Fifty years is a long time to do anything, especially the business of building boats — and through at least six recessions and an ever-changing economy.
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.
Working from a 56-foot Viking, Greg Smith and Dan Stacy had a great three days of fishing for Team Blue Sky, winning the May 7-10 Guana Cay Championship.
California-based Viking Yachts dealer Stan Miller Yachts, which has dealerships in Long Beach, Newport Beach and San Diego, opened a fourth location in Seattle.
Viking Yachts celebrated its 50th anniversary in April, having spent the last decade of its half-century in operation becoming the No. 1-selling convertible sportfishing yacht builder.
Surviving today’s recession could poise boatbuilders to grab market share and grow during tomorrow’s downturn — as long as they remember and apply the lessons learned and, above all, value their workers.
The 54th Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show wrapped up last week and Viking Yachts released a scorecard and recap of its large display. There were 5,131 visitors who came to see the 15 yachts Viking displayed and 12 yachts were sold during the show, the builder said. The largest Viking yacht at the show was…more
The Viking Yacht Co. appointed SNO Yachts as its exclusive Italian dealer. Based in Olbia, the economic center of the island of Sardinia, SNO also has state-of-the-art facilities in the exclusive Sardinian ports of Porto Cervo, Porto Rotondo and Puntaldia. Additional SNO locations are along the peninsula in Rome, Rimini and Lavagna, as well as…more
Viking Yachts used its annual dealer meeting to introduce three new models and preview future introductions. Headlining the 2014 model year are the new 52 Convertible, 42 SC and 42 ST. The 52 Convertible features a newly designed resin-infused hull with a matrix of knitted fiberglass laminates, Kevlar and end grain balsa coring, along with…more
When the doors to Viking Yachts manufacturing plant in New Gretna, N.J., opened on Monday to roll out the newly built Viking 70 Convertible, the debut was greeted with the full force of a blustery spring snowstorm. An overcast sky and thick white snowflakes proved to be a remarkable contrast against the Viking 70’s blue…more
Viking Yachts’ tri-generation plant, a combined heating, cooling and electrical power project, is now in operation at its headquarters on the Bass River in New Gretna, N.J. The company expects to reduce all of the plants utility expenses by 25 percent as a result. Utilizing six Capstone C65 micro-turbines fueled with natural gas, the newly…more