Classic lines are passing the test of time. And if Zeelander, the Dutch yacht manufacturer, unveils his flagship “lobster” in Northern Europe, which is expected on the water this year, the Vicem 65 IPS Classic arrives from Turkey.
Vicem 65 is a yacht from the Turkish yard Vicem and is the 153rd hull produced in 28 years of history. Presented last November, it best embodies Vicem’s typical traits, which intertwine the ancient traditions of Turkish and American naval design. Luxury and the quality of the finishes are the basic ingredients of this classic yacht which, in its lines, is very similar to the original lobsters, i.e. fishing boats “adapted” to cruise boats.
The cockpit of the 65 IPS Classic has a large sofa as well as the dinette, which is also equipped with a lounge chair. The control panel has seats for two. The Vicem 65 IPS Classic can be built with three or four cabins. Below deck, the owner’s cabin is in the middle of the boat and full beam, with a walkaround bed. The VIP cabin is forward with walk around bed and private bathroom with shower; the third cabin with two beds is starboard, also with shower.
There are no constraints in the construction and everything is customizable as explained by Sinan Unal, naval architect and chief engineer of Vicem.
“Our construction process allows us to build a yacht that is not hampered by the constraints of a molded hull. Our goal was to build a 65 footer with the internal volume of a typical 75/80 footer. On this yacht, the average height below deck of the ceiling is about 2 meters each side with the owner’s cabin reaching 2.30m”.
Space and comfort have been the focus of attention in the design of this yacht, without however altering the classic lines and proportions of this motor yacht.
“And of course – concludes Sinan Unal – with all that extra volume, there are more cabinets and containers everywhere. We challenged our engineers to get this space without altering the classic proportions of our exterior, so the look of this yacht is classic Vicem, elegant, elegant and tidy.”
This yacht is powered by two 800 hp Volvo Penta diesel engines with IPS 1050 engines, with which the Vicem 65 IPS Classic cruises at 23 knots. With this engine, the maximum exceeds 26 knots. Two other Volvo Penta engine options are also available: 2xIPS 1200 or 2xIPS 1350.
Vicem’s construction method produces a hull that mixes the best of synthetic and natural materials in a completely handcrafted way, ensuring the highest quality in every part. The use of high-tech fibers such as e-glass and carbon fiber to reinforce all points of stress and encapsulate the inner and outer layers of the hull. Inside the hull itself, instead of fiberglass or foam, an epoxy and mahogany laminate is used. Why use wood as an inner layer? Because in terms of weight/resistance, mahogany is much more resistant than fiberglass, drastically reducing sound and temperature levels. And because this construction uses much less epoxy resin, the hull is much lighter and not rigid.