Bottom Line: Wood is good—Vicem has cold-molded mahogany dialed. And custom craftsmanship lets an owner set the standard.
Vicem has long been a keeper of a rich tradition: Turkish craftsmen fashioning boats from wood. And the shapes of the company’s boats hew to tradition as well, considering that they produce rakish, Down East-inspired motoryachts up to 80 feet, a line of cruising boats up to 107 feet, and curvy clones of Carolina sportfishermen up to 63 feet. The Vulcan line of composite superyachts stretches up to 150 feet.
The 65 Classic Flybridge makes the most of her Maine-crustacean inspiration, and is available in two- or three-stateroom configurations, with either a galley-up or a galley-down arrangement. But it’s the custom nature of this build that best showcases how Vicem meets owner needs. This owner had some specific needs, such as increasing door heights—another advantage of using in-house design, which Vicem does for both the interior and exterior.
The three-stateroom, galley-up arrangement in this boat is augmented by an additional room placed beneath the stairs, at the owner’s request, to serve as a spot for a child with access to the portside double stateroom, forming a family suite. Future owners could use the space as crew’s quarters.
The hull, designed by Yusuf Altundasar, is powered by a pair of 900-horsepower Volvo Pentas with conventional shaft drives. At 10 knots, the boat is said to offer a range of better than 1,000 nautical miles, while a 22-knot cruise yields a 350-nautical-mile range. All with the qualities of mahogany construction, including a quieter ride and lots of natural insulation.
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- Builder: Vicem
- Model: Vicem 65 Classic Flybridge
- Year: 2016
- Base Price: $2.75 million
- LOA: 65'0"
- Draft: 5'3"
- Beam: 18'5"
- Displacement: 91,490 lb.
- Fuel Capacity: 898 gal.
- Water Capacity: 304 gal.
- Cruise Speed: 22 knots
- Top Speed: 27 knots
This article originally appeared in the August 2016 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.