brothers, Bob and Bill, purchased a
small wooden sportfishing boat builder,
Peterson-Viking Builders, of New Jersey.
33’ Convertible is built, Viking’s first
40’ Convertible debuts in the fall and
was such a success that the basic hull
design (with refinements) has been used
for every Viking built since.
continued to build a reputation of
excellence and sophistication.
purchased Gulfstar Yachts, an innovative
builder whose designs were considered
among the most modern in the industry at
the time, and moved into the large motor
Viking was offering a full line of
convertibles and motor yachts by this
time, an economic recession and a 10%
luxury tax adversely affected Viking
production for a period of time.
industry suffered greatly due to the
introduction of a federal luxury tax,
causing Viking Yachts to cut back from
1500 employees in two plants to only 89
employees in one plant.
In order to
keep the company afloat, The Healey
brothers borrowed & invested their own
money. Bob Healey was heavily involved
in a campaign to fight the luxury tax
and by 1993 the tax was history and
Viking was well geared for the boat
buyers returning to the market. The
slow period had actually allowed Viking
to tool up new models and gave them a
head start over the competition.
Magazine Awarded the Viking 60’ Cockpit
Sportsyacht “Boat of the Year”
brothers founded a non-profit
organization, the Recreational Fishing
Alliance (RFA), which promotes a healthy
marine environment and sustainable
company is formed, Viking Sport
Cruisers, through it’s North American
dealer network, distributing high end,
British-built, cruising yachts, 40-84
ft. and built to Viking’s
The new 55’
Viking Convertible premiered at the Ft.
Lauderdale International Boat Show. The
55, designed to be the ultimate mid
range luxury performance sportfisherman,
has been critically acclaimed in the
65 Convertible delivers phenomenal
speed, range and comfort and 20 are sold
before the first hull delivery.
William Healey and Bill’s son Patrick
were awarded The Ernst & Young 1998 New
Jersey Manufacturing Entrepreneur of the
Year Award and were runner ups in the
Viking Convertible is introduced at the
fall boat shows.
expansion, upgrading and improving
manufacturing with state-of-the-art
equipment with emphasis on safety and a
pleasant work environment.
105 Versilcraft, built in Viareggio,
Italy according to Vikings
specifications, is added to Vikings
lineup and premiered at the Ft.
Lauderdale International Boat Show in
October and is later (in 2002) awarded
the NMMA’s Innovation award by Boating
At the Miami
International Boat Show, Bill and Bob
Healy are awarded the Chapman Award by
the National Marine Manufacturers
Association and Motor Boating Magazine.
Also, the 52’ Convertible premieres.
service facility is opened in Riviera
Beach, FL, featuring slips for in-water
work and land storage for larger
projects and outfitting.
At the Miami
International Boat Show, the Viking 48’
Convertible was introduced.
In June, at
a Viking’s dealer meeting in Atlantic
City, NJ, the Viking 45 Convertible
premiers as a 2003 model.
2002, Viking bought back the adjoining
Bass River Marina, where the Healey’s
started their maritime careers, and it
was re-flagged as the Viking Yachting
Center. It had been sold in 1964 by the
companies are formed. Based at the
Viking Yachting Center, Atlantic Marine
Electronics produces the sophisticated
electronic packages used on the Viking
Yachts and Sport Cruisers. Palm Beach
Towers, based at the Rivera Beach
facility, designs and builds tuna towers
and other components for Viking and
other yacht brands.
contributions to the recreational marine
industry, Bob and Bill Healey are
inducted into the National Marine
Manufacturers Hall of Fame.
purchases an 80 x 20 ft $1,000,000
computer operated / controlled five
axis-profiler to assist in manufacturing
plugs for new molds. It is the largest
of its type in the industry and is to
provide a constant stream of upcoming
Convertible is introduced
establishes its Australian dealer,
Euroyachts Pty., Ltd.
Company is a semi-finalist in the New
Jersey Family Business of the Year Award
recognition of numerous tournament
winnings by Viking owners, Viking is
awarded the Manufacturers Trophy by the
World Billfish Series at the Miami
International Boat Show.
Viking Convertible is introduced
enclosed bridge is designed for the 74
Both the 68’
Viking and the 74’ Convertible premiere
at the Ft. Lauderdale International Boat
Show and Viking’s display attracts
launches of the Viking 52 Open and 64
Convertibles and a new 82’ Motor Yacht
venture with Sanlorenzo, an Italian
builder, is announced by Viking Custom,
to import a series of custom yachts, 88
to 108 ft.
Enclosed Bridge is launched during a VIP
Preview at the Viking Service Center,
Riviera Beach, FL.
Convertible is unveiled at the Miami
International Boat show and is a
candidate for the National Marine
Manufacturers Association Innovation
announces expansion plans to increase
manufacturing and storage space at the
New Gretna, NJ facility as well as to
build its own sewage and wastewater
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