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The Tag Team 6/25/2020
The Tag Team, a Viking 58, dialed in the weather for a perfect delivery day. Dressed in a custom metallic Palma Blue hull, the boat is heading to the Viking Yacht Service Center in Florida for a little TLC before boarding a ship to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Her repeat Viking owner plans to spend plenty of time fishing the legendary waters of Baja.  
 
 

 
 
Three-Peat 6/25/2020
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!
 
 
 

 
 
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.  
 
 

 
 
One Fish, Two Wins 6/25/2020
Angler Nick Pratt just needed 80 minutes to land the winning blue marlin at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Blue Marlin Classic. Nick, fishing on the Viking 72 It Just Takes Time, weighed a 570.2-pound fish that also awarded his boat Top Crew.

Fished simultaneously with the Mississippi Gulf Coast Billfish Classic, the Louisiana Gulf Coast Billfish Classic saw It Just Takes Time’s Nick Pratt on the top of the leaderboard again. His 570.2-pound, 112” blue topped the Heaviest Blue Marlin category for a second time in the same weekend.
 
 
 

 
 
Leaving The Nest 5/29/2020
The 24th hull of the Viking 68 series splashed. This enclosed bridge model left the building, and after receiving her custom tower from Palm Beach Towers, took a Travelift ride down to the make-ready docks where she was fueled up. After a dip into the basin she was pulled over to Dock 2 via ropes and Viking manpower where she settled. The team is starting up each system individually to ensure they are functioning properly. Examining the systems one at a time isolates any malfunction and eases trouble shooting. From salon air conditioning to generators to the Seakeeper, everything is checked under meticulous eyes.

Next up a full team will head out for a comprehensive three-hour shake-down sea trial. A crew comprised of an electrician, dock mechanics, a Foley Cat technician and a host of others will check all systems and controls while operating in a real-time environment. Then adventure awaits.
 
 
 

 
 
Double Take 4/23/2020
Double take! Check out these perfect pairs of Viking Yachts and Valhalla Boatworks V-Series vessels. These power couples are: Krazy Salt’s 72 & 37, SeaFlame 62 & 33 and the 68 Lisa G with her 33 Ari G.  
 
 

 
 
Marlin Madness 5/18/2020
Congratulations to the Viking 92 Fa La Me on their International bracket win in Marlin Madness. Now it's time for the Final Four! Help them advance to the championship game by voting here. Marlin Magazine's spin on the NCAA basketball tournament has been a wild dance, but we're predicting Frank and Mary Ellen Rodriguez and their Fa La Me will survive and advance. Don't forget to vote today!  
 
 

 
 
Staying Strong 4/1/2020
To our Viking Family:

Today we mark our 56th anniversary with a pledge to persevere and adapt in this unprecedented time. As many of you know, we temporarily suspended manufacturing operations at our New Gretna and Mullica plants effective March 19 for a 14-day period. This was done to protect the health and well-being of our employees and abide by state and federal guidelines during the Coronavirus pandemic.

We planned to bring back our boatbuilders on April 6. However, with recent Coronavirus developments and President Trump’s extension of social-distancing guidelines, we will instead on April 6 reassess our date to resume manufacturing operations. We feel this move is in the best interest of everyone in the Viking family.

Our commitment to our customers, dealers and vendors is stronger than ever. We are still carrying out day-to-day operations as Viking team members work remotely to build a better boat every day. Our Design and Engineering Group continues to innovate and develop new product; our 5-axis profiler continues to operate, carving the shapes of tomorrow’s new models; the Sales Department is still working with customers and supporting our dealer network; and Marketing’s images and videos are providing owners and their families with some much-needed distraction from an exhausting news media cycle.

In Florida, the Viking Yacht Service Center as well as the southern branches of Atlantic Marine Electronics and Palm Beach Towers are still operational while taking measures to protect their people.

Back in New Jersey, Management and Human Resources have been focused on the health, safety and financial security of the Viking boatbuilders, our greatest asset and the lifeblood of our company. Extreme measures have been taken to sterilize and clean our facilities, and only essential personnel have remained on site to ensure safety. Our workforce is in good health as they stay close to their families at home, and Viking’s Health Services is attending to all their medical questions and needs.

We’re all in this together, and we must do our part to “flatten the curve” so we can return to the boating and fishing lifestyle we all love. Viking has also been actively supporting the medical community. The company has donated a total of 2,650 of the 3M N95 respirator masks as well as 100 Tyvek suits, boots and hoods to various regional medical facilities.

Our 56th anniversary serves as a fitting reminder of our resilience. We have endured many hardships (recessions, storms and the Luxury Tax) since my father Bill and Uncle Bob founded the company in 1964. We build boats – and nothing is going to stop us from doing what we love to do. There is no question. We’ll get through this and come out stronger.

Thank you for your continued support, and please stay safe and stay positive.

--Pat Healey, Viking Yachts President and CEO
 
 
 

 
 
Covid-19 Update 3/25/2020
Viking has decided to provide news briefs on a daily basis as much as possible through this location on our website. You will also have access to all previous reports by scrolling down on this page.

March 25, 2020

Dear Employee:

Viking realizes the importance of delivering the latest information about the Coronavirus as it pertains to the Viking Yacht Company. We are also making a concerted effort to avoid any premature release of information and to ensure its accuracy.

That said, we are still awaiting the specific details of the federal economic stimulus package, the CARES Act, that will allow Viking to determine its employee compensation strategy going forward. The Senate has approved the $2 trillion relief program, and now Congress is expected to pass it quickly. Viking is hopeful a portion of the plan will give us the ability to continue paying our employees in a normal fashion. We will review the data as soon as it becomes available, and promptly provide information. We appreciate your patience.

*Employee Update*
The one maintenance department worker who tested positive for the Coronavirus is in the ninth day of self-quarantine. The individual is doing well, and all symptoms have subsided.

*Check Distribution Reminder*
For those without direct deposit, Viking will be distributing employee pay checks from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. tomorrow, Thursday March 26, at its New Gretna and Mullica locations. Employees can get their checks in their respective work locations. Please follow social distancing practices, which are explained below. Viking will mail on Friday, March 27, checks to those who do not pick them up on Thursday.

You are our greatest asset. Please stay safe and follow these guidelines:

• Monitor your health. Be aware of the Coronavirus symptoms of fever (over 100.3 degrees F), fatigue, dry cough, lost sense of smell/taste and shortness of breath. If you have symptoms, self-quarantine and call Viking Health Services at 609-296-4980.
• Practice social distancing. According to the CDC, social distancing means “remaining out of congregate settings, avoiding mass gatherings, and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet or 2 meters) from others when possible.
• Wash hands frequently
• Avoid touching your face


March 24, 2020

Dear Employee:

Our goal is to keep our employees well-informed with the latest COVID-19 news as it relates to the Viking workforce and their families. We believe this will not only keep everyone up to date but also help alleviate anxiety and fear. Therefore, Viking has decided to provide news briefs on a daily basis as much as possible through this location on our website. You will also have access to all previous reports by scrolling down on this page.

*Employee Status Information*

The one maintenance department worker who tested positive for the Coronavirus is now in the eighth day of self-quarantine. The employee’s health is improving daily, with the individual experiencing an occasional dry cough.

The impacted areas at the plant have been closed and cleaned in accordance with CDC guidelines. We will keep you informed with pertinent information as the situation develops.

A reminder that all employees should:
• Monitor their health, being aware of the Coronavirus symptoms of fever (over 100.3 degrees F), fatigue, dry cough, lost sense of smell/taste and shortness of breath. If you have symptoms, self-quarantine and call Viking Health Services at 609-296-4980.
• Practice social distancing
• Wash hands frequently
• Avoid touching your face

*Employee Compensation Information*

Viking is monitoring the status of the CARES Act, which is the federal government’s economic relief program. A vote on the CARES Act is expected today. If adopted, Viking will interpret the CARES Act as quickly as possible and provide you with a clear employment picture in tomorrow’s update. We are hopeful that we will qualify for funding under CARES Act, which would allow employees to continue being paid in a normal fashion.

March 23, 2020

Dear Employee:

To mitigate the impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), protect the health and safety of our employees and adhere to state and federal guidelines and mandates, the Viking Yacht Company has suspended manufacturing operations for at least 14 days effective Monday, March 23.

Viking has been aggressively following CDC guidelines, implementing procedures to protect its employees, such as disinfecting the facilities throughout the work day, deep cleaning during the evenings, alternating shifts to reduce gatherings over 10 at a time while maintaining social distancing, and providing protective equipment to employees.

However, the discovery over the weekend that one Viking employee has contracted COVID-19 has prompted Viking to implement a plan to temporarily stop production at its New Jersey manufacturing facilities in New Gretna and Mullica. The employee, who is doing well and resting at home, has been in self-quarantine since last Tuesday, March 17, and will remain so through the required 14-day period. The temporary shutdown also affects N.J. operations of the subsidiaries PBT and AME and the Viking Yachting Center, as well as Viking Sport Cruisers/ Princess Yachts America. The Viking Yacht Service Center and Viking Sport Cruisers/Princess Yachts in Florida remain operational.

New Jersey employees will receive their paycheck for last week through direct deposit on Thursday; those without direct deposit can pick up their check at Viking in New Gretna from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Thursday; if you are unable to pick up your check on Thursday it will be mailed on Friday to you.

Employees should know that given yesterday’s new developments with the federal government’s economic relief plan, referred to as the CARES Act, Viking’s goal is to continue paying our employees at their current rates in a normal fashion. Confirmation of the CARE Act’s information as it pertains to our ability to maintain employee compensation should be forthcoming in the next few days.

Given these new circumstances, Viking is asking employees to cease from filing for unemployment benefits. Unemployment applications that have already been filed would be cancelled upon the CARE Act’s adoption. Viking is confident the plan will move forward but if the approval is delayed employees may use their PTO (Personal Time Off) or file for unemployment. The federal government has waived the one-week waiting period to file for unemployment, however, it does take three to four weeks to receive the first payment.

Our employees are the most important part of the Viking Yacht Company, and we are committed to doing everything possible to help our workers through this difficult period and maintain their continued income to support their families.

You can routinely visit this website for further updates. Please stay safe, practice social distancing and proper hand washing, and abide by the state’s stay-at-home order.

Additional information:
• Employees can request to utilize available PTO by emailing HRhelp@vikingyachts.com.
• Employees without email access can call Human Resources directly 609-296-4898.
• If you are feeling sick and are showing Coronavirus symptoms, such as fever, fatigue, dry cough, lost sense of smell and shortness of breath, please call Viking Health Services at 609-296-4980.
• To ensure communication, we will be providing in approximately 24 to 48 hours a link on our website homepage called “Temporary Contact Information.” A list of extensions for our number (609-296-6000) will be available here, allowing calls to be transferred to cell phones of Viking staff working at home.


 
 
 

 
 
Extension List 3/24/2020
Accounting & Finance
Cusack, Dana 1554
Healey, Justin 1218
Hilbert, Jessica 1362
Kasinski, John 1263
Straub, Jr., Jerry 1435

Atlantic Marine Electronics
Christie, John 1613
Clarke, Chad 1601
Tally, Todd 1619

Design & Engineering
Gibbons, Bill 1280
Raposa, Paul 1542
Rutt, Lonni 1242
Wilson, David 1249

Health Services
Marks, Steve 1452

Human Resources
Carpenter, Pat 1409
Davala, Drew 1275
Donahue, Michael 1321

IT
Kerekes, Pat 1432
Pecoreno, Vinny 1373

Marketing
Clugh, Katrina 1308
Foust, Mary 1345
Juall, Kyle 1313
Landry, Chris 1438

Palm Beach Towers
Glonek, Joe 1180

Plant Engineering
Babek, Chris 1482
Staub, Jeff 1224
Passarelli, Dan 1237

Princess Yachts
Babek, Michele 1326
Callaghan, Brian 1593
Carroll, Sr., Tom 1203
Fitchett, Ryan 1328

Production
Armano, Pat 1330
Uhl, Al 1200

Purchasing
Carroll, Rick 1202
Healey, Erik 1565
King, Austin 1219
Pharo, Bob 1277
Valle, Karen 1220

Sales
Healey, Patrick 1201
Healey, Sean 1350
Monahan, Keith 1449
Papperman, Joe 1353
Scola, Anthony 1273
Waldron, Gina 1427
Waldron, Mark 1212

Service
Battiata, Ben 1264
Connolly, Ray 1490
Enders, Art 1361
Trout, Bill 1360

Valhalla Boat Sales
Buczkowski, Michael 1103

Viking Yachting Center
Keenan, Brian 1104

Viking Mullica
Crumley, Tom 1517
Leek, John 1515
McLaughlin, Jim 1519
Scirotto, Adam 1563

Warehouse
Klevinsky, Pat 1279
 
 
 

 
 
Viking Key West Challenge Cancelled 3/18/2020
The Viking Key West Challenge is truly a wonderful success, bringing together Viking owners, dealers, vendors and their families and friends every spring in a beautiful setting to celebrate the boating and fishing lifestyle.

Regretfully, as a precautionary action in accordance with recommendations of health officials, Viking has decided to cancel this year’s Key West Challenge scheduled for April 15-18.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in response to the coronavirus pandemic has recommended canceling events with 50 or more people for the next eight weeks throughout the U.S. In addition, Florida’s Monroe County and the City of Key West have each declared a State of Emergency.

The health and well-being of everyone involved is our top priority, and we believe in doing our part to bring an end to the spread of the coronavirus.

Viking has rescheduled the event for April 7-10, 2021. Participants and sponsors may use their registrations as credit for next year or be issued a refund. Please contact Viking (marketing@vikingyachts.com) as to how you would like to proceed.

Viking is determined to make the 7th annual Viking Key West Challenge (VKWC) better than ever! More than just a fishing tournament, the VKWC is four days of food, fishing and fun for members of the Viking family in a relaxed atmosphere that promotes camaraderie and fellowship.
 
 
 

 
 
Team Galati Wins It 3/16/2020
Leg #2 of the Los Suenos Triple Crown was an intense fight to the finish. Day One saw the Viking 62 Team Galati release a marlin and 15 sailfish to finish in 3rd Place amongst the fleet of 41 battlewagons. Two marlin and 5 sails on Day Two put Team Galati in the top spot going into the final day. And then it was a roller coaster! Team Galati bounced around the leader board all day in a nail biter. Captain Tony Carrizosa put his team on a marlin an hour before lines out that cemented their win with a total of five marlin and 25 sailfish during Leg #2. Team Galati seems to like the 2nd Leg of the Triple Crown as they have won it in 2014, 2015, 2019 and now 2020.  
 
 

 
 
46 Billfish 3/16/2020
The new Viking 46 Billfish and a pair of Valhalla V Series center consoles were the stars of the Atlantic City Boat Show. This striking Billfish dressed in an Ethereal Blue hull as well as a V-33 and V-37 kept the crew busy with throngs of enthusiasts checking out their regional debut.  
 
 

 
 
She's On Top 2/11/2020
Congratulations to Jill Yates for not only taking the Top Lady Angler title at the recent Buccaneer Cup Sailfish Tournament but also claiming the Top Angler award. This is the first time in the Buc’s 57 year history that a lady has claimed the Top Angler trophy. Captain Mark Pagano, at the wheel of Jill and Scott Yates’ Viking 72 Eight Eights, put Jill on eight sailfish for her win. Two additional sails clinched the team’s 2nd Place Live Bait accolades.

Gerry McGraw’s Viking 56 Gypsea landed nine sailfish to take 3rd Place Live Bait honors. Martha D, Deborah Dayton’s Viking 52, claimed 3rd Place in the Dead Bait category. Top Meatfish went to the Viking 60 De-Bait-Able with a 31.8-pound cobia.
 
 
 

 
 
VIP Style 2/11/2020
Eighteen beautiful yachts from 33 to 93 feet were showcased at last weekend’s 24th Annual VIP Boat Show. A pair of new Billfish and three Valhalla Boatworks V Series center consoles generated plenty of excitement with over 1,000 enthusiasts taking part in this exclusive event. Seventy-five sea trials took place with lots of enthusiasm and activity in both the Viking and Valhalla Boatworks product lines.

In conjunction, almost 60 of Viking’s preferred vendors set up shop at the Viking Yacht Service Center, the host of the VIP. Viking subsidiaries Palm Beach Towers and Atlantic Marine Electronics were on hand and spent plenty of time with customers creating packages for new deliveries as well as for current vessels.
 
 
 

 
 
 

 

 
   
     
   
     
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