Our newest model, the 66 Convertible, was a hit at our recent dealer meeting and as you’d expect from Viking, the activity for this new boat is gaining momentum throughout the plant. In the metal shop, Sal DiFranco (left) and Rocky Sileo (right) remove a freshly cleaned structural-steel web-frame beam that weighs 220 lbs. from the shot peening machine. The peener uses two paddle wheels, which fire small, steel shot at the raw steel beams to remove scale and rust before powder coating the finished part. The beams will be fabricated into engine beds that will hold the MTU Series 2000 M91 diesels going into 66305, which delivers in February 2012.
Out on the production line, 66303, which delivers in January 2012, is taking shape. The Viking made 1,188 gallon resin infused fiberglass aft fuel tank has been installed (left). Note how the bottom and shape match the contours of the hull to maximize draw capacity. Elsewhere, aluminum engineroom vent gills sport their gleaming snow white powder coat finish while awaiting installation.
Our in-house electrical department manufactures a custom-made wiring harness for every Viking. Each wire is printed at regular intervals to label its function, and throughout the run it is supported and protected with ample chafe gear.