A featured image of the new Valhalla Center Console

Valhalla Enters Previously Uncharted Waters with New Models

May 24, 2024 | Magazine | 0 comments

Innovation never rests at Valhalla Boatworks. Want proof? The 2024 debut of their next two models—the V-28 Bay and the V-29 Hybrid—instantly expanded the Viking and Valhalla pedigree into a smaller, nimbler class of boats for inshore and flats use.

Sean and Justin Healey, representing the third generation of the Viking Yachts family, and sons of current President and CEO Pat Healey, were involved in launching the Valhalla line of center consoles to begin with. The duo took the lead in showcasing their two newest models while on display together for the first time at the Palm Beach International Boat Show this past March.

Helm station for the V-28 Bay
Hull 65 is the first new Jarrett Bay to be splashed with Caterpillar Marine’s newest power plant: the C32B. This latest propulsion technology has undergone hundreds of hours of strenuous testing in Jarrett Bay’s hull 48, Iron Leader, serving as the research and demo platform for Cat® power. With twin turbos on each V12 engine, hull 65’s C32Bs are rated at 2,025 hp and are complimented by the Cat® Three60 Precision Control joystick system. Rebelette’s sea trials did not disappoint with smooth rides found at both a cruise of 37kts, as well as wide open speeds pushing 44kts. Additionally, these Cat powerplants were extremely responsive in maneuvering her loaded weight of approximately 98,000 lbs as nimbly as vessels a fraction of her weight. Rebelette’s engine room is finished out with top-of-the-line systems including a Seakeeper 26 gyro stabilizer, Spot Zero watermaker system, ElectroSea descaling system, AXI fuel polishing and management, and a pair of Cat 2.2T generators rated at 27kW each. Hull 65’s systems are laid out for ease of maintenance for the captain and crew and the bright white finish and LED lighting ensures superior illumination.

“In true Viking fashion, not only did we announce one new model, but two,”

explained Justin. “We’re a customer driven company and have had a lot of requests to enter this market from owners of Viking sportfish convertibles and Valhalla center consoles. We’re very excited to bring large boat features into the smaller boats, including the capability of twin engines and dual nineteen-inch screens at the helm,” Justin said. Built to the same quality and customization of the larger Valhallas, these two new offerings will easily fulfill the desires of owners demanding a fully customized bay or hybrid boat. As two distinctly different hull forms, the Michael Peters-designed hulls will perform to the same standards as the other stepped-bottom models.
Bow storage for the Valhalla V-28 Bay

The V-28 Bay

The V-28 and V-29 are available with or without a hardtop. Without the hardtop, a half acrylic or half ProCurve glass windshield are offered. A full ProCurve glass or Costa Clear enclosure or half acrylic or glass windshield are all available with a hardtop. In addition, both models can be equipped with a factory-installed stand-on console with elevated second station, with Viking’s Palm Beach Towers providing any custom work to this optional station. Forward of the console is another 28-gallon livewell for a total of 78-gallons capable of housing every conceivable need for live baiting. The foredeck has flanking lockable rod storage for 7 to 9-foot gear. This foredeck has the largest casting deck currently on the market in this size range. This new model features lithium battery storage for today’s technical trolling motor systems along with Valhalla options, including faux teak toe rails, helm pods, and the large-boat features that set Viking and Valhalla at the pole position in the market.

The V-29 Hybrid

The V-29 is dubbed as a ‘hybrid’ because it bridges the gap between the V-28 Bay boat and the more traditional V-33 center console. While the V-29 shares the shallow draft and inshore amenities of the V-28, it comes with more freeboard and ample seating as seen in the larger Valhalla models. Power options include single or twin-engine configurations with jack plates to optimize running angles, draft, and performance.

The V-29 is designed and built to fish, but also offers cruising comfort, with an aft flip-up bench seat, numerous helm seating options, a console lounge and available forward bench seats with teak backrests. Premium upholstery, available Bentley stitching, a raised faux teak toe rail and teak or faux teak helm pods add to the yacht-level finish. Big-boat options include a Seakeeper 1, bow thruster and windlass with stainless steel claw anchor and chute.

“People have been extremely impressed with the versatility of both of the V-28 and V-29,” said Justin Healey. “They also appreciate the build quality and high level of engineering of our boats. Every inch is well thought out and designed to make your experience on the water the very best.” So if a new V-28 Bay or V-29 Hybrid piques your interest, we encourage you not to delay in contacting your Bluewater Sales Professional about ordering your shallow water battlewagon from Valhalla Boatworks.