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All new cold-molded Vicem 67 Cruiser construction underway

by Vicem Yachts 17 Jan 2019 02:53 PST
Vicem 67 Cruiser © Vicem Yachts

Vicem Yachts is excited to announce construction has begun on a new cold-molded motoryacht designed for the way boaters cruise today. The motor yacht will incorporate a fly bridge with hardtop into a traditional profile and will add a host of updated features designed to appeal to cruisers who seek modern convenience in a timeless design.

Vicem has begun a spec build of this new model to introduce at the Newport International Boat Show, September 12 to 15, 2019.

An elegant layout with updated features

An elegant motor yacht, the Vicem 67 Cruiser will have a classic layout with five distinct social areas:

  • A formal dining area to port with seating for six will be opposite a galley that can be open or closed off, depending on owner preference.
  • The saloon will have facing settees port and starboard, served by a table on a high-low pedestal.
  • The cockpit will be shaded by the large fly bridge overhang and will feature a wide transom settee served by a solid-wood table for al fresco dining for eight and access to a broad swim platform.
  • The fly bridge will have a hardtop sheltering an upper helm station, forward-facing companion seating, an open-air galley console, and a U-shaped settee.
  • The foredeck features a large sun pad on the trunk cabin as well as a forward-facing settee at the bow.
  • A European Delivery Option lets new owners enjoy an exotic destination on their new yacht.

"Creating a new design to accommodate the needs of clients who may want additional fly bridge space, comfortable accommodations, space for a crew to help out, and the benefits of updated design should understand what our cold-molded construction allows Vicem to do," says Sinan Unal, Chief Naval Architect and Marine Engineer. "Boaters who want to think beyond the ordinary will understand what the 67 Cruiser can provide."

Additional aspects of the layout include the lower helm, which will be located to starboard with a comfortable helm chair and also the choice of an additional companion seat, all in an area that will be open to the social areas of the main deck. The helm will have a side door to offer easy access to the side decks, for an improved view while docking and short-handed line handling. A galley for the discriminating chef will offer abundant workspace on quartz counters and a full slate of appliances.

Wide side decks will be protected by high bulwarks topped with a stainless steel bowrail to lend safe access to the foredeck for managing dock lines or the professional-grade windlass and rode locker. Open space aft on the upper deck space will serve as a boat deck with davit, or an open sun-lounging area.

The interior will be finished in Vicem's signature book-matched veneers, with time-honored craftsmanship evident throughout. But tradition will meet updated design with a three-part stainless-steel-and-glass sliding door that will open wide to add an indoor-outdoor feel to the saloon and cockpit.

Accommodations for six, plus crew

Belowdecks, the Vicem 67 Cruiser will feature a three-stateroom layout, including both forward and amidships masters with king-size beds, as well as an en suite starboard guest stateroom with a double bed. Throughout the build, craftsmanship will be apparent in the finishes and attention to detail. Stowage in lighted hanging lockers, beneath berths, and in nightstands will accommodate owner and guests for extended cruises. Heads will feature wood-framed, tempered-glass shower doors, quartz counters, and premium fixtures. A crew's quarters for two is located aft and has an eat-in galley, laundry facilities, and a head with separate shower.

Proper cold-molded construction

The Vicem 67 Cruiser has a hard-chine planing hull constructed of cold-molded mahogany and using West System epoxy. Cold-molding results in a strong hull that's light in weight. The build will use cold-molded plywood decks, superstructure, and housetop, sheathed with one ply of E-glass biaxial fabric with epoxy coating and lamination. In addition, the deck and house-top structure use mahogany framing and beams, employing carbon fiber and epoxy at high-load areas for added, lightweight strength.

Mahogany and hardwood are used in the stringers, keelson, and sheer, and the structural engine beds are cold-molded, laminated mahogany. The hull-deck joint is glued and mechanically fastened. Vicem will use epoxy undercoating, fairing compound, and barrier coat in addition to anti-fouling on all hull surfaces below the waterline. In addition, the builder will use polyurethane coatings for the topsides and boot stripe. Quarter guards and rubrails will be laminated teak with stainless strikers.

Propulsion and performance

Power for the Vicem 67 Cruiser will be a pair of 600-horsepower Volvo Penta D8 diesels using conventional shaft drive. Expected speeds with the standard engines are an 18-knot cruise and a 22-knot top speed. Engine options will include 725-horsepower Volvo Penta D11s and 900-horsepower Volvo Penta D13s.

"Vicem's proprietary cold-molded construction produces a hull that combines the best qualities of natural and synthetic materials in a handmade process," says Noelle Semmes, sales director of Vicem Yachts USA"Vicem incorporates high-tech materials, such as e-glass, carbon fiber and epoxy. to reinforce all stress points and encapsulate the inner and outer layers of the hull, but inside the hull itself, mahogany and epoxy laminate provide a better strength-to-weight ratio, while attenuating sound and reducing temperature. And reduced weight and better sea keeping mean we need smaller engines giving us better fuel consumption."

European Delivery Option

Vicem understands the appeal of its yachts to worldly cruisers and so offers delivery in Turkey. Clients can take delivery there, and complete the survey and sea trial. Once that business is out of the way, the new owner can then cruise the extensive Turkish coast and islands as well as the Greek islands for a week or two. After this cruise is complete, the yacht is loaded on a ship by the yard for delivery to its new home port.

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