Written By: Frank Bongiorno,
With manufacturing done in-house, Viking is able to control the quality of almost every component on board. In fact, 90% of every new Viking Yacht produced is done at the factory in New Gretna, New Jersey. Only components like the engine, transmission, pumps, hoses, and electronics are brought in from outside vendors while everything else is constructed by the master workforce that Viking employs on its team. Viking is widely known to have one of the most skilled and tenured laborers in the world which results in unparalleled quality control from design to construction inside the 600,000 square foot impressive facility. New yacht owners often travel to the Viking factory to watch their new vessel being built and are always amazed at the sophistication of the facilities that include a wood shop, metal shop, health care clinic for the team, and even its own water supply.
In 2016, Viking expanded by acquiring the old Ocean Yachts property and production lines located on the Mullica River, about 12 miles from Viking’s New Gretna factory. The new production plant, named Viking Mullica, is now producing all of the smaller vessels in the fleet including the new 37 Billfish and 44 Convertible. The 37 Billfish mold was purchased from Ocean Yachts in the acquisition and has proven to be a successful and very popular model in the lineup. John Leek IV is general manager of the new Viking Mullica plant. He’s also the grandson of the late John Leek Jr., or Jack, who founded Ocean Yachts in 1977 near his home overlooking the Mullica River. Viking Yachts also just released a new announcement about the production of a 38 Billfish and 38 Open.
As the Northeast’s most powerful new yacht dealer and brokerage firm, there is no boat brand better represented than Viking Yachts with Staten Island Yacht Sales. Viking owners can get their warranty work done by the industry’s top service professionals right at the Staten Island Marina which ensures they will be fishing and cruising all season long. With over 54 years in business and family-owned, there is no better company to represent you in your new Viking Yacht purchase or handle the brokerage side of your used Viking Yacht sale.
From the new 37 Billfish to the infamous 92 Enclosed Bridge to the newly released 93 Motor Yacht, Viking Yachts has a solution to all of your sportfishing and yachting needs. Viking and Staten Island both carry a tradition of construction and service excellence that is seen first-hand in the purchase of every Viking Yacht from design to delivery. And with over 100 new vessels produced and launched each year, the new and used Viking market will continue to remain strong for years to come.
Billfish Series – 37 Billfish
Every seasoned fisherman that has had the chance to test-drive the 37 Billfish seems to come back to the dock with the same impression – “That boat is fun!” Designed to emulate the old Merritt and Rybovich day boats of the past, the 37 Billfish certainly raises the bar of the aforementioned boats because of the advancement in technology from the 1960’s and the modern styling and materials available today, yet also provides a trip down memory lane for anglers that grew up fishing for white marlin on the old sportfish. Whether fishing for sailfish off of the coast of Florida or trolling for Marlin in the Caribbean, the new 37 Billfish has become a canyon-ready tournament contender that many large center-console boat owners are moving up to because of the “fishability” of the boat and the attractive overnight accommodations.
Enclosed Bridge Series – 92 EB
The flagship model for Viking, the 92 Enclosed Bridge is the ultimate battle-wagon for tournament billfish anglers across the world. While available in both an open convertible and enclosed bridge versions, the 92 boasts serious performance numbers whether powered by Caterpillar or MTU propulsion systems. The six-staterooms on board each have their own private head and shower which provide the luxury accommodations of a motor yacht, yet with the power and fishing options that every angler dreams of. The 92’s beam is 23-feet which really opens up the salon and galley providing a luxurious living space while the boat is underway or for the family to get inside out of the elements. Staten Island Yacht Sales is thrilled to offer the Viking 92 enclosed bridge to all of the serious billfish tournament anglers in the Northeast.
Motor Yacht Series – 93 MY
In 2016, Viking re-launched the first of its new Motor Yacht line-up with the 75 Motor Yacht which was shortly followed by the 82 Cockpit Motor Yacht. In 2017, the 93 Motor Yacht was launched at the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show to rave reviews. Designed for the experienced yachtsman whose thirst for travelling in luxury remains unquenchable, the 93MY perfectly blends the power and performance seen in Viking’s sportfishing line-up with the class and elegance seen in the most distinguished motor yachts on the market. Many experienced yacht owners often remark that the 93MY feels like a 120-foot super yacht because of its well-designed space and functionality. The full-beam master suite is royally appointed with designer touches for an unmatched ownership experience and level of comfort.
Open Bridge Convertible Series – 68 C
The new Viking 68 Convertible is the next evolutionary step from the popular 66 Convertible that has proven to be a tournament-winning vessel. This four-stateroom, luxury sportfishing yacht is designed for the most particular angler while also appealing to the owner that wishes to cruise in comfort with friends or family. The 176-square foot cockpit provides plenty of space to do battle with blue marlin while the air-conditioned mezzanine offers a comfortable place for guests to watch the action. With a cruising speed of 35-knots and a top-end speed of over 40 knots, there is no better sportfish option in its class than the new Viking 68C.
Making its debut at the fall boat show circuit is the new 58 Convertible. Taking many cues from the original 58C which sold many units and from its larger sibling, the 68C, it will impress even the most discerning sportfish owner. Explore the 58C's massive cockpit, amazing speed, and all the fishing accessories it has to offer.
Open Series – 44 O
The new Viking 44 Open is a perfect example of Viking’s ability to construct quality, high-performance express model sportfish that remain the envy of the industry. The resin-infused, vacuum-bagged composite hull provides an incredibly strong vessel that is able to easily cut through strong seas resulting in a smooth ride. Even at just 44-feet, the 44 Open sports many of the same features as her larger siblings in the lineup including the centerline helm station on a raised platform for enhanced visibility. Outfitted with a custom-designed tuna tower from Viking’s subsidiary Palm Beach Towers, the 44 Open comes ready to compete in billfish tournaments on day one.