About Viking Yachts
Building luxury performance sportfishing and cruising motor yachts has been the focus of Viking Yachts since 1964. The family-owned and operated business commits to “building a better boat every day” in the 37- to 100-foot range. Viking is well-represented in the 50- to 60-foot sportfish boat class - the company has designed and built 10 models since 2000.
A source of pride for the brand is that more than 90% of every Viking yacht is designed and manufactured in-house, and that is for the production of nearly 100 yachts each year. Every aspect, whether fiberglass fuel tanks, detailed wiring, or reinforced hull-to-deck joints, all components are manufactured and installed with strict quality control using up-to-date technology and hi-tech machines. Technology in-house includes a five-axis profiler to build molds and computer numerical control (CNC) routers for composite and wood materials.
Semi- and custom options are available for the remaining 10 percent of components manufactured elsewhere, such as engines, transmissions, pumps, hoses, air conditioning units, electronics, and entertainment systems.
Viking monitors every step of the way with Viking production plants in New Gretna and Mullica, New Jersey. Two service yards in South Florida are also part of the Viking family and are located near a port on the Intracoastal Waterway in Riviera Beach, Florida.
Many Viking models meet international specifications for use world-wide and some models are built for European electrical systems and offer frequency converters for navigation in Europe and the United States.
Viking owners can keep up with news and events in the company’s twice a year magazine, Valhalla.
The History of the Family Business of Viking Yachts
Peterson-Viking Builders was a small, financially-ailing boat-builder in New Jersey that caught the attention of brothers Bob and Bill Healey, so in 1964, the two men bought the company that built 37-foot wooden sportfishing boats. That business venture became the Viking Yacht Company.
And Healeys are still at the helm - Patrick J. Healey, Bill’s son, serves as Viking Yacht Company’s chief chief executive officer and president. Bob’s son, Robert Healey Jr., is executive co-chairman of the Viking Group, the manager of the Viking’s investment portfolios, real estate, and corporate manager of Viking Yachts.
Viking created Valhalla Boatworks (VBW) in February of 2019 and built 70 Valhallas in the first production year with the initial build of V-33, V-37, and V-41, with the V-46 on the way.
A Trip Through the Production Line at Viking
• With a multitude of in-house departments and employees, Viking hulls are really on the move as they work through the factory. A trained staff of carpenters, mill workers, electricians, fabricators, fiberglass technicians, installers, machinists, marine electronics techs, painters, plumbers, HVAC installers, welders, woodworkers, sanders, and polishers all play a part.
• The Viking Yachts website shared a look at a small part of the trip:
• The fiberglass department (also called Viglass) handles the hull and the framework, as well as tanks for fuel, water, and holding tanks.
• Next, the hull moves to mechanical and electrical departments. Eventually, all of the interior components are assembled and installed for master suites, staterooms, crew cabins, salons, galleys, storage, enclosed bridges, and heads.
• There are 58 carpenters, installers, and general shipwrights in the carpentry department. Next, the floors are secured to the hull with fiberglass and resin by the rough carpentry department at the same time the rough carpentry assembly team works outside building the larger living configurations and large furniture, as well as deckhouse, cockpit liner, and coaming.
• The finish carpenters handle the interior headliners and hull sealers and then cabinets, shelves, doors, and appliances are installed before carpeting and custom flooring.
Key Partners at Work with the Viking Group
• Palm Beach Towers
Aluminum tuna towers and custom railings designed and engineered at Palm Beach Towers are a key element on many Viking Yachts. The company also manufactures other custom aluminum parts as well as fiberglass parts including hardtops, drop-down electronic boxes, flush-mounted electric teaser reels, and rod lockers built in two factories in New Jersey and the Viking Yacht Service Center in Riviera Beach, Florida.
• Atlantic Marine Electronics
Navigation, communication, and entertainment systems tailored specifically for Viking Yachts are installed and serviced through Atlantic Marine Electronics. The company offers service and operator training by phone and from the Viking Yacht Service Center in Riviera Beach, Florida, and one in New Jersey.
• Viking Yachting Center
A full-service marina with a full-time service department is available at the Viking Yachting Center next to the company’s manufacturing facility in New Gretna, New Jersey. The yard offers fiberglass repair, paint services, and has two Travelifts on site at the 250 slip marina equipped for boats up to 55 feet and up to 70 tons. The marina is complete with fuel, a pool, recreation facilities as well as Breezes Bar and Grill, and Contender boat sales at Valhalla Boat Sales.
• Viking Yacht Service Center
All service for Viking Yachts including warranty work, retrofits, paint, woodwork, air conditioning, and Seakeeper stabilizer installation is offered out of two service yards in Riviera Beach, Florida at the Viking Yacht Service Center. Lift service is available with two 150-ton Travelifts and the facility houses boats in 38 deepwater slips, on a concrete floating dock, and in a 125- by 150-foot building with 50 feet of overhead clearance. The 32-acre facility is easily accessed by the Palm Beach Inlet on the Intracoastal Waterway.
• Valhalla Boat Sales
Valhalla Boat Sales is located at the Viking Yachting Center on the Bass River next to the Garden State Parkway in New Gretna, New Jersey.
Recent Viking Wins for the Serious Anglers
• The Viking 80 CE won The Invitational inaugural event near The Wharf Marina in Orange Beach, Alabama in 2020.
• A Viking 80 won the Marlin Tournament at the Yacht Club of Stone Harbor in New Jersey and a Viking 56 won third place in 2020.
• A Viking 80 won the Bermuda Triple Crown Billfish tournament that includes the Billfish Blast, Big Game Classic, and Sea Horse Anglers Club tournaments.
• A Viking 72 won the Mississippi Gulf Coast Blue Marlin Classic.
Just a Few Viking Top Models
Viking Open Bridge
• 44 Convertible
• 48 Convertible
• 52 Convertible
• 54 Convertible
• 58 Convertible
• 62 Convertible
• 68 Convertible
• 72 Convertible
• 80 Convertible
• 92 Convertible
• 38 Billfish
• 46 Billfish
Viking Motor Yacht
• 75 Motoryacht
• 82 Motoryacht
• 93 Motoryacht
Viking Sport Yacht
• 44 Sport Coupe and 44ST
• 48 Sport Coupe and 48ST
• 52 Sport Coupe and 52ST
Viking Enclosed Bridge
• 62 Enclosed Bridge
• 68 Enclosed Bridge
• 72 Enclosed Bridge
• 80 Enclosed Bridge
• 92 Enclosed Bridge
• 92 Enclosed Bridge