A Rich Report Review of the Vicem 67 Cruiser
Cold-molded mahogany motor yacht, the Vicem 67 Cruiser has modern power and amenities.
A Turkish-built, traditionally constructed, cold-molded yacht with modern amenities, the Vicem 67 Cruiser is one of the finest motoryachts available today.
Vicem Yachts, based on the Bosporus Strait in Istanbul, has a big mission statement: “to blend craftsmanship born from 3,000 years of finely honed woodworking skills with the most advanced technology.”
These essential elements are incorporated into the builder's 67 Cruiser. There's no doubt that the 67 Cruiser looks classic while giving yacht owners some cool modern technology with its high, sea-stopping freeboard forward, its broad-shouldered 18-foot-1-inch beam, and its liberal use of mahogany wood veneers throughout.
The 114,000-pound yacht barely moved when I stepped aboard on the aft deck. It is perfect for weather protection and the installation of an enclosure, if desired, if the flybridge overhang extends all the way aft. The aft deck is separated from the salon by three wood and glass bulkheads. The space opens up to the salon when the panels are slid to the starboard side.
Vicem’s craftsmen are known for their woodworking skills, including on parts of the yacht that most people will never see.
The joinery felt silky to my fingertips inside. I barely noticed the seams unless I was looking for them. There is satin-finish mahogany throughout the 67, along with light leather and fabrics. The crew quarters aft also feature the same level of quality finishing, which most guests will never see.
Vicem describes the 67 as a social yacht with multiple areas for relaxing and entertaining. Cocktails can be enjoyed on the facing port and starboard sofas before dinner, with plenty of room for chatting. With its 6-foot-7-inch headroom and triple 32-inch-high windows on each side, the salon feels spacious and open. Adding ambience are bookshelves, backlighting, and a wooden coffee table with leather inlay.
Indirect lighting illuminates satin-finish mahogany in the interior of the 67 Cruiser.
A booth-style dinette is forward and to port. This is a great place for working on a laptop, making a call, or playing with a tablet. The bulkhead is equipped with a 110-volt outlet and dual USB ports for these reasons. In close proximity to where guests will congregate, there are similar outlets and ports throughout the yacht. There is a thoughtful design and it is functional.
A flip-back backrest on the forward dinette bench seat allows it to flip from an aft-facing seat to a forward-facing seat, creating a second seat at the lower helm. Located to starboard, this helm is fitted with equipment for longer passages and overnight watches. Line handling should be easier with side-deck doors.
In the 67′, Vicem positioned the galley amidships and to starboard, so the chef could serve meals to guests on the aft deck or in the dinette. It is possible to close off the galley during formal events. There is also a Bosch dishwasher, a GE microwave, and four Sub-Zero fridge and freezer drawers.
Owners and guests can enjoy a quiet retreat on the foredeck with its sunpad for four and lounge seat for two.
For alfresco dining, there is a wooden dining table on the aft deck, and a 5-foot-long bench seat in the bow, along with an 8-foot-wide, 6.5-foot-long sun pad. The covered side decks measure 19 inches wide to ensure safe transit to and from the foredeck. 38-inch rails are available.
My favorite place to socialize is up on the flybridge. There are two 17-inch Garmin multifunction displays at the starboard helm, but the rest of the flybridge is designed for fun and relaxation. You can enjoy great views from the companion seat on the portside. It is a U-shaped settee with five-inch thick cushions. A folding wooden table provides easy access to the seating, and it can also be used as a table for dining. Art-deco bars to the port have fridges, sinks, and electric grills. It is up to the owner to decide whether they want a davit and tender or lounge chairs and tables (or all three). An illumination system on the hardtop provides illumination in the evenings as well as backlighting.
Vicem 67 Cruiser's hull is created by a jig.
Vicem's metalwork expertise is evident in the elegant backrest stanchions, high-polish handrails contoured to the yacht's curves, and glass and metal boarding gates.
The handling of the 67 Cruiser is the same as that of the 65 Cruiser. Captain Larry Czocher maneuvered the yacht out of the marina between several larger yachts using single-lever controls. There were just a few inches between him and both sides. During its trip down the New River in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, the yacht tracked well and responded well to close quarters. While similar-sized yachts had to make some adjustments to get around the bends, the 67 handled them without a problem. Based on Czocher's observations, the yacht's electric steering and 5-foot-9-inch draft contribute to its ability to maneuver.
The full-beam master stateroom is amidships with a king-size berth. Headroom is 6 feet, 8 inches.
Twin 1,000-hp Volvo Penta D13 diesel engines powered the 67 Cruiser, keeping visibility unobstructed throughout the engine's rpm range. Hard-chine hulls and Humphree stabilizers and interceptors contribute to stability on the 67.
Vicem 67 Cruiser also features a main-deck day-head, a 21.5 kW Onan generator, hydraulic swim platform, bow and stern thrusters, teak decks, and a wine cooler. Despite its timeless good looks, these features give yachts a thoroughly modern feel.