Turkish builder Vicem Yachts, long-known for their cold-mould wooden construction techniques on smaller down yachts, has stepped boldly into the composite superyacht realm.
IN ANYONE’S BOOKS, THE BUILDING of the new Vicem 46-metre Vulcan was a brave move. Vicem had never before built a yacht of this size, or complexity. She was to be constructed entirely of composite by a yard that has mastered the art of cold-moulded mahogany. As if that was not enough, the go ahead to commence the build preceded the 2008 global financial crisis by a month or so. Whether this was brave or foolhardy has yet to be decided. But what cannot be argued is the fact that not only did Vicem build a magnificent superyacht, it also created one that is turning heads and becoming noticed for what has been achieved. The yacht made her debut the 2013 Fort
Lauderdale Boat show in October. The Vulcan was designed by Frank Mulder, who handled the exterior styling and naval architecture, together with the Dutch-based Art Line creating the interiors.
Sebahattin Hafizoglu, the shipyard founder and now Chairman of the Board of Directors, chose this interior design team. He wanted the firm he created and built from scratch to enter the superyacht segment of the market with a serious and self-proclaimed ambition of making the world sit up and notice. “I want no compromise, I will seek out only the highest quality building materials and technologies and I will create a yacht that compares favourably to those build in Northern Europe Shipyards,” Hafizoglu said in an interview.
Work began on what was a spec project in 2008 and was subsequently slowed down. “In hindsight, that was not a good year to begin the construction of our first big boat project without an owner,” concedes Bob Reimens,
the Dutch-Canadian project manager brought in by Vicem to oversee her construction. “But to their great credit, the company never stopped work on her and continued throughout with a small but highly skilled work team.”
The hull and superstructure were constructed using vacuum bagged epoxy, quadraxial and triaxial E-glass together with Corecell to ensure she is lightweight, economical and strong. It was Mulder who specified Corecell and Epoxy resin for the entire structure. It has the best characteristics of any core material for “off gassing”, which ensures a finished hull and superstructure that can be painted any colour. The hull and superstructure are also post-cured with large heat blankets after lamination, giving a fair and smooth appearance with any colour.
Vicem set out to build a 46-metre semi-displacement yacht that is both lighter and faster than the industry standard. The end result is that Vulcan has a top speed of 25 knots, while maintaining high-efficiency cruising. Powered by twin 3,650 HP MTU engines, this 460-tonne yacht delivers efficient ocean-crossing range at reduced speed, with a range of
more than 4,000 nautical miles between refuelling when cruising at 12 knots. Three decks of accommodation topped off with a massive sundeck give the yacht a stylish elegance that works well with her length. Six cabins give her the opportunity to carry 12 guests and certainly makes her easy to charter, which prospective owners will appreciate.
To read all of this article pick up a copy of the 2014 Jan/Feb issue of Asia-Pacific Boating magazine.