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VIP Boat Show
VIP Boat Show 12/22/2021
You are cordially invited to the 2022 edition of the Viking and Valhalla Boatworks VIP Boat Show. Located at our state-of-the-art Viking Yacht Service Center in Riviera Beach, Florida, we can’t wait to show off our world-class fleet.

The recently launched 64 Convertible and the debut of the 54 Sport Tower will be front and center. And of course, the Valhalla Boatworks center console lineup will be on hand. In addition to our floating display, a vendor village featuring over 50 of our preferred vendors can assist you with all your boating needs from insurance and electronics to décor and apparel.

The VIP event will take place Friday, February 4, and Saturday, February 5, 2022. For more information contact your authorized Viking or Valhalla dealer.
 
 
 
 
Passing of a Legend
Passing of a Legend 12/14/2021
Robert T. Healey Sr., the co-founder of the Viking Yacht Company who helped build the company into an industry leader and led the fight that repealed the Federal Luxury Tax on yachts in the early 1990s, passed away last week at the age of 92.

“My father was a true leader, and his vision will always guide us,” said his son, Robert Healey Jr. “He believed that the people around him – his family, friends and employees – lifted him to success and it was his obligation to leave the world a better place.”

Bob Healey Sr. and his brother Bill established Viking Yachts in 1964, and the company went on to become the largest manufacturer of sport fishing yachts in the world. But that success may have never been achieved without the determination and perseverance of Bob Healey. When a federal 10 percent luxury tax was imposed on yachts in 1991, thousands of people were laid off and hundreds of companies went out of business. Viking nearly went bankrupt, closed a plant in Florida and laid off all but 65 of its 1,500 boatbuilders.

Bob was instrumental in organizing a national, grass-roots campaign to fight the tax. He took the industry lead, organizing busloads of out-of-work boatbuilders to converge on Capitol Hill for demonstrations, and setting fire to a boat on a barge in Narragansett Bay as a highly effective symbol of protest. The tax was repealed 20 months later in 1993.

“My uncle’s efforts to repeal the Federal Luxury Tax on yachts will never be forgotten,” said Bill’s son and Viking Yachts President and CEO Pat Healey. “He saved not only Viking but the entire marine industry. He was the catalyst and leader, and he wouldn’t take ‘no’ for an answer. He was a brilliant lawyer and savvy businessman who was able to convince the politicians in Washington that this was very much a JOBS ISSUE. It was about good hardworking people losing their ability to provide for their families.

Bob’s 11th-hour lobbying efforts with Congressman Bill Hughes, who represented N.J.’s Second District, helped secure the votes needed to repeal the Luxury Tax in 1993. “It was a great victory for our family-owned-and-operated boatbuilding company, the people of New Jersey and everyone in the marine industry,” said Pat.

With Bill’s help, Bob privately funded the company out of his own savings, allowing Viking to tool up new models. The company came out of the gate running when the tax was finally repealed – and they never looked back.

Bob graduated from Camden Catholic High School, attended St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, graduating with a B.S. in Political Science, and earned a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He practiced law in Camden County, N.J., for 25 years before retiring as a senior partner in the firm of Healey, Mueller and Tyler to devote himself full time to business interests.

In the 1950s, his brother Bill joined Bob in the real-estate development business. Among other projects, the two brothers acquired and developed the Bass River Marina in New Gretna, N.J. In 1964 a small, local builder of wooden boats, Peterson-Viking, was having financial trouble, and the brothers agreed to buy the company, changed the name to Viking Yachts, and relocated the business to their property adjoining the marina. The boatbuilding business soon occupied much of their time, so the brothers sold the marina and concentrated on building yachts. Bob was the company lawyer, moneyman and Chief Executive while his brother built the boats.

Committed to their mantra to build a better boat every day, Bill and Bob pushed Viking to the pinnacle of their industry with more than 5,000 boats delivered. They successfully steered the company through the ups and downs of economic cycles. “My father always said, ‘We’ve worked hard to get to the top of the mountain, we’re enjoying the view and we’re not going to give it up,’ ” remembers Bob Jr., currently the Co-Chairman of the Viking Group, which manages Viking Yachts, Viking Investments, Viking Associates, Viking Residential and Viking Developers.

As Viking's Chairman of the Board for 57 years, Bob Healey Sr. diversified their financial interests into multi-family, industrial and commercial real estate, oil and gas exploration and development, and the financial management of the Healey family assets.

Together, Bill and Bob Healey achieved many milestones. In 1996, they founded the Recreational Fishing Alliance (RFA), a non-profit organization formed in 1996 to promote sustainable fisheries and a healthy marine environment. Viking has contributed well over $1 million to the RFA. In that same year, the brothers established Viking Sport Cruisers, a company that has been highly successful distributing British-built, high end cruising yachts, built to Viking's specifications, through its dealer network in North America. Bob, Bill and Pat received the Ernst & Young 1998 New Jersey Manufacturing Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Fifteen years later, the family would earn a second award from Ernst & Young.

Ironically, the Healeys bought back Bass River Marina in 2002 and reopened it as the Viking Yachting Center. They were inducted in 2003 into the National Marine Manufacturers Association Hall of Fame for their outstanding contributions to the marine industry.

In honor of their service and commitment to the marine industry for more than a half a century, Bill and Bob were honored with the 2019 IBI-METSTRADE Boat Builder Lifetime Achievement Award, which was accepted by Bob Jr.

Bob received many more awards for his achievements, including induction into the NJ Marine Trade Association Hall of Fame and the Rowan University Milestone Award. Bob also channeled his financial success into philanthropic interests, which included building schools in impoverished areas of Mexico, and providing housing, medical assistance, education, food and clean water to the people of war-torn Sierra Leone through the Healey International Relief Foundation. “My father was a good man with a deep faith and commitment to service,” said Bob Jr., who recently announced his candidacy for Congress in New Jersey’s 3rd District. “No person or mission was ever a lost cause to him. He saw the potential in everyone and believed that our true worth and value in life is in our contributions to others.”

A devout Catholic and product of Catholic school education, Bob brought his business skills to the challenges facing Catholic schools in the U.S. and formed the Healey Education Foundation and the Catholic Partnership Schools in Camden.

With his wife Ellen, Bob founded the Gleneayre Equestrian Program for at-risk youth. The program uses the powerful connection between horses and people to support learning, growth and healing.

For his philanthropic efforts, Bob received the Lewis Katz Excellence in Education Award, the Beacon of Light Award, the Catholic Charities Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio Award for Leadership, an Honorary Doctorate Degree from Scranton University and the Shield of Loyola Award from St. Joseph's University.
 
 
 
 
Phenomenal FLIBS
Phenomenal FLIBS 11/24/2021
Viking Yachts and Valhalla Boatworks saw record attendance and robust sales at the 2021 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, with a combined 27 boats sold between the two brands.

“The boat show was just incredible – everything we thought it would be and then some,” said Viking President and CEO Pat Healey. “Even with our significant backlog, we were able to sell 16 Vikings and 11 Valhallas. We’re extremely pleased, and appreciate the tremendous support and enthusiasm from everyone in our growing Viking and Valhalla family.”

The show got off to a fast start and never let up, with visitors eager to check out the world’s finest sportfishing yachts and center consoles. The display included nine Vikings from 46 to 82 feet and four Valhallas from 33 to 46 feet. Attendance was strong throughout the five-day event, setting a first-day record for Wednesday and peaking on Friday and Saturday. Total attendance for Viking eclipsed the 7,000-visitor mark for the third time since the show switched to its current Wednesday-to-Sunday format several years ago.

The high attendance was no surprise considering the amount of exciting new product the New Jersey builder had to offer. Viking kicked things off on Wednesday morning before the show opened with a press conference highlighting the world premiere of the 64 Convertible and the 54 Open Series. With more than 60 media members on hand, Viking also announced the all-new Viking 90 as its next flagship. The 90 will make its world debut at the 2023 Miami Yacht Show.
 
 
 
 
Mongo Combo
Mongo Combo 10/15/2021
A combination of Vikings dominated the 2nd Annual Mongo Offshore Challenge with 1st Place finishes in the Blue Marlin, Swordfish, Tuna and Mahi divisions. It Just Takes Time weighed the heaviest blue marlin with 793-pound fish cranked in by Nick Pratt on his Viking 72. The Viking 92 High Cotton took 3rd Place Blue with a 681-pounder. Fleur de Lis, a Viking 80, won the Swordfish category with Zac Taylor’s 271.9-pound sword during a three-day fun fishing trip focused on white marlin – which switched over to swords at night. The 3rd Place Swordfish was awarded to the Viking 64 Titan Up with their 254.1-pound target. A 231.1-pound yellowfin won the Viking 70 Quick Time 1st Place Tuna. C-Student, a Viking 66, claimed 1st Place Mahi with a 44.6-pound fish.

The 132-boat fleet represented all five Gulf Coast states with more than 2,000 anglers. Teams competed as often as desired for five-months with weights collected from 20 official weigh stations and approved big game tournaments throughout the Gulf. This event is challenging because the minimum size limits are set high, for example a blue marlin must be a minimum of 118”. This makes the weighed fish huMONGOus.
 
 
 
 
Galati Expansion
Galati Expansion 10/15/2021
Galati Yacht Sales is excited to announce they have assumed the Viking Yacht and Valhalla Boatworks brands from Stan Miller Yachts. This acquisition expands Galati’s operation to 15 locations serving the Gulf of Mexico to the Western United States, including the states of California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska and Hawaii. “Over the years, we have worked with Galati Yacht Sales to develop an unparalleled ability to provide our customers with the pinnacle of product and support,” said Viking President and CEO and Pat Healey. “We not only work together, but we fish tournaments together, which provides Carmine Galati and I the opportunity to share our views on continually improving our marketing reach, distribution and most of all, perfecting our boats and service.”  
 
 
 
Meet the New Viking 64
Meet the New Viking 64 10/15/2021
Driven by our mantra to build a better boat every day, Viking’s commitment to develop fresh new models continues to be a primary reason for our industry-leading position. On the heels of the award-winning 54 Convertible, Viking is proud to announce the all-new 64 Convertible, the second-generation of this model that will made its world premiere at the 2021 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. This four-stateroom, three-head fishing battlewagon is poised to become another best-in-class superstar on the tournament circuit and the new standard in luxury, accommodations and comfort.  
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82 Motor Yacht
82 Motor Yacht 10/15/2021
Fish, dive or just hang out with the family and soak up the salt air and sun while enjoying your favorite beverage. The key to the Viking 82 Cockpit Motor Yacht’s ability to meld luxury with fishability is her 150-square-foot cockpit, which is designed and equipped just like a Viking convertible. The cockpit, combined with mezzanine seating (another Viking convertible trait) and integrated swim platform (with transom door), also functions nicely as a launching hub for a variety of water sports. The cockpit brings great flexibility, allowing the yacht to thrive in many roles so everyone has a great time.

Our motor yachts are not only designed to bring you to beautiful destinations in luxury and comfort, they also possess our renowned Viking performance and engineering to get you home quickly and safely when the weather takes an unexpected turn. The Seakeeper 26 gyro and Side-Power Vector Fin stabilizer system, along with the hydraulic bow and stern thrusters, heighten stability and ride comfort. It all equates to enjoyable, easy boating.
 
 
 
 
Fort Lauderdale Bound
Fort Lauderdale Bound 10/14/2021
The largest in-water boat show in the world is making its way to the Yachting Capital of the world on Wednesday, October 27 through Sunday, October 31. The Viking Yacht Company and Valhalla Boatworks will be the stars of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show with a prominent display on Bahia Mar’s D-Dock. Our new 64 Convertible – which has created an industry buzz – will join the world-famous Viking fleet with her global debut. The 64 is seen above during an engineering sea trial during the start-up process. The V Series will represent Valhalla Boatworks with four high performance center consoles from 33 to 46 feet. We look forward to seeing you on the dock.  
 
 
 
Marlin's 40th
Marlin's 40th 10/9/2021
Happy Anniversary Marlin magazine! Our friends over at Marlin are celebrating their 40th anniversary – the ruby anniversary for those looking for gift ideas. From its humble beginnings in late 1981, the Marlin brand has grown from a single print entity to a worldwide leader in offshore fishing media, video, electronic news and more. We are honored to grace the opening spread of one of the feature articles in the November/December issue.  
 
 
 
Bermuda Bound
Bermuda Bound 8/18/2021
The Viking Yacht Company is pleased to announce that Valhalla Boatworks and Viking Yachts have expanded their dealer network to Bermuda with the addition of PW Marine, owned and operated by The Waterfront Group, a renowned six-generation family business dedicated to the archipelago’s boating, fishing and leisure lifestyle.

“We are delighted to represent the Viking Yacht Company and Valhalla Boatworks in Bermuda,” said William Cox, President of The Waterfront Group. “To be associated with Viking and the Healey family is an honor that represents the values of quality that our families share. Valhalla is perfectly aligned with our PW Marine Division and the next phase of our evolution to bring exciting and innovative products to Bermuda.”

“We spent some time on the islands and saw the incredible things the Cox family has done over the years and how successful they’ve been in the marina and hospitality business,” said Viking President and CEO Pat Healey. “This was a perfect partnership just waiting to happen. When it comes to Bermuda, the Cox family has everything boat owners could ever want.”

PW Marine will offer the entire lineup of the Valhalla Boatworks V Series, which consists of four high-performance luxury center consoles (the V-33, V-37, V-41 and V-46). “We’re also very excited about the potential for our Viking Billfish Series in the Bermuda market,” said Healey. The Billfish fleet consists of the 38 BF, 38 BF Open and 46 Billfish. “This partnership expands our global distribution into an area that’s truly ideal for both our Valhalla center consoles and Billfish sportfishing boats.”

PW Marine has already sold their first Valhalla, a Kingston Grey V-33 with twin Mercury Verado V8 300s. The highly experienced and professional sales and service team prides itself on being a premium one-stop-shop marine business, with a multitude of products and services for its customers that includes operating as an authorized Mercury sales and service dealer.

“Our team at PW Marine coupled with the performance of Valhalla opens a world of opportunity for Bermuda’s waters and those with a passion for fishing and leisure,” added Stephen Cox, Marine Strategist for PW Marine, which is operated by Pearman Watlington & Company Limited. “We are thrilled to welcome Valhalla to our shores.”

PW Marine also operates The Waterfront Marina, which offers boat owners convenient access to the island’s most central and prestigious full service docking facilities. The marina is no stranger to Vikings, and recently provided a berth for Krazy Salt’s, the Viking 80 that won the 2021 Bermuda Big Game Classic.

Other companies that are part of The Waterfront Group include The Waterfront on Pitts Bay, a multi-use development on Hamilton Harbour that houses the Miles Market gourmet food store and is home to Harry’s Bar & Restaurant and Waterfront Wellness gym and nutrition facility. Vacation rentals and event properties include The Waterfront Residence; Hawkins, Bermuda’s Private Island; and the Island House luxury island cottage.

For more information about PW Marine and The Waterfront Group, please visit: pwmarine.bm and thewaterfront.bm
 
 
 
 
White Marlin Open
White Marlin Open 8/17/2021
A $9.2 million purse was plenty of motivation for the 444 boats that fished the White Marlin Ocean fishing tournament based out of Ocean City, Maryland. And SandBob (shown above at the Viking Key West Challenge) came ready to play. Bob Moss’s Viking 72 released two blue marlin and six whites to claim 3rd Place Boat and 3rd Place Release Boat. Chad Moss hooked two of those blues and a pair of the whites to claim the 2nd Place Angler of the event.

Right on their heels the Anderson family’s Viking 80 Krazy Salt’s (above) hung a blue marlin and eight white marlin flags for 4th Place Boat and 4th Place Release Boat. Frank Sinito Jr., fishing on the Viking 62 Irene, released one blue marlin and four whites for 4th Place Angler. Lawrence Aliseo, angler on the Viking 70 Goin' In Deep, released five of the boat’s seven white marlin for 10th Place Angler.
 
 
 
 
Stone Harbor Marlin Invitational
Stone Harbor Marlin Invitational 8/10/2021
Right off their win at the Bermuda Big Game Classic, the Krazy Salt’s team is back at it! Captain Keith Greenberg led the Anderson family’s Viking 80 to the top of the leaderboard at the Stone Harbor Marlin Invitational with 16 white marlin releases. Dan Pettit racked up six of those earning him the Top Angler title while teammate Eric McDowell released four to claim 3rd Place Angler. The boat received the Warren Buckingham Memorial Trophy and Keith was honored with the Walt Hendee Captains Award.

Quick Raise, a Viking 72, took 2nd Place Boat with eight releases. Ron Davis, fishing on the Viking 52 Outrage, was the 2nd Place Angler.
 
 
 
 
Gulf Coast Triple Crown Champs
Gulf Coast Triple Crown Champs 8/10/2021
Hats off to the crew on Devotion – the 2021 Gulf Coast Triple Crown Champions. After slugging through the 10-tournament series, Josh Tice’s Viking 61 was crowned the champ with Jason Hallmark at the helm and mates Tyler Matherne, Ben Arnold and Blake Norwood on the assist.

Devotion’s biggest Series win was a 1st Place finish at the Louisiana Gulf Coast Billfish Classic where the team released four blue marlin and weighed a 683-pound bluefin tuna. They claimed 2nd Place Blue Marlin at the Emerald Coast Billfish Classic and 2nd Place Boat at the Pensacola International Billfish Tournament. This Series brings out the best of the best all seeking the most sought-after championship in sportfishing.
 
 
 
 
Viking Key West Challenge
Viking Key West Challenge 5/3/2021
Eight minutes after lines in was called, Rosalie Apostoleres released a sailfish on the Viking 50 Roenick. One minute later, Captain Casey Hunt reported a sail for her husband Nick. And team Roenick never relented, dominating the 7th Annual Viking Key West Challenge from start to finish. Roenick covered the leaderboard and took home both Top Boat and Top Angler (also Top Lady Angler, Top Sailfish Boat, 3rd Place Angler and 1st & 3rd Sailfish Angler), with Rosalie hanging 18 flags and Nick adding six over the two fishing days. In addition to their hardware, they also walked off with a Spot Zero mobile unit and Switlik Coastal Passage Raft.

Game Changer, Robert Boyce’s Viking 80, had a strong Day 2 with 10 releases, sealing their 2nd Place spot in the Sailfish Release category with a total of 15 fish. Matthew Boyce claimed five of those sails and accepted the Top Junior Angler honors. Jack Sheehan and his team on the Viking 72 Manna Ray rounded out the sailfish category in 3rd Place with 11 sails.

A 52.6-pound wahoo, caught by Chad Moss on Bob Moss’ Viking 72 Sandbob, took 1st in both the angler and boat categories. David Raisbeck’s Viking 92, Raiser’s Edge, was the Top Tuna Boat, and Bill Raisbeck took Top Tuna Angler with a 24-pounder recorded at the ASEA Weigh Station.

The Viking Key West Challenge, presented by Christi Insurance and Spot Zero, saw records both on the leaderboard and with a 50-boat fleet which included four Valhalla center consoles. Keeping with the “More Than Just Fishing” theme, participants enjoyed a festive Captains’ Meeting cocktail party, Welcome Dinner under the stars, lay day barbecue pool party, kid’s dock tournament, bar crawl poker run, al fresco awards dinner with a sunset view and – oh yeah – two days of awesome fishing fun. “I’ve never seen so many smiling faces and happy people,” said Viking President and CEO Patrick Healey.

Make plans to join our southernmost party next year from Wednesday April 6 through Sunday April 10, 2022. For more information visit keywestchallenge.com or email marketing@vikingyachts.com.
 
 
 
 
V-46
V-46 2/7/2021
You followed the build from start to finish. Now it’s time to feast your eyes on the final product. Our spectacular Valhalla 46 made its world premiere at the Viking and Valhalla VIP Boat Show in Riviera Beach, Florida, at the Viking Yacht Service Center. The V-46’s striking profile, helm and second-row seating as well as her awesome interior accommodations and machinery room are ground-breaking.  
 
 
 
 

 

 
   
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