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Stone Harbor Marlin Invitational
Stone Harbor Marlin Invitational 8/10/2021
Right off their win at the Bermuda Big Game Classic, the Krazy Salt’s team is back at it! Captain Keith Greenberg led the Anderson family’s Viking 80 to the top of the leaderboard at the Stone Harbor Marlin Invitational with 16 white marlin releases. Dan Pettit racked up six of those earning him the Top Angler title while teammate Eric McDowell released four to claim 3rd Place Angler. The boat received the Warren Buckingham Memorial Trophy and Keith was honored with the Walt Hendee Captains Award.

Quick Raise, a Viking 72, took 2nd Place Boat with eight releases. Ron Davis, fishing on the Viking 52 Outrage, was the 2nd Place Angler.
 
 
 
White Marlin Open
White Marlin Open 8/17/2021
A $9.2 million purse was plenty of motivation for the 444 boats that fished the White Marlin Ocean fishing tournament based out of Ocean City, Maryland. And SandBob (shown above at the Viking Key West Challenge) came ready to play. Bob Moss’s Viking 72 released two blue marlin and six whites to claim 3rd Place Boat and 3rd Place Release Boat. Chad Moss hooked two of those blues and a pair of the whites to claim the 2nd Place Angler of the event.

Right on their heels the Anderson family’s Viking 80 Krazy Salt’s (above) hung a blue marlin and eight white marlin flags for 4th Place Boat and 4th Place Release Boat. Frank Sinito Jr., fishing on the Viking 62 Irene, released one blue marlin and four whites for 4th Place Angler. Lawrence Aliseo, angler on the Viking 70 Goin' In Deep, released five of the boat’s seven white marlin for 10th Place Angler.
 
 
 
Bermuda Bound
Bermuda Bound 8/18/2021
The Viking Yacht Company is pleased to announce that Valhalla Boatworks and Viking Yachts have expanded their dealer network to Bermuda with the addition of PW Marine, owned and operated by The Waterfront Group, a renowned six-generation family business dedicated to the archipelago’s boating, fishing and leisure lifestyle.

“We are delighted to represent the Viking Yacht Company and Valhalla Boatworks in Bermuda,” said William Cox, President of The Waterfront Group. “To be associated with Viking and the Healey family is an honor that represents the values of quality that our families share. Valhalla is perfectly aligned with our PW Marine Division and the next phase of our evolution to bring exciting and innovative products to Bermuda.”

“We spent some time on the islands and saw the incredible things the Cox family has done over the years and how successful they’ve been in the marina and hospitality business,” said Viking President and CEO Pat Healey. “This was a perfect partnership just waiting to happen. When it comes to Bermuda, the Cox family has everything boat owners could ever want.”

PW Marine will offer the entire lineup of the Valhalla Boatworks V Series, which consists of four high-performance luxury center consoles (the V-33, V-37, V-41 and V-46). “We’re also very excited about the potential for our Viking Billfish Series in the Bermuda market,” said Healey. The Billfish fleet consists of the 38 BF, 38 BF Open and 46 Billfish. “This partnership expands our global distribution into an area that’s truly ideal for both our Valhalla center consoles and Billfish sportfishing boats.”

PW Marine has already sold their first Valhalla, a Kingston Grey V-33 with twin Mercury Verado V8 300s. The highly experienced and professional sales and service team prides itself on being a premium one-stop-shop marine business, with a multitude of products and services for its customers that includes operating as an authorized Mercury sales and service dealer.

“Our team at PW Marine coupled with the performance of Valhalla opens a world of opportunity for Bermuda’s waters and those with a passion for fishing and leisure,” added Stephen Cox, Marine Strategist for PW Marine, which is operated by Pearman Watlington & Company Limited. “We are thrilled to welcome Valhalla to our shores.”

PW Marine also operates The Waterfront Marina, which offers boat owners convenient access to the island’s most central and prestigious full service docking facilities. The marina is no stranger to Vikings, and recently provided a berth for Krazy Salt’s, the Viking 80 that won the 2021 Bermuda Big Game Classic.

Other companies that are part of The Waterfront Group include The Waterfront on Pitts Bay, a multi-use development on Hamilton Harbour that houses the Miles Market gourmet food store and is home to Harry’s Bar & Restaurant and Waterfront Wellness gym and nutrition facility. Vacation rentals and event properties include The Waterfront Residence; Hawkins, Bermuda’s Private Island; and the Island House luxury island cottage.

For more information about PW Marine and The Waterfront Group, please visit: pwmarine.bm and thewaterfront.bm
 
 
 
Fort Lauderdale Bound
Fort Lauderdale Bound 10/14/2021
The largest in-water boat show in the world is making its way to the Yachting Capital of the world on Wednesday, October 27 through Sunday, October 31. The Viking Yacht Company and Valhalla Boatworks will be the stars of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show with a prominent display on Bahia Mar’s D-Dock. Our new 64 Convertible – which has created an industry buzz – will join the world-famous Viking fleet with her global debut. The 64 is seen above during an engineering sea trial during the start-up process. The V Series will represent Valhalla Boatworks with four high performance center consoles from 33 to 46 feet. We look forward to seeing you on the dock.  
 
 
Going for Gold
Going for Gold
Despite sporty conditions, Frank Mazza’s Viking 72 released five sailfish to claim 3rd Place Overall at The Gold Cup. Captain Dave Berard put Frank on a pair of sails, Rick Cavell on another two and Mike Simko hooked one to take Tami Ann to the Winner’s Circle.

Bryan Mattson’s Valhalla 37 EOS weighed the heaviest dolphin of the event. Captain Zack Wilson put Max Parker on the 37-pound fish. Bad Kitty, a Viking 52, took 2nd Place Dolphin with owner/angler William D’Antonio’s fish.

Winston Wren, fishing the Anderson family’s Viking 80 Krazy Salt’s, hung a tuna for 2nd Place in that category. Mike Engleman took 3rd Place Tuna with a fish caught on George Robinson’s Viking 62 Polarizer.
 
 
 
Crazy Salt's
Crazy Salt's
 
 
 
Delivery Daze
Delivery Daze 6/24/2022
Seven boats are lined up on Viking’s Make Ready Dock and ready for summer. From a 46 Billfish to an 80 Convertible, Department #9 is prepping these beauties for their new owners and a season full of fishing, cruising and all things boating. Our subsidiaries Atlantic Marine Electronics and Palm Beach Towers are also adding the finishing touches so each yacht will move to their new homeport turnkey ready.  
 
 
Viking 80 Demo
Viking 80 Demo 6/24/2022
Started by Viking CEO and President Pat Healey in 1984, the Viking Yacht Company’s Demonstrator Program plays a huge role in our ability to continue building a better boat every day.

The demo’s crew has always been comprised of upper management and key players from the Design, Engineering and Sales teams. This enables the demo to function as a design and engineering tool as well as a sales and marketing tool. The crew learns from and improves the product while supporting the Viking customer base and showcasing the boat thriving in its intended environment. Like the two previous Viking 80 demonstrator boats, this 80 (hull No. 43) features a meticulously finished faux teak transom and bulkhead, a teak cockpit and a tournament-ready flybridge.
 
 
 
Have Mercy!
Have Mercy! 6/24/2022
Five days after landing a 572.6-pound blue marlin, the Viking 72 Mercenaria could celebrate with their record-breaking win at the 64th annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament.

It all started on Day One when Chad Ballard’s Mercenaria rolled up to the scales with the first fish of the tournament. When that blue marlin registered 572.6-pounds, the crowd erupted in cheers since it was a winning fish – capturing the Fabulous Fisherman award for the first blue marlin of the tournament weighing over 500 pounds. Matt Brown, who cranked in the fish, said, “It jumped quite a bit then went really deep. When it came to the side of the boat, we knew we were going to the scales.”

Even though the team knew they won the Fabulous Fisherman, the wait was on. Would their fish hang on through the next five days to win the Blue Marlin category? Captain Neil Sykes said, “I joked that there were 265 boats out there full of high hopes and we were the only ones terrified - it was a very long five days.”

Eight blues were brought to the scales throughout the week, but Mercenaria’s was the biggest – making the crew happy as a clam. This accomplishment earned the team an industry-record check for a single blue marlin. “They are a great group of people, and we were excited to see them at the top after a long week of waiting,” said Big Rock Executive Director Madison Struyk. Rounding out the Mercenaria team is mate Jake Keech, mate Kurt Ward, Ben Fox and Tim Rapine.

The fish was big enough to have won the last five of 10 Big Rock competitions. It’s also the 6th time in the last 10 Big Rock tournaments the winning fish was brought in on Day One.
Making a late push was Safari finishing first in the Top Release Boat Sonar category. Captain Rodney “Moon” Crossman put the 72 on three blue marlin and a sailfish on Thursday and a pair of blues and a sail on Friday. Robert McNeil and Brett Goulding were the anglers for the seven releases.

Frank Sinito’s Viking 62 Irene won the Top Release Non-Sonar. Captain James Ewing was behind the wheel for Frank’s three blue marlin.

The 3rd Heaviest Tuna went to Rob Kilroy with a 51.8-pound fish. Rob hooked the fish on the Viking 61 Overtime with captain Kevin Gaylord.

Mike Everly, captaining his Viking 92 Speculator, brought Rob Leerink’s winning wahoo to the dock. The fish hit the scale at 104.7-pounds – a whopper of a wahoo!

And let’s not forget the 25th annual Keli Wagner Lady Angler Tournament (KWLA) which kicked off the Big Rock. The momentum started with the ladies on the Viking 52 Can Do Too. Fishing on Sid Gold’s boat, Hunter Gentel and Meredith Hinton each released a blue marlin to win the Top Billfish Release Boat.

Captain Skip Lecain and angler Sarah Beth Overton, Emily Payne, Allison Terrill and Andrea Terrill completed Team Can Do Too.
Heather Morris, angling on the Viking 68 Dun-Rite, caught the 2nd Heaviest Dolphin with a 26.7-pound fish. The KWLA is named in honor of the late wife of Big Rock board member Casey Wagner, who lost her battle with cancer in 2008. It is one of the largest ladies-only fishing events in the world and saw a record 215 boats in the 2022 fleet.
 
 
 
54 Sport Tower
54 Sport Tower 6/24/2022
Here's a look at the Viking 54 ST, Viking’s largest-ever express style sportfishing yacht. This in-water view that showcases her gorgeous faux teak transom and majestic towerThe 54 ST made her world premiere at the 2022 Miami International Boat Show. This Viking is part of the 54 Open Series, which also includes Open and Sport Coupe versions. The 54 Sport Coupe premiered at the 2021 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.  
 
 
Healey Wins Nomination
Healey Wins Nomination 6/24/2022
Congratulations to Viking’s Bob Healey Jr. He won the Republican nomination for the U.S. House in New Jersey’s 3rd Congressional District. Bob is running to improve economic opportunity and affordability, stand with our police and enhance public safety, strengthen our military and defend our personal liberties and freedoms. Onward to November!  
 
 
Krazy Salt's On Top
Krazy Salt's On Top 4/26/2022
With a fortuitous last day rally, the Anderson family’s Viking 80 Krazy Salt’s won the Chub Cay Invitational in the Bahamas. Captain Keith Greenberg was at the helm when in the last hours of the event, the boat hooked a blue from the bridge. This fish, added to the five sailfish already logged, pushed the crew to Top Overall Boat. A pair of blue marlin and 42 sails were released by the 25-boat fleet during the two days of fishing.  
 
 
Going for Gold
Going for Gold 3/7/2022
Despite sporty conditions, Frank Mazza’s Viking 72 released five sailfish to claim 3rd Place Overall at The Gold Cup. Captain Dave Berard put Frank on a pair of sails, Rick Cavell on another two and Mike Simko hooked one to take Tami Ann to the Winner’s Circle.

Bryan Mattson’s Valhalla 37 EOS weighed the heaviest dolphin of the event. Captain Zack Wilson put Max Parker on the 37-pound fish. Bad Kitty, a Viking 52, took 2nd Place Dolphin with owner/angler William D’Antonio’s fish.

Winston Wren, fishing the Anderson family’s Viking 80 Krazy Salt’s, hung a tuna for 2nd Place in that category. Mike Engleman took 3rd Place Tuna with a fish caught on George Robinson’s Viking 62 Polarizer.
 
 
 
Viking Key West Challenge
Viking Key West Challenge 4/19/2022
The docks were packed with beautiful, world-class sportfishing boats at last week’s 8th annual Viking Key West Challenge, presented by Christi Insurance and Travelers Insurance. The fleet of 48 boats, comprised of Viking Yachts and Valhalla Boatworks center consoles, took over the Conch Republic with more than 500 pumped-up participants. But it was the ladies that stole the show.

Last year’s champ came back ready to defend her title – and she sure did! Rosalie “Roe” Apostoleres, fishing on her Viking 50 Roenick, released 14 sails over two days to add more hardware to her trophy case! Roe covered the leaderboard claiming 1st Place Sailfish, Top Angler and Top Lady Angler while her boat was the Top Boat (18 sails total). Captain Casey Hunt helped Roe carry out a SpotZero mobile unit, Switlik Coastal Passage Raft and a couple pairs of Costa sunglasses. Way to go Roe!

Captain Scott Walker put Terri Groth on 10 sailfish, which was good for 2nd Place Sailfish, 2nd Place Angler and 2nd Place Lady. Terri, fishing her Valhalla 41 Papa’s Pilar, also rolled up to the Spot Zero Weigh Station with the 2nd Place 22.4-pound kingfish.

Lindsey Way, on the Viking 56 Smoke Show, flew five pink flags. With captain David Ide at the wheel, Lindsey also weighed two kingfish pushing her to 3rd Place Angler and 3rd Place Lady Angler.

Logan Young was the Top Junior Angler. The Blue Eyes angler released three sailfish and took a 15.6-pound tuna to the scales. Teammate Matt Vatland caught a pair of kingfish, earning the boat 2nd Place Kingfish while he took 3rd Place Kingfish Angler.

The Tuna Division was highly contested with 53 fish brought to the scales. Baller, a Valhalla 41, took 1st Place Tuna in the team division and Code Blue’s Roy Dupuis weighed a 31.6-fish for 1st Place Tuna Angler.

But as the tagline to the event states, the Viking Key West Challenge is “More Than Just Fishing”! Anglers, crews and guests attended a lively Captains’ Meeting Cocktail Party, al fresco Welcome Banquet, spirited Lay Day Barbeque Pool Party (with fresh swordfish donated by the category’s winner David Heeter on his Miss Peggy Sue), energetic Kid’s Dock Tournament and boisterous Duval Street Bar Crawl Poker Run. The event was crowned with a festive Awards Dinner under the stars with 39 trophies handed out. Over $20,000 in prizes were awarded out over the four-day event.

“The Viking Key West Challenge is an amazing event that just keeps getting bigger and better, with more boats and more people participating every year,” says Viking President and CEO Pat Healey. “It’s now the largest tournament on the island. Key West is really the perfect location where everyone can thoroughly enjoy the boating and fishing lifestyle that we all love.”

To see the full list of results, visit the Reel Time App here. And make plans to join our southernmost party next year from Wednesday, April 12 through Sunday, April 16, 2023. Book your slip at your favorite Key West marina today!
 
 
 
Hooray Hunt
Hooray Hunt 4/26/2022
Viking’s Pat Healey invites you to join him on an experience of a lifetime at the exclusive Hooray Ranch in Kingman, Kansas. Along with his team, Pat welcomes you to the nation’s premier hunting lodge for a three-day adventure featuring outstanding upland hunting, five-star meals, lush accommodations and incredible comradery with your Viking and Valhalla friends. Reserve your spot now so that when the leaves change this October, you will be gathering the bird dogs and pheasant hunting. With highly managed habitat and world-class canines, a traditional upland hunt at Hooray is like no other. “It’s the most amazing place,” said Galati Yacht Sales’ Carmine Galati. “Everything is awesome, it’s off the charts.”  
 
 
 

 

 
   
     
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