Viking 92: Palm Beach Towers Rises to the Occasion

Viking 92


While the Viking 92 Enclosed Bridge Convertible is the largest Viking yacht built so far in our 50 year history and among the many highlights of our continuing 50th anniversary festivities, still another milestone was reached on Friday, when our subsidiary, Palm Beach Towers, set the yacht’s custom tuna tower in place.



Once the crane had the tower airborne, it was maneuvered over the enclosed bridge roof, a painstaking process requiring multiple steps and numerous hands, while carefully protecting the yacht and the tower.



Getting closer inch by inch, side by side, the moment of truth arrives with another perfect fit.



Secured with a handful of strategic fasteners and several upright stands, the tuna tower, which extends nearly 40 feet from the waterline to the top of the fiberglass sun shade roof, is sufficiently stable so the yacht can be removed from the water, and the rest of the tower work completed on land.


Princess Yachts Fall Boat Show Schedule Announced

Summer is heating up, but the fall boat show
season is right around the corner!
We are pleased to announce our tentative fall show schedule with expanded displays at each of the following major venues:
Newport International Boat Show           Click here for tickets & information
Newport, Rhode Island ~ September 11th – 14th

  • Princess V39
  • Princess V52
  • Princess 56

            Princess V52 

Norwalk Boat Show                                       Click here for tickets & information
East Norwalk, Connecticut ~ September 18th – 21st

  • Princess V52
  • Princess 56

             Princess 56 with optional factory hardtop

United States Powerboat Show                   Click here for tickets & information
Annapolis, Maryland ~ October 16th – 19th

  • Princess V39
  • Princess 43 North American Premiere
  • Princess V52
  • Princess 56
  • Princess V62-S

            Princess 43

Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show             Click here for tickets & information
Fort Lauderdale, Florida ~ October 30th – November 3rd

  • Princess V39
  • Princess 43
  • Princess V48
  • Princess V52
  • Princess 52
  • Princess 56
  • Princess 60
  • Princess V62-S
  • Princess 72 Motor Yacht

            Princess V62-S

Join Princess Yachts America this fall show season as we present the 2015 model year lineup of Princess yachts, including several new model introductions scheduled for both the fall and winter show season.

Please be sure to check our facebook page and website for more information as the show season draws near. 

We look forward to welcoming you!


Princess Yachts Fall Boat Show Schedule Announced.

Rolling Down the Viking Line



A quarter of the way through our 50th celebratory year, and the production lines are humming with the sights and sounds of boat building in the Viking tradition. One of three new models joining the Viking family for the 2015 model year is the 52 Open/Sport Tower over on line 3. The first hull is a 52 Sport Tower featuring a full windshield and three-sided fiberglass deckhouse and a custom tuna tower from our subsidiary Palm Beach Towers. The brawny hull and wide beam provides outstanding overnight and cruising accommodations with the galley down, and a three-stateroom, two-head layout. On the command deck, the helm station is forward on the centerline for better visibility and swift access to the tower and cockpit.


The 52 Sport Tower will launch later this summer and be available for sea trials at our 50th Anniversary Gala and VIP sea trial event at the Golden Nugget in Atlantic City, September 10, 2014. Please contact your Viking dealer to reserve your space on the sea trial schedule.


Viking 75 MY


Our second new model for 2015, the long anticipated 75 Motor Yacht gains momentum with each passing day. The climate-controlled enclosed bridge is in place, as is the hydraulic swim and dinghy platform. Soon to follow will be the sliding glass doors for the aft salon bulkhead. This spectacular yacht breaks new ground in its class with formal and casual dining areas, and a full-beam, beautifully appointed master suite. The Viking 75 Motor Yacht is set to premiere at the 2014 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, which begins a five-day run on October 30, 2014.




Boats being built on all of our four production lines make a powerful statement. Moving down Line 1 is a 76 Enclosed Bridge Convertible to port, and that is a 66 Open Bridge Convertible to starboard on Line 2 helping to set the pace.

Viking Yachts take luxury to new heights

Right off Exit 52 on the Garden State Parkway, mobile treasures are being built inside the 810,000-square-foot facility of Viking Yachts.

Got $9 million? Climb aboard the yacht life

And while strolling through this property — on the Bass River in New Gretna — one cannot help but be fascinated at the glorious ships awaiting their first cruise.

Even in the humid summer heat, the roughly 850 workers here are focused on their craftsmanship, busily creating the yacht of someone’s dreams.

For yacht owners, a boat means more than a breezy ride on the water.

It’s a lifestyle, and it rings with the bells and whistles anyone could imagine for the most extravagant boating adventures.

Yacht life: Make $6,000 per week with skills, silence

“The boats go around the world, and while the boats are built in New Jersey — they’re not typically ones that stay at the dock,” says Peter Frederiksen, director of communications for Viking Yachts. “The boat just fits their lifestyle like a glove. It’s everything that they could want, it’s a great-looking thing when they walk into a marina. If you want to go to Nantucket, (Massachusetts), for lunch, you can go to Nantucket for lunch. If you want to live on the boat for six weeks, you can live on the boat for six weeks.”

Climb aboard, and get a glimpse of the yacht life.

The assembly line

Viking Yachts, a company that recently marked its 50th anniversary, expects to have built 58 to 60 yachts by the end of 2014, explains Frederiksen. Sizes range from 42 feet in length all the way up to 92 feet long.

Prices here start at $1 million and climb up to $9 million — the latter marks the price of their 92-foot-long enclosed bridge convertible yacht, which is currently under construction.

Viking Yachts is often touted as the “Mercedes-Benz” of the boat world.

“What makes the quality of the boats so high and in demand is that the company is 50 years old, it’s all the same management, and you have people that have been here a long, long time,” Frederiksen explains. “And because they’ve built so many boats, if a customer comes and is building a boat and they want whatever they want, chances are they’ve (workers) already done it. When you walk into the boat, everything is seamless, everything looks like it belongs. That comes from experience, it comes from knowing what works in a boat.”

Viking Yachts products have fiberglass exteriors. Teak, veneer and hard wood, with glossy or satin finishes, is used in the boat’s interior and the cockpit’s sole. Maple wood is used in the furniture’s interior drawers.

“Everybody is making parts for a boat that may not be built yet, but may be ordered, so there’s a huge, big system,” says Frederiksen. “It takes about six to seven months to build a boat, but in that time period, half of that is usually spent building the parts. Then, when it gets to the production line, all those parts are ready, and they start throwing them in.”

The finished product

It’s an admirable shock, to come face-to-face with Viking Yachts largest model yet — at 92 feet long. The yacht will have taken roughly nine months to complete before it goes to its undisclosed female owner in mid-August.

Though still under construction, the yacht is already polished and pristine — described as the “epitomy of luxury afloat” by Frederiksen.

“You really would have trouble not having everything you want,” he adds.

Inside, Frederiksen explains the layout and amenities:


  • The salon, or living area, has L-shaped sofas, a wet bar, and a staircase leading up to the bridge — where there is another L-shaped lounge and seating.
  • A dining area for eight people, plus five bar stools around the kitchen island.
  • The kitchen, or galley, features granite countertops, under-counter refrigeration, doors and drawers with a push-button locking mechanism, Sub-Zero appliances, and a walk-in pantry.
  • Six bedrooms, called staterooms or cabins, are furnished with glossy-finished walnut furniture.
  • Eight spacious bathrooms.
  • Eight flat-screen televisions.
  • A washing machine and dryer.
  • 12 tons of chilled water conditioning, which Frederiksen says gives customers more comfort.
  • Several ice machines.
  • Carpet flooring, with tile in the bathrooms.

“We try to make everything generously proportioned for people,” says Frederiksen. “You can never have too much storage; you can never have too much space on a boat.”

But the 92-foot-long yacht isn’t the only boat here with fabulous features. Other models also have flat screen televisions, granite countertops, appliances, wet bars, dinettes, sofas, recess lighting and chilled water air conditioning, among other amenities.

“All of our boats have under counter refrigeration,” says Frederiksen. “If you’re out on the boat, everything stays low. If you want to go make a sandwich or something, and you’re fishing and you want to watch out what’s going on behind you, you can keep an eye on it.”

William Bales and Company, based in West Berlin, is an interior design firm that assists Viking Yachts customers regularly with color schemes, materials used on sofas and bedspreads, carpeting, granite countertops and more.

“It allows the customers to really personalize the boat that they want,” says Frederiksen. “They really want the boat to replicate the same environment they live in when they’re home.”

It’s important to keep in mind how people are going to use their new yachts, Frederiksen explains. With the $9 million 92-foot-yacht, for example, another price presents itself — the fuel. It can carry 4,000 gallons of fuel, and with a price of $4 per gallon, it will take an approximate $16,000 to fill the fuel tank.

Yacht culture

Of yacht owners, Frederiksen says their occupations vary. But above all, they love boats and adventure.

“They’re types of people that really enjoy adventure,” says Frederiksen. “They don’t care if it’s raining out, it doesn’t upset them — they know the sun is going to come out. They’re fortunate, and they know it, and they’re taking advantage of it. They’re nice people.”

People take out their yachts for all sorts of reasons — to fish, to unwind and entertain for special occasions and to go on family vacations, for example.

If you decide to buy a yacht, you must love boats — it’s part of the lifestyle, he adds.

“(It’s) the ability to go wherever you want to go,” says Frederiksen. “In order to do that, they’re involved in it. These people are very eminent with their boat and if they’re going to go somewhere, they know where they’re going to go. They’re going to go for a week, and they’re going to go for a month, or they’re not coming back at all.”

Also, the amenities inside the Viking Yachts immerse people in the way they are accustomed to living, Frederiksen adds.

“They’re made to give you a lifetime of memories,” he says. “It’s really exciting to see the people get excited about it. That is what makes the boat special, they’re very proud of what leaves here, because it will go around the world.”


WHAT: Viking Yachts

WHERE: 5724 Route 9 (on the Bass River), New Gretna

Back Cove 41: Downeast Style With Cruising Comforts

At just eleven years old, Back Cove Yachts is a relative youngster in the marine industry. Yet in that short time, its models have been turning heads in ports around the country, and the brand has garnered a lot of respect among serious cruisers.

The reason, many believe, is that Back Cove builds to a singular mission: create boats with classic lines that are elegant in their simplicity. Essentially, they are low-maintenance and easy to operate, so as to maximize the time an owner can get off the dock and really use the boat. This philosophy has resonated through all the models in the builder’s line, which includes cruising boats from 30 to 37 feet, and culminates in Back Cove’s flagship, the 41.

A photo of the Back Cove 41.

As with the smaller siblings in its wake, the Back Cove 41 showcases the lovely, even proud, lines of a Downeast cruiser—and it’s the real deal. Built in Maine, it has the pedigree of a rich seafaring heritage and a traditional design aesthetic, while still showing off a style all its own: spoon bow, slightly reversed transom, and hint of tumblehome. Unlike some of the more costly boats that come from that region of the country (Hinckley and Lyman-Morse for example), the Back Cove 41, in its standard form, is offered with less teak (for less upkeep), simpler creature comforts (you pay more to upgrade to Ultrasuede or Ultraleather on settees), and without some of the more sophisticated systems that push up a base price.

The 41, for instance, is powered by a single diesel engine that’s designed to maximize efficiency and appeal to those who want a cruiser for the long haul. Is the Great Loop on your bucket list? The 41, with its stable planing hull form, a 600-horsepower Cummins QSC 8.3, and 400-gallon fuel capacity, would be a great way to go. At 10 or 12 knots you can motor from anchorage to anchorage and get a lot of mileage out of the boat. Or, you can increase your speed and still hold onto a cruising range of around 400 nautical miles. Top speed is 24 knots, but cruise levels in at 20 knots, a speed where the Back Cove 41 covers about one nautical mile for each gallon of diesel fuel burned.

A photo of the main saloon on the back Cove 41.

If you’re shopping for boats in this length range, you’ll find more than a few offered with twin engines, so you’ll have to work out what makes the most sense for your style of cruising and comfort level. But there’s something to be said for that single engine. Many commercial fishing and work boat vessels are powered by a single diesel, because their operators believe if the engines and drive trains are properly maintained, they’ll offer the necessary dependability and durability—redundancy be damned. These skippers also contend that you don’t have to rely on a second engine to get you home if you make the effort to do simple things, such as carrying a spare water pump impeller.

Test conditions: 1-2′ seas, winds 0-5 knots. Performance data courtesy of Cummins.
600 3.9 0.6 6.39
1000 7.2 1.5 4.77
1600 10.1 6.5 1.54
2200 16.0 15.4 1.04
2800 23.8 28.0 0.85
3080 26.6 32.2 0.82
Power Single Cummins QSC 8.3 600 HP, swinging a 28″ x 31″ four-bladed Nibral prop.

Maneuverability is a consideration in the single versus twin debate. A boat with twin engines is definitely easier to handle, particularly in tight places with high winds. However, if you take a single-engine boat and add a bow thruster with joystick (Side-Power bow and stern thrusters are standard on the Back Cove 41), that vessel can turn circles in its own length, which makes maneuverability less of an issue. Then there’s the economy debate. The cost of twin engines is usually higher, both to purchase and to operate. But If you have a specific horsepower requirement for a given hull, it doesn’t really matter whether you power with two small diesels or one big one, although the smaller engines may use a bit more fuel. As for construction, Back Cove says every component on the Back Cove 41 is resin-infused, from hardtop to hatches to decks and superstructure. That keeps the overall weight down, which helps performance.

A photo of teh master stateroom in the Back Cove 41.

The 41 was designed for a cruising couple; that much is evident in its standard features, such as the companion Stidd helm seats and expansive overnight accommodations. There are two roomy (and private) staterooms, each with its own head. You can travel comfortably with your favorite couple, or bring along one of the grandkids and a friend or two. They’ll be cozy here, and if they know a thing or two about boats, they’ll appreciate the yacht-like interior with its fine woodwork and conservative styling.

Length 46’3″
Beam 13’10″
Draft (hull) 44″
Deadrise 16
Displacement 27,000 lbs
Fuel capacity 400 gal.
Water capacity 140 gal.

The boat also features a galley-up to port that can serve both the indoor dining space and lounges in the cockpit. To increase comfort, a generator and reverse-cycle air conditioning system are standard, which is how it should be on a boat with a base price near $546,000. To turn the boat into a more sophisticated entertainer, add options such as a cockpit electric grill and ice maker, and teak decking on the swim platform and cockpit sole. The wood is more work, yes, but some think it’s worth the elbow grease for the cat calls from the dock. The Back Cove brand offers a pride of ownership, a proven comfort level, and salty cachet. The 41 enhances that image, while taking it to the next length overall. Other Choices: If you’re looking for a Downeast cruiser in the 40-foot-and-over range, consider the MJM 40z or Hinckley Talaria 44. For a flybridge Downeaster, consider the Sabre 40 Flybridge. For more information, visit Back Cove Yachts. Check out current listings for Back Cove 41s.


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