Viking Boatyard Tour

Viking Boatyard Tour

Viking Boatyard Tour

It's one thing to appreciate the beauty of a boat sitting at the dock or out on the fishing grounds. But when you actually see the boat in the building process, you get an entirely new appreciation for the craftsmanship, ingenuity and technology used to build a world-class sport-fishing yacht. After taking a tour of the Viking production facility in New Gretna, New Jersey, I have a newfound respect for the men and women who build Viking boats. These folks do it right. - Charlie Levine, Marlin magazine Photos by Charlie Levine and Peter Frederiksen
Viking Boatyard Tour

Viking Boatyard Tour

The new 42 Convertible is Viking's first boat built to accommodate the Cummins Zeus pod-propulsion system.
Viking Boatyard Tour

Viking Boatyard Tour

Viking designed the hull specifically for the Zeus system, which uses pods as opposed to straight shafts.
Viking Boatyard Tour

Viking Boatyard Tour

These pods will make the new 42 highly maneuverable.
Viking Boatyard Tour

Viking Boatyard Tour

The pod and built-in tab.
Viking Boatyard Tour

Viking Boatyard Tour

Crews work on the hull of the new Viking 42, the smallest boat built by Viking in a long time.
Viking Boatyard Tour

Viking Boatyard Tour

The inside layout begins to take form as the pieces come together.
Viking Boatyard Tour

Viking Boatyard Tour

Viking Boatyard Tour

Viking Boatyard Tour

The deck is lowered onto the hull.
Viking Boatyard Tour

Viking Boatyard Tour

Viking Boatyard Tour

Viking Boatyard Tour

The deck is glassed in place and reinforced with bolts.
Viking Boatyard Tour

Viking Boatyard Tour

The salon begins to look like a salon.
Viking Boatyard Tour

Viking Boatyard Tour

Viking Boatyard Tour

Viking Boatyard Tour

The galley takes shape.
Viking Boatyard Tour

Viking Boatyard Tour

This computer controls the five-axis machine that cuts out shapes for various molds.
Viking Boatyard Tour

Viking Boatyard Tour

The five-axis machine turns a piece of foam into the shape that will act as a mold for a bridge.
Viking Boatyard Tour

Viking Boatyard Tour

Viking Boatyard Tour

Viking Boatyard Tour

Viking Boatyard Tour

Viking Boatyard Tour

The machine works around the clock to create smooth molds.
Viking Boatyard Tour

Viking Boatyard Tour

Nearly every piece you see on a Viking, both big and small, is made in-house, including the electric panel.
Viking Boatyard Tour

Viking Boatyard Tour

Viking makes these locking washers for the props.
Viking Boatyard Tour

Viking Boatyard Tour

Employees use bikes to get around the 810,000-square-foot facility. It was great to see that Bill Healey, who started Viking in 1964 with his brother Bob, rides the same bike (his is even a bit more beat up) as his employees do.
Viking Boatyard Tour

Viking Boatyard Tour

Viking's signature engine vents.
Viking Boatyard Tour

Viking Boatyard Tour

The company labels each and every wire used in the boat, making any troubleshooting or upgrades much easier.
Viking Boatyard Tour

Viking Boatyard Tour

Boats move down the production line as they come together.
Viking Boatyard Tour

Viking Boatyard Tour

Each hull is placed on custom-fit racks that roll down a track as the boat progresses through production.
Viking Boatyard Tour

Viking Boatyard Tour

Viking Boatyard Tour

Viking Boatyard Tour

This deck mold will be flipped over and mounted to a hull, so everything looks upside down from this angle.
Viking Boatyard Tour

Viking Boatyard Tour

Engine exhausts ready for power.
Viking Boatyard Tour

Viking Boatyard Tour

Viking makes its own fuel tanks out of fiberglass. Each model gets a tank built specifically to fit snuggly into the hull. No space is wasted. The tanks also give the hull stability.
Viking Boatyard Tour

Viking Boatyard Tour

A sample of a foam-filled stringer and the keel, which is filled with sand and ground stone for extra strength.
Viking Boatyard Tour

Viking Boatyard Tour

What will one day become a mezzanine.
Viking Boatyard Tour

Viking Boatyard Tour

The deck of a 54 awaiting a hull.
Viking Boatyard Tour

Viking Boatyard Tour

Side view of the deck.
Viking Boatyard Tour

Viking Boatyard Tour

The boys in the woodshop can build anything, literally.
Viking Boatyard Tour

Viking Boatyard Tour

Viking Boatyard Tour

Viking Boatyard Tour

Viking Boatyard Tour

Viking Boatyard Tour

An enclosed-bridge 82-footer on the production line.
Viking Boatyard Tour

Viking Boatyard Tour

The amount of wires needed to accommodate all of the electronics and audio-visual systems in today's high-tech vessel is staggering.
Viking Boatyard Tour

Viking Boatyard Tour

Viking Boatyard Tour

Viking Boatyard Tour

When this protective paper is peeled away, you'll find a shiny gelcoat ready for the light of day.
Viking Boatyard Tour

Viking Boatyard Tour

Veer, an Australian company, makes the props used by Viking. The colored inserts can be changed out to adjust the pitch. So if you bring your boat from New Jersey to Florida, for example, and you start feeling some vibration because of the change in water temp or salinity, you can change the insert rather than get your wheels adjusted.
Viking Boatyard Tour

Viking Boatyard Tour

Viking's Atlantic Marine Electronics is located next door to the production facility and installs and services navigation, communication and entertainment systems.
Viking Boatyard Tour

Viking Boatyard Tour

Another close-up of a six-bladed Veer prop.