THE VIK­ING LE­GEND

Yachting - - REVIEWED -

Back in 1964, broth­ers Bill and Bob Healey founded Vik­ing Yachts. To­day, Bill’s son, Pat Healey, an avid bill­fish­ing en­thu­si­ast, runs the com­pany, which is re­port­edly debt-free and is still pri­vately held. Vik­ing has a ma­jor­ity share of the U.S. mar­ket for up­scale pro­duc­tion sport-fish­er­men and is a ma­jor pres­ence at boat shows and bill­fish tour­na­ments. The builder em­ploys about 1,300 peo­ple at two yards in south­ern New Jer­sey and builds 90 per­cent of all its boat com­po­nents in-house. The com­pany owns CNC routers for cut­ting wood and com­pos­ite parts and has a mil­lion-dol­lar, five-axis pro­filer for cre­at­ing de­tailed foam plugs. The cur­rent Vik­ing range of mod­els stretches from 37 to 93 feet, though there al­ways seem to be whis­pers that the com­pany is go­ing to go even larger.

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