First Vicem in its size range to feature IPS, combines classic Turkish and American naval design traditions

The all-new Vicem 65 IPS Classic is the first in the Turkish builder’s size range to be fitted with the Volvo Penta IPS system and was unveiled at the Ft Lauderdale show at the end of October.

The Vicem 65 IPS Classic is the latest offering from a brand, founded 28 years ago, that seeks to honouring the old traditions of both Turkish and American naval design, while infusing their creations with a high level of luxury and quality of fit and finish.

“Our fully custom construction process allows us to build a yacht that is not hampered by the constraints of a moulded hull, therefore, it was our goal to build a 65 footer with the internal volume of a typical 75 to 80 ft express cruiser,” explains Sinan Unal - Vicem’s Chief Naval Architect and Marine Engineer. “One thing that invariably leads to discomfort on a boat is headroom. Even with a wide beam and lots of windows, if the ceiling is just a few inches above the head, people will start feeling claustrophobic very soon. On this yacht, we have 7 ft of headroom average throughout, with the course, with all that additional volume come more closets and storage everywhere. We challenged our engineers to achieve this unrivaled space without altering the classic proportions of our exterior, so this yacht’s look is classic Vicem, sleek, elegant and uncluttered”.

 “One thing that invariably leads to discomfort on a boat is headroom. Even with a wide beam and lots of windows, if the ceiling is just a few inches above the head, people will start feeling claustrophobic”

Powered by twin 800-hp Volvo Penta diesels with IPS 1050 pod drives, the new Vicem 65 IPS Classic cruises at 23 knots – with a range of about 420 nm - and tops out at 26 knots. The yard offers two other Volvo Penta engine options: 2xIPS 1200 or 2xIPS 1350.

THE COLD MOULDED METHOD

The building technique used to create the Vicem 65 IPS Classic is the cold moulded process, west system epoxy. A millenary, unique construction technique which embodies all the construction methods of the Turkish historical marine tradition; the cold moulded process west system epoxy a modern procedure different from traditional boat building. Based on engineered wood construction, cold-moulding uses laminated mahogany (coming from managed forests) and a specific formulated epoxy resin to create the hull, decks and principal superstructures. On a strength-to-weight ratio, mahogany is stronger than fibreglass.