need info about Viking 28 sailboat

Discussion in 'Sailboats' started by Jim Bethea, Dec 4, 2003.

  1. Jim Bethea
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    Jim Bethea Junior Member

    I am rebuilding a 1960 Viking 28' (LWL) cutter built of wood in Yugoslavia. Eighteen of these were sold in the US through a New York dealer. Most ended up in the Bahamas or southwards. Four came to the West coast, including this one. Mine was left derelict in the Bellingham, Washington area by someone from California. I've heard there was another caught in a storm for several days in the Pacific but came through without problem. Other than that, I can find no mention of these boats.

    Overall length is about 37', beam 11', depth 3.5'. Mast folds back on tabernacle (for use in European canals?), 18' main boom, cutter rigged for two headsails, teak deaks, white pine(?) planking over oak ribs, sleeps four, bronze centerboard, MDIIb Volvo diesel engine, etc.

    I'd like to know more about this Viking-style hull shape and to see photos under sail. The hull is sound though I am replacing the deck and cabin. The original has sitting headroom only so I'm thinking of adding a pilot house aft. Any suggestions? Also, anyone know where the others are and who built them/ where?
     
  2. Darrell B

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    Viking 28'

    Jim - awsome unit. I am no expert but did crew on a 70's Viking 28. Raced in many series and I am sure that it will be worth the effort to fix/restore.
    Good luck,
    Darrell


     
  3. Captain Bob 1
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    Viking 28

    I have owned a 27 ft. sloop built in Yugoslavia in 1962 imported by a company named Sailing USA the same company that imported the Viking double enders that you have. I bought her in 1975 and I still have her 36 years later.
     
  4. Richard HTerry
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    Viking 28 Built in Yugoslavia

    My father, Myron E Terry of Blaine, Wn. Bought a Viking at the Seattle Boat Show in the mid 50's. He really enjoyed this boat and kept her (named "Adria" in Blaine , sailing extensively on Puget Sound and into Canadian waters. Myron,(who incidently helped organized the Yacht Club in Blaine) when he good too old, sold Adia to a Mr. Murray Goff, a Blaine businessman who still lives in Blaine, now retired. ( I recently contacted him to see if he had a snapshot of Adria, but no luck there) Murray Goff eventually sold Adria and he told me she was beached and damaged by a latter owner in the Anacortes area. Then resold and Mr. Goff thought she was eventually sunk near Port Angeles and lost. He was unsure if this was the boat's fate.
    I beleive Adria may have been the 1st Viking sold in the area. She was stout and well found and my Dad had some great years with her.
    Would it be possible for you to Email me a photo of your Viking. My son, the 3rd generation yachtsman, woul like a photo of a boat similar to his Grandad's to decorate his Nav. Station. If you can, my Email is rterry105@hotmail.com. Alternately, my mailing address is Richard Terry 105 Sunset Dr. Cocoa Beach Fl.32931. Best Regards-Dick
     
  5. mkdesign
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    mkdesign Viking 23

    Viking

    I know this thread is outdated but I am hopeful someone is still watching this.

    I just came across a viking 23'. At this time she is doing sea trials and will be properly surveyed shortly. At the very least, it is good to know of someone else who has a boat of this type. Both the 23 and 28 are nearly identical except length (i have seen the original brochure). If anyone knows of someone or it is you who still has one of the 28' or even a 23, please let me know.

    From the very few i know who have owned one, they are reported to be extremely tough little boats and handle very well.
     
  6. crzycrzy
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    Vikings everywhere

    The Viking at the beginning of this questions is not the same ones as the Viking 23 or 28 that mkdesign is speaking of.

    There are a number of 23's and 28's up here in Toronto, I own a sistership, a Blue Jacket 23
     
  7. Jim Bethea
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    update on my Viking 28

    I've had this boat nearly 15 years now. In a gale under reefed main it jogs along at 2kts 'hove to' or with a twitch of the tiller (or wheel in the pilot house) can take off at hull speed under perfect control. An early concern of mine had been what would happen if knocked down. Would it recover since it doesn't have any ballast and with a broad flat bottom?
    So far, the incredible form stability of the hull has kept it standing on its feet in all conditions. The nearly flat bottom does pound a bit when beating upwind in really choppy seas. It's shoal draft qualities in our shallow anchorages of the Inside Passage more than compensate for this however.
    In retrospect, I think a broad transom and wider cockpit would be an advantage if it tapered to a double-ender at the waterline. Other than that, the Viking 28 continues to be a delight to sail.
    Does any one else have insights to share about the sailing qualities of a double-ended cutter?
     
  8. Jim Bethea
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  9. domagoj
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    domagoj Junior Member

    Viking 28

    Hi Jim,
    very nice boat. I have similar one bought in Croatia, and i am rebuilding it. This is how it looked when i bought it. I restored the hull from the inside and from the outside was already fiberglassed. I completely removed the cabin and deck, and now i am planing to rebuild. I like your pilothouse, i'd like to see more pictures.
     

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  10. domagoj
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    Viking 28

    Those boats were built in Betina, vilage with small shipyard on Murter Island in Croatian part of Adriatic sea, in '60 and '70, and most of them were exported in USA. Croatia is the former republic of the ex Yugoslav federation, and today is a sovereign, independent country. Unfortunately, the technical director of the shipyard at that time was Šime Šandrić, who was in charge of the construction of these boats, died two years ago and now there are very few people who have information about these boats.
    I am not aware who is designer. Someone says Sime Šandrić, and the other that the design came from the US importer: Sailing U.S.A.
    Most of the boats were exported to the United States, just a few remained in Croatia.
     
  11. domagoj
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    domagoj Junior Member

    Viking 28

    Here is few pictures:
     

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  12. David thompson
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    1960 Viking 23

    Hi Domago,
    Thanks so much for the pics you posted.
    My boat looks just like the add picture.
    I got her in 1985 , 2500 hrs of loving labor and have been sailing her ever since.


    Dave
     
  13. domagoj
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    domagoj Junior Member

    1960 Viking 23

    Hi Dave,
    I'm glad to hear that. I'm trying to gather as much information about these boats, especially those that have been renovated and sailing. I'd like to see some pictures if possible. These boats are part of the history of Croatian wooden boatbuilding and any information or image is precious.

    Domagoj
     
  14. David thompson
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    Pic of Viking 23

    Here is a picture of my Viking 23 last year.
    I have photo album of complete restoration project. However, the pictures are taken with 35 millimeter camera. If you would like, I can digitally photograph and post them.

    Dave
     

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  15. domagoj
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    Hi Dave,
    looks very nice, even more beautiful than I expected. I don't know if in Croatia there is any remaining Viking 23, so this picture is especially valuable. I would appreciate if you could post pictures of restoration.

    Can I publish this photo on facebook group HRVATSKI DRVENI BRODOVI - CROATIAN WOODEN BOATS?

    Domagoj
     
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