Vicem 64
MARCH 2003
Length overall  64'
Beam 16'2"
Draft  5'5"
Displacement  57,500 lb
Fuel Capacity  830 gals
Water Capacity  310 gals
Standard power  Twin Man 2840 LE 401 820hp diesels 
Base Price  $1,285,000

The dining area in the main saloon (above) is within easy reach of the galley, convenient for passing plates as well as passing time with the cook. (below) Note the thickness of the hunk of laminated deck that they cut out to make the hatch. This boat is built.

Here's a boat that harkens back to the magnificent mahogany cruisers from some of America's classic yacht manufacturers, and it's built in Istanbul, Turkey. But the remarkable aspects of this particular boat don't stop there. The hull is built with cold molded khaya mahogany and epoxy. And not just the hull,the keelson, stem, floors and beams are also made of laminated mahogany. All the rub rails and cap rails are built of solid teak, as are the swim platform and cockpit sole,intricately, painstakingly finished teak.

Then you notice the welds on the bow stainless-steel rails. And what you notice is that the welds are entirely, incredibly invisible. The connections are so pretty, it's as though the rails were cast in their final form. Such details are difficult not to admire once you've noticed them. Open the hatch in the bow to reveal the anchor locker, and what you notice is not the cavern-like quality of the locker, but the Herculean thickness of the hunk of laminated deck that they cut out to make the hatch itself. This boat is built.

Then you crawl around underneath the cockpit,never mind that the cockpit is laid out as an absolute luxury cruiser, with expanses of inviting lounges and the door through the transom leading to the wide swim platform,you let yourself down through a hatch in the sole and you're in a quite commodious crew quarters, complete with its own head and sink. There's a watertight door leading back to the engine compartment where the two huge 820-hp Man diesels are located, well down and centrally located fore and aft for enhanced balance and stability. That bulkhead is one of four protecting the hull.

Back on deck in the cockpit, you notice other details, like the cheerfully blue striped Sunbrella upholstery on the lounge cushions and the entertainment center in one corner with a sink, refrigerator and icemaker. Elegant sliding doors open into the enclosed helm deck, actually a large raised saloon with beautifully finished table and lounges. The helm is to starboard with a comfortable bench seat. The mahogany helm also boasts a custom teak steering wheel and room across the expanse of the dash for an array of Simrad electronics, including the AP20 autopilot, RA 41 C Radar with the 10" LCD screen, CE 42 GPS/Chart Sounder with the 10" color screen, RS 8400 VHF radio, and a Plastimo magnetic compass crowning it all.

Running this boat is sheer delight. Scott Heckler of Annapolis Sailyard invited me out on a clear, late autumn afternoon, along with several manufacturers reps from Turkey, who have set up an import office nearby, and a small handful of prospective buyers. There were at least a dozen people onboard, but it in no way felt crowded.

We whispered out of the harbor and opened up past the six-knot buoys, easing the Morse throttle controls to swiftly bring the hull up onto plane, adjusting the Benett trim tabs to bring the bow level. The boat kept accelerating in an exhilarating fashion, up to 29.3 knots at 2500 rpm. We were out in the middle of the Chesapeake in no time. Backing off, it seemed like 23.5 knots was a comfortable cruising speed on that flat water at 2000 rpm. The feel was that of a 1928 Chris Craft speedboat. The hydraulic steering was quite responsive, and the insulation and massive engine mounts kept noise and vibration to a minimum. Visibility was great over that long, low bow through the three big, square panes of the windshield, each with its own wiper, the large side windows and the windows across the back.

We turned around and headed up the Severn River. After a while, Scott had to pry my fingers from the wheel to give some of the other guests a turn. So I went below to admire the accommodations. The main saloon is finished in that elegant mahogany you'll find throughout the boat, actually a mixture of solid and veneered sipho mahogany with a polyurethane varnished finish.

The galley, immediately to starboard at the foot of the companionway steps, has an expanse of blue Corian countertop with a four-burner Siemens electric cook top, an Indel refrigerator/freezer, a stainless Siemens microwave, stainless sinks, and lots of storage behinds louvered cupboards and in numerous drawers. This boat was equipped with the optional Siemens dishwasher and washing machine. The dining table is just forward of the galley, within easy reach.

There are two guest cabins along the port side, each set up with twin berths easily convertible to doubles with inserts, plus hanging lockers and private doors leading to the shared head with an enclosed shower stall. The master stateroom is all the way forward, with a queen island berth on center and a circular skylight hatch above. The private head also has an enclosed shower stall.