Beauty might be in the eye of the beholder, but like the sun setting on a remote anchorage, Vicem’s handcrafted mahogany interiors are objectively beautiful. Take a look. It’s hard not to stare. What you’re seeing is the Cruiser 67, the first yacht in Vicem’s cruiser range with a hull length under 70 feet. But even though the 67 is closer in size to their entry-level offerings, the attention to detail is everywhere: in the mix of dark and light brightwork in the cabinetry, the book-matched vertical lines running along the bulkheads illuminated by LEDs and the robustness built into the base of the berths. This is real mahogany; Vicem assures me they don’t cut any corners.
“Because we build it by hand, we’re able to do it,” becomes a common refrain when speaking with Noelle Semmes, director of sales for Vicem Yachts. The Turkish builder is technically a semi-custom operation, but handcrafting every part gives owners a ton of advantages when customizing. All design is done in-house, and they routinely add modifications to overall height and headroom. They let their clients decide what each layout will ultimately become. “There’s nothing you can ask us that we’re going to say no to,” says Semmes for emphasis. Personalizing spaces is her favorite part of the job.
Following the other models in the cruiser line, the 67 is a pilothouse motoryacht with an additional flybridge helm station. Hull number one can comfortably sleep six in three staterooms, all en suite: a midship full-beam master suite, a forward VIP (that could be the master suite if the owner so desires) and a guest cabin with twin berths. Though the 67 was built with a self-sufficient cruising couple in mind—say, for those interested in the Great Loop—it also comes with crew quarters. All the way aft, located next to the engine room is a crew cabin with bunk beds, a separate galley and head. However, this space could also be outfitted for children or grandchildren.
According to Semmes, a big misconception about Vicems are that these boats are constructed solely from wood. Wooden boats may bring to mind rot and weaker structures. In fact, cold-molded—or in Vicem’s case, epoxy-infused mahogany bonded at 90 degree angles—allows for higher strength-to-weight ratios than building solely in fiberglass. And with an outer shell of fiberglass, their yachts are technically hybrid composite builds. “As far as the water sees, it’s a fiberglass boat,” says Semmes. “The Coast Guard considers it a fiberglass boat when they’re doing their documentation because the outer layer is fiberglass.”
As for performance, the 67 is fitted with a pair of 1,000-hp Volvo Penta D13 diesel engines that, according to the builder, deliver a top speed of 22 knots and cruising speed of 14 knots. The vessel holds a CE Design Category “A” designation for seaworthiness, meaning it was designed to withstand winds over 40 knots and significant wave heights above 13 feet. Combined with an economical range of 2,200 nm at 8 knots and a range of 875 nm at cruising speed, the 67 can fulfill the most ambitious cruising goals. Being surrounded by sumptuous styling elements, like rich mahogany woodwork, certainly doesn’t hurt either. —Simon Murray
Displ. 123,238 lbs.
Fuel 2,110 gal.
Water 300 gal.
Power 2/1,000-hp Volvo Penta D13
Price $3.5 million
Cruise Speed14 knots
Top Speed 22 knots
Cruising Range 1,000 miles