Although the Viking Yacht Company is the world’s leader in building luxurious convertible sportfishing yachts, looking back as we approach our 50th Anniversary on April 1, 2014 also reminds us of our motor yacht accomplishments like this 37 foot double-cabin motor yacht from the mid 1960s.
By the end of the 1960s, we had ramped up the design with a more modern yet traditional profile showcasing the skills and talents of our wooden shipwrights.
Following Bill Healey’s lead to build a better boat every day, the shift from wood to fiberglass construction and bigger engines resulted in many of our motor yachts leaping ahead of the competition. Viking motor yacht owners enjoyed being pampered with the speed of our convertibles and posh cruising amenities. The result was a motor yacht with a weekend cruising schedule that pleased the entire family. This Viking 44 Motor Yacht was among our most popular entries and was in production throughout the 1980s through 1990.
In late 1992, Viking launched the 54 Sports Yacht, which updated the look of the past aft-cabin motor yachts by several notches and then added a high-performance propulsion package with big engines, tuned gearboxes and S-class propellers, which enabled the boat to turn in top speeds in the mid 30 knot range. Shortly thereafter, Viking designed a cockpit for the 54 Sports Yacht, adding six feet to its length, which impressed the editors of Boating to name the 60 Cockpit Sports Yacht the magazine’s 1995 Boat of the Year.
Waiting in the wings for its turn in the spotlight, Viking’s new 75 Motor Yacht launches this fall.
This week is a very special show with great learning opportunities to help you grow your business to new heights. Join Chris and his guest, Patrick Healey, President and CEO of the New Gretna, NJ based Viking Yacht Company
– the world’s # 1 sport fishing yacht company.
Listen in as Chris and Pat discuss what has made Viking Yachts a 50 year success story through the good times as well as the tough times. Learn the company’s history and what has made Viking a great company.
Chris and Pat will discuss in detail who buys a Viking and why and how the company’s laser-like focus on their customers has been the foundation of its success. Viking is a second (approaching third) generation company and they treat their customers like extended family. If you are an entrepreneur looking for some tangible success tips, you will want to join Chris and Pat on Wednesday.
Click on the link below to hear the interview:
Interview with Pat Healey of Viking Yachts
Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
As we approach Viking Yacht’s 50th Anniversary
what better time to reflect on how a small boat builder set a goal to build a better boat every day. In pursuit of its mission, Viking
not only realized its goal but overcame every obstacle in its path to become the world’s largest manufacturer of luxury convertible sportfishing yachts.
Starting out with a fleet of plank on frame wood boats in 1964, Viking may have been a late arrival in New Jersey’s boat building scene, but with every boat built, the Viking team became stronger and better known throughout the industry.
Building a better boat meant understanding every facet of the process.
Here, co-founder, Bill Healey (right) takes time to point out the hull running surface and rudder details to Boating magazine’s legendary editor, Hank Bowman (left).
Today, Viking stands in no one’s shadow and from its humble beginnings leads the industry in design, manufacturing and performance.
With 15 models now in our product line, the next best thing is already in progress. Our new 92 Convertiblelaunches late summer 2014.