Here comes the Viking 55
Veteran rock star Sammy Hagar had a hit some years back “I Can’t Drive 55” but in a few months you can. That is, aboard the latest Viking, our new 55 Convertible, launching in late spring.
Viking first launched a 55 Convertible in the fall of 1997. It was instantly popular with tournament fishermen and serious cruisers and 115 were built during its five-year tenure.
Fast forward to 2012 and this new 55 represents a sea change in style, construction and elegance.
Pulled from the mold prior to the Miami Yacht and Brokerage Show, hull number one features our popular custom Buck blue hull, with our signature snow white topsides. Stay tuned for regular reports because this model is going to sing.
Fishermen at Ocean City have been catching some large striped bass this week by trolling large Mojos, Stretch and Tomic lures. Large striped bass are moving along the beaches on their journey north and the shoal areas within 3-miles of the beach has been the place to troll; most captains are fishing north of the Ocean City Inlet. January was an exciting month for tautog fishing and a new state record 23lb tautog was caught by Charlie Donahue of Philadelphia while fishing on an Ocean City head boat that specializes in this type of fishing. Fisheries biologists aged Charles’s big tog to be 10-years old. At least one other 20 lb tog was caught last month and weather permitting the good fishing continues this month.
The U.S. boatbuilding industry began 2012 much the way it ended the previous year, with strong sales gains in two aluminum boat categories and the largest category of fiberglass boats.
January sales in the high-volume 11- to 40-foot outboard fiberglass segment were up 14.4 percent, to 1,064 boats, from the same month in 2011, according to figures compiled by Aarn Rosen, national sales manager at Statistical Surveys Inc.
Sales of aluminum fishing boats rose 17.3 percent in January, to 861 boats, and sales of aluminum pontoons rose 20.6 percent, to 263 boats.
The double-digit increases helped to lift sales in the industry’s main powerboat segments by 10.5 percent for the month, to 2,599 boats, from January 2011. Those segments consist of aluminum fishing and pontoon boats, plus fiberglass boats in five segments that range from 11 to 99 feet.
Garmin signed an agreement to acquire Interphase Technologies Inc., a privately held creator and manufacturer of phased array scanning sonar technology based in Soquel, Calif.
Financial terms of the agreement will not be released.
This transaction is expected to be finalized within the next 30 days and it will allow Garmin to expand its overall marine product portfolio, particularly in sonar technology.
“Interphase’s technology is a great complement to Garmin’s growing marine business,” Garmin president and COO Cliff Pemble said in a statement. “Like Garmin, Interphase shares our passion for innovation and support, and we feel that this transaction further solidifies our commitment to the marine market. By adding Interphase’s talents and technologies to the Garmin family, we believe we can leverage our areas of expertise into products that can greatly enhance a boater’s experience on the water.”
Members of the Virginia Marine Trades Association gathered last week in Richmond as part of the association’s inaugural Lobby Day event.
Fourteen General Assembly members, or their legislative aides, met with constituents to discuss legislation of concern to the industry.
“With more than 253,500 watercraft registered in the commonwealth, as well as 7,600 documented vessels, boating and other activities related to Virginia’s waterways are a significant part of our state’s heritage — and our economy,” VMTApresident Carolyn Norton Schmalenberger, of Norton Yachts in Deltaville, said in a statement. “VMTA seeks to protect and promote all of the different businesses involved in recreational boating.”
Lobby Day attendees shared their concerns about House Bill 145, which would remove the long-standing $2,000 cap on the sales tax for boats.
“Virginia’s watercraft tax structure benefits not only consumers and boat dealers, but also businesses that serve the recreational watercraft industry and the local economy,” Schmalenberger said. “For many years, Virginia has been perceived as a boating-friendly state. Removing the cap would postpone purchases, discourage boat owners from moving up in size and drive boat buyers to neighboring states where watercraft tax is much less.”
This morning,2/13/12,they began setting up for the Miami Boat Show that opens Thursday. The Outerlimits guy failed to put in the plug on this beautiful new 51 footer with Merc. 1350’s.