One among the most interesting boats we saw at the last Palm Beach International Boat Show was certainly the Vicem 46 IPS.
The main reason for that is her timeless design which perfectly combines classic elegance with more aggressive lines.
After all, this is the distinctive mark of the whole Vicem range. But, in the case of the new 46-footer, legitimate interest is due to an additional reason: the boat is the first model of the Turkish shipyard built in fiberglass and epoxy instead of the traditional laminated mahogany.
The result materialized before our eyes at the boat show: a sturdy, lighter and more performing hull which hasn’t lost anything of the traditional charm and elegance of the Vicem creations.
The boat was designed by Vicem’s in-house design team with a view to create a 46-footer with huge inner volumes to be placed in the upper market of boats of this size.
Beyond a rather classic distribution of spaces, interiors are quite spacious also thanks to the Volvo Penta IPS engines which have significantly reduced the sizes of the engine room to the benefit of inner volumes.
From the cockpit, furnished with an elegant L-shape sofa wrapping the table, guests can enter the welcoming lounge, flooded with light both during the day, when natural light enters from the large side windows, and at night, thanks to a warm and well-conceived lighting system.
The dinette, too, is elegantly furnished, with a L-shaped sofa and a lot of room made available by the choice of locating the galley on the lower deck.
The lounge and cockpit are separated by a sliding door which, when open, contributes to make interiors even more ergonomic since there is no longer any separation and the result is a large unique living space.
Before the dinette, on the starboard side, there is the pilot station, where the helmsman has a comfortable chair and all electronic instruments handy.
Here, we find another interesting element, a little unusual on boats of this size: a side door overlooking the handrail. It shouldn’t be underestimated since it considerably eases movement around the vessel, especially while maneuvering in a port.
The standard layout foresees two large double cabins. The owner’s one has a lot of space around the centrally-located double bed, ample storage space and a private bathroom complete with shower.
The guest cabin has two twin beds which can be easily joined to make a single queen-size bed, while the guest bathroom is out of the cabin.
The Vicem 46 is also available in a flybridge version. In this case, the upper deck is equipped with a bar area with electric BBQ and refrigerator.
Powered by two IPS 600 Volvo Penta engines, the Vicem 46 is fast and silent. The top speed is close to 30 knots while cruising speed is 26 knots, with just 62 decibel recorded during the sea trials experienced by the Vicem staff. Thanks to the reliable Volvo Penta dynamic stability system and GPS controls, the Vicem 46 always maintains her desired position.
|Length Overall||14.02 m|
|Engines||2 x Volvo Penta Ips 600|