Viksund Yachts of Norway
|Key people||Rune Viksund (C.E.O.))|
Being among the pioneers in fibre glass boat building in Norway, there was a bit of a scepticism in the market. Theses sceptics was quickly overwon, and it didn't take the Viksund company many years to outgrow their production facility. By the late 1960s the course was set for Strusshamn, where the factory is situated today.
The Viksund company established themselves as one, if not, the biggest Norwegian boat-building companies throughout the 1970s and the 1980s. At this time they were producing both fishing vessels, and commercial vessels. The export was big, and boats were delivered to countries as far away as Africa, the far east, South America and the US. Today you will find both old and new Viksund boats worldwide.
In the late 1980s the company was hit hard by a fall in the market. The company had to undergo a re-structure, but sat sail for the 1990s with optimism. New models were developed, and by the late 1990s the Viksund company were yet again among the biggest boat building companies in the nation.
Throughout the last ten years, the company has staked a new course now focusing exclusively on building motor yachts ranging from 30–40 feet. Today the company produces the models Viksund 320, Viksund 340 St Cruz, and the Viksund 360 St Cruz . They are also developing a new model the Viksund 390 St Cruz, which is to be launched by the spring of 2009.
The company is now employing approximatively seventy people with a yearly turnover around 18,5 million USD (2007). Viksund is producing about 80 yachts a year, and is run by founder Erling Viksunds son Rune Viksund.
Viksund Yachts of Norway are well known for producing yachts for 365 days of use. Situated on the rough western coast of Norway they are equipped with one of the best testing areas for boats, the north sea. This is probably also why they have had the slogan "renowned for safety at sea" throughout their over forty years of existence.
In 2008 Viksund Asia opened a new production and distribution point in Negombo, Sri Lanka. The boats are distributed to Maldives and other Asian countries.
- Viksund 320 - 32 feet
- Viksund 340 St Cruz - 34 feet
- Viksund 360 St Cruz - 36 feet
- Viksund 390 St Cruz - 39 feet (Premeiere winter 2010)