In 2008 Vicem Yachts embarked on a development program for the new Vulcan Line of mega-yachts over 100’/30 meters with the sole resources of internal capital financing. Vicem is undertaking an important business expansion plan and is enlarging its horizons beyond mahogany construction into high-tech composite construction with three new sleek, fast motor yachts, including a 46m (151ft) superyacht, a 35m (118ft) motor yacht and 32m (105ft) yacht for its Vulcan Line. All three yachts will be launched between 2011 and 2012.
In order to continue with speeds in the 20 plus knots range and keep draft as shallow as possible for USA/Bahamas operation, Vicem decided on Cored Fiberglass construction for the Vulcan Line series. The first step was joining forces with Dutch naval architect/designer Frank Mulder who has designed many well known fast mega-yachts worldwide. To utilize the state of the art in fiberglass yacht construction, Mulder specified Core-Cell and Epoxy resin for the entire structure. Core-Cell has the best characteristics of any core material for “off gassing”, insuring a finished hull and superstructure that can be painted in any color. The hull and superstructure are also post-cured with large heat blankets after lamination, ensuring a fair and smooth appearance with any color.
The Vulcan Line yachts are built in a state-of-the-art facility in Antalya, Turkey . Composite materials, applied with resin and sandwich techniques, are chosen to achieve the best possible strength-toweight ratios.
All Vicem plants are clean, pleasant factories without unhealthy vapors that exist in other yacht building factories that use cheaper polyester resins that are loaded with unhealthy styrene. Even the Vicem Classic and Cruiser lines utilize the more expensive and sophisticated epoxy resins in construction.
Integral tank construction was also introduced with the new Vulcan motor yacht series, which provides more internal room for accommodations and the ability to carry more fuel for oceangoing trips at lower speed. Frank Mulder designed fast hulls for this Vicem Vulcan series with a fine entry for rough sea conditions that are also very fuel efficient at slow displacement speeds. RINA certification was always available on Vicem Yachts. On the Vulcan series RINA and MCA are part of the project, which brings Vicem to a new level for offshore cruising and chartering.
“We want a reputation as a builder of light, beautiful and fast hulls” says Alberto Perrone Da Zara – Vicem Yachts CEO. “Vicem is entering the super-yacht segment with serious ambitions and with no compromise/highest quality building materials and technologies that compare favorably to Northern Europe Shipyards.” The 46-metre super-yacht has involved Dutch naval architect Frank Mulder and noted interior design firm Art Line Interiors. “On a boat this size, with such high expectations of performance, the choice of the ‘right’ naval architect was an important one. Nobody has as rich an expertise as Frank Mulder does,” says Da Zara. Vicem are so pleased with Mulder’s work that we are also building a 32- metre and a 35-metre to his designs.” – “Frank Mulder, known for high-speed yacht hulls like Octopussy, motor yacht Moonraker and The World Is Not Enough, designed the new Vicem Vulcan super-yacht outline, mandating the lightest and most advanced materials. The yachts will be launched in 2011 – 2012. The yard has also strong collaborations with the most prestigious yacht design “gurus” like Wetzels Brown Partners and Ken Freivokh.
THE NEW VULCAN SERIES FROM VICEM
A world class, fast, light yacht for charter or private use, the Vulcan Series adds long range capabilities for ocean voyages together with an outstanding and durable low maintenance exterior. Due to the latest design and construction techniques, interior volume has been increased when compared to many other yachts in the same size range. Interiors are tailored to client requests and can be fully integrated with exterior colors, styling and finishes due to Vicem’s “total customization” attitude and superior construction techniques which allow finishing in dark colors and/or metallic painting.
VULCAN 46 M Motor Yacht
With this 46 meter yacht, Vicem decided to enter into the composite mega-yacht segment without making compromises. With the assistance of outstanding design firms such as Frank Mulder for exterior and naval architecture, and Art Line for the interiors, Vicem set out to build a 46 meter semi-displacement yacht which is lighter and faster than the industry standard, achieving 25 knots as top speed, while maintaining high-efficiency cruising and long range capability of 4,000 Nm @ 12 knots, thus creating an extremely versatile ship. Art-Line Studio designed the Vulcan 46m interior, bringing a new definition to the word luxury. A 460 ton yacht, powered by twin 3,650 HP MTU engines, delivers efficient ocean crossing range at reduced speed. Her three decks plus Sun-deck design provides outstanding elegance for the knowledgeable owner, and six cabins of thrilled guests. The VULCAN 46 M Motor Yacht’s signature open atrium design provides 45 feet of unbroken natural lighting, from the very top of the Sun-deck all the way down to the Lower Deck. The main deck’s Master Suite uses every inch of this yachts’ 30 foot beam, and includes a CEO’s office and a private gym. A graceful wraparound entry way leads to an inviting Spa Pool and an arcing full width head. Farther aft is the galley, a dining area for ten, and a relaxing lounge and a spacious upper lounge area. Its impeccable construction and craftsmanship, thanks to Vicem’s internal team of 400 specialized craftsmen and the RINA/MCA Long Range classifications, make this mega yacht a very serious contender in today’s mega-yacht arena.
VULCAN 35 M TRIDECK
When designing the 35m Vulcan Trideck motor yacht, Vicem wanted to incorporate spaces and volumes found in much larger tri-deck motor yachts in a 35 meter hull. A Frank Mulder design, this Tri-deck provides excellent quality of life on board for up to 12 guests and is certified for RINA Short Range Charter Class. The generous exterior spaces on three decks of the VULCAN 35 M are complemented by a beach-pad that appears from the drop-down stern garage, allowing guests to fully enjoy their rest and relaxation by the sea. With a top speed of 21 knots and a range of 1,600 Nm @ 12 knots make this Vicem creation a very versatile player in this super yacht segment. In addition, Ken Freivokh design has been the choice for the interiors. This Vulcan 35m trideck is a five stateroom yacht (6 cabins layout is also available), including a full-beam master suite and two full-beam VIP staterooms. There is a captain’s cabin on the main deck and two double crew cabins with a lounge and galley in the crew quarters. Tenders are hidden in the foredeck (to achieve a sleek exterior look) and there is additional garage storage at the transom.
VULCAN 32 M RPH
Frank Mulder’s idea was to create a sleek and sinuous yacht line without compromising interior spaces, which on unit n°1 will be designed by Wetzels Brown Partners. The raised pilot house configuration of the VULCAN 32 M motor yacht provides excellent main deck spaciousness and the owner can enjoy a standard master cabin forward on the main deck while the VIP guests have a full beam suite below decks. The exterior sporty profile complements a dynamic boating lifestyle. However, the vessel can achieve a range of 1,350 Nm while navigating at a fin-stabilized speed of 12 knots, all within RINA Short-Range Charter class certification. The Vicem Vulcan 32m is a raised pilothouse design uniquely featuring easy access to the foredeck both from the boat deck on the port side and the main deck on the starboard side, creating a full beam on-deck master stateroom. In addition to five guest staterooms, the yacht has two crew cabins (with access from the galley), and all have en-suite heads. The main tender is on the flybridge deck and there is room for two personal watercrafts in a transom garage.
About Vicem – The Yacht for Yachtsmen
Since the company was founded in 1991, Vicem Yachts has been always focusing on three core values: total customization, impeccable craftsmanship and timeless design. The Vicem Vintage Line (Classic and Fly Bridge models, from 52’ to 75’; the Cruiser 78′ and 92′) is built using the cold-molded process. A construction technique which embodies all the construction methods of the Turkish historical marine tradition; a modern procedure different from traditional boat building. Based on engineered wood construction, cold-molding uses laminated mahogany (coming from managed forests) and a specific formulated epoxy resin to create the hull, decks and principal superstructures. This results in a stronger and quieter vessel with a smoother ride, with natural insulation from humidity and noise. In 2009, Vicem Yachts extended its production to the mega-yacht segment, introducing the new Vulcan Line with the 46m & 35m Tri-deck and the 32m RPH. All three are currently under construction (all under construction and to be delivered in 2011). Vanguard 45 and 33 compose its all new third line of open yachts, a perfect blend of timeless elegance, performing naval architecture and state of the art production technology.