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Meet the New Viking 64
Meet the New Viking 64 7/1/2021
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 make 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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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.
 
 
 
 
VIP Show Boat Show
VIP Show Boat Show 2/3/2021
The 2021 Viking and Valhalla VIP Show was a smashing success with 20 yachts from 33 to 80 feet showcased at the Viking Yacht Service Center, drawing over 1,000 guests, dealers and vendors. Sales activity was brisk with seven Vikings and 14 Valhallas sold during the event, which celebrated its 25th anniversary this year.

“We thank everyone who came and made this year’s VIP such a wonderful event,” said Viking President and CEO Pat Healey. “The enthusiasm and atmosphere was tremendous.”

For this year only, the annual RSVP event was expanded to three days. “Our VIP has historically been a preview – a warm-up to the Miami Boat Show,” said Pat. “Without the 2021 Miami show, we decided to give people more opportunity to come to our VIP and see a tremendous lineup of yachts in a friendly, safe boat show setting. With the extra day, our attendance was spread out over a longer period, which helped with social distancing. Next year, we will return to the two-day format.”

The Valhalla 46, the new flagship of the Valhalla Boatworks V Series, made its world premiere at the VIP. Media, dealers and show attendees were simply blown away, enamored by the V-46’s great size, beautiful lines and Viking-quality construction and fit and finish. The award-winning 54 Convertible was extremely popular as well, with attendees eager to tour and sea trial the award-winning model that debuted at the 2020 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.

Viking subsidiaries Palm Beach Towers, Atlantic Marine Electronics and over 50 Viking and Valhalla vendors displayed their products in a boat-show-style setting at the Service Center. Mother Nature cooperated for the most part. Skies were sunny but the temperatures were a bit chilly (for Florida) on days two and three.

Sales activity after the VIP continues to be strong, with a handful of deals in progress. “Despite the cancellation of this year’s Miami boat shows, we’re fortunate to have the same level of sales as in previous years,” said Pat. “If you missed us at the VIP, the Viking and Valhalla fleets will be represented at the Palm Beach International Boat Show March 25-28.”
 
 
 
 
75 Motor Yacht
75 Motor Yacht 2/2/2021
The Viking 75 MY is truly a one-of-a-kind motor yacht, with an unrivaled combination of megayacht-level luxury and Viking engineering, performance and construction quality. With four guest and two crew staterooms, the 75 MY has ample room and comfortable accommodations for everyone. And powered by twin 1945MHP MTUs, she possesses the speed (34-knot top end) for quick getaways with family and friends to the Bahamas, the Keys, the Caribbean and other delightful cruising retreats.  
 
 
 
Viking Key West Challenge
Viking Key West Challenge 2/2/2021
Plans are ramping up for the upcoming Viking Key West Challenge. The annual four-day event starts with a Captains’ Meeting at Dante’s on Wednesday, April 7, followed by three days of fishing, food and fun. The festivities are capped off with an alfresco awards dinner at the Opal Key Resort (formerly Margaritaville Hotel). Book your slip today then email marketing@vikingyachts.com for a registration form or more information. See you in the Keys!  
 
 
 
V-46
V-46 2/2/2021
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.  
 
 
 
You're Invited
You're Invited 12/16/2020
The Viking Yacht Company and Valhalla Boatworks cordially invite you to our special VIP Boat Show Thursday, January 28, through Saturday, January 30, at the Viking Yacht Service Center in Riviera Beach, Florida.

For this year only, the annual RSVP event will be expanded to three days, showcasing the Viking and Valhalla fleets and featuring the world premiere of the Valhalla 46 as well as the new award-winning Viking 54.

 
 
 
 
Dream Come True
Dream Come True 12/10/2020
The Viking 93 MY is the most advanced motor yacht of its class in the world. Built right here in the United States by the skilled shipwrights of the Viking Yacht Company, the flagship of the motor yacht fleet shines in every way, from style and luxury to performance and engineering. You won’t find a motor yacht in this size range with more interior volume and comfortable accommodations. She’s your dream come true.  
 
 
 
Save The Date
Save The Date 10/27/2020
Mark your calendar for the Buccaneer Cup Sailfish Release Tournament. Our new Viking 68 demo will be fishing this exciting event amongst a fleet of the East Coast’s top battlewagons. The Buc kicks off on Wednesday, January 20, with a Captains’ meeting at the Viking Yacht Service Center. Teams will then fish two of the three fishing days with awards presented on Saturday, January 23. The momentum is already building for this fantastic event which will also be available virtually. All proceeds benefit the Recreational Fishing Alliance and The Billfish Foundation.  
 
 
 
54 Convertible
54 Convertible 9/17/2020
In Command
Viking reaffirms its domination of the mid-size convertible with the new Viking 54.

Following our mantra to build a better boat every day, Viking has consistently brought new and exciting yachts to you for 56 years. With multiple generations in various size ranges, our commitment to our customers and level of expertise shine through with every new model.

That proficiency is particularly strong in the 50-to-60-foot sportfish boat genre, where Viking has introduced 10 models in the past two decades. This legacy fleet consists of more than 600 Vikings and includes ground-breaking models such as the 60 and 55, two renditions of the 52 Convertible and the first-generation 54.

“No one has done a better job in this segment of the market,” says Viking President and CEO Pat Healey. “Over the last 20 years, we've designed more boats from 50 to 60 feet than any other manufacturer in the industry. This is absolutely our sweet spot.”

Now, the New Jersey boatbuilder reaffirms its domination of the mid-size convertible with the new Viking 54. The three-stateroom, two-head open bridge yacht pushes the owner/operator convertible to the highest levels of engineering, performance, accommodations and sportfishing capabilities. The Viking 54 Convertible will make its world premiere at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show Oct. 28 through November 1.
 
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Magic Carpentry Ride
Magic Carpentry Ride 8/28/2020
More than 90 percent of every Viking is built in-house, so each shipwright in the multiple stages of the build process carries out an integral job. The result is a turnkey-ready, industry-leading yacht.

A dramatic transformation takes place in the Carpentry Department, which includes a total of 58 carpenters, installers and general shipwrights. “It’s like night and day,” says Chris Abbott, Foreman of Finish Carpentry. “The boat comes to us as a hull, but leaves looking very much like a yacht, with all of its major pieces in place. It’s pretty amazing.”

The hull and its structural framework (a stringer-and-bulkhead grid resembling an egg crate) are built in our Fiberglass Department, also called Viglass. Besides the fuel, water and holding tanks, the hull is relatively empty when it moves from Viglass into the mechanical, electrical and carpentry phases.

Carpentry is responsible for assembling and installing the interior components – all of the parts and units needed to create the staterooms, crew quarters, heads, salons, galleys, pantries, enclosed bridges and other areas. The department is also charged with transporting the units into the boat and prepping the various installation areas.

In Rough Carpentry, the layout of the interior begins to take shape. First, the floors are secured in place by tabbing them to the hull with fiberglass and resin. Meanwhile, outside of the boat in Rough Carpentry Assembly, a designated team puts together the larger living configurations for the staterooms, heads, pantries, staircases and companionways. Rough Carpentry shipwrights then use overhead electric hoists to “fly” these structures into the boat and secure them. They also transport into the boat the major pieces of furniture for the lower deck (bunks, hanging lockers and credenzas) and main deck accommodations like entertainment centers, lower galley cabinetry and day heads.

“Rough Carpentry is handling all of the units that are too large to be brought into the boat after the deckhouse is installed,” says Carpentry Supervisor Dave Deverter, a 36-year Viking veteran. Rough Carpentry installers are also responsible for flying and securing the deckhouse, the cockpit liner and the coaming (with its integral transom box) to the hull. Experienced shipwrights like Berildo Meza, who has been building a better boat every day for 21 years, secure the coaming and deckhouse to the hull using adhesive and mechanical through-bolts every three inches. They also fiberglass the joint from the inside. “Preparing the hull and the parts to be installed is very important,” says Berildo. “You must have patience and get things right the first time.”

With the large interior components in place, the boat moves forward to Finish Carpentry. Carpenters build the framework for the interior headliners and hull sealers throughout the boat, along with soffits, light blocks and hatch and speaker rings among other things. Cabinets and shelves are installed; doors are hung; tray ceilings go up; and mirrored ceilings, shower doors, baseboards, dinette units and appliances are set into place. Other work includes installing subflooring that will accept the carpeting and custom flooring. Carpentry also installs all of the molding for bunks and shelves.

At Viking Mullica, where the Valhalla Boatworks V Series center consoles are built, the Rough Carpentry team installs the fish boxes, deck liner, deck ring, anchor locker (with shelf and tube) and various hardware pieces such as rod holders, hawse pipes and fuel fills.

Coordination and communication with Viking’s other departments is crucial, with Carpentry shipwrights oftentimes working in unison with Rough Mechanical and Rough Electrical technicians and installers. For example, Carpentry will only install the headliners after Rough Electrical has run all the wires throughout the boat for various systems, lights and appliances.

When viewed from the catwalks between the manufacturing lines, the workflow in Carpentry is an exercise in focus and organization. “Each shipwright knows exactly what needs to be done,” says Dave. “It may seem overwhelming to an outsider, but we have such a great amount of collective experience it’s like a well-oiled machine.”

While the yachts are close to completion as they leave Carpentry, there’s still a great amount of work to be done. Before the boats head to the Make Ready Dock, they go through the Finish Electrical, Plumbing and Exterior and Interior Trim stages.
 
 
 
 
The Invitational
The Invitational 8/28/2020
The Viking 80 CE took home The Invitational with a 698.4-pound blue marlin, earning the team more than a half a million dollars in this inaugural event held out of The Wharf Marina in Orange Beach, Alabama. "It's the largest 'Winner-Take-All' prize in Gulf of Mexico tournament history," says Tournament Director Jim Cox. "The tournament was created to offer a huge payout for the winning fish, while offering teams the best odds to collect the big payday." With a 112-inch blue marlin minimum, the only other boat that weighed a fish was the Viking 72 Breathe Easy, which brought a 484.2-pound blue marlin to the scales. "Both fish were donated to feed the less fortunate," said Jim.  
 
 
 
80 Demo
80 Demo 8/28/2020
Viking has led the world for 25 years in the design, engineering and production of large sportfishing yachts, and the 80 and 92 Convertibles have proven that Vikings of this size can win on the tournament circuit. To that point, an 80 Convertible will serve as the Viking demonstrator boat this summer. Sporting a Palm Beach Towers tuna tower, stunning faux teak from bow to transom, the latest fishfinding technology and powerful 2635MHP MTUs, the 40-knot Snow White Viking 80 is an absolute beast, ready to tear through the East Coast tournament schedule.

Wow, right? The Viking 80’s faux teak bulkhead and mezzanine have been the talk of the docks since her launch. The painted teak also covers the haunches and artfully extends along the wings of the flybridge overhang. The mezzanine seating is something special, too, featuring Ultraleather Outdoor upholstery with Bentley stitching and a drink bolster with an embroidered Viking serpent. Cruisair Cool Breeze air conditioning distributes a refreshing zephyr through a row of recessed overhead vents behind a valance (also with a teak finish). The 22” Garmin GPSMAP that’s recessed in the port haunch gives anglers at-a-glance water depth, temperature and other data, while the Fusion stereo and JL Audio speakers keep the beat going.
 
 
 
 
The Next Chapter
The Next Chapter 7/30/2020
Building on the overwhelming success of the V Series high-performance luxury center consoles, the Viking Yacht Company has begun the next chapter in the evolution of Valhalla Boatworks – the V-46.

Viking announced the creation of Valhalla Boatworks (VBW) in February 2019, and introduced the first three models – the V-33, V-37 and V-41 – simultaneously only eight months later in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The trio set new standards in performance, fishability, engineering and build quality, along with personalization opportunities never seen before in this genre.

“We’ve established Valhalla Boatworks as a dominating force in the center console market,” says Viking President and CEO Pat Healey. “The response has truly been tremendous as we approach 70 Valhallas delivered in our first year of production.”

The Valhalla 46 takes the V Series to an entirely new level, broadening its appeal through additional accommodations and amenities while maintaining its fishing boat DNA. “We never stop innovating, fine-tuning and staying out in front of the needs of our owners and the marine industry,” says Pat. “The V-46 is a result of that commitment.”
 
 
 
 
Auspicious Takes the Crown
Auspicious Takes the Crown 7/30/2020
The newest Bermuda Triple Crown Billfish champ is Joe Rahman’s Viking 80 Auspicious. Joe and his team fished nine days during three tournaments which include the Billfish Blast, Big Game Classic and Sea Horse Anglers Club tournaments.

Auspicious started strong placing second in the Billfish Blast with three blue marlin releases. They followed up by dominating the Big Game Classic with four blues to win the tournament and lead the Triple Crown.

The Sea Horse tournament was competitive with challengers eating into their lead. But Auspicious put five blue marlin on the board for a 2nd Place finish. This sealed the Triple Crown series win for the team.

Congratulations to Joe, Captain Edward “Cookie” Murray, mate Carl Copeland and teammates Kevin Stafford, Lynda Murray, Amy Laird and David Soares.
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
   
     
     
     
     
     
   
     
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