The Viking Yacht Company prides itself as the premier manufacturer of quality convertible yachts, open yachts and motor yachts ranging from 37-93 feet. The Viking Yacht Company has celebrated over five decades in business building luxury performance sportfish and motoryachts. When it comes to the sport fisherman’s market, Viking has arguably been the global leader since its inception in 1964. They are the gold standard when it comes to sportfish yachts, and for good reason. Since day one, their mantra of building a better boat every day is the passion that drives this company. Check out the top 10 reasons why you should purchase a Viking Yacht.
Viking’s hull design is one of the most advanced and proven hull designs in the world. The hull design not only gives you fast and efficient performance but also precise handling and a very stable ride. Viking Yachts has been an industry leader in the art of resin infusion technology. This technology reduces unnecessary weight while providing superior tensile, strength, and rigidity; resulting in larger fuel capacities, range, and faster more efficient cruising speeds.
In addition, quality control is greatly improved by ensuring that laminate and coring materials are precisely patterned and precisely fitted. Eliminating the chance of inconsistencies that human error sometimes causes in hand-laid solid fiberglass construction. The vacuum suction in resin infusion works by drawing out air from the materials while pulling the resins in to replace the empty space.
This process allows for the resin to be evenly pulled into every pore of the materials. This results in stronger hulls and superstructures with dramatically less chance of delamination issues or weight inconsistencies. Viking Yachts’ hulls effortlessly pierce through the waves with its bow lifted above the water. Slicing through the impacts to shield you from the forces of nature.
The hulls have to be able to do all this without sacrificing performance. That means a reduction in unnecessary drag to improve water flow wherever possible. Bow thruster openings are scalloped to keep water flow away from the inside tunnel. Water intakes and struts are recessed to maximize cruising speeds and maintain overall performance-enhancing characteristics.
The resin-infused deep V hull design has earned Viking Yachts the nickname of “Battle Wagon”. This nickname was earned by boaters who are going out on the water whether it’s rough or not to chase game fish and demand a boat that they can rely on for pursuing their sport. There is no question that Viking Yachts are the epitome of luxury and seagoing excellence.
From the initial design to the finished product, Viking’s highly regarded reputation is rooted in the company’s commitment to producing 90 percent of its yachts in-house; known as the Viking Difference. No other sportfish manufacture can attest to this commitment and is a true testament to Viking’s commitment to its customers. Aside from components such as engines, transmissions, air conditioning units, and electronics, nearly everything else is produced within their facility. Whether it is a fiberglass fuel tank, a wiring harness labeled every eight inches or a hull-to-deck joint through-bolted every three inches, you can be sure of incomparable quality. Having the ability to develop and create the molds in-house means better quality control and the ability to release new designs and features for customers at a faster pace.
The Viking plants in New Gretna and Mullica, represent the pinnacle of boat manufacturing achievement. Their New Gretna facility features nine modern buildings, state-of-the-art machinery, the space to build over 30 models from 33 to 93 feet; producing nearly 100 yachts annually. This is achievable not only by manufacturing 90 percent in-house but also by their dedicated workforce. Many of the workers have been with Viking for decades and know the ins and outs of these models. Each member has a role in the company that allows for greater attention to detail. This ensures greater reliability, safety, and customer satisfaction in each and every yacht.
If you’re wondering just how this company can produce 90 percent of their yachts in-house, this is how. Viking’s tri-generation plant is over 800,000 square feet, with 1300 skilled craftsmen, and showcases the latest technology and machinery there is to build a better boat every day. Being an engineered driven company, they flourish on innovation and the development of new and exciting products.
Furthermore, Viking is family-owned and operated, and debt-free. Answering only to its unyielding commitment to build the finest yacht money can buy. Being debt-free allows them to reinvest millions every year for in-house R&D and the latest and greatest technology and machinery available on the market. From multiple CNC routers for cutting composite and wood parts, to a $1 million five-axis profiler, Viking clearly defines cutting-edge. Not to mention, with a dedicated and talented workforce, the human element is just as important.
By consistently reinvesting into the business, the Healey family and Viking are able to control their own destiny and are constantly developing new features into their boats. Viking has the ability to tool new designs and fiberglass components in house and not rely on outside contractors.
Propelling yachts of various sizes and weights at high speeds is accompanied by incredible forces at play in the engine room. Especially when the ocean isn’t cooperating. In order to get the job done, your yacht needs to have the structural strength to handle it. Viking has spent decades perfecting their stringers to handle the loads in stride. They’ve done this by adding rigidity where it counts. Including structural steel beams over the stringers for precise alignments and secure mounting of the engines.
Every new Viking Yacht goes through a design process that involves the sales and design teams working with their top-level dealer network, existing Viking owners, tournament fishermen, along with valuable input from demonstrative programs, to provide a unique foundation to every new Viking produced.
Viking takes the engine rooms in their sportfish and motoryachts seriously. They know how important it is to have good access to all your key components when you need to get to them quickly. Great headroom and outboard space for moving around the engines is an important ingredient for improving the ownership experience. All equipment is expertly laid out and installed in the best places possible. While maintaining a clean and uncluttered look with painted surfaces that are easy to keep clean and maintained.
The number one killer for performance and efficiency on a yacht is weight. Every unnecessary pound in the construction process takes energy that could be used to carry passengers and supplies for extended trips. Viking uses every conceivable modern construction method to eliminate wasteful burning of fuel by designing lightweight, yet strong, components. By eliminating all the unnecessary weight and drag from their builds, Viking can provide yachts with larger than usual fuel capacities. All without compromising performance, resulting in better range and shorter trips to the destination.
For example, the interiors of all Viking Yachts have beautiful hand-crafted wood cabinetry, but behind those elegant wood finishes are cutting edge composite cores. When you have as many custom crafted cabinets as the motor yachts do this construction method adds up to more fuel capacity, longer range, and faster speeds.
In addition to their state-of-the-art facility, Viking also integrates with two sister companies; Palm Beach Towers and Atlantic Marine Electronics. Palm Beach Towers designs and crafts the finest aluminum tuna towers, custom railings, fiberglass hardtops, drop-down electronic boxes, and a host of other specialized items for each Viking Yacht. Atlantic Marine Electronics is the premier source for Viking navigation, communication, and entertainment equipment. With the integration of these two companies, buying a Viking Yacht is a one-stop-shop that delivers a new turnkey yacht.
Viking is always moving forward with innovations and new products making it almost impossible for others to keep up. They raise the bar in the marine industry by incorporating the best in design and performance; manufacturing the finest semi-custom yachts in the world. With two state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities in New Jersey, as well as two factory-owned service facilities in NJ and South FL for customer support, Viking is committed to the customer’s ownership experience.
The yacht’s interior is a showpiece of elegance and luxury. Every Viking encompasses hand-finished products with great attention to detail. Interior spaces feature majestic salons with built-in teak furniture and plush appointments. Well-appointed galleys’ complement the work area featuring custom select granite countertops. Not to mention formal dinettes with comfortable arrangements accommodate guests with complete relaxation while enjoying meals.
Step inside the staterooms and enter a world of luxury, comfort, convenience and smart storage solutions. Every yacht features arrangements suitable for extended trips and ultimate comfort; a blueprint of intelligent form and function.
Companies that can easily adapt to market trends are the ones that will be around for decades to come. Why? Simply because they are able to accommodate the customers’ needs and wants with innovative designs, cutting edge technology, increased performance standards, and quality models that over exceed customers’ expectations.
That is exactly what Viking Yachts accomplished just this past year when they announced their latest venture with the inception of Valhalla Boatworks; a Viking subsidiary company. Valhalla Boatworks is the ground-breaking line of center consoles revolutionizing standards in performance, engineering, quality, and fishing capabilities. The market asked and they delivered.
Valhalla Boatworks is dedicated to designing and building high-performance center consoles with the same Viking quality, craftsmanship, and expertise that the marine industry has come to know and love for the last 55 years. Now, not only do you have the opportunity to own a gold standard sportfish yacht, you have the opportunity to own the gold standard in center consoles as well. If this isn’t a true testament to their customers, we don’t know what is.
In summary, choosing the right dealer is as important as the yacht brand you select. To be a Viking dealer, you have to live up to Viking’s very high standards. Fortunately, the Galati family was already a perfect match the day these two companies met, so many years ago. Galati Yacht Sales, just like Viking Yachts, never stops improving the customer experience. Galati has made major investments in the education of the sales professionals and service team. Multiple marinas with haul-out capabilities and extensive mobile service teams covering the Gulf Coast from Galveston, Texas to Naples, Florida including Costa Rica and Mexico.
Not to mention, our Viking Specialists go through countless hours of product training at the Viking factory each year. Learning the ins and outs of new models and retaining old model information. This ongoing training benefits our Viking buyers in many ways. You can rest assured that your Galati sales professional understands the product, performance, and build process of every model. And, our Viking Specialists will be able to help you determine the best features and options for your boating needs. Now that you’ve read the top 10 reasons to buy a Viking Yacht, our specialists will be able to help you find your next battlewagon for the blue-water arena. Contact our Viking Specialists today for more information on these gold standard yachts.