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Vintage Viking Fan Club!

Discussion in 'Viking Yacht' started by PaulVato, Jun 2, 2008.

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  1. PaulVato

    PaulVato New Member

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    I've looked high and low for some type of Vintage Viking "owner group" or "fan club" with no luck.

    I currently live aboard a vintage (1978) 43' Viking Double Cabin in Marina del Rey, Ca.

    Any other proud vintage Viking owners around? Vintage Viking Owners Unite! LOL.

    Paul Vato

    :rolleyes:
  2. VntViking

    VntViking New Member

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    Vintage Viking

    Paul,

    Interesting you should use the phrase "vintage viking". I recently purchased a 1980 35' Convertible Sportfish, aptly named Vintage Viking. I fell in love with her classic lines, exceptional construction and comfortable layout for us. After spending most of her life in the Boston, MA and Long Island NY areas, she is now on the New Jersey coast comfortable in her new marina.

    Since my wife gets ill from diesel fumes, it was difficult to find a Viking that I wanted with gas engines(Crusaders) so that my wife could enjoy her time on the water as well (I love my wife, too!).

    She's going thru a refit & upgrade now (the Viking, not the wife). We will use Vintage Viking as a weekend retreat while we restore her and get her ready for extended cruising. I've already had Vintage Viking out striped bass fishing and she has proven to be a comfortable fish platform as well as a capable cruiser. She handled 25+MPH winds and 8' seas on her shake down cruise with no problems and provided a stable and dry ride.

    I'm sure that we will enjoy many years with this Convertible.

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  3. Mark I

    Mark I Member

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    Its a look that never goes out of style and built like a tank.

    Good luck with her.
  4. CherBo

    CherBo New Member

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    Vintage Viking

    Hi Paul, hope your still out there. I just joined the site and would like to let you know that I'm crazy about my 1980 43' Viking Double Cabin MY with a pair of 671N's. Were based in New Jersey and do a lot of cruising on the Delaware River and Chesapeake Bay. I too was unable to find a fan club of vintage Vikings. Maybe one will show up some day.
  5. Elisa'sRingII

    Elisa'sRingII New Member

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    Not sure if you would consider it "vintage" but my wife and I just purchased a 1989 45' Viking Sportfish (Plan C) powered by DD671's. We will cruise the Chesapeake, mooring it in Middle River, MD.

    Can't wait for spring!
  6. Mark I

    Mark I Member

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    Good luck with the boat.

    My wife and I love our 38. These are great boats.
  7. VntViking

    VntViking New Member

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    We have 5 posters so far who love their Vikings. Sounds like the beginning of a Fan Club!
  8. MBevins

    MBevins Senior Member

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    OK Let's make it six!
  9. Mark I

    Mark I Member

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    VntViking,
    My wife and I cruise to Atlantic City at least once a season and are always looking for other ports to stop for a few days on our way. Last year we went to Wildwood for a few days. This year I was thinking about Barnegat since a I spent many childhood years on LBI.

    Is there a preferred marina in Barnegat?

    I've heard that the inlet is tricky, is local knowledge needed?

    Thanks
  10. VntViking

    VntViking New Member

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    My wife and I like to cruise to Atlantic City (for lunch>>>have to stay out of those casinos!!). We have staye in the Wildwood area, but enjoy Cape May much more. Its a farther run, but she likes the Victorian town and the shops.

    If you're looking to stay on LBI, there are few marinas that cater to transients. Beach Haven Yacht Club (ICW Marker 107) is probably the best, with the most to offer. You will be on the barrier island (Long Beach Island) and there will be plenty to do and see. But the LBI marinas are a little south of the Barnegat Inlet access to Barnegat Bay, so you will have a bit of a run once you clear the Inlet. Barnegat Inlet can be tricky, especially during opposing tide & wind, but if you follow the channel markers you'll be fine. It is not a line-of-sight passage, as you must follow the markers around the shoals and sandbars. If you stick to the markers you will have plenty of water. Barnegat Light has a commercial fishing fleet as well as the Coast Guard station, so the main channels are deep.

    Once you clear the inlet proper and pass along the western side of the lighthouse and the Coast Guard station, you will have to bear right and loop around the sandbars to the approach for Double Creek or Oyster Creek channels. These lead into Barnegat Bay. If you travel due west across Barnegat Bay (about 2 miles) there is Key Harbor Marina and Holiday Harbor Marina. Both are on the mainland, but are much closer to the Inlet than any of the LBI options, and both service transients. Key Harbor has a restaurant on premise, where you have a short walk or ride to food if you stay @ Holiday Harbor. I keep my boat at Holiday Harbor, and it offers everything we need.

    Check the latest release of Dozier's Waterway Guide. It as plenty of useful info on where to go and what to see. Or better yet let me know wh yu plan on being in the area.
  11. Bob B

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    count me in make it 7

    I currently own a 77 35' convertabe for the last 20 years and have spent many great vacations traveling from Cape Cod to up the Hudson. We weekend every week at Atlantique a town marina on FI. We are in the process of buying a 81 43' aft cabin model which will give us a lot more room when guest come to spend the week end. I would be happy to join a Vintage Viking club...
  12. Mark I

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    Bob,

    Good luck with the purchase. We go to Watch Hill several times a season. Fire Island is a great place.
  13. VntViking

    VntViking New Member

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    Found this site. Looks like someone had/has similar desires to start an Owners Forum. Maybe we can make this happen

    Link Edited. Please read the rules.
  14. Bob B

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    Fire Island


    Yes it is a great place we are very lucky to be so close. We also try to hit Watch Hill before the mosquito's take over.
  15. YachtForums

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    Gentlemen,

    If you will allow me to join in your discussion for a moment, I might have something of value to add in forming and propagating a Viking sportfish owners club.

    The key to reaching other Viking owners is to have a website, a forum or a club that tops major search engines, so other Viking owners can find you. That work has already been done for you. Nearly 14,000 lines or proprietary code underlie YachtForums, putting us on top of 30,000 keywords in major search engines.

    As an example, try Googling various Viking related keywords, such as...

    Viking Sportfish
    Viking Sportfish Owners
    Viking Sportfish Club
    Viking Sportfish Forums
    Viking Sportfish Reviews
    Viking Yacht Owners
    Viking Yacht Forums
    Viking Yacht Reviews

    YachtForums tops a search for most combinations of Viking related keywords. More importantly, YF also tops a search for Hatteras, Bertram and many other sportfish boats. Why is this important? Because many of your systems, i.e., engines, electronics, running gear and fishing gear are similar in nature, therefore you will find more people, with more experience, to share and learn from at YachtForums. That's the whole concept behind YF. It's the reason the Chris Craft Roamer forum is hosted here. And it's the reason that YF drives over 38 million hits a month with just over 250,000 readers in January.

    Before you start looking for a website to host your club, consider this... most of you guys found YF through search engines, much the same way that fellow members will join you here. We have a big investment in our SEO code work to attract the level of traffic we enjoy. For this reason, we DO NOT allow links to other websites or forums that are similar in nature, therefore the link posted by VntViking was removed.

    If you would like, I can help you. I can use our coding to index your club on YF in various search engines. I can also create a designated Vintage Viking forum. All I ask in return is... please do not divert our traffic. We've worked hard to create this and I'm pretty sure we're not going to let others benefit from the same. ;)
  16. Mark I

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    I agree 100%.

    One observation. IMO Anyone looking to start a Viking only forum will find that for whatever reason, Viking owners are not a chatty group. I have looked at other places and find few widely spaced posts in the Viking specific forums. Even this forum does not get a ton of specifically Viking traffic. The beauty of it here is that the other threads are widely applicable, educational and often entertaining (Sunk Bertram).

    My .02
  17. sbu22

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    Just became a Vintage Viking owner. 76 43 DC. Still getting better acquanted with her.
  18. VntViking

    VntViking New Member

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    Getting acquainted with a Viking is akin to dating your highschool sweetheart; you will remember those moments for the rest of your life. Enjoy your 'new' Viking. The 43DC made for an excellent live-aboard.

    I guess I will always love the lines of a Viking.
  19. Rip

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    Just purchased a "vintage Viking" 1978 35' C. Would love to be a part of such a club.
  20. wrenches74

    wrenches74 New Member

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    New Jersey!!!

    Great to see you Viking guys getting together like us Roamer guys......ALL classic boats are meant to be enjoyed.....also great to hear guys talking about the "Jersey Shore".....Grew up with my Grandparents on Barnegat bay, and spent my high school summers at Ocean Beach Marina in Lacy-Forked River aboard my buddy's Egg Harbor 32' sportfish......ahh, how i wish my 1958 Roamer could one day see the NJ coast.......:) Tim

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