With the cancellation of the February Miami shows this year, Viking Yacht Co. extended its VIP Boat Show in Riviera Beach, Fla., to three days last weekend.
The New Gretna, N.J.-based builder showed 14 Viking models from 38 to 82 feet and the entire Valhalla Boatworks lineup, including the world premiere of the V-46.
“Without the 2021 Miami shows, we decided to give people more opportunity to come to our VIP and see our yachts in a friendly, safe boat-show setting,” Viking president and CEO Pat Healey said in a statement. “With the extra day, our attendance was spread out over a longer period, which helped with social distancing.”
Safety protocols included temperature checks at the entrance, face coverings and social distancing. Hand sanitizer stations were set up, boxed lunches were served, and sea trials were limited for social-distancing purposes.
Between the Viking and Valhalla brands, 21 boats were sold: four Viking 54 Convertibles, two 72-footers, one 46 Billfish, six V-46s, two V-41s, three V-37s and three V-33s.
“We’re fortunate to have experienced the same level of sales as in previous winter boat show seasons,” Healey said.
Viking said it will exhibit at the Palm Beach Boat Show, which is scheduled for March 25-28.
However, Informa Markets earlier this week said it is still awaiting approval from the city of West Palm Beach for in-person attendance.