Over the last 50 years, Viking Yachts has risen to be a dominant force in U.S. production yacht circles and the company’s emphasis on quality and efficiency has played a key role in that ascension. Viking’s mission to deliver the best products on the market has also led to their application of Alexseal Yacht Coatings when an owner seeks a more unique or custom hull look over the traditional gelcoat color options. Viking first started using Alexseal topcoat several years ago when they decided to offer a wider color selection. As design trends have evolved and their in-house paint team became more familiar with Alexseal’s ease of use, more of Viking’s boats have been coated in Alexseal colors. After using gelcoat exclusively for the better part of five decades, approximately 50% of new Viking hulls are now being painted with Alexseal topcoat to achieve a more flawless, glossy and UV-resistant finish.
Viking’s adoption of a new coatings system was orchestrated under close collaboration with Alexseal’s Alastair Smith and the results have been a resounding success. Smith recalls, “It took some time to develop and integrate the paint application into their production processes. At first there were concerns that the coatings step may take too much time, but with detailed training and more experience, it quickly became a very refined and efficient process.” The Viking plant is indeed a marvel of efficiency, with the boats scheduled to move in rhythm down the production line every ten days.
Several of Viking’s larger demo and customer boats now on the show circuit showcase these notably lustrous Alexseal hulls, including the two most recent Viking 70C demos and the 62’ Big Torch which turned heads at their 2014 Viking VIP event. Viking’s largest model to date, debuting by Fall 2014, is the 92C featuring a Shimmering Blue hull that helps make it arguably one of the most visually striking sportfish boats ever launched. The company will return to the motoryacht sector in Fall 2014 when it unveils the first Viking 75MY, painted in Alexseal Kingston Gray. Alexseal’s Alastair Smith summarizes, “We are very grateful for the trust and business that Viking Yachts has given our company. It is a great relationship where both companies are constantly working towards a better product.” The Alexseal team is excited to do its part to help Viking achieve its commitment to “building a better boat every day.”