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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.  
 
 
82 Cockpit Motor Yacht 4/30/2018
Here is the second Viking 82 Cockpit Motor Yacht, a three-deck enclosed bridge luxury yacht fisher with the performance DNA and tournament-tested cockpit of our legendary convertible sportfishing boats and more interior space and accommodations than any other boat in its class. She's a beauty, right?

As a semi-custom builder, Viking is able to satisfy our customers far beyond their expectations. Special requests are met with a smile and assurances that the job will be done correctly and completed on time. The owner of this 82 added several personal touches to the boat, including the orange bootstripe.

The 150-square-foot teak-planked cockpit is accessed from dual staircases, each flanked by perfectly placed handrails inboard and outboard. A showcase of intelligent design, the cockpit and after deck serve as an inviting arena for fishing, diving, paddle boarding and other fun water activities. The large centerline hatch provides easy access to the diesels. This boat is powered with a pair of CAT C32A powerplants (1,925 MHP); MTU and MAN propulsion packages are also offered.

Both our 82 CMY and 75 Motor Yacht can be built with open or enclosed bridges. Our subsidiary Atlantic Marine Electronics will take care of all your electronics and audio/visual needs in custom installations. Dual wing stations with slide-out engine controls give the captain excellent sightlines and flexibility when docking.

Stainless steel-framed sliding glass doors lead to the open and spacious salon. The side windows balance form and function, providing ample natural light in a design that complements the yacht's modern profile. You have more flexibility when it comes to the galley area, which is offered in both an open or closed arrangement.

Four stunningly appointed staterooms illustrate Viking's ability to balance elegance and practicality. The master and three guest staterooms each have a private head with walk-in shower. The forward VIP has a queen walk-around bed and a foredeck skylight.
Our construction methods and materials lead the industry. The hull and deck are resin-infused for great strength in an efficient build.
 
 
 
Place of Precision 5/1/2018
Among other things, Viking yachts are known for their speed and performance. Our convertibles routinely exceed 40 knots and our motor yachts easily outrun their competitors. How do they do it?

Part of the answer exists in Viking's customized quality-control prop shop. We use modern equipment to inspect, test and measure the propellers, struts, couplings, and other running gear appendages that help our boats deliver industry-leading performance. Seakeeper gyro stabilizers are also inspected and readied for installation here.

Viking Quality Control Engineer Yasser Hassan uses a Hale MRI, a computer-aided measuring device, to precisely record diameter, pitch, tracking and other detailed propeller measurements.

Properly maintained propellers are a must for maximum performance. Experience matters. Yasser has been a Viking quality control engineer for 18 years, helping build hundreds of boats in his tenure. "This is a place of precision," says Yasser. "Everything must be perfect."
 
 
 
Health First 9/1/2017
Always forward thinking, the Viking Yacht Company's proactive healthcare and wellness initiatives for employees started over 30 years ago and continues to grow. In addition to having an onsite Medical Department and Viking Wellness Center physical fitness facility, Viking has just added SphygmoCor XCEL to its list of employee benefit programs. This program gives access to leading technology for central blood pressure and arterial stiffness measurements, as well as brachial blood pressure, to better inform and individualize blood pressure management.

SphygmoCor provides valuable information about the heart and arteries, and can help providers manage blood pressure to goal, potentially reducing damage to the heart, brain and kidneys. The results are key in making more informed treatment decisions.

"We are proud of our employee wellness program. With the addition of SphygmoCor, we now have a more advanced tool to help our employees better understand their cardiovascular risk. They can also use this information to track results of lifestyle modifications and other interventions," said Robert Healey, Sr., Chairman and CEO of Viking Group. "Employee health is important for many reasons, for everything from personal health to corporate productivity."
 
 
 
Smooth Moves 7/27/2017
Viking Naval Architect Joseph Snodgrass explains the design elements - from stem to stern - that allow the Viking 80 Convertible to deliver industry-leading performance.

"Deadrise at the bow - or the forefoot - gives the boat great wave-splitting ability without sacrificing interior volume," says Joe, an 11-year Viking veteran.

Every hull installation below the waterline is carefully designed to minimize drag and maximize speed. "The area aft of the bow thruster is scalloped out so the backside of the tunnel is not exposed to the direct flow of the water," says Joe.

Two strakes on each side knock down spray while providing lift at high speeds for running efficiency, and tracking for precise handling.

The chines in the forward section of the hull also deflect water, and a radiused transition from the chine to the hull's deadrise helps smooth out wave impacts. The chines flatten aft, bringing stability.

The raw-water engine intakes on the hull bottom are recessed to further reduce drag. "We make every effort to clean up the flow of the running surfaces of our hulls," says Joe.

Viking's in-house designed nose cone between the shaft and strut barrel is yet another streamlined design component. The running gear is tucked inside of hull pockets to decrease drag.
 
 
 
Billfish Blast 7/27/2017
The 44 team-fleet competing in the 2017 Bermuda Billfish Blast had three days of great fishing, releasing 51 blue marlin (many in the 400- to 600-pound class), 36 white marlin and two spearfish.

Team Fa La Me with owners Frank and MaryEllen Rodriguez, Captain Rob Moore and mates Taylor and Tyler Beckford are certainly no strangers to the stage. This team has won the Bahamas Billfish Championship, Bermuda Triple Crown Billfish Championship and Offshore World Championship along with countless other events on the tournament trail.

Starting the tournament off, Frank released a white marlin at 9 followed by a blue release by West Rivers. On the second morning, Fa La Me continued to add points as Taylor bested a white and a blue marlin before noon. West Rivers was next, releasing a white heading into the final day. In true Fa La Me fashion the team made a charge on day three, adding two white releases by Tyler Beckford to earn a spot on the stage as Third Place Team and Third Place Overall Release Points. Fa La Me owner Frank graciously sponsored an IGFA satellite tag and deployed it with one of their blue marlin releases. And oh yeah, Frank's Asian Shrimp Salad Wraps were a hit!
 
 
 
44 Open 7/27/2017
Viking Yachts President and CEO Pat Healey and Viking Mullica General Manager John Leek IV watch the deckhouse being lowered onto the hull of the 44 Open, Viking's newest express sportfishing yacht. "She's designed to fish hard yet be equally accommodating when the family wants to take to the water for a relaxing cruise," says Pat. "We're very excited, and the momentum is building as we complete every stage of construction. And this was a big one."
 
 
 
Fired Up! 6/30/2017
The 93 Motor Yacht left the manufacturing building and is now being prepared for its sea trial. "We're fired up," says Viking Vice President of Manufacturing Al Uhl. "It's only a matter of days before we start the engines and then take her for her maiden voyage." The largest yacht ever built by Viking, the 93 MY will make its world premiere at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show November 1-5.

The wide teak-covered sidedecks and high railing provide maximum security. Packed with comfortable padded seating and lounges, the foredeck will no doubt draw a crowd. Cavernous storage compartments are housed underneath. As you can see, there is one more hatch lid to be installed before the entire area is finished off in Bristol fashion.

Built with walnut hardwoods and veneers, the expansive galley is equipped with high-end appliances, such as a Miele four-burner cooktop and Miele convection oven below, a separate Miele Speed Oven and a full-size Sub-Zero stand-up refrigerator/freezer. A 32-inch Samsung HD TV is nested in the corner, in perfect view for those sitting at the island galley. Caesarstone tops all of the countertops.

Viking will hold a private unveiling of the 93 MY at the Viking Dealer Meeting and Sea Trial Event, September 11-13 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Please contact your authorized Viking dealer or see the 93 in Fort Lauderdale.
 
 
 
48 convertible 5/15/2017
The Viking 48 Convertible excels both as a cruising yacht for the family and friends and a sportfisher that’s got the goods to win big on the tournament circuit. The boat is big enough to hold three staterooms and two heads but still sized right for two-person operation and maintenance. In addition to the convertible, Viking’s fleet of 48s includes the 48 Sport Coupe, 48 Sport Tower and 48 Open models.  
 
 
Winner's Circle 5/15/2017
Old Bahama Bay Marina in the Bahamas was the place to be the last weekend of April! The docks were loaded with beautiful Viking Yachts all making a difference at the Mike Schmidt's Winner's Circle Invitational.

Bob Noble and his family, a Winner's Circle regular, fished on their Viking 64 Stihl Leader and claimed Second Place with a combined total weight of 146.9 pounds. The team started off strong catching a whopper of a tuna at 109.3 pounds on Day One. Day Two was quiet for the Stihl Leader crew but then they picked it up on Day Three with a 10.6-pound dolphin and 27-pound wahoo.

Landing in Third Place and just ounces behind in meat fish was John Wolf and his team on the Viking 66 Sea Wolf. Sea Wolf weighed in a 48.5-pound dolphin, a wahoo and tuna for a combined weight of 146.3 pounds.

Rounding out the top five was Lou Cosentino's Viking 72 Judith Ann in Fourth Place and David and Lynne Henderson's Viking 60 Fragrant Harbor. For more information on the event or how to get involved and sign up for the 2018 event please visit winnerscirclecharities.org.
 
 
 
MAN-e-War Three-peats! 4/17/2017
Forty of the world's most prestigious yachts cruised into sun-kissed Key West the first week of April ready for fishing and fun at the 4th Annual Viking Key West Challenge. After a festive captain's meeting with friends old and new, the fleet was ready to battle on the first fishing day. The Viking 66 Man e War, the Grand Champion for the last two years, went head to head with the Viking 62 MDALA but at the end of day one, MDALA released 12 sails to Man e War's nine. A relaxed lay day fueled the teams for the second and final fishing day. Captain Ben Sharpe on Man e War released another 13 sails to win the event with a total of 22 fish and a Viking Key West Challenge three-peat. Aboard Man e War, owner Jose Smith, Sr., claimed Third Place Angler with eight releases on time.

MDALA, with Captain John Hagen at the helm, finished as the Second Place Boat with a total of 14 sails. Angler Erich Pfeifer onboard MDALA took home Top Angler with nine releases. Blue Time, a Viking 82 Enclosed Bridge took Third Place Boat with Lisa Leon claiming Second Place Lady Angler.

Nicole Ely on the Viking 55 Irish Twin took Second Place Overall Angler and Top Lady Angler. Deb Link on the Viking 72 Reel Blonde was Third Place Lady Angler.

Top Junior Angler was Matthew Vatland with three sails on the Viking 65 Sarah K with his crewmates Logan Young and Jacob Young taking Second and Third on time.

But the tournament tag line is "More than just fishing" and this crew did just that! Poker run, pirate party, dock tournament, barbecue pool party, docktails and a photo contest were just a few activities that kept the smiles rolling all weekend long. Get in on the fun next year and mark your calendar for the 5th Annual Viking Key West Challenge April 4 through April 8, 2018. Call your favorite marina and reserve your dockage then shoot an email to marketing@vikingyachts.com for your entry.
 
 
 
Miami Lights 2/24/2017
The Viking Yacht Company made major waves at the 2017 Yachts Miami Beach and the 2017 Miami International Boat Shows, which concluded on President's Day after a five day run. Viking took full advantage of the amazing Miami weather and provided a combined and enthusiastic crowd of nearly 6,000 visitors from both events a unique and very special opportunity to enjoy our magnificent display of 20 new Viking yachts.

Featuring our entire product line from 37 to 92 feet, our dealers used the two shows to unveil the newest Viking, the 37 Billfish being built at our new Viking Mullica facility. Action was brisk across the Viking fleet with 10 confirmed sales including a pair of 80 Convertibles in Open Bridge and Enclosed Bridge configurations. Two Viking 75 Motor Yachts also were sold. Another sale was made on a Viking 72 Enclosed Bridge Convertible. The Viking 48 was a hot boat at the shows with three sold, including a Convertible, an Open and a Sport Tower model. A Viking 42 Open and a 37 Billfish also were added to the sold list.

Typically boat sales continue to flourish after the shows based on available inventory, as well as boats to be ordered for the next production cycle. With additional discussions and prospects in the pipeline for popular Viking models including the 92, 66, 62, and 55 convertibles, the boat show tallies are a work in progress.
 
 
 
 

 

 
   
     
     
     
     
     
   
     
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