The 42 eased up on plane without cutting off forward visibility and, thanks to the Zeus 3800 pods and Cummins QSC 8.3 600 hp engines upgrade ($52,900), did it quickly. Engine options include dual 440s or 480s. Zeus pods include automatic trim tabs and a drive train in perfect alignment to the keel to make the step to plane painless. In three- to four-foot seas, I spun the helm hard over port and then starboard, looking for, but not finding, a chink in the handling armor. Underfoot, the Viking felt rock solid, and I watched my crew for a grimace of discomfort as we sliced through the seas. There was not a blink to suggest we back down. That’s the uncompromising confidence you get at the helm of your own Viking.