Earlier this month, when the news came that the concurrently running boat shows in Miami were canceled for 2021, Viking Yachts CEO Pat Healey saw an opportunity to expand its annual VIP event another day.
“Our VIP has historically been a preview — a warm-up to the Miami Boat Show,” said Healey in a statement. “Without the Miami show this year, we decided to give people more opportunity to come to our VIP and see a tremendous lineup of yachts in a friendly, safe boat show setting. With the extra day, our attendance will be spread out over a longer period, which will help with social distancing.”
The event will now be held over three days — Jan. 28, which is a Thursday, to Saturday, Jan. 30 — at Viking Yacht Service Center in Riviera Beach, Fla.
A significant amount of Viking’s lineup, including the new 54 Convertible, will be on site, as will the complete offerings from Valhalla Boatworks: the V33, V37 and V41.
The new flagship of the Valhalla fleet — the V46 — will be making its world debut at the event.
The builder says that during the RSVP-only VIP event, sea trials will be limited to those under contract, to be arranged via its dealer and sales network, who will be present.
More details regarding RSVP for the event are slated to emerge in the coming weeks.