Valhalla Boatworks, April 13, 2022—The eighth annual Viking Key West Challenge (VKWC) was a smashing success, with 50 boats and more than 500 people attending the three-day event. “The Viking Key West Challenge is an amazing event that just keeps getting bigger and better, with more boats and more people participating every year,” says Viking President and CEO Pat Healey. “It’s now the largest tournament on the island. Key West is really the perfect location where everyone can thoroughly enjoy the boating and fishing lifestyle that we all love.” Valhalla Boatworks has become an important part of the festivities as more owners are discovering the great family fun and fishing camaraderie of the VKWC. Trust Fun features triple Mercury 600s, a custom Palm Beach Towers gap tower and a host of accessories for live bait fishing.
Valhalla Boatworks will have all four V Series center consoles on display at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, Oct. 27-31, led by this Kingston Grey V-46 with quad Mercury 450Rs. The flagship of the fleet, the Valhalla 46 has quickly established itself as the new premier high-performance luxury center console from 45 to 50 feet.
The deck layout stresses freedom of movement and 360-degree fishability while still providing a high level of seating comfort. The console is home to an expansive lounge (with a soothing leg-elevating design) as well as a two-person seat. Moving forward, you have port and starboard bench seats that can also be used as lounges thanks to their Release Marine teak backrests. The upholstery is top-shelf, featuring custom shades of grey and white along with Diamond/Bentley stitching.
The V-46’s helm is unrivaled in this market segment, especially when it comes to visibility, operator ergonomics and aesthetic design. With its significant size, the Valhalla 46 has ample room for two rows of seating under the custom hardtop. The Release Marine teak helm chairs (with individual armrests and folding bolsters) have been a huge hit with owners.
The cockpit is yet another area where seating versatility and fishing prowess are highly evident, with aft-facing mezzanine seating providing the perfect location to take in the fishing action while staying clear of the anglers. A pair of seats flanking the dual 54-gallon transom live wells can quickly be folded up to maximize deck space.
The comfort continues inside the console, which boasts air conditioning, excellent headroom (6’7”), abundant natural light and a galley with all the conveniences you’ll need to whip up a meal for family or friends. The dinette converts into a queen-size berth, and there’s a 32-inch HD TV on the forward bulkhead.
Viking just finished wrapping up an early holiday gift – a captivating video of the new Valhalla 46’s first sea trial. Watch the V-46, powered with quad Mercury 450Rs, tear up the water in this fast-paced film that was captured from the cockpit of a Viking 72. Hull No. 1 of the V-46 topped out at an amazing 71 mph while demonstrating flawless maneuverability and handling, rapid acceleration and excellent overall performance.
Last year, the Viking Yacht Company introduced Valhalla Boatworks – a new company dedicated to designing and building high-performance center consoles with the same Viking quality, craftsmanship and expertise. The Valhalla center consoles were recently on display at the 2020 Viking VIP Boat Show in Riviera Beach, Fl.
“Valhalla Boatworks was developed to allow our dealers and customers to fulfill a strong desire for high-end center consoles built by the Viking Yacht Company,” says Viking President and CEO Patrick Healey. “It’s a very exciting time and another important chapter in our history of building a better boat every day.”
The Valhalla Boatworks V Series consists of three outboard-powered deep-V monohulls from 33 to 41 feet. The boats are designed to excel as hard-core fishing boats and built to the highest levels of workmanship and fit and finish. The V-33, V-37 and V-41 are the result of the cooperative effort of the Viking Design & Engineering team and Michael Peters Yacht Design (MPYD).
The V Series utilizes MPYD’s patented Stepped-V Ventilated Tunnel running surface that reduces drag while increasing speed, stability and efficiency. Viking design traits can be found from stem to stern on the V Series boats. Proud bows, gently sloping S-shaped sheers, double forward chines, helm pods, raised toe rails and mezzanine seating are some of the hallmarks.
The many resources available to Viking’s vertically integrated company are at the disposal of Valhalla Boatworks. Major components of each build such as hardtops, marlin and gap towers and electronics packages are manufactured in-house by our experienced shipwrights to guarantee turn-key delivery for our customers.
On deck, a raised transom livewell, in-deck fish boxes, strategically located rod holders, a port dive door and an abundance of storage space are just a few of the standard features on each of these V Series boats.
They also feature a forward console lounge and optional port and starboard forward seating with forward-facing backrests. The consoles of these boats will feature rod storage, a head, a sink, and access to electronics, the electrical distribution panel and other critical components.
The V-33, V-37 and V-41 are powered by four-stroke outboards with horsepower ratings from 300 to 425 in twin, triple or quad configurations depending on the model. The efficiency of the stepped hulls and these direct-fuel-injected engines deliver best-in-class fuel economy and range. Power-assist hydraulic steering will be standard and joystick helm control systems will be optional for all three models.
For more info, visit www.valhallaboatworks.com
Captain Ryan Higgins gives us an in-depth look at one of Valhalla’s double stepped hull designs at Viking’s Service Center.