Vicem 65 IPS
The Vicem 65 IPS Classic shows its strength in style.
The sound of stepping aboard the Vicem 65 IPS Classic is, well, solid, if that can describe a sound. There’s no fiberglass bounce, no echo through the deck and definitely not much movement from the boat.
It could have something to do with Turkey’s traditional boatbuilding method based on handmade, mahogany wood construction through a cold-molded process (up to 16 layers of laminated mahogany, it’s told, that is stronger than fiberglass on a strength-to-weight ratio) using West System epoxy and modern-day high-tech glass and carbon fibers that reinforce the stress points and encapsulate the inner and outer layers of the hull. The wood may be heavy, but the boat is a beast.
“I was on plane at 22 knots in a 55 Vicem in the ICW just after a hurricane, and I hit a log,” says Capt. Ahmed Alvarez. “The only thing that happened to the boat is that the bottom paint separated from the boat—no delamination and no structural damage.” That’s pretty solid…and strong.
Once on board, there’s a feeling of height and plenty of space. The yacht does appear tall off the waterline, but there’s a reason—headroom. The yacht’s downeast style keeps the
profile low, but she is a big boat and when you go below, the interior volume is enormous. This model was originally built for an NBA basketball player, so as an example, the master suite’s headroom is seven feet, five inches, and that’s the way it is throughout.
The accommodations are available in a three or four stateroom configuration. In either layout, the full-beam master suite is amidships with a walkaround bed, ensuite head and
separate shower, plenty of storage, large window, 40-inch flat screen TV, and, like the rest of the interior, dressed with mahogany, including the cabinets and drawers. The VIP cabin is forward with a centerline, walkaround bed against the bulkhead, ensuite head and shower in the bow, 40-inch flat screen TV, and windows on each side above a small settee. Between the master and VIP suites on either side of the passageway are smaller cabins; the port is a single, captain’s quarters, and the starboard has two single bunks.