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Vulcan – Style With A Touch Of Bond

Published on October 9, 2013 by   ·   No Comments

Founded by Turkish businessman, Sebahattin Hafizoglu, in the Black Sea town of Vicem, Vicem Yachts has a more interesting history than most. The Company was spurred into being by Hafizoglu’s obsession with the design of schooners typical of the Bosphorous region. He made it his mission to recreate these attractive, multi-layered boats using modern methods and soon his yachts were attracting rave reviews in Turkey for their beauty and functionality.


In 1991 Vicem Yachts was officially formed, the aim now being to introduce the rest of the world to the delights of these modified Bosphorous schooners. Naturally, being a nation with a long and noble history of seagoing, Hafizoglu did not find it too difficult to assemble a crack team of construction experts at home in Turkey. His craftsmen are more than capable of building boats to please an international market, which demands a high level of luxury and flawless performance.



Vicem claims that at the heart of its business are three core values:  total customisation, impeccable craftsmanship and timeless design. Looking at their impressive Vulcan 46, it is easy to see how these aims have come together to produce a tremendous new addition to the superyacht world.


Built in Sebahattin Hafizoglu’s shipyards in Turkey, this supercool tri-deck superyacht has bags of style.  Unwilling to compromise with any aspect of production, Vicem brought in naval architect, Frank Mulder (who has also designed high-speed yachts for Bond movies Octopussy, Moonraker and The World is Not Enough) to oversee the exterior and Art Line for the interiors. The result is a semi-displacement yacht, which is lighter and faster than the competition.  460-ton Vulcan is able to reach 25 knots at top speed, thanks to twin 3,650 hp MTU engines. Meanwhile its stunning interior netted Vicem “Best Interior Design” award at the recent 2013 World Yacht Trophies.



Vulcan is built for entertaining, with three decks available for relaxing and socialising and six meticulously appointed guest suites, all of which are located on the lower deck. The master suite is a real work of art spanning the full 50-foot beam and equipped with a Jacuzzi, private gym and a CEO’s office. It is also a beautifully light and airy space, thanks to an open atrium design which affords 45 feet of windows.


As might be expected of a craft of this exceptional quality, the pilothouse is a riot of high-tech wonders and the fabulously spacious shared interior areas seem to stretch on forever. The Vulcan 46 is obviously a treat to sail, but guests will be even more impressed by the social facilities, which include enough space for a seemingly infinite number of sunloungers, easy chairs and sofas. This is a boat built for pleasure – the large aft Jacuzzi cements the theory.


If the Vulcan 46 fails to pick up even more prizes – we will be very surprised.








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