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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.  
 
 
Setting a New Standard
Setting a New Standard 2/4/2022
Our sister company, Valhalla Boatworks, has just announced its newest (and largest) center console – the Valhalla 55. “We’re setting a new standard,” says Viking President and CEO Pat Healey. “There will be nothing like it.”  
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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.
 
 
 
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.”  
 
 
Crazy Salt's
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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!
 
 
 
Off The Charts
Off The Charts 3/7/2022
The Viking Yacht Company saw record sales this boat show season, with a combined 43 Vikings and Valhallas sold during the Viking Yachts and Valhalla Boatworks VIP Boat Show and the Miami International Boat Show (MIBS).

“It was a fantastic February for us – just phenomenal,” said Viking President and CEO Pat Healey. “What we’re building today is the best in the industry, and it has taken a lot of hard work by many talented, smart people – from design and production to sales and service. We have the entire package, with everyone committed to making sure our owners have an experience that is second to none.”

The 2022 selling season kicked off with the 26th annual Viking VIP Show in Riviera Beach, Florida. Held at the Viking Yacht Service Center’s waterfront facility, the VIP drew a combined 1,000 guests, dealers and vendors. About 50 sea trials were held over two days and 24 boats were sold – 11 Vikings and 13 Valhallas.

The momentum continued at the Miami show, which made a robust return after a one-year hiatus. A combined 19 boats – eight Vikings and 11 Valhallas – were sold in Miami. Attendance was equally strong, with more than 7,000 registered visitors over the course of the five-day event. There was a record 2,500 visitors on Saturday – and that number would have approached 3,000 if not for a storm that rained out the day’s final two hours. Viking’s sister company, Princess Yachts America, also fared well at MIBS, with a dozen yachts sold including two Y85s and an X95.

Viking’s MIBS display at One Herald Plaza in downtown Miami featured theentire V Series (the V-33, V-37, V-41 and V-46) and nine Vikings from 46 to 80feet, including the new Viking 64, the new 54 Sport Tower and an 80 Sky Bridge.

Visitors were eager to tour the boats, and the docks were buzzing with excitement about the two new upcoming flagship models – the Viking 90 and Valhalla 55. Announced at the VIP, the new Valhalla will make its premiere at the 2022 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show in October; the Viking 90 Convertible (a sky bridge model) will be presented to the world at the 2023 Miami International Boat Show.

“We’re going to keep pushing,” said Pat. “There’s no slowing down when you’re committed to building a better boat every day.
 
 
 
Phenomenal FLIBS
Phenomenal FLIBS 11/24/2021
Viking Yachts and Valhalla Boatworks saw record attendance and robust sales at the 2021 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, with a combined 27 boats sold between the two brands.

“The boat show was just incredible – everything we thought it would be and then some,” said Viking President and CEO Pat Healey. “Even with our significant backlog, we were able to sell 16 Vikings and 11 Valhallas. We’re extremely pleased, and appreciate the tremendous support and enthusiasm from everyone in our growing Viking and Valhalla family.”

The show got off to a fast start and never let up, with visitors eager to check out the world’s finest sportfishing yachts and center consoles. The display included nine Vikings from 46 to 82 feet and four Valhallas from 33 to 46 feet. Attendance was strong throughout the five-day event, setting a first-day record for Wednesday and peaking on Friday and Saturday. Total attendance for Viking eclipsed the 7,000-visitor mark for the third time since the show switched to its current Wednesday-to-Sunday format several years ago.

The high attendance was no surprise considering the amount of exciting new product the New Jersey builder had to offer. Viking kicked things off on Wednesday morning before the show opened with a press conference highlighting the world premiere of the 64 Convertible and the 54 Open Series. With more than 60 media members on hand, Viking also announced the all-new Viking 90 as its next flagship. The 90 will make its world debut at the 2023 Miami Yacht Show.
 
 
 
Passing of a Legend
Passing of a Legend 12/14/2021
Robert T. Healey Sr., the co-founder of the Viking Yacht Company who helped build the company into an industry leader and led the fight that repealed the Federal Luxury Tax on yachts in the early 1990s, passed away last week at the age of 92.

“My father was a true leader, and his vision will always guide us,” said his son, Robert Healey Jr. “He believed that the people around him – his family, friends and employees – lifted him to success and it was his obligation to leave the world a better place.”

Bob Healey Sr. and his brother Bill established Viking Yachts in 1964, and the company went on to become the largest manufacturer of sport fishing yachts in the world. But that success may have never been achieved without the determination and perseverance of Bob Healey. When a federal 10 percent luxury tax was imposed on yachts in 1991, thousands of people were laid off and hundreds of companies went out of business. Viking nearly went bankrupt, closed a plant in Florida and laid off all but 65 of its 1,500 boatbuilders.

Bob was instrumental in organizing a national, grass-roots campaign to fight the tax. He took the industry lead, organizing busloads of out-of-work boatbuilders to converge on Capitol Hill for demonstrations, and setting fire to a boat on a barge in Narragansett Bay as a highly effective symbol of protest. The tax was repealed 20 months later in 1993.

“My uncle’s efforts to repeal the Federal Luxury Tax on yachts will never be forgotten,” said Bill’s son and Viking Yachts President and CEO Pat Healey. “He saved not only Viking but the entire marine industry. He was the catalyst and leader, and he wouldn’t take ‘no’ for an answer. He was a brilliant lawyer and savvy businessman who was able to convince the politicians in Washington that this was very much a JOBS ISSUE. It was about good hardworking people losing their ability to provide for their families.

Bob’s 11th-hour lobbying efforts with Congressman Bill Hughes, who represented N.J.’s Second District, helped secure the votes needed to repeal the Luxury Tax in 1993. “It was a great victory for our family-owned-and-operated boatbuilding company, the people of New Jersey and everyone in the marine industry,” said Pat.

With Bill’s help, Bob privately funded the company out of his own savings, allowing Viking to tool up new models. The company came out of the gate running when the tax was finally repealed – and they never looked back.

Bob graduated from Camden Catholic High School, attended St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, graduating with a B.S. in Political Science, and earned a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He practiced law in Camden County, N.J., for 25 years before retiring as a senior partner in the firm of Healey, Mueller and Tyler to devote himself full time to business interests.

In the 1950s, his brother Bill joined Bob in the real-estate development business. Among other projects, the two brothers acquired and developed the Bass River Marina in New Gretna, N.J. In 1964 a small, local builder of wooden boats, Peterson-Viking, was having financial trouble, and the brothers agreed to buy the company, changed the name to Viking Yachts, and relocated the business to their property adjoining the marina. The boatbuilding business soon occupied much of their time, so the brothers sold the marina and concentrated on building yachts. Bob was the company lawyer, moneyman and Chief Executive while his brother built the boats.

Committed to their mantra to build a better boat every day, Bill and Bob pushed Viking to the pinnacle of their industry with more than 5,000 boats delivered. They successfully steered the company through the ups and downs of economic cycles. “My father always said, ‘We’ve worked hard to get to the top of the mountain, we’re enjoying the view and we’re not going to give it up,’ ” remembers Bob Jr., currently the Co-Chairman of the Viking Group, which manages Viking Yachts, Viking Investments, Viking Associates, Viking Residential and Viking Developers.

As Viking's Chairman of the Board for 57 years, Bob Healey Sr. diversified their financial interests into multi-family, industrial and commercial real estate, oil and gas exploration and development, and the financial management of the Healey family assets.

Together, Bill and Bob Healey achieved many milestones. In 1996, they founded the Recreational Fishing Alliance (RFA), a non-profit organization formed in 1996 to promote sustainable fisheries and a healthy marine environment. Viking has contributed well over $1 million to the RFA. In that same year, the brothers established Viking Sport Cruisers, a company that has been highly successful distributing British-built, high end cruising yachts, built to Viking's specifications, through its dealer network in North America. Bob, Bill and Pat received the Ernst & Young 1998 New Jersey Manufacturing Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Fifteen years later, the family would earn a second award from Ernst & Young.

Ironically, the Healeys bought back Bass River Marina in 2002 and reopened it as the Viking Yachting Center. They were inducted in 2003 into the National Marine Manufacturers Association Hall of Fame for their outstanding contributions to the marine industry.

In honor of their service and commitment to the marine industry for more than a half a century, Bill and Bob were honored with the 2019 IBI-METSTRADE Boat Builder Lifetime Achievement Award, which was accepted by Bob Jr.

Bob received many more awards for his achievements, including induction into the NJ Marine Trade Association Hall of Fame and the Rowan University Milestone Award. Bob also channeled his financial success into philanthropic interests, which included building schools in impoverished areas of Mexico, and providing housing, medical assistance, education, food and clean water to the people of war-torn Sierra Leone through the Healey International Relief Foundation. “My father was a good man with a deep faith and commitment to service,” said Bob Jr., who recently announced his candidacy for Congress in New Jersey’s 3rd District. “No person or mission was ever a lost cause to him. He saw the potential in everyone and believed that our true worth and value in life is in our contributions to others.”

A devout Catholic and product of Catholic school education, Bob brought his business skills to the challenges facing Catholic schools in the U.S. and formed the Healey Education Foundation and the Catholic Partnership Schools in Camden.

With his wife Ellen, Bob founded the Gleneayre Equestrian Program for at-risk youth. The program uses the powerful connection between horses and people to support learning, growth and healing.

For his philanthropic efforts, Bob received the Lewis Katz Excellence in Education Award, the Beacon of Light Award, the Catholic Charities Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio Award for Leadership, an Honorary Doctorate Degree from Scranton University and the Shield of Loyola Award from St. Joseph's University.
 
 
 
VIP Boat Show
VIP Boat Show 12/22/2021
You are cordially invited to the 2022 edition of the Viking and Valhalla Boatworks VIP Boat Show. Located at our state-of-the-art Viking Yacht Service Center in Riviera Beach, Florida, we can’t wait to show off our world-class fleet.

The recently launched 64 Convertible and the debut of the 54 Sport Tower will be front and center. And of course, the Valhalla Boatworks center console lineup will be on hand. In addition to our floating display, a vendor village featuring over 50 of our preferred vendors can assist you with all your boating needs from insurance and electronics to décor and apparel.

The VIP event will take place Friday, February 4, and Saturday, February 5, 2022. For more information contact your authorized Viking or Valhalla dealer.
 
 
 
 

 

 
   
     
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