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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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
   
     
     
     
     
     
   
     
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