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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.”
 
 
 

 
 
The Finishers 2/2/2021
Build Nears Completion in Trim Department

In Carpentry, our shipwrights assemble and install the interior components (floors, ceilings, bunks, cabinets, credenzas and appliances, to name just a few) that ultimately create the staterooms, crew quarters, heads, salons and galleys. But there’s still a heckuva lot of boatbuilding left to be done – and that’s where the Trim Department comes into the equation.

This team of boatbuilders is essentially responsible for finishing the major components of the build – both inside and outside of the yacht. “We’re the last department to touch the boat before it leaves the manufacturing building and heads to the Make Ready Dock,” says Trim Department Supervisor Jason Wick. “We get to make the boat look pretty.”

The department consists of Interior Trim and Exterior Trim. We’ll start with the former. Interior Trim shipwrights install the wall-to-wall carpeting, the Amtico flooring, the blinds, the lambrequins, the valances and all of the furniture, including dinette and enclosed bridge cocktail tables, chairs, lounges and bar stools. In the staterooms, Interior Trim boatbuilders place the mattresses on their bunks, hang headboards and insert drawers into credenzas, end tables and other storage areas. In the heads, they install the upper and lower vanity inserts, including the medicine cabinets. Throughout the entire interior, this department is responsible for the assembly and installation of all latches and catches for drawers and cabinet doors.

Led by Foreman Jason Clark and Assistant Foreman Yunior Santiago, Interior Trim’s 14 boatbuilders always meet and exceed expectations no matter what the challenge. “These guys have a combined 46 years of experience, so their level of expertise is off the charts,” says Jason. “They can handle anything.”

Exterior Trim consists of 22 shipwrights. The group includes 12 installers, a five-person window-and-bridge team and five painters. They handle a myriad of parts in all shapes and sizes. The largest are the bridges – both open and enclosed units as well as the motor yacht pilothouses – and the window glass. In the enclosed bridge models, the Trim shipwrights also install the wraparound helm console and Stidd chairs. Some of the smaller parts include latches, gas pistons and gasketing for all exterior hatches.

Exterior Trim also installs the fish boxes, cockpit rod holders, flybridge ladders, anchor lockers and tackle cabinets as well as the salon doors (and their power-activated mechanisms). In addition, they take care of the boat’s ground tackle, which includes anchor locker lids and hardware, windlasses and anchor installations. And if the owner wants a davit – that’s your Trim Department, too. They’re also responsible for the rubrails and bowrail installations. The painters’ primary jobs are applying the boot and accent stripes and the infamous Viking wraparound black masks.

While the installation of carpeting and flooring are the most time-consuming jobs for Interior Trim, the application of the black masks and boot and accent stripes certainly require the highest number of man hours for Exterior Trim. “As with any type of painting, there’s a good deal of preparation before application,” says Senior Exterior Trim Foreman Gary Kozlowski. “Our black masks take four days and the boot stripes can take from three to five days, depending on the number of accent stripes and colors.”

The amount of work and responsibilities may seem daunting, but Gary and the Exterior Trim team (which includes Foreman Bob Phillips and Assistant Foreman Al Capriotti) are armed with a steadfast mentality to build a better boat every day. “We just keep plugging away at it until we get it done – and done 100 percent correctly,” says Gary, who began his career at Viking in 1979. “I learned from Bill Healey. He taught perfection, and that’s what we all strive for."
 
 
 

 
 
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.  
 
 

 
 
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!  
 
 

 
 
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.  
 
 

 
 
 
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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 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 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 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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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.  
 
 

 
 
92 Benchmark 6/25/2020
Our 92 Convertible is a benchmark boat for Viking and the entire marine industry, setting the standard for a large world-traveling sportfishing yacht that also excels as a tournament sportfisher. Hull No. 20, a Snow White Sky Bridge model with a satin walnut interior, will be on display at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show this fall.  
 
 

 
 
1st Time's A Charm 7/30/2020
With barely a chance to settle into her new slip, the Viking 80 Krazy Salt’s won the Yacht Club of Stone Harbor Marlin Tournament. Having just taken delivery of the boat days earlier, the team on the Anderson family’s boat released six white marlin for the win. Keith Greenberg, at the helm of Krazy Salt’s, claimed the Walt Hendee Captain’s Award. Third Place Boat went to the Viking 56 Insure with five white marlin.  
 
 

 
 
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.
 
 
 

 
 
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.”
 
 
 

 
 
 

 

 
   
     
   
     
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