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Old 06-23-2021, 01:46 PM   #21
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I was introduced to Viking around 1988-Ď90 at the Lauderdale show and to this day, Iím still stuck on which impressed me more, the boats or the Healey family. The build and interiors were second to none and the Healeys were just ordinary folk on the dock, willing to spend hours with all comers.

In those days, an open invitation to a personal tour of the New Gretna plant was extended as a matter of courtesy and pride.

A class family; a class boat.
The history, if you havenít seen it.
https://www.vikingyachts.com/main/History.asp
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Old 06-23-2021, 03:29 PM   #22
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If I had the $$

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Old 06-23-2021, 08:21 PM   #23
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Gulfstar was a company founded by Vince Lazzara. They built sailboats until the mid 80's and talks started between them and Viking shortly thereafter. In 1990, Viking purchased them. Now, Lazzara designed this boat. They built 18 sailboat models followed by 13 powerboat models. They were designed by Lazzara, built for Viking. To this day, the Lazzara family is great at design and building, although not as successful at keeping companies alive. Over 300 boats were built. There were 35 GS55MY's built from 1987-1990 and sold as Viking 55 Motoryachts.

It wasn't until 1995 that Viking imported Princess Yachts. However, they tool that role very professionally and they had them Americanized and then did everything they could to make them the best they could. Then they supported and serviced them. Oh if the current Princess models were of the quality of the Viking Princess models they'd still be an incredible boat.

I have tremendous respect for Viking and any boat they ever built, had built, or imported.

Gulfstar built in the Tampa Bay area. The Lazzara family has resurrected itself several times in that area.
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Old 06-23-2021, 08:46 PM   #24
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Viking / Valhalla are clients of mine, have been for a number of years, and I will second all the positive things said here. First-class family ownership, employee family (it really feels like that), and product. Been to their facilities many times and always come away impressed with the operation. Iíd love to be able to say something great about the customer service also, but I need to save a few more pennies before I can join that club.
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Old 06-25-2021, 09:07 PM   #25
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Did you happen to be getting yours from near Richmond? A dockmate just sold hers, and that thing is a beauty.
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Old 06-29-2021, 07:06 AM   #26
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Mid 60's I was aboard my 1st Viking; a 37'er I believe. She was a woodie. Ken and Ilida Woolsey were the owners. Ken, an engineer at Grumman, was on my dad's staff for developing the landing gear on LEM project - the 1st moon landing.

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Old 06-29-2021, 02:15 PM   #27
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The 44 convertible they started building in 82 with twin 671 Detroitís is a great value and built like a tank. A little tight on the outboard side of the engines, but workable.
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Not a motor yacht but weíve got a 58 Enclosed Bridge sportfish. Itís a 1999 model but solidly built and still going strong.

Viking service and support is excellent, they still carry a variety of parts for our boat.
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Old 07-04-2021, 09:15 AM   #29
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Did you happen to be getting yours from near Richmond? A dockmate just sold hers, and that thing is a beauty.
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One great feature. Very little brightwork to maintain.
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One great feature. Very little brightwork to maintain.
That is a great feature. We have no teak on our new boat and my wife said today that she loves that feature.
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Old 08-15-2021, 08:44 PM   #32
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Wifey B: Saw a Viking yesterday (Sunday) in Copenhagen you would have loved having. Tall, handsome. Perhaps younger than the one you're considering. Perhaps less expensive, but he was hot.
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