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The Vicem 46 IPS represents the latest in the company’s line of IPS-powered boats. She’s also among the first made from fiberglass, rather than cold-molded mahogany. She has the traditional look of a classic Downeaster, and inside, her fit and finish is all yacht quality, but even we have to admit that it’s beyond what we’ve seen in most yachts we’ve reviewed. Her two-stateroom/two-head design makes her ideal for a coastal cruising owner/operator couple.

Key Features

  • Garmin GMR 18XHD Radar
  • Autopilot Control System
  • Khaya Mahogany Interior Furniture
  • lndel CR 130 Refrigerator with Wooden Door
  • Custom made HD-PE Fuel and Holding Tanks
  • Glendinning Cable Master 50Amp
  • Jabsco Searchlight with Remote Control
  • Lofrans Electrical Vertical Windlass
Length Overall 46'
14.02 m
Beam 14' 9"
4.50 m
Dry Weight 34,948 lbs.
15,852 kg
Tested Weight 37,523 lbs.
17,020 kg
Draft 2' 4"
0.70 m
- Draft Up N/A
- Draft Down N/A
- Air Draft N/A
Deadrise/Transom N/A
Max Headroom N/A
Bridge Clearance N/A
Weight Capacity 39,683 lbs.
18,000 kg
Person Capacity N/A
Fuel Capacity 500 gal.
1,893 L
Water Capacity 200 gal.
757 L
Length on Trailer N/A
Height on Trailer N/A
Trailer Weight N/A
Total Weight
(Trailer, Boat, & Engine)
N/A

Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.

Std. Power 2 x 435-hp Volvo Penta IPS 600
Tested Power 2 x 435-hp Volvo Penta IPS 600
Opt. Power Not Available

Captain's Report

Vicem 46 IPS cover
The new Vicem 46 IPS is the latest entry from this Turkish builder, and a departure from previous models.

Captain's Report

Overview. One of the things that separates the Vicem (pronounced Vee-Chem) 46 IPS from other boats the company builds is that it’s a fiberglass and composite core hull, where the company normally builds using cold-molded mahogany. It’s also among the first they’ve built using IPS propulsion.

What separates the 46 IPS from others in class is the astounding level of fit and finish seen throughout the boat. The brand is practically synonymous with intricate woodworking and the 46 IPS showcases that to perfection.

Vicem 46 IPS diagram
Her design says Maine, but her build is from a shipyard in Turkey.

Outwardly, she has the classic look of a Downeast design with a sharp entry and graceful tumblehome, a surprising feature coming from a boat manufactured in Turkey. Wide plank teak is used on all exterior decking. Inside the deck is mahogany and patterned inlay holly.

For entertaining, there are two main gathering areas on the main deck, both separated by intricately designed and well-executed sliding doors separating the interior and exterior.

Vicem 46 IPS profile
This is clearly a definitive Downeast style, something we’d expect from a Maine builder, but surprisingly, the Vicem 46 IPS comes from Turkey.

Vicem 46 IPS features

Swim Platform

Because of her Downeast design extending the coaming sides well aft, we board from the teak-covered swim platform that extends 3’6” (1.07 m) from the transom.

Vicem 46 IPS maindeck
The main deck is where the two entertainment and gathering venues are. She’s designed for spending the days on deck and nights below.

Aft Deck

The aft deck is accessed from the port side transom door, and as if to flaunt the little details of the finish work we’re about to be impressed with, the stainless rubrail is custom etched. Storage is right alongside and this makes an ideal place for lines.

Vicem 46 IPS aft deck entry
Entry to the aft deck is via a door to the port side.

The aft deck represents the first of two main gathering areas, and it is roomy and comfortable, with seating consisting of an L-shaped sofa to starboard that surrounds a beautiful teak table with well-executed inlay work. As expected, it folds to better allow entry and exit from the seating and it’s mounted to a free-standing base, allowing it to be moved to various locations, as we’ll see shortly.

Storage is under all seats. The teak decking from the swim platform continues in to this deck. A cabinet with storage is to the forward end. To port, the cabinet houses an electric grill with a refrigerator beneath. A seat is alongside with storage underneath.

Overhead is a retractable awning that provides welcome shade to the aft deck.

Vicem 46 IPS aft deck seating
The aft deck had L-shaped seating across from a single seat.
Vicem 46 IPS port side grill
A grill and refrigerator are to the port side.

Salon

We enter the salon through sliding glass doors that open double wide. It’d be easy to just use stock stainless-steel-framed doors as they came from the manufacturer and leave it at that, but as is typical of Vicem, this boat is loaded with quality fit and finish that starts here. Not only are these doors wood framed, they are also interconnected with belts, so they all open smoothly and evenly, instead of one hitting and dragging the next one along. There are several features that we noticed on this yacht that we don’t even see on mega yachts, and this setup is among them.

Vicem 46 IPS outer salon doors
The salon doors give a hint of the quality of fit and finish that the interior displays.
Vicem 46 IPS salon doors
The salon doors open evenly thanks to being interconnected by belts
Vicem 46 IPS L-shaped seating
L-shaped seating is along the port side of the salon.
Vicem 46 IPS salon deck
The salon deck is mahogany trimmed in holly.
Vicem 46 IPS table features
The table has integrated beverage holders and a stunning inlaid compass rose.

Inside the salon, headroom was measured at 6’11” (2.11 m), among the highest in class. To port is an L-shaped sofa wrapping around the same movable pedestal table from the aft deck. When folded, the table also includes integrated beverage holders. With it removed back to the aft deck, the space opens up for larger gatherings.

Fit and Finish

We simply can’t continue without giving a nod to the stunning woodwork. It’s clearly paramount at the Vicem yard and the dedication to the craft can be seen virtually everywhere. Overhead, the mahogany trim continues, and we noticed around the hatches how the trim is fabricated from single pieces of steam bent wood. Apparently, just fitting the Bomar hatches into place wouldn’t do. Additionally, the eyes are drawn to the intricate cuts where the side trim meets the woodwork of the hatches.

The cabinetry is equally well executed with patterned doors and perfect joinery. All of this veneer is all 1.7 mils thick, so if need be, it can be sanded down multiple times and refinished. Heat and air conditioning vents are concealed behind valances. Vicem thoughtfully included accessibility to the Sure Shade mechanical components. Decking is a combination of mahogany with holly trim.

Vicem 46 IPS hatch
Notice how the trim piece meets the wood frame of the hatch perfectly. The perimeter of the hatch is single-piece, curved mahogany.

To starboard is a credenza with, an included backgammon board with inlaid wood custom made by Vicem. Inside is an icemaker, AV components and storage. Behind is the TV on an electric lift. A watertight door is adjacent to the helm, and even that gets the quality treatment from the wood finishing department.

Vicem 46 IPS credenzaVicem 46 IPS credenza 2
The credenza to starboard features storage and a refrigerator. That backgammon board is custom made at Vicem.
Vicem 46 IPS flatscreen tv
A TV is on an electric lift and conceals when not in use.

Lower Deck

Vicem 46 IPS below deck stateroom and head
Below deck, the Vicem 46 IPS is a two stateroom/two head boat.

Galley

Before heading below, notice the framed companionway trimmed in a single piece of finished curved mahogany that makes a clean joint to the end pieces… and this dedication to the craft is just everywhere…

As we head down below, we’re first greeted by an open-air atrium with the galley over to the port side. Storage is under the stairs with water manifolds easily accessible behind a set of doors to the aft bulkhead. The galley includes plenty of storage behind cabinet doors with patterned grain woodwork… a microwave is at the aft bulkhead. Just below is a refrigerator. Corian counters include a two-burner cooktop and a single basin stainless steel sink.

Vicem 46 IPS open atrium
The galley is in an open atrium with plenty of natural light.
Vicem 46 IPS curved wood
The entryway to the atrium is trimmed in a single piece of curved wood.
Vicem 46 IPS galley wood work
The galley is full-featured and has the well-executed wood work.
Vicem 46 IPS refrigerator
The refrigerator is just below the microwave and behind a wood door.

There’s an opening portlight for ventilation above the stove. A hull side window adds more natural light.

One thing we did notice, however, is that everything closes with a push to click and opens the same way. This means that leaning against a cabinet meant opening it as well. Locking mechanisms would be a better solution here.

Vicem 46 IPS stairs
The stairs have raised strips for non-skid, and courtesy lights are above each step.
Vicem 46 IPS storage under stairs
There’s storage under the stairs and the back bulkhead had doors that open to the water manifolds.

Master Stateroom

The master stateroom is forward, and claustrophobic it is NOT, as we measured a ceiling height of 6’10” (2.08 m). Ahead is a 6’8” x 5’4” (2.03 m x 1.63 m) island berth with access to both sides.

Storage is below and to the hull sides; Vicem did a nice job of combining embedded windows and storage solutions. LED reading lights are to both sides of the forward bulkheads.

Vicem 46 IPS master berth
The master berth is an island style accessible from both sides.
Vicem 46 IPS master window
The cabinets in the master are as intricate as the rest of the yacht’s finish work.
Vicem 46 IPS master deck
It’s interesting how Vicem uses the holly trim to add an artistic look to the decking, rather than to separate individual planks.

Decking is a continuation of the mahogany and holly from the main deck, as is the patterned-grained doors to the cabinetry. And overhead, we’re seeing more of the same treatments from the Vicem wood finishing department. Inside the hanging locker we usually see cedar laminate tossed in, but here the careful dedication to the craft continues instead. Even the heat and air vents weren’t spared the quality woodwork that seems to now be the hallmark of the brand. Above the berth is a single piece of curved wood with mahogany trim work.

Vicem 46 IPS master storage
To the sides, Vicem incorporated both hull side windows and storage solutions.
Vicem 46 IPS master hanging lockers
The hanging lockers get the same quality wood treatments. Notice the air conditioning vents just above.
Vicem 46 IPS curved doors
All the doors are curved at the top, which adds significantly to the fabrication, but the finished product is well worth the effort.

Head

The inside of the door is a full-length mirror and alongside is the private entrance to the ensuite head. Inside, no surprises to see that yet another space wasn’t spared the attention to detail of the woodworking department with mirrored cabinetry, patterned doors… there’s a vessel sink atop a Corian counter, and look at the quality of this mahogany-framed shower door. Not even mega yachts take the time to build a custom door like this with curved top and stainless hardware. Inside, there’s teak grating over the shower deck.

Vicem 46 IPS teak and holly
Here’s what a traditional teak and holly deck looks like, and notice the quality of the shower door.

Guest

The guest stateroom is located to starboard. It features a set of twin berths. Individually, they measure 6’8” (2.03 m) head to foot by 2’2” (0.66 m) wide and a filler cushion converts them to a single berth 5’4” (1.67 m) wide. The overhead geometry varies, with a height ranging from 6’10” (2.08 m) to 6’6" (1.98 m). The deck is a continuation of the mahogany and holly with a gloss finish.

Vicem 46 IPS guest stateroom
The guest stateroom includes separate berths that can be combined into one with a filler cushion.

Just ahead is a private entrance to the guest head. Small but functional, there’s storage behind a pair of mirrored doors… a vessel sink is below with storage beneath. A curtain partitions off the shower and toilet. This also serves as a day head, with a second entrance leading to the main companionway.

Vicem 46 IPS guest head
The guest head also serves as a day head with its separate entrance.

Vicem 46 IPS Test

Performance

We’ll begin by getting right underway. To start the 46 IPS, we first power up the ignition system, and then we can activate and start both engines.

The Vicem 46 IPS has an LOA of 46’ (14.02 m), a beam of 14’9” (4.5 m) and a draft of 2’4” (0.71 m). With an empty weight of 34,998 lbs. (15,875 kg), 40% fuel and five people onboard, we had an estimated test weight of 37,523 lbs. (17,020 kg).

With the twin 435-hp Volvo Penta IPS 600s spooled up to 3400 rpm, our speed maxed out at a comfortable 24.6 knots/28.3 mph. Now, truth be told, we did notice that the tacks spilt as the rpm got over 3000. The port engine wasn’t producing full power, and we suspected a filter change might be in order. That notwithstanding, best economic cruise came in at 3000 rpm and 20.3 knots/23.4 mph. But just barely, as the 25 gph fuel burn translated into 0.8 nmpg and a range of just over 366 nm, while any setting on down to 2250 rpm maintained that 0.8 nmpg economy. So basically, set the speed for the prevailing conditions.

Vicem 46 IPS chart
The performance figures of the 46 IPS show how closely matched the hull is to the propulsion system, as there’s very little difference in the NMPG figures throughout the performance envelope.

But as is typical of a coastal cruiser, slower is always better, and backed off to 15 knots/17.3 mph or so gave her a stately feel: the definite look of a downeast cruiser. As for her handling, it can only be described as sedate. No amount of heavy handedness will have guests scrambling for safety as she makes the wide sweeping turns characteristic of IPS drives. At full speed, she’ll come around 360 degrees in 1 min. 10 sec. and an estimated five boat lengths. She took our 1’ chop quite sedately with the best of her handling being on the beam or following seas. Head on, she had a marginal hull slap, but only at the upper end of the speed curve. We only took spray when making a concentrated effort to do so. And she steers with a light touch on the helm.

Vicem 46 IPS light touch
Fingertips on the wheel is all it takes to operate the Vicem 46 IPS.

She does have a bit of a bow rise in her acceleration curve until about 20 knots/23 mph, and the design team is countering that by moving the water and fuel further ahead after this hull #1. We do like how the rails curve upward, so at all speeds, you’re looking through those high rails as opposed to having them block the vision from the helm. And clearly Vicem’s dedication to finish work is not limited to the interior.

Vicem 46 IPS high rails
Notice how the rails get higher as they run forward, allowing clear sightlines through the bow sections.
Vicem 46 IPS bottom
Running strakes and a hard chine that comes well forward to form a spray rail all add to the comfortable cruise characteristics.

Docking

Docking was also a non-event, as the joystick functionality of the pod drives makes short work of even our crosswind docking, with a fast moving current also trying to shake things up. Of course, the 46 IPS was having none of it, and we managed to execute a precision docking with no problem. It was made even easier with the full-length visibility afforded by the opening side door and its proximity to the joystick. It also makes it easy to tie the 46 IPS up single-handed, or here, as a single breast line is handed off to Capt. Steve for securing to the midship cleat. For a portside docking, we can also look out the hull side window at the galley.

Vicem 46 IPS saide door helm
Few things are more convenient than a side door accessible from the helm. Here we have a full view of the entire starboard side.
Vicem 46 IPS side door quality
Even the inside of the side door is treated with the quality woodwork of the Vicem yard.

Operational Features

Helm

The helm is stunning, with the glass dash concept focusing on twin multi-function displays at the top of the console. Wood trim surrounds the aluminum and silk-screened panels, with faux wood laminate giving a maintenance-free appeal to the good looks the console displays. The lower panel is dedicated to switching and controls.

To the left are rocker switches with indicator lights to show when they are active. Below is the spotlight remote. Moving to the right, at the top are breaker switches. The ignitions are below, and at the bottom are the trim tab rockers. At the center are three gauges giving readings at a glance of freshwater, fuel and blackwater levels. The rest of the gauges are embedded into the touch screens above. Additional breakers are to the right, and below those are the IPS joystick and Volvo Penta digital engine controls with their attendant options. Further below is the VHF. The steering wheel is mounted to a tilt base.

Vicem 46 IPS helm console
The helm console is well laid out and beautifully finished.
Vicem 46 IPS silk screened labels
The panels are aluminum with silk-screened labeling.
Vicem 46 IPS bilge
A line drawing shows when the nav lights and bilge pumps are active.

We’d like to see heat and A/C vents to the sides, but we do have opening hatches above, along with the opening side door that allows plenty of air through the entire deck. Visibility wise, the mullions are fairly wide, and we’d recommend sliding the curtains off and stowing them when operating. A raised platform is 5” (12.7 cm) off the deck and aids us vertically-challenged operators. A brow extends from the overhead to shade the windshield and reduce glare at the helm.

The seat is a 39” (99.1 cm) wide bench with a single cushion that we’d like to see wrap down around the front side. Individual flip-down footrests are a welcome addition. Beverage holders are made of wood. Storage is under the cushion and in two drawers to the side.

Vicem 46 IPS helm seating
The helm seat is a bench style with a single cushion.
Vicem 46 IPS footrests
Individual footrests add to the comfort of the helm seat.

Engine Room

The engine room is accessed from a hatch in the aft deck. Steps lead directly between the two engines. Inside are the twin 435-hp Volvo Penta IPS 600s. We have easy access to all sides of the engines… pod drivers are connected directly to the engines, making them equally easy to access…everything is labeled well and there’s virtually zero clutter of components. The single fuel tank is forward with a sight gauge showing the level. Filters are mounted directly to the tank.

Vicem 46 IPS engine room accesibility
The engine room is low profile, but still provides easy access to all sides of the engines.
Vicem 46 IPS spacious
Vicem did a great job of keeping clutter out of the machinery spaces.
Vicem 46 IPS engine room layout
The engine room layout shows an orderly placement of all components.
Vicem 46 IPS breaker panel
The main breaker panel is down below in the galley. 12V to the left and 110/220V to the right.
Vicem 46 IPS cleats
In the aft quarters are the cleats mounted to teak blocks, and rollers are corner mounted.
Vicem 46 IPS shore power
The shore cord is on an electric reel at the transom.

Bow

There are no real steps to the side decks, but we either remove the cushions or step right on them. A grab handle is conveniently located. At the stern, the width is 14” (35.56 cm) with a rail height of 18” (45.72 cm). A mahogany grab rail is fixed to the top of the cabin. We’d rather see one along the side for easier reach. At midships, the width of the deck opens up to 22” (55.88 cm) with the rail height increasing to 24” (61.96 cm). Midship cleats are blending in to a void section in the toe rails, and the formed mounts to the rails wrap around the mahogany tow rails as they meet the teak deck. Fully forward, the rail height increases to 32” (81.28 cm).

Vicem 46 IPS bow
The teak blends beautifully with the mahogany at the bow.
Vicem 46 IPS rail mounts
Notice how the rails are intricately mounted to the toe rails.
Vicem 46 IPS polished anchor
The polished anchor seems a good fit for this yacht-like cruiser.

At the bow, two deck hatches are flanked by cleats with chocks integrated into the toe rails just ahead. The port hatch is where the windlass remote is located. The windlass itself is mounted atop the foredeck with the anchor roller just ahead, and it includes a chain stopper. Vicem went with a polished stainless plow-style anchor.

Lastly, there’s a convenient step between the windshields to access the overhead and the antennas for easy servicing.

Observations

The 46 IPS clearly represents coastal cruising as its finest. She’s a comfortable boat to handle, and inside, she’s got a fit and finish that rivals some of the best megayachts we’ve seen. It’s no wonder that everywhere they go, Vicem yachts definitely turn heads, and this new 46 IPS certainly follows in those footsteps.

Test Result Highlights

  • Top speed for the Vicem Yachts Classic 46 IPS (2017-) is 28.3 mph (45.5 kph), burning 38.0 gallons per hour (gph) or 143.83 liters per hour (lph).
  • Best cruise for the Vicem Yachts Classic 46 IPS (2017-) is 23.4 mph (37.7 kph), and the boat gets 0.9 miles per gallon (mpg) or 0.38 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 421 miles (677.53 kilometers).
  • Tested power is 2 x 435-hp Volvo Penta IPS 600.

Marine Electronics

Autopilot Standard
VHF Radio Standard

Systems

TV/DVD Standard

Galley

Microwave Standard
Refrigerator Standard
Stove Standard

Boats More Than 30 Feet

Generator Standard

Warranty

Full Warranty Information on this brand coming soon!

Price

Test Results - Change Measurement Unit

RPM MPH Knots GPH MPG NMPG Stat. Mile NM dBa
600 4.3 3.7 0.6 7.1 6.2 3188 2771.7 65
1000 6.3 5.5 1.6 3.9 3.4 1772 1540.8 67
1250 8.3 7.2 2.6 3.2 2.8 1437 1249.2 68
1500 9.2 8.0 5.0 1.8 1.6 828 720.0 72
1750 10.6 9.2 7.4 1.4 1.2 645 560.5 71
2000 11.3 9.8 11.0 1.0 0.9 460 400.2 74
2250 14.0 12.2 15.5 0.9 0.8 406 353.4 75
2500 17.6 15.3 19.0 0.9 0.8 417 362.5 79
2750 20.1 17.5 23.0 0.9 0.8 393 342.0 78
3000 23.4 20.3 25.0 0.9 0.8 421 366.3 79
3250 25.8 22.4 35.5 0.7 0.6 327 284.4 82
3400 28.3 24.6 38.0 0.7 0.6 335 291.4 82
RPMNMKMKPHLPHKPLdBA
600 2771.7 5131 6.90 2.27 3.02 65
1000 1540.8 2852 10.10 6.06 1.66 67
1250 1249.2 2313 13.40 9.84 1.36 68
1500 720.0 1333 14.80 18.93 0.77 72
1750 560.5 1038 17.10 28.01 0.60 71
2000 400.2 740 18.20 41.64 0.43 74
2250 353.4 653 22.50 58.67 0.38 75
2500 362.5 671 28.30 71.92 0.38 79
2750 342.0 632 32.30 87.06 0.38 78
3000 366.3 678 37.70 94.64 0.38 79
3250 284.4 526 41.50 134.38 0.30 82
3400 291.4 539 45.50 143.85 0.30 82

All fuel consumption numbers are the total for all engines in the boat. Speeds are measured with Stalker ProSports radar gun or GPS. Fuel consumption (gallons per hour) measured with Floscan digital fuel-flow meter or by on-board factory-installed diagnostic instruments. Range is based on 90% of published fuel capacity. Sound levels determined using Radio Shack digital decibel meter on A scale. 68 dBA is the level of normal conversation. Time to plane is measured from start of acceleration to formation of rooster tail behind boat.