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Viking Turns 50

May 7, 2014
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Today’s Viking yachts bear little resemblance to early models.
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The facility has grown into one of the most modern boatbuilding operations in the world at the company’s state-of-the-art facility in New Gretna, New Jersey. Viking Yachts
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The 35 Convertible was a huge model for Viking, a top-seller that helped start the company’s growth into increasingly larger models.
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Bill Healey (right) consults custom production engineer Rudy Dalinger, a 49-year Viking employee. Viking Yachts
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The Healeys have always been passionate boatbuilders and fishermen. Bill Healey field-tests one of his own products. Viking Yachts
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Early Viking Yacht models featured trunk cabins and were a far cry from the sleek and rounded designs we’ve come to know in the Vikings of today. Viking Yachts
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Many of Viking’s employees have been with the company for decades Viking Yachts
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Bill Healey (right) points out an important bottom feature on a Viking yacht to a visiting writer from_ Boating_ magazine. Viking Yachts
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The Viking plant had modest origins.
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The first Vikings were built of wood on frames at build stations where various construction and assembly stages were completed, much like Carolina custom sport​-fishermen. Viking Yachts
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Early Viking Yacht models featured trunk cabins and were a far cry from the sleek and rounded designs we’ve come to know in the Vikings of today.
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Viking’s new 92 Convertible will be the largest yacht the company has ever built and will feature state-of-the-art systems and construction methods throughout. The 92, in production now, is the culmination of 50 years of boat-building experience and knowledge. Viking Yachts
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Bill Healey rode a bicycle around his yard in earlier days. He’s still active in his company even though he’s now an octogenarian.
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