Vicem Yachts just introduced the first model in the Vicem IPS line: the V46 IPS, which is also the first-ever hull Vicem has built in this size range from fiberglass and epoxy. Check her out in this short video:
The new IPS line adds to the six other lines that Vicem already produces in a variety of styles, with boats ranging from the 30 Open in the Windsor Craft line to the 63 Sportfish and the 151-foot Vulcan trideck motoryacht.
With the IPS line, as you likely guessed from the name, Vicem was looking to add pod-drive propulsion to its offerings. The V46 IPS comes with twin 435-horsepower Volvo Penta IPS600 engines, which generate a cruising speed of 26 knots and a top end close to 30 knots, the builder says. The pod-drive system also gives owners joystick handling at the helm, along with dynamic stability, for easier close-quarters maneuvering and heaving-to at bridge openings.
Vicem also says the V46 IPS is quiet. During sea trials of the first hull, sound readings were 62 decibels at 25 knots. That’s about the noise level of conversation in a restaurant, soft enough to help ease owner-operator fatigue during long runs or extended cruises.
Vicem is known for its high-quality woodwork, and in this regard the 46 IPS stays true to the builder’s roots. As you can see in the video, the top-notch craftsmanship in the boat’s interior is just as noteworthy as all the new engine-room tech.
The V46 IPS has a 14-foot-9-inch beam, which, when combined with the extra interior volume that IPS engines allow (they take up less room than conventional engines), means there is enough interior volume for owners to choose between two- and three-stateroom layouts. The standard layout is two staterooms: an ensuite master with a queen berth, and a guest stateroom with twins that can convert to a queen plus a head that doubles as the day head.
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