When Robert Healey and his brother, William, bought Peterson-Viking Builders in 1964 in New Gretna, New Jersey, they never envisioned it would become the sportfishing powerhouse it is today. Renamed Viking Yacht Company as soon as the ink dried on the contract, Bill Healey pledged to “build a better boat every day.” And, true to his word, Viking Yachts has sported fresh designs and upped its engineering and performance game across the lineup for the past five decades.
Family-Owned and -Operated
Still family-owned and -operated – Bill’s son, Pat, took over as president and CEO in the late ‘90s – Viking Yacht Company is now one of the premier manufacturers of quality convertible yachts, open yachts and motor yachts. With more than 800,000 square feet of boatbuilding space along the Bass and Mullica Rivers in southern New Jersey, Viking Yachts constructs more than 100 high-end yachts in the 37 to 93-foot range each year.
One of the main reasons Viking Yachts has a decided edge over its competitors is that it manufactures 90 percent of each yacht’s components in-house. This commitment to quality control is unprecedented in the marine industry.
Founder: Robert Healey, William Healey
Yacht Type: Convertible yachts, open yachts and motor yachts
Size: 37 to 92 feet
Viking Yacht Models:
The Viking Billfish Series
Three phrases that best describe the popular Viking Billfish series (37BF, 38BF 38 Open, 44 Open and 46BF) are super fast, easy to maneuver and really fun to drive. Built in the former 80,000-square-foot Ocean Yachts factory, these “ready-to-go fishing machines” are the market’s benchmark for comfort, flexibility and execution.
Viking MY Series
Don’t let the MY series’ square footage fool you. These Viking motor yachts (75MY, 82CockpitMY and 93MY) are as roomy, if not roomier, than their 100-foot-plus competitors. And their size doesn’t impede their speed. In fact, the 93MY has a top-end speed of 27 knots. It turns out this luxurious world-traveler is also an excellent tournament sportfisher.
Valhalla Boatworks (VBW)
In 2019, Viking Yachts created Valhalla Boatworks (VBW) and launched three models concurrently. The V series models (V-33, V-37 and V-41) are designed to live up to the Viking name. They’ll tough, high-performing, luxurious center consoles that lead the industry in personalization opportunities.
Viking Convertible Yacht Line
But, the top dog in the Viking Yacht lineup is the Convertible series with eight models ranging from 44 to 92 feet. Captains, Viking dealers and the media alike single it out as the best high-performance family cruising yacht in its class. Oh, and it’s a bluewater tournament champion as well. In August 2020, the team aboard a Viking 80 CE took home the largest Winner-Take-All prize in Gulf of Mexico tournament history by landing a 698.4-pound blue marlin.
Simply put, Viking yachts catch fish. Hurry up! Search our accurate, up-to-date database for listings of Viking Yachts today. The fish are waiting!