The 2021 Viking and Valhalla VIP Show was a smashing success with 20 yachts from 33 to 80 feet showcased at the Viking Yacht Service Center, drawing over 1,000 guests, dealers and vendors. Sales activity was brisk with seven Vikings and 14 Valhallas sold during the event, which celebrated its 25th anniversary this year
“We thank everyone who came and made this year’s VIP such a wonderful event,” said Viking President and CEO Pat Healey. “The enthusiasm and atmosphere was tremendous.”
For this year only, the annual RSVP event was expanded to three days. “Our VIP has historically been a preview – a warm-up to the Miami Boat Show,” said Pat. “Without the 2021 Miami show, we decided to give people more opportunity to come to our VIP and see a tremendous lineup of yachts in a friendly, safe boat show setting. With the extra day, our attendance was spread out over a longer period, which helped with social distancing. Next year, we will return to the two-day format.”
Valhalla Boatworks V Series
The Valhalla 46, the new flagship of the Valhalla Boatworks V Series, made its world premiere at the VIP. Media, dealers and show attendees were simply blown away, enamored by the V-46’s great size, beautiful lines and Viking-quality construction and fit and finish. The award-winning 54 Convertible was extremely popular as well, with attendees eager to tour and sea trial the award-winning model that debuted at the 2020 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.
Atlantic Marine Electronics
Viking subsidiaries Palm Beach Towers, Atlantic Marine Electronics and over 50 Viking and Valhalla vendors displayed their products in a boat-show-style setting at the Service Center. Mother Nature cooperated for the most part. Skies were sunny but the temperatures were a bit chilly (for Florida) on days two and three.
Sales activity after the VIP continues to be strong, with a handful of deals in progress. “Despite the cancellation of this year’s Miami boat shows, we’re fortunate to have the same level of sales as in previous years,” said Pat. “If you missed us at the VIP, the Viking and Valhalla fleets will be represented at the Palm Beach International Boat Show March 25-28.”