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Epic Overnighter 9/14/2018
“It was epic!” said International Sales Manager Anthony Scola after the Viking 68's recent overnight trip. That theme resounded amongst the crew that fished out of the Canyon Club in Cape May, New Jersey, pounding out an impressive 20+ hours trolling with a few night owls dropping lines in as well.

Early on, Viking's Sean Healey hooked up with a monster blue marlin estimated at over 900 pounds. The beast continuously hit the right teaser until it was 15 feet from the boat. Then it dramatically aired out and took the pitch bait. Keith Monahan, Viking's Sales Manager, said, “The fish and the fight were absolutely spectacular.”
 
 
 
 
Inside Job 9/14/2018
The Mill. Don't let the simple name fool you. The men and woman of this multi-faceted Viking department create the sophisticated, highly-detailed interior woodwork in our industry-leading sportfishing and motor yachts. The Mill consists of a 94-member team that includes our Sub Assembly Operation, Joiner Shop and Finish Area. Above: With eyes locked on the target, Anthony Bhagwandeen uses a router to shape a dinette table in the Joiner Shop.

The Mill receives, organizes, stores and cuts all the materials used to build the various components in our boats. Three CNC (Computer Numerical Controlled) routers carve out all shaped parts; a variety of other saws, including a panel saw and table saws, cut lines and corners.

Every piece of material on a Viking that has shape to it other than metals goes through the Mill. The Mill can be working on materials for more than 30 boats at one time.

In addition to wood, the Mill handles cutting and shaping of plastics, foams, acrylics and composites. These materials are stored in multiple seven-stack-high aisles in the Mill warehouse. After being cut on our state-of-the-art Wadkin molding machine, the many styles of moldings are organized on nearby racks.
 
 
 
 
58 Convertible Debut 9/14/2018
The new Viking 58 Convertible headlined our annual Dealer Meeting and Sea Trial Event. The three-stateroom, two-head blue runner will exceed all expectations as both a tournament champion and versatile family cruising yacht with all the quality, comfort and superior engineering you've come to expect from Viking.

Our signature center console walk-around helm provides excellent 360-degree sightlines. The Viking subsidiary Atlantic Marine Electronics has custom designed and installed the 58 C's electronics, navigation, safety and audio-visual systems. Palm Beach Towers, another Viking Company, has outfitted the boat with a custom hardtop with drop-down electronics box and a full tuna tower. These sister companies play a major role in our ability to deliver turn-key-ready yachts.

Hull number one is powered with a pair of the new MTU V10 2000 M96 engines rated at 1,600 MHP each. With this power and standard fuel, she exceeds 40 knots at the top end and delivers a comfortable cruise in the mid-30-knot range. Three different engine options from MAN are also available.

You'll be hard pressed to find a boat in its class with a cockpit larger than the 58 C's, which measures 165 square feet. An arsenal of fishing equipment and an abundance of storage give you the fire power to put you in the winner's circle.

Forward of the salon's L-shaped lounge, the galley includes high-gloss teak-faced cabinetry, engineered-stone counters, a 2-stool bar area, under-counter Sub-Zero refrigerator and freezer units with deep pull-out drawers, a 4-burner cooktop and a microwave/convection oven.

The master and forward staterooms each have custom inner-spring mattresses and private access to the heads with spacious fiberglass shower stalls and built-in molded seats. The forward stateroom is offered with either a queen or crossover berth arrangement. The port stateroom features side-by-side berths.
 
 
 
 
Sea Trial Event 9/14/2018
It's been busy for the Viking Yacht Company. Our team welcomed the world's best dealer network as well as customers and vendors to the annual Viking Dealer Meeting, Sea Trial Event and Gala Dinner based in Atlantic City, New Jersey earlier this month.

After a friendly welcome dinner Monday night, Tuesday started early as Viking President and CEO Patrick Healey kicked off the meeting with his forecast of the upcoming year including new product introductions, updated technology and the continuous philosophy of building a better boat every day. A host of speakers, including Bob Healey, Jr., and Bob Healey, Sr., spoke to the packed room. After the classroom portion of the day was complete it was time to get hands-on with sea trials of the new 58 Convertible. The pea-soup-thick fog couldn't hold this baby back as accolades were heard up and down the dock.

The weather didn't hamper the amazing cocktail party with well over 200 people taking part in a succulent seafood bar and wonderful company. The ballroom dinner was a festive event that topped off the day.

Docks were busy both Wednesday and Thursday with eager customers and industry media sea trials. Plenty of Viking management and staff were on hand to field questions and discuss the various features of each model. By day's end it was unanimous that everyone's experience was completed with a satisfied smile.
 
 
 
 
White Hot Bite 9/14/2018
Fishing in the Northeast Canyons has been off the charts with boats releasing record numbers. Cutters and free jumpers have been the norm and it’s just heating up. Rumors of boats staying for additional nights and needing provisions brought in and jet skis running out extra flags are proving true.

The Viking 72, with Captain Ryan “Chief” Higgins on the wheel, crushed it with 44 white marlin releases on a recent overnighter out of Cape May's Canyon Club Marina. The unrelenting bite forced mate Stevie Ehrbar to the tower to spot, leaving angler Justin Healey to help mate Hector Torres with wiring and switching out baits. Viking's Pat Healey, Palm Beach Tower's Drew McDowell, Christi Insurance's Eric McDowell and Viking owner Mike Penza, Sr., were left to man the cockpit's non-stop action. “We were trolling to a jumper when we got covered up with a quad in the spread. The fishing is unbelievable, we had 54 fish in just three days,” said Ryan.

“This was the best way to start September,” said Viking's Justin Healey. Our overnighter on the Viking 72 was something you dream about. There were light winds, cutting white marlin on the surface, flurries of multiples and bites until complete darkness. Chief, Hector and Stevie had a great game plan and we all worked seamlessly together as one team.”
 
 
 
 
White Marlin Open 8/21/2018
This year's White Marlin Open had a record $5.45 million purse and 382 of the world's elite fishing teams battling for a piece of it. The blue marlin category was safely held all week when Joe Rahman, fishing on his Viking 80 Auspicious with Captain Cookie Murray, brought a monster to the scales weighing in at 881-pounds on Day 1. The fish was never challenged as it was the only qualifying blue weighed all week. Joe also claimed 2nd Place Angler for weighing in both a blue and white marlin as well as releasing three whites. Auspicious picked up 6th Place Boat with its two weighed marlin and six white releases.

The New England based Blinky IV, a Viking 50, claimed 2nd Place Tuna with a 73.5 pounder weighed by angler Charles Matattal. Leo Cantillo, on the Viking 62 The Right Place, claimed the 4th heaviest wahoo of the event with a 47-pound fish.

While lots of excitement takes place at the scales with million dollar fish in front of massive cheering crowds, there is plenty of intense behind-the-scenes action on the Atlantic amongst skilled teams taking advantage of exceptional marlin fishing grounds. This year the Viking 72 topped the competition with 10 white marlin and a blue driving Captain Ryan Higgins and his team to both 1st Place Boat and 1st Place Release Boat. Viking 72 angler Eric McDowell claimed 6th place angler with one blue and three white marlin releases.

Art Kontos' Viking 68 Let It Ride was the 9th Place Release Boat and 10th Place Top Boat. The crew released six white marlin, three sailfish and a spearfish.
 
 
 
 
New Viking 58 C 7/31/2018
The Viking Yacht Company is proud to announce the second generation of our 58 Convertible, the successor to the legendary 1990s model that helped build our proud company into a sportfishing powerhouse.

From 1991 to 2000 we sold 110 of our first-generation 58 Convertibles. “It was our largest boat at the time and a major milestone for us,” Viking President and CEO Patrick Healey says of the "Gen I" 58.

And now, 18 years later, our "Gen II" 58 C is poised to stake its claim as a tournament champion and the best high-performing family cruising yacht in its class. The 58 arrives as the culmination of nearly 55 years of convertible sportfishing design, engineering and manufacturing experience.

"The boat is ideal for the owner/operator family man or the hardcore tournament competitor," says Viking Design Manager David Wilson. "She'll compete in performance, engineering and interior accommodations with larger boats, certainly those well into the 60-plus-foot range."

The 58 C comes on strong with our signature walk-around center console flybridge helm with flanking lounges, 165-square-foot cockpit and observation mezzanine. The private and comfortable three-stateroom, two-head layout maximizes the vessel's 17 ft. 9 in. beam. A forward stateroom with a queen berth is standard, with an optional cross-over arrangement. Our design team has done a phenomenal job with the salon and galley arrangement, creating a highly functional open layout with a balanced mix of amenities for entertaining, relaxing or dining.

Propulsion packages from MAN and MTU are offered with the "Gen II" Viking 58 Convertible. A pair of the new MTU V10 2000 M96L engines rated at 1,600 HP each power hull number one.

The 58 Convertible will make her debut at the annual Viking Dealer Meeting and Sea Trial Event September 10 through 12. For more information contact your authorized Viking dealer or Gina Waldron. You can also see the 58 C at her world premiere at the 2018 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show October 31 through November 4.
 
 
 
 
3rd Crown & 5 On Top 7/31/2018
The third time is yet another charm for Jon Gonsoulin, his daughter Katie, Captain Jason Buck and the Viking 70 Done Deal team. With the Gulf Coast Triple Crown Championship lead heading into the final leg, the Blue Marlin Grand Championship, the crew earned the Triple Crown for the third time after a dominant performance. At the BMGC Done Deal was named Top Release Team with four blues and one white marlin. It also took the 2nd Place Tournament Award after landing a 640.8-pound blue. Petite Katie whipped that fish after an eight-hour battle in the chair.

Since its creation, Done Deal is the only team to repeat as Triple Crown Champions. The team accomplished the feat back-to-back in 2012 and 2013. The third crown in 2018 sets a new incredible standard for competitive marlin fishing in the Gulf.

“We’ve been fishing hard since 2013 to win the Crown again,” Jon Gonsoulin said. “Adding Katie to the team as our designated angler has made it more special. There are a lot of great crews in the Gulf. But there’s only one Captain Jason Buck.”

Done Deal wrapped up the season with a 1st Place tournament record blue in the Orange Beach Billfish Classic, 2nd Place Release in the Mississippi Gulf Coast Billfish Classic, 2nd Place in the Blue Marlin Grand Championship and bonus participation points.

Reel Addiction, a 56 Viking owned by Rocky Jones and run by Captain Scooter Porto, finished second in the standings. Reel Addiction had the 2nd Place fish in the Cajun Canyons Billfish Classic, 1st Place in the Mississippi Gulf Coast Billfish Classic and earned bonus points for competing in all five events.

Third place was Wynsong, Will Wilson’s Viking 66 run by Captain Allen Staples. The team earned bonus points and a 1st place win and 2nd place release honors in the Cajun Canyon tournament.

Matt McDonald’s Viking 68 Breathe Easy claimed 4th place. Captain Patrick Ivie led his team to 2nd Place Blue in the Orange Beach Billfish Classic and 3rd Place in the Blue Marlin Grand Championship.

Rounding out the top five on the impressive leaderboard is Allen Krake’s Viking 76 Team Supreme. Team Supreme, with Captain Stan Blakeman behind the wheel, claimed 3rd Place Release at the Orange Beach Billfish Classic and 2nd Place Blue Marlin at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Billfish Classic.

“Congratulations to Jon, Katie, Jason and the entire Done Deal team for another stellar season. The competition was intense, but they truly demonstrated their skill level and commitment to winning,” said GCTC Director Scott Burt. “Done Deal has established a dynasty in Gulf sportfishing that is going to be really hard to top.”

The late Sonny Middleton came up with the concept of the Triple Crown and Scott helped develop and nurture it over the last seven-plus years.

“Sonny always thought the Triple Crown was a way to bring all the teams together,” Captain Jason explained. “Sonny was the godfather of sportfishing in the Gulf. I hope we’re making him proud by claiming our third championship.”

The Gulf Coast Triple Crown Championship consists of five sanctioned events in the central Gulf of Mexico. The affiliated tournaments include the Orange Beach Billfish Classic, Cajun Canyons Billfish Classic, Mississippi Gulf Coast Billfish Classic, Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic and the Blue Marlin Grand Championship.

The Triple Crown is scored on a hybrid system that includes both weight and release points for the top three finishes in the blue marlin divisions only. Bonus points are also accrued for series participation, weighed marlin lengths and tournament marlin records.

 
 
 
 
Sea Trial Event 7/20/2018
Make plans for our Summer Sea Trial event in Atlantic City, New Jersey, in September. The red hot 68 Convertible will be on full display as well as a fleet of beauties between 48 and 72 feet. Contact your authorized Viking dealer for more information. See you there!  
 
 
 
Men of Mettle 7/20/2018
We build 90% of our boats in-house, which gives us the design and manufacturing control to build the finest sportfishing and motor yachts in the world while delivering unmatched customer satisfaction and service. Nowhere is the vertical integration of our company more apparent than in our Machine and Metal Shops, where thousands of components and parts are manufactured by a skilled team of 24 fabricators, welders, machinists and painters.

The Metal Shop, which also consists of a fabricating and welding hub and a paint shop, supplies the Machine Shop with raw materials that are manufactured into finished parts.
 
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72 Demo 7/20/2018
Poised to make her mark on the tournament trail, our stunning Flag Blue Viking 72 demonstrator boat leaves New Gretna and heads for open water. The 45-plus-knot convertible along with our Viking 68 demo will compete in about a half dozen events this summer in the Mid-Atlantic region, the epicenter of white marlin fishing. The boats, with teams that include many of the company's principals, function as engineering, design, sales and customer service tools that help Viking build a better boat every day.

The Viking 72 demo serves as a testing platform for innovative technologies, such as Furuno’s new DFF-3D Multi-Beam Sonar and AX Series Radar, which were custom installed on the flybridge by our subsidiary Atlantic Marine Electronics. The equipment is housed in our signature center console walk-around helm. Another Viking-owned company, Palm Beach Towers, is responsible for the hardtop (including its drop-down electronics box and teaser reels) and anodized aluminum tuna tower.

From the transom live well to the air-conditioned observation mezzanine, the 209-square-foot cockpit provides not only tournament-winning fishing equipment and design elements but conveniences to keep guests comfortable and happy as they take in the action. Just a few of the features on our demo boat include an optional Release Marine Trillion Series fighting chair; a teak sole, covering boards and coaming; a starboard crushed ice machine with discharge; and fittings and plumbing for two on-deck live wells.

Satin walnut adorns the 72's interior. The port-side galley has miles of countertop space and two Sub-Zero pull-out under-counter refrigerators and one freezer. The raised starboard dinette seats four comfortably. The second HD TV on the bulkhead can display sonar, radar and other electronics data from the bridge.

Your private palace, the master stateroom includes a king bed with Handcraft mattress and underneath storage, twin maple-lined hanging closets, a pair of credenzas and end tables and an upholstered full-width headboard.

Twin 2,635-hp MTU Series 2000 V16 M96L diesels power the 72, not only giving her great speed but the acceleration and torque to make this 72-footer handle and feel like a 50-footer. With such high performance, the demo team can travel long distances faster than competitors, a great advantage when fishing the Mid-Atlantic.
 
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Cajun Canyons 6/15/2018
Viking's claimed the four heaviest blue marlin at the recent Cajun Canyons Billfish Classic amongst the 46 boat fleet. Will Wilson's Viking 66 Wynsong took the top spot with a 699.3-pound fish. Captain Allen Staples put angler Zach Tokheim on the 117" big blue.

Rocky Jones' Viking 56 Reel Addiction was 2nd weighing in at 545-pounds and A Work of Art, Art Favre's Viking 92, took 3rd with a blue recording 521.3-pounds. Rounding out the scoreboard was Mitch Jurisitch's Viking 68 Second Wind with a fish at 488.9 pounds.

Wynsong also claimed 1st place Release Boat, 2nd Place Billfish Points and landed the top tuna at 156.4 pounds.

Crawgator, a Viking 61 had the 2nd Place wahoo with JD Dugas' 32.6-pounds and Mike Butler's 3rd place 'hoo weighing in 28.7-pounds. The Viking 52 Snafu had the 2nd Place Dolphin with Bart Barre's 39.7-pounder and the Viking 64 Larry Wireman's Carib was 3rd with 38-pound dolphin. Katie Gonsoulin on her dad's Viking 70 Done Deal released a pair of blues to take 3rd Place Billfish Angler on time.
 
 
 
 
At The Helm 6/15/2018
Yachting magazine editor Kevin Koenig was behind the wheel this week sea trialing the Viking 68 Convertible. Kevin experienced the Viking Difference off Atlantic City in some sporty seas with the girl handling like a champ. Look for his review coming soon.  
 
 
 
68 Convertible 5/1/2018
Running on Viking's proven hull shape, the 68 Convertible's eye-pleasing profile is apparent from every angle. New photos of the four-stateroom blue-water thoroughbred, which debuted recently, reveal why she's captured the attention of not only Viking enthusiasts but boating and fishing fanatics around the world.

The captain has superb 360-degree visibility from Viking's pioneering flybridge center console walk-around helm. The helm and flanking companion seats are joined by port and starboard lounges and a seat forward of the console.

The deck design maximizes the space under the 176-square-foot cockpit's sole. Our shipwrights laminate an aluminum backing plate into the deck for rocket launcher or fighting chair installation. Port and starboard hatches lead to storage for an in-deck fish box, optional live well tub and dunnage box.

Relax in the salon's port L-shaped lounge while taking in a movie on the 49-inch HD TV (that silently rises from the starboard walnut cabinetry with the push of a button). The galley, with its convenient island counter, is only a few steps away. Facing the galley, the raised starboard dinette seats four comfortably. The midship master has a queen walkaround bed, two hanging lockers, a pair of credenzas, under-bed storage, end tables and a full-size private head with separate shower.

The 68 Convertible is also offered with an enclosed bridge, which boasts a forward console station, a pod-style aft docking station, a lounge and a custom stainless steel spiral staircase that joins bridge and salon.
 
 
 
 
The Masters 5/1/2018
A tradition unlike any other, the Viking Yacht Company is proud of our Master's Program. We are pleased to tout the strongest dealer network in the world and in order to maintain it, we are committed to invest in our authorized dealers. Throughout the year our dealer principals and sales representatives are invited to our New Jersey manufacturing facility. They are encouraged to spend a few days with us onsite for interactive, hands-on training. Viking's Sales Department hosts this Master's Program and takes the teams through the build process, discusses new technology and demonstrates features unique to our product. It's also a great opportunity to receive feedback on our boats so we can continue to build a better boat every day.  
 
 
 
 

 

 
   
     
     
     
     
     
   
     
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