Celebrating 60 Years

Building a better boat every day is the mantra of the Viking Yacht Company

The Viking Yacht Company has been building a better boat every day for 60 years. Incredible! Founded by brothers Bill and Bob Healey on April 1, 1964, Viking climbed the marine industry mountain and has been at its peak for decades now, unwilling to relinquish the throne as the industry’s best boatbuilder.

 
Marlin
Viking Yacht Company Celebrates 60 Years of Boatbuilding
Only the strong survive, especially when it comes to boatbuilding

On April 1, 2024, the Viking Yacht Company will celebrate its 60th year in boatbuilding. From humble beginnings on the banks of the Bass River in New Gretna, New Jersey, Viking has become the largest manufacturer of luxury fiberglass sport-fishing yachts in the world, with more than 5,500 boats delivered. Armed with a constant influx of new models that define the company mantra of building a better boat every day, Viking shows no signs of slowing down heading into its seventh decade. But the story of this family-owned and -operated company actually began well before its opening on April 1, 1964.

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The Press of Atlantic City
After 60 years, South Jersey boatbuilder remains a family business

On April 1, 1964, Patrick Healey’s father, Bill Healey, and his uncle, Robert Healey Sr., bought Peterson-Viking Builders, a small, struggling New Jersey builder of 37-foot, wooden sportfishing boats. Sixty years later, Viking Yachts spans eight companies spread between New Jersey and Florida.

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Viking Marks 60 Years With New Model
Founded by Bill and Bob Healey in 1964, the builder will launch the Viking 82 this fall at the Fort Lauderdale show.

Viking Yacht Co. is launching a new model, the Viking 82, to commemorate the builder’s 60th anniversary.

The five-stateroom, six-head sportfish will debut later this year at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.

“Early on, my father drove home the point that Viking was about building a better boat every day, and uncle Bob insisted that we like the view from the top of the mountain and plan to stay there,” president and CEO Pat Healey, Bill Healey’s son, said in a statement. “On our 60th anniversary, the co-founders’ statements are stronger than ever.”

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In The Bite
Viking Yachts Celebrates 60 Years of Excellence with the Launch of the Revolutionary 82' Viking

In a remarkable celebration of craftsmanship, innovation, and a six-decade legacy of boat building, Viking Yachts proudly commemorates its 60th anniversary today. Since opening its doors 60 years ago, Viking has set the standard in the yachting industry, continuously pushing the boundaries of performance, luxury, and fishing capabilities. Today, we honor this legacy by unveiling our latest marvel, the 82' Viking, a testament to our commitment to excellence and innovation.

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Megayacht News
Viking Yachts Celebrating 60 Years—and Viking 82C Yacht Debut

Considering many small businesses don’t survive more than their first year, seeing Viking Yachts celebrating 60 years is pretty remarkable. The famed sportfishing builder is toasting its past while simultaneously using its anniversary to reveal a new model.

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Sail-World
A special announcement on Viking's 60th Anniversary

The Viking Yacht Company has been building a better boat every day for 60 years. Founded by brothers Bill and Bob Healey on April 1, 1964, Viking climbed the marine industry mountain and has been at its peak for decades now, unwilling to relinquish the throne as the industry's best boatbuilder.

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