Vicem 55 Classic and 65 Classic world debut at FLIBS22
Vicem 55 Classic and 65 Classic world debut at FLIBS22
The 2022 edition of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show marks a big achievement for the Turkish boatbuilder Vicem Yachts that has introduced one of its much anticipated models, the Vicem 55 Classic Flybridge. This new custom boat is the first of its size proposed in a flybridge version and the first built using composite fiberglass.
Vicem Yachts is well known as one of the leading cold molded wooden yacht builders in the world. However fiberglass constructions provide Vicem with quicker turnarounds as well as easier maintenance, still exceeding owners’ high expectations in terms of quality, performance and seaworthiness.
The timeless styling and unmatched attention to detail seen on this 55 feet-long vessel makes it stand out in a competitive Down East market. Let’s discover all its characteristics!
In terms of size, the Vicem 55 Classic Flybridge fits right in to the middle of Vicem’s Classic series, which has yachts ranging from 44-to 82-feet length overall. Every boat in that series takes design cues from Maine’s famous lobster boats, with protected pilothouses, large and workable cockpits, and a bit of tumblehome aft.
The Vicem 55 Classic Flybridge has Humphree stabilizers and electric flaps to keep it steady in a seaway. Bow and stern thrusters further bolster this vessel’s performance, making her easy to dock and maneuver in tight spaces. With a top speed of 26 knots and a cruising speed of around 20 knots, this unit is equipped with a standard engine package including two VOLVO PENTA IPS 700.
This Flybridge model is a new iteration of one of Vicem’s most popular and iconic models, the Vicem 55 Classic Sedan retaining all the main features plus offering an entire extra deck up top.
The flying bridge is massive compared to other boats of the same style and is shaded by a hardtop. Comfortable settees are located to port while an aft wet-bar is equipped with a standard refrigerator, ice-maker and barbecue grill; the perfect spot for owner and guests to enjoy the the sea. There’s also an alfresco helm for two.
The access to and from the flybridge is very easy thanks to the perfect placement and use of the flybridge teak stairs. Teak is a common theme onboard and can be seen in other places such as the swim platform and the toe rails.However, it is most dramatically on display in the cockpit which uses the durable and eye-pleasing wood to great effect.
Continuing the path aboard the Vicem 55 Classic the flybridge steps lead us down to the main deck.
In the teak-decked cockpit there is L shaped seating aft served by a mahogany table on a high-low pedestal. A wide, sliding mahogany and glass door leads to a comfortable salon with luxurious settees facing port and starboard, the interior helm station and excellent lines of sight. Additional pullman berths are one of the key features of the salon, the perfect solution for kids or when larger parties are staying aboard.
Moving down below, a port side longitudinal galley welcomes owner and guests in a very spacious and highly functional area with excellent counterspace where they can prepare food in privacy.
On the same level the Vicem 55 Classic Flybridge features a configuration with two staterooms: the large master stateroom forward and a VIP cabin amidships. Notably, both the master and the VIP have a queen-sized berth, which is unusual for a boat of this size and type and en-suite bathroom with separate shower.
All interior and exterior spaces have high-quality fabrics with expertly done stitching, which is usual onboard a Vicem yacht, and an overall level of fit and finish that rivals that of much larger yachts.Lastly, the top-tier woodwork with high-gloss varnish is an upgraded option the yard provides for an even more eye catching finish.
With a usable layout, excellent performance, and eye-pleasing lines, the Vicem 55 Classic Flybridge looks to be a star at this year’s Fort Lauderdale boat show.
Vicem Yachts launches first unit of much anticipated Vicem 65 Classic Flybridge
Vicem Yachts has a new addition to its fleet of 150+ vessels. The world-renowned Turkish shipyard presented the first unit of the restyled and reengineered Vicem 65 Classic Flybridge model at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show 2022.
“We are happy to host the world premiere of this beautiful, seaworthy and reliable model in the Unites States’ largest boat show,” said Noelle Semmes Vicem US sales manager. “We are committed to offering various choices to our owners, and it doesn’t stop at the hull construction material but goes well into details, and we are very proud about that flexibility.”
The first unit of the Vicem 65 Classic Flybridge is built in fiberglass but the model is also available in cold molded version that made the shipyard so popular among owners around the globe. Indeed the two additional units currently under construction are one cold molded and one fiberglass, both scheduled to be launched later this year.
The new version of this model allows clients to choose between traditional shaft-drive propulsion or Volvo Penta IPS pod drives. Either drivetrain provides the yacht with a proven propulsion that allows to achieve around 23-knot cruising speed and a maximum speed exceeds 28 knots.
The engine room is set aft under the cockpit, either option gives the builder maximum flexibility for the layout. Additionally, the engines location reduces noise significantly in the accommodation area.
Powered by a pair of Volvo Penta 725 horsepower engines, the Vicem 65 Classic Flybridge has a considerable range thanks to large tanks with 4,000 liters of fuel.
Fresh new look
Vicem Yachts remastered the 65 Classic’s original design, a downeast express-style yacht with a high freeboard and traditional lines, to enlarge windows and port lights dramatically, in particular in the front and both sides of the saloon. It greatly improves the visibility from the helm and provides natural light to all living areas of the boat.
The first unit of the new Vicem 65 Classic Flybridge has a completely reworked interior with a standard three-cabin configuration. The galley and accommodations are on the lower deck. Therefore, there are spacious seating options in the main salon and aft.
The full beam owner's cabin is forward with an en suite bathroom and several storage spaces as Vicem Yachts really cares about guests’ comfort. A day head and two other guest cabins with single beds complete the accommodations.
“We believe that this restyled and reengineered model, which was already successful, will fit in perfectly with the other yachts in the Classic series,” concludes Semmes. “She has everything of the Vicem DNA, timeless, traditional look and incredible choices from construction materials and drivetrain to interior design and décor.”