Published: Wednesday, 10 April 2013
Mike Fulton

The impressive Vicem 46-metre M/Y Vulcan (previously called Le Caprice V) is now on the water. Turkish builder Vicem has moved from mahogany construction into using high-tech composites. A new 35-metre will be launched later this year. She will be making world avant-premiere at the Antibes Yacht Show whcih runs from April 18 to 21.

To produce yachts in the 20-plus knots range, Vicem decided on cored fiberglass construction for the Vulcan series. They first joined forces with world-renowned Dutch naval architect/designer Frank Mulder, who specified core-cell and epoxy resin for the entire structure. The hull and superstructure are also post-cured with large heat blankets after lamination, ensuring a fair and smooth appearance with any color. 

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M/Y VULCAN is lighter and faster than the industry standard, achieving a 25-knot top speed and range of 4,000 nautical miles at 12 knots. She is an extremely versatile ship. A 460-ton yacht, she is powered by twin 3,650 HP MTU engines delivering efficient ocean-crossing range at reduced speed. She has three decks plus a sun deck and six cabins. Her signature open-atrium design provides 45 feet of unbroken natural lighting all the way from the sun deck to the lower deck. The main master suite uses every inch of this yachts’ 30-foot beam, and includes a private office and a gym. A graceful wrap-around entrance leads to an inviting Jacuzzi and an arcing full-width head. Further aft is the galley, a dining area for 10, a relaxing lounge and a spacious upper lounge. 

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“Vicem is entering the super-yacht segment with serious ambitions, no compromises and using the highest quality building materials and technologies that compare favourably with any of the north European shipyards. We chose Dutch naval architect Frank Mulder and noted interior design firm Art-Line Interiors because on a boat of this size choosing the ‘right’ naval architect is very important. Nobody has the rich expertise that Mulder does,” said Sebahattin Hafizoglu, Vicem Yachts’ founder and chairman. 

The Vicem plant is clean and ensures there are none of the unhealthy vapors that exist in other yacht building factories that use cheaper polyester resins. Integrated tank construction was introduced on the new Vulcan series to give more internal room for accommodations as well as greater fuel capacity for oceangoing trips. Frank Mulder designed the fast hull to offer fine entry for rough sea conditions but also greater fuel efficiency at slow displacement speeds.