Yachting Magazine has said of Vicem's yachts:
"They are well designed, expertly finished and reasonably priced. Just as important, they have that texture, that beauty, that nostalgic feel that will curls your toes."
Welcome Aboard a Modern Classic
ISTANBUL, TURKEY --- The Vicem family of luxury motor yachts evokes the classic style and timeless allure of a golden age in boating, and will continue do so for ages to come. Welcome aboard Vicem Yachts.
A Hand-Crafted Modern Classic For more than two decades, the seasoned team of designers and builders at Vicem Yachts’ headquarters and shipyards in Turkey has built a fine reputation as an elite builder of classic, elegant motor yachts. One look and you immediately sense the superlative skill and devotion of the team of artisans who craft each yacht, inside and out, entirely by hand. A Vicem’s appeal is unmistakable and timeless – one that will always be in style today, as it was years ago, and as it will be years from now. Vicems are strikingly handsome. The sculpted flanks and elegant profiles, copious use of mahogany with glints of teak and stainless steel accents, set against a seaworthy hull call to mind a celebrated era of yachting off New England coastlines. Aside from using advanced computer software engineering and architectural programs to design the yachts, it is all done at the hands of a dedicated team of craftsman who have honed their skills and talents over the years with the company. Many began working as apprentices on their way to their current position as craftsmen and master carpenters. Vicem’s handcrafted approach to construction also allows each yacht to be tailored to an owner’s specific needs and desires, and as a result, each Vicem yacht is unique unto itself.
It’s All in the Details Inside and out, the signature of a Vicem yacht is the unrivaled attention to detail. Room layouts are expansive, from oversized salons and generous galleys to unexpectedly spacious staterooms. Solid Khaya mahogany is utilized throughout the interior, where the wood’s warm tones are accented with the occasional African Wenge inlay or border. Bulkheads are contrasted by creamcolored ceilings and large oversized windows to help lighten up the enclosed areas. All floors are of Ducia and Wenge, which can better withstand scuffing. Everywhere you look on board is a testament to the artistry and quality of the craftsmanship – beautiful raised-panel doors; curved floor and table inlays; precisely dovetailed drawers and louvered cabinet doors; beveled-edge mirrors; stainless steel trim to border the mahogany shelves in the galley and dinette; absence of harsh right angles; and chrome hardware sculpted by hand that reveal no seams or welding marks.
Beauty & Brawn But don’t let a Vicem’s good looks fool you. Style does not come at the expense of seaworthiness and performance. Take for example the Vicem hull. Vicem hulls are made of mahogany composite laminated in West System® Epoxy using a cold-molded construction method that results in an extraordinarily strong, durable structure.
The hull skin is built upon a wood frame in four directional layers of mahogany composite. The first three layers (45º, 135º, 90º) are adhered to the frame and each other by galvanized nails and saturated with epoxy, and the fourth layer (180º) fastened via epoxy and plastic strap-and staples that are removed, leaving behind a smooth hull with no visible markings. The entire hull is then coated with E-glass, covered in an epoxy fairing compound which is long-board sanded by hand to final hull shape and smoothness, and finished with Awlgrip paint to achieve a fine appearance that is equated with a Vicem. Vicem’s hulls offer superior thermal and sound insulation properties, and impressive ride qualities.
SWEET SUE is a beautiful example of the popular Vicem 52 Classic. Her galley-down configuration opens up the salon while still keeping both the galley and the chef part of the party with the open ceiling allowing both fresh air and light. Two staterooms, two heads and amazing hand crafted mahogany interior.
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Vicem Yachts (pronounced "VEE-cham") builds classic style luxury motor yachts that are enjoyed by discerning yachting enthusiasts in many parts of the world. Crafted largely by hand at the company's shipyard in Istanbul, Turkey, Vicem models range from about 35' up to 150' in length. Currently there are more than 150 Vicems afloat in Europe and the USA. Since the company was founded more than two decades ago, the Vicem brand has become synonymous with impeccable craftsmanship, upmost attention to detail and quality, and widely respected cold-molded construction.
The Vicem Classic Series, introduced in the USA in 2001, includes models ranging from 34' to 72'. These strikingly handsome yachts are an established favorite among Vicem owners. Based on the achievement of the Classic Series, Vicem launched the Cruisers series in 2008. These larger yachts, now ranging from 65'--115' are also attracting a great deal of attention. We also build Sportfish models, ranging 54'-66'.
In 2008, Vicem started construction of its first composite 150' megayacht, which is a collaboration of world-renowned designers, Frank Mulder and Art-Line Design supported by a project management team with global experience in this area.
In recent years, Turkey has been am emerging powerhouse in the world of boat-building. Vicem Yachts stands as the best example of this emerging market, with many years of experience and a fine reputation as an elite builder of classic, elegant motoryachts.
Welcome Aboard SWEET SUE
The Vicem 52 classic has a large cockpit with L shaped seating to port in sunbrella with cushion covers. A custom Vicem hi/o table with cover provide a wonderful spot for alfresco dining. There is a teak step both port and starboard to the wide side decks. Access to the teak and starboard swim platform is through a starboard transom door. On the starboard side is a mahogany console with marble counters, built in stainless sink and electric BBQ grill. Underneath is a refrigerator and storage space and there is a cover to protect the console from weather.
Enter the salon of SWEET SUE through sliding door and notice the beautiful 360 degree view and stunning satin finish mahogany interior and flat screen TV. Port and starboard settees and hi lo table provide seating. Forward port side is a navigation seat with storage and desk/nav table. Port side is the helm and storage is beneath both nav and helm seat.
Down a few stairs but still open to the salon is the port side galley. This large and beautiful area has marble counter-tops, stainless appliances and mahogany cabinets. The electrical panel is also conveniently located here at eye-level - no more having to crouch down!
Starboard side is the guest cabin with twin berth, stainless opening ports, mahogany cabinets and flat screen TV. The guest head is just forward with marble counters and TECMA freshwater head.
Forward is the Master Stateroom with large island berth, mahogany cabinets, built-in vanity with seat, flat screen TV, stainless steel ports and overhead hatch with screen. The master head is on the port side with marble counters, TECMA fresh water head and large separate stall shower.
Settees, port and starboard
Custom built table arrangement on port settee - removable to use straight settee
Hi-Lo dining table
Flat screen TV with DVD and entertainment center, aft starboard side
Varnished wood floors with custom-fitted area carpet
GALLEY IS DOWN TO PORT
Granite counter-tops, varnished mahogany
Stainless steel sink
Isotherm under-counter fridge with freezer
Isotherm standup fridge with separate freezer
Stainless GE profile convection microwave oven
Bosch two burner electric cook-top
Generous storage in lockers and drawers
Pantry storage under stairs
GUEST CABIN AND HEAD
Hanging locker, storage in drawers
Forward on the center-line
Center-line queen berth with storage under
Hanging locker to port
Vanity with stool to starboard
En-suite head with Tecma head, granite counter-top, stall shower
Wall mounted flat screen TV
Overhead hatch with sun and insect screens
Varnished mahogany wood finish throughout
Dark Blue Awlgrip hull in excellent condition
Teak Swim Platform
Teak in cockpit in excellent condition with full cockpit cover
Side and fore deck new non-skid 2016
Lewmar hatches with sliding insect and sunshades
Lofrans vertical capstan anchor windlass
Stainless plow anchor with full chain rode
Stainless steel bow and side rails
Bow storage lockers
Canvas covers for cockpit, windshield, toerails and handrails
Docklines, fenders, USCG safety equipment
Wide varnished helm seat with twin folding footrests
Varnished mahogany and stainless steel steering wheel, hydraulic power steering
ZF single lever electronic throttle and gear controls
Full VDO analog gauges for each engine
MAN electronic monitoring station for each engine
Sidepower thrusters, bow and stern, all integrated controls
Exalto windshield wipers (3) with fresh water
Jabsco electric spotlight remote control
Lenco trim tabs
Fireboy engine-room fire suppression system override
Bilge pumps (3) controls
generator start/stop panel
Raymarine E120 chart-plotter with GPS and digital radar overlay
Raymarine ST60 depth-sounder
Raymarine ST6001 SmartPilot autopilot
Raymarine 240 VHF
12 Vdc, 24Vdc, 120/240Vac systems with gauges, panels and circuit breaker protection
50A 240Vac shore power cord with Glendinning cord cable system
Onan QSD 9.5 KW 240Vac generator in soundbox, starboard aft side of engine room approx 1100 hours
Newmar PT 24-95 battery charger, 95 amp
Mechanical systems on the Vicem are located under the cockpt sole in a vast lazarette, and in the engine room. All are in excellent condition, well maintained and kept in prime operating condition.
ENGINE ROOM and PROPULSION
Twin MAN 6 cyl turbocharged diesel engines, 610 HP each approx 1350 hours
ZF Matthers electronic throttle and gear controls, single lever
MAN electronic engine monitoring systems, port and starboard panels at helm
VDO analog gauges at helm, port and starboard
Twin Disc gears
Underwater exhausts with idling ports
Dripless stuffing boxes
316 stainless steel shafts with anode protection
Stainless steel rudders
Stainless steel fuel tanks (2), forward of engine room with crossover valve and manifold
Laval fuel separator filters for main engine and generator
FE241 FIREBOY automatic fire suppression system with manual override
Full soundproofing throughout engine room and lazarette
Access from lazarette through watertight bulkhead door or through salon floor hatches
Water pressure system
Air-conditioning compressors (3) and raw water pump (all 240Vac)
Sidepower stern thruster
All above waterline discharges under swim platforms aft
Access from cockpit through large centerline hatch with ladder
The cold-molded construction operation simply involves layers of thin veneers, oriented at different angles, glued over a mold. The glue in this case being a specially formulated epoxy resin. The marriage of engineered wood with formulated resins yields a hull that is lighter, stronger and more durable than a traditionally built boat. There are two basic reasons for this:
1- Firstly, laminating several layers of wood at 90-degree angles optimizes the unidirectional strength of this naturally flexible product, making it ideally suited to resist and absorb the complex forces applied to a hull in a seaway. Secondly,
2- Wood is a very strong material. However, this strength is unidirectional, meaning you can easily bend the wood in one direction but it would break if you try to bend it in the other direction. Binding together several layers of wood at 90-degree angles makes the hull much stronger in resisting the complex set of forces that effect the vessel during navigation.
Preventing the hull from absorbing more moisture than ideal is crucial in a wooden boat. Many woods are two or even three times stronger when dry than they are when saturated with moisture. The cold molding system aims to keep the wood dry. The epoxy soaks deep into the wood, sealing it off from moisture and oxygen. Keeping the water out means no swelling and no rotting. The glued joints are firmly bonded for long periods of time. Through this method, the hull skin is built upon a wood frame in four directional layers of African or South American Mahogany (Sapele) composite planking.
The first layer (-45 degrees) is fastened to the frames, keel, chine and sheer strake with galvanized nails and saturated with epoxy; the second layer (+45 degrees) and third layer (90 degrees) are fastened and bonded with epoxy and stainless steel staples, while the fourth layer (0 degrees) is fastened via epoxy and stainless steel strapped staples that are then removed, leaving behind a smooth hull with no visible markings. For larger, heavier yachts, an additional inner layer of edge-fastened strip planking mechanically locked together in a bead and cove fashion, with two outer layers of diagonally fastened mahogany planking, is required. Both methods have mahogany laminated internal structural members for the keel, chine, sheer and beams.
The final structural construction step requires coating the entire bilge area, engine room and exterior of the hull with 10oz E-glass cloth, epoxy resin and a polyurethane paint system. The exterior of the full is finished on top of the E-glass by multiple steps of long boarding, epoxy fairing compounds, epoxy primers and polyurethane paint to achieve a mirror-like finish. The result is a yacht that has all the advantages of a laminated wood hull, such as natural insulating properties for sound and humidity, and is also stronger than standard fiberglass and traditionally built wooden yachts.
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