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Launched: Vicem 46 IPS

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The Vicem 46 IPS isn’t just a head-turner. It’s also a boat of firsts for the Turkish builder. Known for high-end, cold-molded mahogany boats, Vicem builds the 46 IPS of fiberglass and composite coring. And it powers the boat with Volvo Penta’s IPS pod drives, another first.

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Like all Vicem models, the 46 IPS has superb interior joinery and woodwork. The layout is typical of Down East-inspired cruisers in this size range. A sliding door opens into the saloon from the cockpit. An L-shaped lounge is to port, a mahogany credenza is to starboard, and a two-person cushioned bench is at the starboard-side helm.

LOA: 46 feet BEAM: 14 feet, 9 inches WEIGHT: 39,683 pounds (full load) DRAFT: 2 feet, 4 inches HULL TYPE: semidisplacement POWER: twin 435-hp Volvo Penta IPS600 diesels SPEED: 29-30 knots top, 26 knots cruise TANKAGE: 500 gallons fuel, 200 gallons water, 50 gallons waste BASE PRICE: $988,400 CONTACT: Vicem Yachts Americas, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, (954) 462-8828. vicemyachts.net

Below deck, the galley is to port with a sink, microwave, stovetop and refrigerator. The guest stateroom, with twin berths that can be joined to form a queen, is across from the galley. The master stateroom is forward, with a queen-size island berth. Each stateroom has its own head.

The cockpit is cozy and comfortable. An L-shaped lounge along the transom and starboard side wraps around an expandable, flip-top teak table. There’s also a smaller bench seat with an adjacent wet bar.

The combination of fiberglass/composite construction and pod-drive propulsion produces a graceful, swift and capable cruiser. Twin 435-hp Volvo Penta IPS600 pods give the boat a top end around 30 knots and a cruising speed around 26 knots. Joystick controls allow easy close-quarters maneuvering. An opening door at the helm lets the skipper keep an eye on things while docking.

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Vicem plans to offer a flybridge version of the 46 IPS and says these are just the first in what will be a full line of fiberglass IPS-driven yachts.

This article originally appeared in the July 2017 issue.