What's the Brokerage Market for the Viking 35?
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.
John Painter, United Yacht Sales; www.unitedyacht.com
“The boat I have listed looks like the newer generation of Viking and that’s a big plus—they had a 35 prior to that, in fact  is the first year of the new style and it’s more consistent with the current line of Vikings. It’s got a lot of beam and is a fabulous boat for a couple that wants to cruise to stay on the boat, because it’s somewhat of a midlevel galley with a dinette down and it’s got a very nice-sized stateroom for a 35-foot flybridge boat, a very nice saloon, it just all becomes very workable in that size range. Then on the outside of the boat, again for a 35, you’ve got what I would call a full-size bridge—it’s got seating in front of your helm area up top. The generator is in the engine room, that’s another plus: So many times on many of these smaller bridge boats, they ended up sticking them under the cockpit floor, which is a harsh environment. Viking is still the same family-owned business, so you don’t have any gaps in ownership, where buyers say ‘Don’t buy one of that vintage because such and such owned the company then.’ A Viking buyer is typically a pretty savvy guy, there’s a lot of competition out there.”
Rob McCarthy, Galati Yacht Sales; www.galatiyachts.com
“A popular boat in its day, this Viking has had years of TLC from its current owners. Up here in the Great Lakes, we have boats in great condition because they have not had salt and the sun exposure. Most of our boats spend as much as six month in heated storage, or under shrink wrap, each year. I was recently on this boat with four couples! The girls all down in the salon and the guys up on the bridge. The owner told me “it is the only boat amongst theit cruising friends that can do that.” Commonly gas powered here in the Lakes, this boat would lend itself to a diesel repower. Business is picking up this late summer and very strong this fall. People have to remember that during the downturn boats were selling, just not here. Many of the good boats on the market were leaving the region. Those buyers won both ways. They took advantage of the economy and snatched up some great freshwater boats!”
Robert Misztak, Bayside Yacht Sales; www.baysideyachts.com
“The 35 Viking is a bluewater vessel with solid construction. The layout is very friendly with a large cockpit, wide side decks, a roomy saloon with convertible sofa bed, a galley-down layout with convertible large dinette, head with separate shower, and a forward master stateroom. Today’s buyer is, for the most part, not familiar with some of the many fine older vessels and their features and benefits. A good experienced broker will listen to how a buyer will want to use the vessel and what his expectations are, then steer the buyer to a vessel that meets the criteria. The 35 Viking is very versatile and will appeal to a broad market range: Someone can easily fish, cruise, or dive off these boats. At 35 feet, the size is ideal and easily berthed in any marina—it’s easy to find transient dockage, and the shallow draft of the 35 makes it ideal for Florida’s shallow waters. The Viking 35 we have for sale has been repowered with twin Yanmar 315-horsepower diesels. Cruise is 22 knots and gets a mile to the gallon—the Yanmars are lighter than the 3208 Cats and more fuel efficient.”
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