Viking Yachts, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021—The 54 Open (O), 54 Sport Coupe (SC) and 54 Sport Tower (ST) are the latest express yachts to join Viking Yachts. The three new models utilize the same advanced hull design of the 54 Convertible, first premiered at the 2020 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show where it won the Best of Show Award.
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FORT LAUDERDALE, FL—The Viking Yachts 54 Convertible was named the Best of Show during the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. The award is presented to the most innovative new boat model on display based on multiple criteria, including performance, design, technology and architecture.
By Dave Ferrell
To build any boat from scratch is a magical thing. Having the gumption to take a big pile of your own money and turn it into a pile of materials that you intend to turn into a boat goes way beyond my perception or capabilities. Taking another fella’s money and trying to do it for the first time must spin the term “nerve wracking” to incredible new heights. Nevertheless, there’s always a few pioneers who step up and make something new that the boat-building industry just can’t ignore. Here’s an example of a boat that made a difference.
The 60 Minutes of Big Game Sportfishing! Enjoy the latest insight on Viking Yachts, the premiere sportfishing boat builder based out of New Gretna, New Jersey. Listen in to hear about Vikings latest expansion and plans for the future, new models, buying trends and the role Captain and Crew play in the new build process. How many boats do you think Viking Yachts services in a year in its Riviera Beach, Florida service center? What’s Vikings future focus? Enjoy the great interview.
Fifty-one years ago today, April 1, 1964, Bill and Bob Healey opened the doors to the Viking Yacht Company. Starting out with little more than a building in the swamps with no heat and dirt floors, some planks of mahogany, and a rough and tumble work force, Bob the lawyer and Bill the ironworker began an amazing legacy.
The early years were the training grounds for what would come, but the brothers never stopped living and learning their mantra to build a better boat every day.
Always a stickler for details and willing to explain what makes Vikings special, Bill was the tour de force. Here he points out to Hank Bowman, the editor of the old Boating magazine, the rudder installation aboard a Viking.
Launched in the fall of 1972, the first Viking 40 Convertible established Viking as a blue water competitor and more than 600 were built over the following 16 years.
Building a better boat every day kept the Viking team busy and the boats continued to roll down the production line. There were bigger players on the water back then but only one Viking.
Though the luxury tax of 1991-1993 was devastating to Viking and the marine industry, the Healey brothers dug in and kept the company afloat. By the time the Viking 55 Convertible launched in 1997, a new generation of Viking yachts was born.
More than a half-century after its humble start, the Viking Yacht Company has grown from a single building to an 862,000 square foot manufacturing facility, with an adjacent yachting center and marina, plus a pair of modern service yards in Riviera Beach Florida. With Bill’s son Patrick serving as president and Bob’s son, Bob, Jr., directing the company’s real estate and other financial holdings, Viking REMAINS AT THE TOP of the mountain where its 1,000 strong work force continues in Bill and Bob’s tradition to build a better boat every day as its mighty flagship 92 Convertible rules the seas.
The Viking 92 Enclosed Bridge Convertible is moving down Line 1 on schedule for its mid-summer launch. Hull 92101 will be an enclosed bridge model, and late last week, the bridge was installed on the deckhouse. While the images provide a sense of this achievement, to truly appreciate the magnitude of this development consider this: the enclosed bridge is 38 feet 1 inch long. This means that the bridge itself is five feet longer than the first all-fiberglass boat Viking built in 1971, which was our 33 Convertible. [Read more…]
New Gretna, New Jersey, Summer 2021—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.
Viking Yachts, the premier manufacturer of the highest-quality sportfishing and motor yachts ranging from 38 to 93 feet, has installed twin 900 HP Scania engines for this new build. The vessel was commissioned by Mack Boring & Parts Co. to demonstrate the reliability and performance of Scania’s new engines to the recreational market and will be utilized for fishing tournaments and events throughout the East Coast waterways starting in August 2021.