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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.
 
 
 
 
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 (above) 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 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 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 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 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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