Cold moulded mahogany built boats have been for decades the backbone at Vicem in Turkey. In 2008 the company began building in composite.
Now the first of their 46 metre superyachts has been sold for €27 million to a British client through Antoine Lereque at Fraser Yachts.
Conceived to be built on spec during the heady days of 2007 work on the yacht was subsequently slowed down.
“In hindsight 2008 was not a good year to begin the construction of our first big boat project without an owner,” concedes Bob Reimens the Dutch Canadian project manager brought in by Vicem to oversee her construction. “But to their great credit the company has never stopped work on her and she continues with a small but highly skilled work team.”
The company anticipate completing the yacht in time to display her at the Monaco Yacht Show this September.
The hull and superstructure were constructed using vacuum bagged epoxy, quadraxial and triaxial E-glass together with Corecell to ensure she is lightweight, economical and strong.
Power to push her along at 25 knots comes from twin MTU 16 valve 4000 M90 each producing 3650 hp. She will have a transatlantic range at 12 knots.