Sunday, February 17

New Vicem 65 IPS Classic: A Down-East Look from a Veteran Turkish Builder

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The new Vicem 65 IPS Classic, the Turkish-built yacht with classic Down East lines, will have its world debut at the Annapolis powerboat show starting Oct. 11. The new low-profile beauty with its long sheerline and built-in-Maine-like tumblehome is the 153rd yacht built in Vicem’s 27-year history, and its 12th in the 60-foot segment.

Powered by twin 800-hp Volvo diesels with IPS 1050 pod drives, the new Vicem cruises at 26 knots and tops out at 30 knots. At its cruising speed, the boat has a range of about 420 nm.

Because of its cold-molded construction process using marine mahogany, Vicem is able to customize its yachts to fit an owner’s desires. The new 65 IPS classic can be built with three or four staterooms and three heads. Vicem specializes in creating extra interior volume in its yachts; this one has an average of 7 feet of headroom, growing to 7’ 5” in the master stateroom.

Vicem’s proprietary construction uses high-tech fibers like e-glass and carbon fiber at stress points in the hull, but it uses a mahogany and epoxy laminate as an inner layer. On a strength-to-weight ratio, mahogany is stronger than fiberglass, the company says; it also reduces sound and pounding underway and is cooler in warm temperatures and warmer in cold temperatures.

The cockpit of the 65 IPS Classic has a large L-shaped sofa and a wet bar. The salon has a super-sized L-shaped sofa to starboard and two large lounge chairs, flanking an entertainment center, to port. The galley is up and forward to port, with lots of counter space for long-range cruising. The helm station to starboard has seats for two.

Below, the master stateroom is midships and full beam, with a walkaround bed and a large ensuite head with shower. The VIP cabin is forward with a walkaround bed and en suite head and shower; the third stateroom with two berths is on the starboard side, also with a head and shower. A fourth cabin could be built to port.

Specs.: LOA: 65’0”; Beam: 17’6”; Draft: 4’9”; Disp.: 65,000 lbs.; Fuel: 832 gals.; Water: 200 gals.; Power: 2×800-hp Volvo IPS 1050 pod drives.




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