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Summer is here – and a number of owners of new Vikings have happily begun their fishing and cruising adventures. Frank and Tami Mazza took delivery last week of Tami Ann, their Stars and Stripes Blue 72 Convertible. The Viking Marketing team caught up with the couple in Atlantic City as they provisioned and prepared their four-stateroom beauty for the run to its summer home in Point Judith, Rhode Island.
“We picked a sporty day, but it’s nothing we haven’t seen before, and I know the boat will be great,” said an eager-to-get-underway Frank, who will use the 72 to fish for giant bluefin, marlin and swordfish. “We go out to the canyons all the time. I’m really looking forward to experiencing the speed, size and comfort of this boat.”
Frank and Tami previously owned a Viking 62 and a 55. Before those two new convertibles, the couple had pre-owned 43 and 55 Vikings. The latter was actually the legendary Viking 55 Fishinhoff, which they bought from the late John Vidinghoff. “The Mazzas are great people who really enjoy their boat and time on the water,” says Viking Vice President of Sales Mark Waldron, project manager for all three builds. “We’re lucky to have had them in the Viking family for so long.”
Frank is very much a hands-on owner who enjoys running the boat. He outfitted Tami Ann with the latest innovations in ship systems and fishfinding technology, such as Furuno’s real-time 360-degree sonar. The yacht’s Atlantic Marine Electronics package includes a custom pull-out box for the sonar’s controller on the flybridge. “It's going to be a huge benefit for us,” says Frank. “From what everyone's saying, it’s unbelievable.” He’s also pumped about the new ElectroSea CLEARLINE cleaning technology for the boat’s seawater plumbing systems. “Anything that cuts down on maintenance is a good thing, and I hand it to Viking for offering this product.”
The Mazzas decorated the yacht with artwork that reflects their connection to the Ocean State. “The interior designer was wonderful,” said Tami, referring to the award-winning WBC Design. “Among many other things, we picked all of our own artwork and accessories and really personalized the boat.” Tami is also enamored with the galley and its abundance of storage that’s easily accessed.
“It’s been a pleasure building all of our Vikings,” says Frank. “It’s always an easy, seamless process where they accommodate us every step of the way.”
For more information about the Viking 72 or any of our yachts from 33 to 93 feet we cordially invite you to contact your authorized Viking dealer. Enjoy the summer!
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