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.

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

Viking Yachts featured in movie

Viking Yachts is featured in a film that tells the story of how the luxury tax of the early 1990s nearly decimated an industry, and how Viking owners Bill and Bob Healey helped to repeal the tax. Made by SLU Productions, “The Rising Tide” was shot at Viking Yacht’s New Gretna, N.J., headquarters. It looks…more

Viking Yachts says layoffs phase is finished

Viking Yachts officials say they believe they are done with layoffs and can soon start bringing people back to work. Since last year, the New Gretna, N.J., builder has laid off about 550 people, bringing its workforce down to about 800, spokesman Peter Frederiksen told Soundings Trade Only this morning. “We’re confident that we’re done…more

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