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Viking 92C Sea Trial

NEW Viking Yacht Company 92C! See for yourself the Viking Difference….
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Making Waves

Color Me Stars and Stripes Blue                                

Colored hulls have become a popular request for Viking owners looking to add truly unique and personal touches, as this Viking 66 Enclosed Bridge Convertible in Stars and Stripes Blue so aptly demonstrates. But a peek inside reveals that the beauty goes beyond skin deep. 

Picture yourself relaxing after a perfect day on the water in the tastefully appointed salon.

In addition to a flying bridge ladder on the mezzanine deck in the 174 square-foot cockpit, the interior staircase provides all weather access to the enclosed bridge.

The master stateroom is spacious with attention-to-detail everywhere you look, including twin maple-lined hanging lockers, a credenza, the en suite head and teak joinery throughout.

Guests fare nicely in three additional staterooms, like the forward cabin (left) with a walk-around queen berth, and a private crew stateroom (right) with access from the engine room. See this enticing Viking 66 Enclosed Bridge Convertible, one of 15 new models on display at the 2014 Fort Lauderdale Boat Show at the Bahia Mar Yachting Center, October 30-November 3, 2014.

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European première for Belize 54 Daybridge at Cannes Yachting Festival


European première for Belize 54 Daybridge at Cannes Yachting Festival


The distinctive new Belize 54 Daybridge from the bespoke Belize Motoryacht Collection will make her European premiere at the 2014 Cannes Yachting Festival from September 9 to 14.

This opulent new vessel from Riviera Australia will lead an impressive line-up of luxurious Australian designed cruisers from the award-winning manufacturer, including the 4400 Sport Yacht and 45 Open Flybridge.

Riviera chairman and owner Rodney Longhurst said Riviera looked forward to showcasing its latest designs at Europe’s largest and most esteemed boat show.



Belize Motoryachts 54 Daybridge

·         Fresh original design blends traditional charm with the latest marine technology

·         Free-flowing feel from expansive cockpit to luxurious raised helm

·         Opulent interior – 3 staterooms/2 bathrooms

·         Full-beam master stateroom

·         High-performance hull with keel

·         Cummins Zeus pod drives x 2 (442kW x 600hp) – top speed of around 30 knots, cruising range of 304NM at 21 knots

·         Engineering excellence – hull constructed in ISO-certified yard/5-year structural warranty

·         Orders have been placed up to hull number 18



“Our latest models have been very well received in the Americas and we are certain the European market will be equally impressed with Riviera and Belize’s 2014 model collection,” Mr Longhurst said.

“Our new Belize 54 Daybridge is already proving popular among boating aficionados with her sophisticated styling, luxurious interior, savvy storage concepts and high-performance hull design.

“Inspired by timeless panache and Australian practicality, the Belize Motoryacht line was designed to cater for the growing affection for high-end luxury power boats that boast an original design blending traditional charm with the latest in marine technology and is available in both the Daybridge and Sedan models.”

Riviera and Belize international sales director Chris McCafferty said the Belize 54 Daybridge had the ability to transfix an entire bay of modern craft when she glides in.

“The sleek lines, sweet sheer, shippy bulwark, shapely hatches and portholes…and of course the substance to her stainless steel rails and cleats are key attributes that set this Belize apart and already 18 hulls have been purchased of this new timeless design,” Mr McCafferty said.

Long before you step on-board you get the impression that the 54 Daybridge is in a class all of its own. Belize designers have purposed every inch of available space through smart storage compartments and additional living space.

A large double sunpad sprawls the centreline of the forward deck, with stainless steel drink holders and music controls conveniently placed within easy reach. Located inside the anchor locker are fresh and salt water wash-down points, as well as a deep storage space for additional ground tackle and fenders, while a reliable Muir anchor retrieval system is located under a protective hatch at the bow of the boat, creating more deck space and a very clean appearance.

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Mr McCafferty said the centre section of the 54 Daybridge’s large teak-deck swim platform raises and lowers hydraulically to grant easy access to the transom’s electric door garage where there is space for a three-metre tender and outboard that can be easily launched or retrieved without getting your feet wet using the built-in electric winch.

“Above the garage, there’s another hatch that lifts to reveal an electric BBQ centre with grill, sink and solid surface bench top, with helpful LED lighting and stainless steel splashback in the open hatch cover that will impress the most discerning chef,” he said.

“The solid fibreglass hardtop extends aft over an expansive cockpit to ensure shade and shelter from extremities but at the same time enrich the indoor/outdoor characteristic for which Belize Motoryachts are renowned. There’s a cockpit joystick to port for easy and precise docking while, aft, is a large lounge with great storage under as well as a folding hi-lo table that can convert to a daybed. There’s even more storage at the cockpit bar with fridge and ice-maker console starboard, and swing-out stools at the breakfast bar to port … with a large glass awning window that, when open, connects the bar and galley as one – this is the place to enjoy a lazy breakfast or to drink in a sunset.”

Indeed, the opened glass awning window affirms the port galley as the key entertainment hub of the boat, where the innovative C-Zone central digital switching controls for all on-board lighting and electrics is also located.

Heading into the saloon from the cockpit, the 54 Daybridge’s rear bulkhead is toughened, curved glass, enriching the sense of light, space and liveability in the luxuriously appointed saloon, where panels of rich walnut, plush carpet and soft-touch leather are used in a contemporary palette to create a warm and inviting ambiance, with an added bonus of contributing to excellent acoustics throughout the main living areas and main helm.

Two-pack polyurethane finishes accent and protect key surfaces throughout the boat, including the galley where no less than Miele badges the induction cooktop, combination oven and microwave, and Vitrifrigo the two capacious chiller drawers and separate freezer drawer.

“To starboard is the heart of the saloon, a large L-shaped lounge and dinette where opening side windows allow natural ventilation,” said Mr McCafferty. “When the temperature calls for it, the saloon, galley and helm – as well as the below-deck staterooms – are all air-conditioned.”

The command centre of the 54 Daybridge is inspiring in its design and maintains the elegant sophistication of this boat – all key critical navigation electronics, engine instrumentation and vessel controls are within easy reach of the central high-backed Treban Italian leather electric helm seat fronting a high quality sports electric steering wheel, and providing excellent visibility of two 15-inch multifunction display screens. Alongside the helm seat is a forward-facing three-seater lounge starboard, and a two-seater lounge facing aft. At anchor or underway, fresh air can be introduced to the helm and saloon via a central overhead hatch.

Mr McCafferty said the sense of light and space flows through to the below-deck atrium and generous accommodation, which includes a full-beam master stateroom with queen-sized island bed, quality carpets, a fixed 24-inch TV/DVD and opening portlights within large portlight windows for cross ventilation. The master ensuite has satin-varnished teak floors and elegant German Grohe tapware and showerhead, adding an extra touch of opulence.

“The VIP stateroom is every bit as elegant as the master and occupies the entire forward bow section,” he said. “There are fixed portlights to port and starboard, a central round deck hatch overhead, make-up bureau with fold-out seat and mirror, hanging lockers as well as another 24-inch TV/DVD. The VIP ensuite, which doubles as the dayhead, also boasts luxurious bathroom appointments, large frameless glass shower stall, non-slip satin-varnished teak floors as well as its own round deck hatch and opening porthole, as well as more savvy storage concepts.

“The plushly carpeted guest cabin to starboard has full-sized upper and lower berths, hanging locker, bedside table and drawers as well as its own opening porthole and circular deck hatch. It’s another great example of the Belize belief system of going first-class.”

The inviting Daybridge of the 54 can be accessed via an elegantly curving, teak-tread staircase from the cockpit. Every bit as sociable as the main saloon, the Daybridge has a large L-shaped lounge to port with hi-lo table that can drop to create a second sunpad. Opposite is a wet bar with sink and fridge, as well as a second-station helm with all essential navigation aids.
Mr McCafferty said the hull of the 54 Daybridge was created with twin Cummins Zeus 600 pod drives with aft-facing propellers specifically in mind, resulting in a shape beautifully matched to her power source that slices through the water and ensures a silky and stable ride offshore.

“The highly evolved pod propulsion system not only delivers superior handling and manoeuvring in tight situations but also creates additional space to assist servicing and reduce maintenance costs.

“The pod drives deliver low noise levels, impressive fuel efficiency and high top-end speed and, in the case of the 54 Daybridge, a cruising range of 304NM at 21 knots.

“The Belize 54 Daybridge will make her European premiere at the 2014 Cannes Yachting Festival from 9-14 September.”

The bespoke Motor Yacht line, Belize Motoryachts is inspired by classic luxury details and timeless style.  Belize Motoryachts has just released the new 52 foot Sedan and Day Bridge models.




Viking Late Summer Updates


Viiing 70 Krazy Salt
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23rd Annual MidAtlantic
Cape May, NJ & Ocean City, Maryland
August 18-22, 2014

Moving day may have been nail biter but when the scales closed, Vikings stayed on top. Dave Anderson held on to the heaviest white marlin in the tournament with an 81 pounder caught aboard hisViking 70 Krazy Salt’sKrazy Salt’s fish landed them the biggest pay check of the event.


Larry Hesse’s Viking 70 Goin’ In Deep wheeled a 596 pound blue marlin to the scales to capture the second heaviest of the tournament. Goin’ In Deepalso took third heaviest tuna with a 107 pound fish.

Records were set during the tournament including 616 white marlin caught with over 96% released. Of the 30 blue marlin caught, 83% were released.


Ice Ice Baby
Viking Yachts ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
Viking Yachts ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

The summer heat is still rolling around much of the United States but lots of people have a found a creative way to cool off and make a difference.  By now you have probably heard about the viral sensation ALS Ice Bucket Challenge that has raised over $90 million. 

When Frank Rodriguez and his crew on the Viking 70 Enclosed Bridge Fa La Me challenged us, we had to take them up on it. Everyone knows the Viking 70 and Viking 62 demo crews are known to have a friendly rivalry but looks like the boys are heating it up. Now we challenge you. Are you up for it?


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Building A Better Plant


Building a better plant at Viking yachts

Viking‘s ongoing improvements to enclose and enjoin our manufacturing buildings is a step closer to reality with the raising of six new 10 ton bridge cranes, each one equipped with a pair of remotely controlled five ton hoists.


Because the hoists also can operate independently, it will now be possible to move large molds and modular components both horizontally and longitudinally throughout the building, picking up and dropping off wherever needed to facilitate our build process. This will significantly enhance our overall efficiencies throughout the plant, remaining ever true to Viking co-founder Bill Healey’s mission to build a better boat every day.     



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Experience Magazine – Issue 5 2014


Just Add Water


Viking 75 Motor Yacht                                           Like us on FacebookFollow us on Twitter 
The New Viking 75 MY

Viking Yachts‘ return to the motor yacht market became another day closer to reality last week when the new 75 Motor Yacht left the building for its proverbial Travelift ride to the launch well.


The New Viking 75 MY
Once in the water, Viking‘s Joe Snodgrass took bow and stern waterline measurements to mark for freeboard heights, while the dip in the basin helped establish the location for the waterline striping.

Viking 75 Motor Yacht

While the interior and exterior appointments of the yacht are still being finalized, there is no mistaking the beautiful lines of the Viking 75 Motor Yacht, which will make its world premiere at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, October 30 – November 3, 2014. For sea trial information, please contact your Viking Yachts dealer.



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Viking 52 Sport Tower

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Viking 52 Profile

Experience is the best teacher and nowhere is this more evident than in the development of a boat’s helm. Our new Viking 52 Sport Tower model presents a good example of this critical attention to detail.  She’s set to premiere next month at our 50th Anniversary Gala Celebration and VIP sea trial day, September 9-10, 2014 at the Golden Nugget Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Viking 52 Command Deck

Providing good visibility for the operator is paramount, and this includes the ability to monitor the navigation and fishing electronics. As the rendering shows in this case, our subsidiary Atlantic Marine Electronicsequipped the helm with three 15-inch screens affording the operator with an unobstructed view of the sounder, plotter and radar.  Engine instrumentation is visible on centerline. The raised pod, which houses the electronic equipment is sealed for all weather performance. Another of our subsidiaries, Palm Beach Towers, designed and built the custom tuna tower with a full set of controls and additional electronics for seamless performance when operating the boat from the upper location.


For information on attending our 50th Anniversary Gala Celebration and arranging a sea trial aboard the newViking 52 Sport Tower, please contact your Viking dealer.  



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