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Viking Sea Trial Event
Viking Sea Trial Event 5/13/2019
The 2019 Viking Dealer Meeting and Sea Trial Event is shaping up to be a block buster. With two new models and a trio of boats in the new Valhalla Boatworks line set to debut, the Viking Yacht company is buzzing with energy and excitement in anticipation of this spectacular unveiling.

The all new Viking 38 Billfish Open and her big sister, the 46 Billfish, will make their grand entrance at the Frank Farley Marina at the Golden Nugget in Atlantic City this September. Following in the footsteps of the 38 Billfish, first seen at the Viking VIP in February, this dynamic duo sports sharp styling, sensational performance and legendary Viking quality.

The greatly anticipated Valhalla V Series will also be on full display at the event. Our team is proud to introduce a new breed of center consoles that sets evolutionary standards in this class of boats. Built and designed with the same DNA as the Viking Yacht fleet, the V-33, V-37 and V-41 have turned the industry upside down since their announcement earlier this year.

The Valhalla Boatworks V Series is composed of outboard-powered deep-V monohulls designed to excel as hard-core fishing boats and built to the highest levels of workmanship and fit and finish. They are the result of the cooperative effort of the Viking Design & Engineering team and Michael Peters Yacht Design. The V Series utilizes MPYD’s patented Stepped-V Ventilated Tunnel running surface that reduces drag while increasing speed, stability and efficiency.

All five of these boats will be available for sea trials while an additional six Viking Yachts will be on hand as well. Customers interested in sea trialing are invited to join our al fresco cocktail party with boat parade and Gala Dinner on Tuesday, September 10. Customer sea trials can be scheduled for Wednesday, September 11, by your authorized Viking Dealer or by calling the Viking facility directly at 609-296-6000.
 
 
 
 
Winner's Circle
Winner's Circle 5/13/2019
The 20th Anniversary Winner’s Circle Charities Invitational was a nail biter down to the end. Last year’s champ, the Viking 70 Mr. LTD, barreled out of the gate on day one. At the scales, the crew weighed in a 13.6 pound dolphin and a beast of a 114.8-pound yellow fin which was just shy of their tuna record of 115 pounds last year. With this bounty, Mr. LTD easily took the lead.

Day Two saw the Noble family fishing on the Viking 62 Reel Captivating take over the lead with 126.9 meat points. Although Mr. LTD had almost five more points, they had yet to catch the final of the three mandatory species, a wahoo.

The scales were buzzing with excitement as lines out was called on the end of day three. The boats rolled in and finally Mr. LTD arrived at the weight station with a 40.1-pound fish, a wahoo! The qualifying fish made Mr. LTD a back-to-back victor at the Winner’s Circle.

Reel Captivating claimed a solid 2nd Place finish while Susan Noble was the Top Lady Angler in the Tuna Division and Shari Noble claimed the Top Lady spot for Dolphin. Reel Captivating also released three billfish.

Hannah Grey, fishing on the Viking 70 Hooked up, claimed Top Lady Angler for wahoo. Cookie Monster, a Viking 82, weighed a record breaking 62.7-pound mahi.

To date, the Winner’s Circle Charities, founded by Baseball Hall of Fame member Mike Schmidt, has raised over $2.5 million distributed to various charities.
 
 
 
 
Viking Key West Challenge
Viking Key West Challenge 5/13/2019
Forty Vikings from 42 to 82 feet and a record 475 participants descended upon the southernmost city in the United States last week for the 2019 edition of the Viking Key West Challenge. Ben Sharpe was the winning captain for the fourth time, leading the Viking 56 Gypsea to victory in a closely contested – but fun-focused – competition.

“The Key West Challenge has been a success every year, but this time around the energy level, excitement and fishing was at an all-time high,” said Viking President and CEO Pat Healey. “This is an event exclusively for Viking owners, family and friends. It gives us the opportunity to thank them for being part of the Viking family.”

After a captain’s meeting at Dante’s Tiki Bar that featured delicious food, fun prizes and lots of camaraderie, the teams headed off the following morning for a glorious day on the water. A total of 45 sailfish were released and one swordfish was caught on day one. Gypsea topped the Day One leaderboard with five sails released, followed by the Viking 80 Mr. Grinch with four sails. The Viking 62 Tami Ann also released four sails and took third on time. The teams steamed back to the scales at Conch Harbor Marina to weigh their catches and pose for pictures. The Viking 44 Miss Peggy Sue II and captain/owner David Heeter stole the show with a 108-pound swordfish, which was donated for lunch the next day!

A pool party and lunch, a kids dock tournament and a poker run highlighted a relaxed but festive lay day. In the kids tournament, which was sponsored by The Billfish Foundation, Colin Dicembrino took first place, with sisters Ella and Mia Wilson placing second and third, respectively. “This is what it’s all about – passing on the passion for fishing to the next generation,” TBF President Ellen Peel said. “Great job kids!”

The fishing turned white hot on the final day, with 87 sails released. The Viking 48 Fish Wish released eight sails and caught an 8.3-pound dolphin for 808.3 points. Last year’s champ, the Viking 55 Ragin Cajun, was right on their heels with seven sails and a 21.4-pound tuna (721.4 points).

Gypsea had a solid day two as well, with five sails. But it was their dolphin that turned out to be the difference-maker. With an overall point total of 1,004.6, Gypsea edged second-place finisher Mr. Grinch (1,000 overall points) to take the 2019 Viking Key West Challenge crown. Ragin Cajun landed third place overall with 933.8 points. Natalie Rarick on the Viking 82 Bandit took both Top Angler and Top Female Angler awards with eight sailfish and a total of 892.2 points.

Sponsored by Christi Insurance Group and Travelers, the four-day event wrapped up with an outdoor evening dinner and awards ceremony at the Margaritaville Resort that began with a beautiful Key West sunset. “You can’t beat this,” said Pat. “We truly do appreciate your participation in making this a very special Viking event.”

Next year, the 7th Annual Key West Challenge will be held April 15-18, 2020. Book your slip today!
 
 
 
 
Valhalla Boatworks
Valhalla Boatworks 2/26/2019
From the legendary builder of the finest convertible sportfishing yachts in the world comes a new breed of center consoles that sets evolutionary standards in performance, engineering, quality and fishing capabilities.

The Viking Yacht Company proudly introduces Valhalla Boatworks, a new company dedicated to designing and building high-performance center consoles with the same Viking quality, craftsmanship and expertise that has led the marine industry for 55 years.

“Valhalla Boatworks was developed to allow our dealers and customers to fulfill a strong desire for high-end center consoles built by the Viking Yacht Company,” says Viking President and CEO Patrick Healey. “It’s a very exciting time and another important chapter in our history of building a better boat every day.”

The Valhalla Boatworks V Series consists of three outboard-powered deep-V monohulls from 33 to 41 feet designed to excel as hard-core fishing boats and built to the highest levels of workmanship and fit and finish.

The V-33, V-37 and V-41 are the result of the cooperative effort of the Viking Design & Engineering team and Michael Peters Yacht Design (MPYD). The V Series utilizes MPYD’s patented Stepped-V Ventilated Tunnel running surface that reduces drag while increasing speed, stability and efficiency.

“It’s the most advanced and proven stepped-hull design in the world,” says Viking Design Manager David Wilson. “The twin steps and tunnel not only give you fast and efficient performance but also precise handling and a very stable ride.”

Viking design traits can be found from stem to stern on the V Series boats. Proud bows, gently sloping S-shaped sheers, double forward chines, helm pods, raised toe rails and mezzanine seating are some of the hallmarks. Viking engineering and mechanical prowess shine through as well, with customized Seakeeper installations that do not sacrifice storage or deck space and mechanical, plumbing and electrical systems designed and built to unmatched levels.

These exciting new boats are equally adept and equipped for coastal or offshore missions. The V Series not only boasts the latest in hull design for optimal performance, they’re also equipped with cutting-edge fishing equipment and innovative deck designs for storage of rods, gear, tackle and bait. The captain will enjoy excellent visibility through frameless wraparound Costa Clear or tempered glass windshields. Llebroc or optional Release Marine individual helm and companion chairs are versatile and comfortable with flip-up bolsters and armrests.

The same resources of Viking’s vertically integrated company are at the disposal of Valhalla Boatworks, so major components of each build such as hardtops, Marlin and Gap towers and electronics packages are being manufactured in-house by our experienced shipwrights to guarantee turn-key delivery for our customers.

On deck, a raised transom livewell, in-deck fish boxes, strategically located rod holders, a port dive door and an abundance of storage space are just a few of the standard features on each of these V Series boats. They also feature a forward console lounge and optional port and starboard forward seating with forward-facing backrests. The consoles of these boats will feature rod storage, a head, a sink, and access to electronics, the electrical distribution panel and other critical components.

The V-33, V-37 and V-41 are powered by four-stroke outboards with horsepower ratings from 300 to 425 in twin, triple or quad configurations depending on the model. The efficiency of the stepped hulls and these direct-fuel-injected engines deliver best-in-class fuel economy and range. Power-assist hydraulic steering will be standard and joystick helm control systems will be optional for all three models.

The Valhalla Boatworks V Series was officially announced at the Viking VIP Preview February 1 and 2 in Riviera Beach, Florida, and will debut at the Viking Dealer Meeting and Sea Trial Event this fall in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
 
 
 
 
Viking South
Viking South 1/4/2019
With the Viking Yacht Service Center’s upgrades in place, it has maintained its reputation as Florida’s premier marina. Located on the Intracoastal Waterway just minutes from the Palm Beach Inlet, this facility is staffed with Viking trained technicians intimate with onboard systems and dedicated to delivering the best service experience possible. The Yachting Center also has an in-house engineering staff and most techs are American Boat & Yacht Council certified.

The completed expansion continues to thrill the 100+ work force with new efficiencies. A new 340-foot catwalk allows technicians to work safely and easily without the need for boarding ladders.

Viking’s southern facility handles everything from bottom jobs, fiberglass repairs, engine replacement, air conditioning, Seakeeper installations, painting projects and plenty more. And this is all done with an attention to timeliness and budget.

Along with the Viking International Yard, just steps away, the Service Center specializes in custom additions such as mezzanine installations. A new mezz is an excellent upgrade to deliver a fresh appearance to your boat as well as adding the convenience of comfortable seating, refrigeration and stowage.

Carpentry work is another forte of our southern arm. Our shipwrights can install teak decks, toe rails and other exterior trim to provide your boat with a unique look all your own. The team is also adept in creating custom fishing rod stowage, galley appointments and other features to provide more enjoyment and value to your boat.
Viking’s subsidiaries, Atlantic Marine Electronics and Palm Beach Towers have facilities at the Service Center as well. Both are ready to help with new projects or retrofits with their skilled and certified technicians.
 
 
 
 
Global Interest
Global Interest 1/4/2019
The Viking Yacht Company is proud to have the strongest dealer network in the world. Not just the United States but the entire world. In order to maintain that esteemed position, we are committed to investing in our authorized dealers all over the globe.

Anthony Scola, Viking’s International Sales Manager, is filling up the pages in his passport. Since accepting the position this summer, he has spent time in Italy, Monaco, Jamaica and Panama. “I see our dealers on a regular basis and talk to them daily but it’s great to see them in their everyday environments. It helps me understand their customers and get a real sense of their market.”

Not all locations feature large boat shows so Anthony creates ways to strengthen those markets. “Fortuna Yachting in Turkey only has small shows that don’t support our customers but they do have a series of big game tournaments that Viking sponsors and I’m looking forward to attending in the coming year.” Panama is another location sans shows so Anthony carved out a week to spend with Novey Marine and meet with customers one-on-one to establish and create relationships.

Travel time is also spent with the dealership teams. He educates the sales force about the newer Viking product lines, technology and features that are unique to the Viking Yacht Company. “It’s invaluable,” says Anthony. “I could Skype or have a virtual meeting from New Gretna but being with our dealers face-to-face on their home turf is not just reinforcing that we are truly partners but we can cover so much more ground.”

Going into 2019 Anthony’s already booked flights for Japan, Singapore, Turkey and Grenada, with many more trips in the works. “We really do have the best dealer network,” said Anthony. “And I’m very excited to visit more locations and strengthen our relationships.”
 
 
 
 
New Miami Location
New Miami Location 1/4/2019
We’re excited to be setting up shop at the Miami Yacht Show’s new location. Viking has the featured position at the new venue on Biscayne Bay between the Venetian and MacArthur causeways. This location, just north of downtown Miami, is mere minutes from major interstates and will include 3,500 parking spaces. This show runs concurrently with the Miami International Boat Show at the Miami Marine Stadium, which will also features a Viking display. Both shows begin their five-day run on Thursday, February 14, 2019.  
 
 
 
The Clambake
The Clambake 11/12/2018
Clouds couldn't dampen the spirit on Viking's 2018 Employee Appreciation Day. Thousands of Viking's boat builders and their families savored a day filled with food, friends and fun.

This day, dubbed The Clambake, is all about the Viking shipwrights. Headed up by the Human Resources Department, over 100 managers, administrators and staffers pitch in and work the event for the team building the boats in the manufacturing plant. Shucking clams, grilling burgers, roasting pigs, pouring sodas, running kid's activities and even twirling cotton candy are all jobs manned by the Viking crew. It’s Viking's way of thanking its family for building the best boat in the world.
 
 
 
 
Viking VIP
Viking VIP 1/4/2019
The excitement of boat show season is just around the corner. The whole team at the Viking Yacht Company is itching to show off our expansive floating display featuring our lineup of boats from 38 to 93 feet. Our 58 Convertible was a huge hit during her world premiere at the recent Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show and we look forward to showing her off again. The head-turning Viking 38 Billfish will be making her debut at this exclusive event as well. Check out the world-class fleet at our Viking VIP event at the Viking Yacht Service Center in Riviera Beach, Florida, on Friday, February 1, and Saturday, February 2, 2019. For more information contact your authorized dealer or Gina Waldron at 609-296-6000 x 427.  
 
 
 
58 Wows Them at the Big Show
58 Wows Them at the Big Show 11/12/2018
The Viking 58 Convertible made her world debut at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, drawing visitors non-stop throughout the five-day event.

The 58 C’s center console walk-around helm is an ergonomic masterpiece. Electronics, engine controls and communication equipment is strategically placed for ease of operation and housed in protected recessed compartments. The flybridge features a custom electronics package from Viking’s Atlantic Marine Electronics.

Chase new horizons from the 58 C’s tuna tower with second helm, custom installed by the Viking subsidiary Palm Beach Towers. Satin black reduces glare and dual recessed boxes hold electronics and engine and instrument controls.

At 165 square feet, the 58 Convertible’s cockpit is the largest in its class—a full 12 square feet bigger than its closest competitor.

In the salon, the companionway extends from the starboard-side salon door all the way to the forepeak, creating an inviting open space with three gathering areas. The port-side master stateroom’s athwartships bed allows for maximum walkaround space and his-and-hers hanging lockers. The forward guest stateroom comes with either a single walkaround queen or this crossover berth arrangement.

In the starboard guest stateroom, you have side-by-side bunks, a maple-lined hanging locker with drawer storage underneath. An optional HD TV can be installed in both guest staterooms. The guest and master heads have satin nickel hardware, Amtico flooring, electric heads, engineered stone countertops and enclosed walk-in showers.

Come see the 58 C February 1st and 2nd at our invitational 23nd Annual VIP Boat Show Preview at the Viking Yacht Service Center in Riviera Beach, Florida. She’ll also be at the Miami Yacht Show February 14th through the 18th at its new downtown Miami location. For more information, contact your authorized Viking dealer.
 
 
 
 
In It To Win It
In It To Win It 11/12/2018
The 56th Annual Buccaneer Cup Sailfish Release Tournament, the oldest and most prestigious billfish tournament is only a few months away. There was no shortage of excitement with over 200 sailfish released by the fleet of both live and dead bait competitors last year. The Viking 68 released 25 sailfish over two days to take home the top honors. Mate Steve Ehrbar weighed in the Heaviest Meatfish with a 55-pound wahoo.

Based in the Palm Beaches of Florida, the Buc Cup kicks off on Wednesday, January 23, with a Captain’s Meeting Party, then the boats will battle it out on Friday and Saturday. When the spray settles, the teams will celebrate at the a week of camaraderie and competition at the awards banquet.

This non-profit event donates all its proceeds to the the Recreational Fishing Alliance and The Billfish Foundation. The RFA works for you to protect your right to fish, to make sure fisheries are managed in a sustainable manner, and to protect the jobs of people who make the boats, tackle and provide services to saltwater fishermen.
 
 
 
 
Show Time
Show Time 11/12/2018
Viking's display at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show kicked off to capacity crowds. The Viking dealer sales meeting spilled out of the tent as President and CEO Patrick Healey announced three new models to the fleet. Bahia Mar's D-Dock erupted in cheers as the 38 Billfish, 38 Open and 46 Billfish were revealed to the dealer network.

The Viking display continued to be a hive of activity as throngs of enthusiasts flowed through to see the 16 boat fleet during the five-day run. Energy was high as every boat from the 37 Billfish to the 58 Convertible to the 93 Motor Yacht drew in fans with rave reviews.

We'll keep the party rolling at the upcoming Viking VIP February 1 and 2 as well as the Miami boat shows February 14 through 18, 2019 as we debut the 38 Billfish. Contact your authorized Viking dealer for more information on these exciting events.
 
 
 
 
38 Billfish Set to Debut in Miami
38 Billfish Set to Debut in Miami 11/12/2018
The Viking Yacht Company is proud to announce the addition of three new boats to its industry-leading sportfishing fleet: the 38 Billfish, 38 Open and 46 Billfish. The 38 Billfish is an evolution of the highly successful 37 Billfish and another example of Viking faithfully carrying out its mission to build a better boat every day.

The 38 Billfish was designed and built with the same DNA as its predecessor. As owner/operator vessels, they offer simplicity and ease of maintenance, serving as ready-to-go fishing machines as well as versatile cruising boats with reliable inboard diesel power.

Like her convertible brethren, the 38 Billfish’s flybridge is designed with a tournament-style center console walk-around helm. Two helm chairs are optional. The 38 Billfish’s command deck holds a salon-like living area that includes a port-side U-shaped dinette and a fiberglass hi-lo table. The cockpit is the largest in its class—109 square feet with mezzanine seating. Below, there’s a large forward stateroom available with either a single queen bed or optional crossover bunks and two hanging lockers; an L-shaped galley; and a head with enclosed shower.

The 38 Billfish and 38 Open share the same hull, cockpit and have a similar mechanical arrangement but differ in command deck and bridge configurations. The 38 Open’s command deck also has ample seating, with port and starboard L-shaped lounges and storage below. A raised centerline command station gives the driver excellent sightlines. Accommodations include a forward stateroom with a lower double bunk and upper single and a hanging locker; a starboard-side sofa with storage; a port-side galley; and a head with enclosed shower.

Soon to join the 38 Billfish and 38 Open is the 46 Billfish, another exciting new model with sharp styling, exciting performance and legendary Viking quality. During the 37 Billfish’s 2-year run of success, demand grew for this style of a Viking in a larger size. “The 46 was a natural progression for the Billfish,” says John Leek IV, General Manager of Viking Mullica where the Billfish series is being manufactured. “Our customers really grasped onto the philosophy behind these boats.”

The 38 Billfish will make her debut at the Viking VIP, hosted by the Viking Yacht Service Center in Riviera Beach, Florida, February 1st and 2nd. Introductions of the 46 Billfish and 38 Open are slated for later in 2019 and both will debut during the fall boat show season.
 
 
 
 
Epic Overnighter
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
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.
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
   
     
     
     
     
     
   
     
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