Viking Yachts History

Viking Yachts HistoryWith a “fanatical attention to detail,” and an unparalleled ability to meld luxurious appointments with tournament-winning performance and design, Viking Yachts has earned a sterling reputation as the country’s leading builder of convertible yachts. Viking Yachts are the vessel of choice for many of the top performers on the tournament fishing circuit, having helped so many of their owners to tournament victories the company was given an Industry award for their accomplishment! For over four and a half decades, the family owned and operated company has turned out world-class yachts that epitomize excellence in performance, innovation, engineering and luxury – demonstrating the “Viking Difference.”

61' Viking Sportfish Reelin Feelin


Brothers Bill and Bob Healey founded the Viking Yacht Company in 1964 with the purchase of Viking Builders, a revered New Jersey manufacturer of wooden sport fishing and cruising boats. In 1971 the Healey brothers introduced the Viking 33 Convertible, their first all-fiberglass model, swiftly followed by the immensely popular Viking 40. The colossal demand for the Viking 40, so high that the company sold over 400 in just ten years, propelled Viking to the pinnacle of the pleasure boat industry. Viking brought their engineering excellence and talent for sophisticated design to the large motor yacht market in 1987 with their purchase of Gulfstar Yachts, an innovative Florida builder with a reputation for producing some of the most modern designs of the time. While the industry labored under the burden of the Luxury Tax in the early 1990s, Viking experienced a setback but put the slower pace to good use by refining their ever-evolving product line. They surged back to prominence in 1996 to win Boating Magazine’s “Boat of the Year” honors for their 60′ Cockpit Sports Yacht. The company formed Viking Sport Cruisers in 1996, extending their market reach. Viking has continued to develop their manufacturing and production lines, expanding to offer top of the line convertibles, cruisers, and motor yachts. Viking can build over 100 yachts a year from 42 to 82 feet with its six production lines. They bring their signature commitment to innovative engineering and sumptuous luxury to every inch of their yachts, designing and manufacturing virtually every part other than a few major components, such as engines and appliances. Viking’s vessels benefit from this inherent quality control advantage, with each yacht thoroughly inspected by dedicated personnel during the build process. Their careful attention to detail ensures greater reliability, safety and customer satisfaction.


Are you ready to experience the Viking Difference? Atlantic Yacht and Ship is delighted to have several gorgeous Viking Yachts for sale. A perfect example is “Reelin Feelin”, a lovely 61′ Viking Sportfish fully rigged for fishing with top of the line electronics and Custom Mezzanine seating. She has the popular three stateroom, three head layout, with the very spacious Master Suite offering an athwart ship walk-around king-sized bed, large hanging closet, ample drawers and storage lockers, with private head and stall shower. “Reelin Feelin” features a custom premier edition décor, boasting custom wall-coverings in all staterooms and heads, and luxurious baby ostrich headliner & wall covering in the companionway. She is a great opportunity for an enthusiastic angler to experience the luxury anViking Convertibled performance Viking offers, with a motivated owner and a newly reduced price. To view “Reelin Feelin” or for information on any of our other new or preowned yachts for sale, visit Atlantic Yacht and Ship at our headquarter sales office located dockside at Harbour Towne Marina in the heart of the yachting capital of the world, Fort Lauderdale, FL.  Atlantic Yacht and Ship has been an integral leader in the yacht and ship brokerage industry since 1959, serving the yachting community for 53 years. Whether you are seeking beautiful  yachts for sale or are looking to sell your vessel, Atlantic Yacht & Ship‘s experienced brokers will represent your interests in every step of the deal. Contact Atlantic Yacht & Ship today at 954.921.1500 for more information.

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