Vicem Yachts’ 46 IPS debuted to the U.S. market at the Palm Beach International Boat Show. The first yacht in the builder’s new IPS line.
The boat is equipped with twin 435 hp Volvo Penta IPS 600 diesels and reportedly makes a 26-knot cruise speed and has a 30-knot top end. The builder also reports her to be a quiet ride, measuring 55 decibels at 25 knots. (65 Decibels is the level of normal conversation.)
Pod drive propulsion isn’t the only new technology Vicem is using in the 46 IPS, she also features new construction technique for the builder. The 46 IPS is built with fiberglass, composite-core construction. Traditionally, Vicem’s are built in cold-molded mahogany. And the 46 IPS is offered in a cold-molded version. The builder says the performance in either configuration is about the same.
Sporting classic Downeast-inspired lines, the 46 IPS has a fine, sea-splitting entry, planning hull form and razor-like sheerline. An attractive tumblehome -not an easy feat to accomplish in a mold-and wide teak side decks add traditional character to this potentially modern classic.
The 46 IPS has a two-stateroom, two-head layout with step-up berth in the forepeak master. A second gust stateroom with side-by-side berths is across from the galley down to port. These berths can be joined to form a queen for couples. Large overhead glass and raked forward windows provide abundant natural light to the galley-down negating the potential cave-like feeling.
For those who like to entertain at sea, the 46 IPS has two main areas: the cockpit with L-shaped settee across the transom, and in the salon with a second L-shaped settee. Both areas are set up with tables for dining with friends and family.
Vicem is known for its woodworking, and to that end the 46 IPS has rich-tone, khaya mahogany interior soles. The sliding-door between the salon and cockpit features the same striking mahogany.
Stay tuned to yachtingmagazine.com for a full review of the Vicem 46 IPS.