Viking

The Viking Yacht Co. builds luxury performance sportfishing and cruising yachts ranging from 42 to 92 feet. Brothers Bob and Bill Healey started the company in 1964 when they bought Peterson-Viking Builders. Viking is based in New Gretna, N.J.

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Viking debuts new models at dealer meeting

Viking Yachts’ recent 2011 dealer meeting attracted principals from its domestic dealerships and international representatives from as far away as Australia to premiere the Viking 66 Convertible. After the business meetings, the dealers hopped aboard the new Viking for sea trials, where they experienced the yacht’s 40-plus-knot speed. Dealers also sea-trialed a new Viking 70…more

New Jersey sees an industry upsurge

Business is looking up for many in New Jersey’s marine industry. Viking Yacht Co. expects that it will sell 55 to 60 boats during the 12 month-period that ends in July, a number that will make the builder profitable and an increase from 42 boats last year, the Asbury Park Press newspaper reported. Viking has…more

Viking Yachts hopes furloughs are temporary

Viking Yachts, of New Gretna, N.J., furloughed 175 workers, but hopes to bring them back after the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, which opens Oct. 28. “We’ll see how Lauderdale goes,” Viking spokesman Peter Frederiksen told Soundings Trade Only this morning. “Basically, for us, our buying season is Lauderdale to [the] Palm Beach [boat show].…more

Viking Sport Cruisers partners with Princess Yachts

Beginning with the 2011 model year, yachts built for Viking Sport Cruisers for distribution in North America, Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean will be branded as Princess. As part of this, Viking Sport Cruisers continues as the sole distributor for these markets and will provide sales and service support for customers through its network…more

Viking Sport Cruisers signs deal with marine financier

Marine financing specialist CGI Finance and Viking Sport Cruisers have entered into a partnership, the companies announced. “All of us at Viking are very excited to be associated with CGI, whom we consider to be the worldwide leader in marine finance,” said Tom Carroll Sr., president and CEO of Viking Sport Cruisers, in a statement.…more

Viking debuts new Web site

The Viking Yacht Company has launched a newly redesigned Web site. The new site is interactive and easy to navigate, and provides the latest information on the Viking line of luxury yachts, photography, video and specification sheets, according to the company. In addition to news stories about the company, the site also provides a regular…more

Viking using pod propulsion in new sportfisherman boats

Viking Yachts announced its new 42 Open and 42 Convertible sportfisherman vessels will be powered exclusively by Cummins MerCruiser Diesel’s Zeus pod propulsion system. Viking, based in New Gretna, N.J., made the announcement last weekend in Miami. Cummins MerCruiser Diesel is based in Charleston, S.C., and designs, manufactures and provides tech support worldwide for marine…more

Viking Life-Saving director plans to retire

Kjeld Amann, the CEO and managing director of Viking Life-Saving Equipment, will retire after the company’s annual general meeting, which is scheduled for March 15. Amann has been with Viking for the last 13-plus years, spending 10 of those years in his present role as CEO. Under his leadership, the company has enlarged its global…more

Jersey boatbuilders see improving economic signs

Southern New Jersey’s major boatbuilders say they are starting to see early signs of a rebound. “We started bringing people back after the first of the year,” Brett Marshall, vice president of sales and marketing at Luhrs Marine Group, told The Press of Atlantic City newspaper. “We just finished a new Mainship Trawler we’ll be…more

Viking 76 heads to Lauderdale for debut

The new Viking 76 Convertible, which marks its world premiere Oct. 29-Nov. 2 at the 50th Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, arrived at the company’s Riviera Beach, Fla., service center Wednesday afternoon after a 3-1/2 day steam down the East Coast. The convertible left Absecon Inlet in Atlantic City, N.J., around 1 p.m. Sunday, after…more

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