory is relatively basic, with for example only one battery and therefore no dedicated engine start battery. However, most absolute essentials are included and it would not require a great expenditure on safety kit, basic electronics, plus anchor and chain to put the boat into an operational state.
A common feature of many Polish built yachts is the level of customisation that’s possible, even with relatively inexpensive models. Options for the Viko 30 include three different keels – fin, swing or (vertically) lifting – as well as wheel steering and Flexiteek cockpit and/or side decks.
A more powerful 14hp engine, in place of the standard 9hp diesel inboard is offered. Alternatively, buyers that are happy with the inconvenience of an outboard can save even more money by opting for an outboard of up to 15hp. Other options include a coloured hull, fridge, pressurised hot water, 240V electrics and wheel steering.
Other models in the range
Currently there’s one other boat in the Viko range, a 21-footer priced from £20,000, and plans are well advanced for a 26-footer, which is due to be launched for the 2016 season.
While it’s easy to cite examples of 30-footers that offer more space, or a higher standard of interior joinery, there are few boats of this price that can rival the Viko 30. In terms of value for money most comparisons would need to be made with boats that are at least four feet shorter.
Hull length: 9.27m
Displacement: 2,750 – 3,400kg
Draught: 0.8-1.6m or 1.8m
Sail area: 46-48 sq m
Diesel inboard: 9hp or 14hp
For similar size vessels featured on boats.com, see the racy McConaghy Ker 33 review or the brand new cruiser-racer: Hanse 315 video.