When Clearwater, Florida, native Paul Lokey picked up his new 64 Viking Convertible at the end of 2021, he knew he’d found a winner. Lokey had been looking for a boat that could work as a fierce tournament boat and just as easily switch to an on-the-water viewing area for college sports.
And it was Carmine Galati who led Lokey to the 64.
“He called me up and knew I was possibly interested in a pre-owned boat,” Lokey says. “He offered the 64 Viking that was almost complete … it was going to be the Galati team boat, and he offered it to me, and I bought it late in the building process.”
Planning the War Party
During the build, Lokey flew up for a Viking factory tour and met with Pat Healey. The two men sat down, and together they customized aspects of the boat. Design features that would go into this build included an island counter in the galley and the modification of the master suite going fore and aft instead of port to starboard.
“Pat Healy had a piece of paper and a pen, and we were drawing and designing changes in his offices, and we made it happen,” Lokey explains. “I love all of it.”
Two large screen TVs in the salon, in addition to those in the suites, ensure Lokey, a big college sports fan, can take in the Florida State University football games. He also has the Florida State Seminoles to thank for the 64’s name.
“I wanted a boat that was badass and had something to do with the Seminoles,” Lokey says. “Actually, my best friend’s wife came up with the name War Party, and as soon as I heard it, I thought, ‘That’s it, it’s perfect.’ ”
Building on What Worked
Lokey also took inspiration from Hull No. One for his boat. This included the two-tone upholstery on the companionway and the two-tone of the galley counter. A key feature he and guests enjoy is the forward-facing lounge seating. And in the heart of the boat, two MTU 2000 hp main engines make for a quiet ride. As for his initial impression of the boat …
“The first time I saw it I was thrilled, thinking it was a 10 out of 10,” Lokey says. “The ride is a much better ride, much smoother ride, much faster, much drier.”
The War Party in Action
Lokey and the team wrapped up the Los Sueños Billfish Series and will be headed to Cabo in the fall, where they’ll fish the Bisbees. They’ll also spend three months in Mag Bay.
And for anyone who might be in the same area as War Party and would like a closer look, Lokey has two words: “Stop by.”
“If anyone wants to see the bridge, the inside and outside, I’m just giving everyone an invitation to check it out. I love it, and I’m proud of her.”
*Gross Weight: 99,738 lbs.
Fuel Capacity: 2,201 gals.
Water Capacity: 302 gals.
Cockpit Area: 180 sq. ft.in.
*Standard Fuel Load