Big boat shows like the one held in Ft. Lauderdale every year offer a remarkable potential—just when you least expect it, you can find yourself sitting in the saloon of some boat some place with a bunch of people you’ve only read about, or who know way more about boats than you do, or who are well above average in their ability to please and handle an audience.
As we were going to press in late September, we caught up with Peter Frederiksen of Viking Yachts to talk about the company’s new, highly anticipated Viking 92, which will make her debut at the 2014 Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show. Here’s what he had to say about the boat, and other happenings at Viking’s New Jersey plant.
Written by Ben Ellison on Oct 24, 2013 for Panbo, The Marine Electronics Hub
Every year on the first weekend in December, as the chill of winter begins to embrace northern climes and New England waterfronts grow vacant, the docks at Key Largo’s Ocean Reef Club begin to fill with some of the most beautiful classic boats around.
Written by Ben Ellison on Oct 21, 2013 for Panbo, The Marine Electronics Hub
Written by Ben Ellison on Oct 17, 2013 for Panbo, The Marine Electronics Hub
I guess I’ve always held boat shows in a kind of grass-is-always-greener regard, but in a decidedly healthy way. Regular boaters—that is, people who don’t work in the marine industry—get to go to boat shows exclusively for fun. Sure there are boat-buying decisions to be considered, now or in the future. But I sometimes envy their freedom (and the anonymity of not wearing a name tag), as they compare the latest models, running their hands over sleek fiberglass surfaces and oiled-teak covering boards.
We spoke to three brokers who each had a Viking 35 listed on BoatQuest.com. Here’s what each had to say about this convertible and the market for buying and selling them.
Written by Ben Ellison on Oct 13, 2013 for Panbo, The Marine Electronics Hub
Written by Ben Ellison on Oct 9, 2013 for Panbo, The Marine Electronics Hub