Moving Forward, Looking Back

The look and feel harken back to an earlier boatbuilding era, but thoroughly modern features mark the 65 IPS Classic as a forward-looking model.

 It has a classic Downeast profile with a bow that’s somewhere between pointed and snub. Its three staterooms (a fourth is an option) and three heads give it bona fide weekend (or longer) chops. Its window-wrapped main cabin creates a light and airy interior whose dark wood delivers a maritime feel. The Vicem 65 IPS Classic has many features that mean it is appropriately named, but it’s fully modern too.

Vicem uses cold-molding in its construction process, which puts laminated mahogany and a specifically formulated epoxy resin in the core of the hull, between an inner and outer layer of e-glass. The builder claims the process creates a lighter, stronger, quieter hull. The epoxy resin is also used to create the deck and superstructure.

In another nod to modernity, the 65 IPS Classic is powered by, you guessed it, twin Volvo Penta 800 hp diesels connected to IPS1050 pod drives. With those engines, the 65’s top speed is 26 knots and it cruises at 23 knots, where its range is about 420 miles. Engine options include twin Volvo Penta IPS1200 or IPS1350 diesels.

The cockpit, which is partially covered by the hardtop, includes an L-shaped sofa with a table to port and a lounge chair to starboard. Through wide sliding doors is the main cabin. An L-shaped sofa and table are to starboard, and an entertainment unit is opposite. The galley is forward to port, across from the helm and its doublewide seat. A watertight door opens to the starboard sidedeck. Headroom throughout is at least 7 feet high, including in the staterooms belowdecks.

Whether an owner chooses the three- or four-stateroom version, the master is a full-beam retreat amidships. The forward VIP is almost master-worthy, so guests will feel appropriately spoiled.
Vicem Yachts, vicemyachts.com

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