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]. The summer is never a big boat-buying season because everybody is out there using their boats," he said. "We're bringing two new boats to Fort Lauderdale and two new more new boats to Miami, and then we have another new boat that we're planning on introducing in Fort Lauderdale next year."

"We're ready and waiting to see what the market does," Frederiksen added.

In Fort Lauderdale, Viking is introducing a new 70-foot convertible and a new 42-foot convertible, which is the company's first pod-driven boat. For Miami, Viking is showcasing a new open 42 and the new 70 enclosed bridge.

Viking has 650 to 700 employees.