Set up a decade ago and driven by its owner’s passion for perfection, Vicem Yachts was founded specifically to create fully hand-built yachts using traditional methods. The yard’s hard work and expertise immediately earned it kudos in the sector, as it continued to build unique custom-designed yachts for its clientele. To this day, Vicem Yachts is a yard that retains a deep respect for the traditions of wooden shipbuilding.
Each hull, each element of the vessel, and all of the furnishings are entirely hand-built at the yard by Vicem’s expert team. The craftsmen use techniques perfected over the course of centuries, as one might expect in a country like Turkey, which has a shipbuilding tradition going back thousands of years.
Vicem currently builds its yachts in two locations in Turkey: the main yard is in Tuzla, near Istanbul, where most of the design and construction support services are also based. Another two facilities are situated in Antalya on Turkey’s southern coast about 500 miles from Istanbul, overlooking the Mediterranean.
In its modern production facilities Vicem Yachts continues to combine charming old-world elegance, so typical of hand-built yachts, with innovative techniques derived from today’s cutting-edge technologies. Each Vicem yacht is of superior quality and built carefully to achieve absolute perfection.
The option of total customization means that each yacht is unique and fully in line with her Owner’s needs and tastes.
In order to meet the needs of a different set of Owners, Vicem Yachts gradually began to focus on a new objective: expanding into the international luxury yacht market.
So, in 2006 the yard joined forces with Sanko Holding, one of Turkey’s largest industrial groups, with interests across multiple business sectors. While continuing to build its classic yachts, Vicem made a successful commercial decision to start a totally new line of luxury yachts, built in fibreglass using modern production techniques. Following its partnership with Sanko, Vicem Yachts pursued a logical strategy of diversification and put together a team of world-renowned designers to work on its new range of luxury yachts in fibreglass composite.
The yard has taken up the challenge and is bent on achieving international renown as one of the world’s best luxury yacht-builders. At present, Vicem is following this new direction by focusing on a totally new project: the Vicem 46-metre.
This is the first unit from the yard’s innovative line of fibreglass composite yachts, and its overall project was carried out by the famous Dutch expert Frank Mulder and his firm Frank Mulder Design, specialists in design, naval architecture and engineering.
Design has already begun at the Antalya facilities, while a further two new 35-metre units are being built at the Tuzla yard. The new Vicem 46 is, therefore, the impressive result of a partnership with internationally renowned designers, plus the renowned production quality of Vicem Yachts. She is expected to make her debut next spring, with everything it takes to thrill a particularly demanding public.
The main dimensional and technical data
Based on naval architecture by the Dutch firm Frank Mulder Design, the new Vicem 46 is built to Maltese Cross HULL • MACH Ych Unrestricted navigation (MCA), and is compliant with Large Commercial Yacht Code (LY2).
Construction is underway at the Vicem Yachts facilities, which are equipped with advanced systems for production in fibreglass composite.
The yacht is being built using the vacuum backed corecell sandwich process, with corecell, epoxy and e-glass in a tri-axial and quadraxial set-up. Vicem 46 has a semi-planing hull with a lateral fin stabilizer system, as well as a hydraulic bowthruster and sternthruster. As required by the classification standards, the hull is divided into five watertight compartments, ensuring stability and buoyancy even in the event of damage. Vicem 46 has an overall length of around 46-metre (approximately 151 feet), with length at waterline of almost 39.5-metre (129.5 ft), and a maximum beam of more than 9-metre (more than 29.5 ft). [...]