Viking Yachts president Pat Healey said the builder sold 14 boats during the recent Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show and the week after it ended, calling the period “the hottest Fort Lauderdale since 2006.”
Viking introduced four new models at the Nov. 3-7 show — the 72 Open Bridge Convertible, the 72 Enclosed Bridge Convertible, the 48 Open and the 48 Sport Tower. They were part of the company’s 16-boat display, which covered the complete Viking product line from 42 to 92 feet.
The company said the hot-selling model was the 80 Convertible, which had four confirmed sales. The 14-boat tally included show models and stock boats, reducing dealer inventory to six boats throughout Viking’s domestic and international networks.
Healey also used the show to say Viking will premiere its new 37 Billfish at its February invitational 21st Annual VIP Boat Show Preview at the Viking Yacht Service Center in Riviera Beach, Fla. That will be followed by the yacht’s first public showing at Yachts Miami Beach later in the month.
The 37 Billfish is the first model to come from Viking’s new facility, Viking Mullica, which opened in August. Five Billfish boats already are sold from the 10 scheduled to be built during this fiscal year.
A second production line at Viking Mullica is due to open shortly. Viking 42, 48 and 52 models will be built there in the future.
Viking’s expansion plans are to accommodate larger models being built at the New Gretna, N.J., facility, where a 93 Motor Yacht is under construction. This new model will premiere at the 2017 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.
Viking’s motoryacht line now includes 75- and 82-foot models with open and enclosed bridge configurations.
The company said Viking subsidiaries Palm Beach Towers, which designs and manufactures custom tuna towers as well as fiberglass fishing accessories, and Atlantic Marine Electronics, which handles navigation electronics and entertainment installations for Vikings and other production and custom-built yachts, also collected a number of new proposals for boats sold at the show and upgrades for current Viking owners.