Most yachtsmen consider a mahogany boat a collector’s item: quaint-looking runabouts that require constant coats of varnish. But Vicem, the Turkish shipyard that has brought a new level of wood to the water, has turned the boat into a work of art. The new Vicem 72 Flybridge, launched at the Miami International Boat Show in February, looks like most other fiberglass yachts in the category, with a navy blue hull, teak decks, and down east look that would be more home in Maine than the Mediterranean. But the cruiser, which was designed to appeal to the U.S. market, has much more than its plastic counterparts—it’s built of mahogany. The hull is cold-pressed, using the same process as the top-quality Carolina sportfishing builders have used for decades, for longevity in salt water.
The interior is defined with mahogany throughout, with grains so evenly matched that it almost looks synthetic. Vicem’s craftsmen—and they have to earn this title through many years of apprenticeship—do everything by hand, from the steam bending of the wood to create graceful arcs to the solid granite stonework in the galley. The exact detailing and translucent glow of the mahogany simply cannot be replicated in fiberglass. Two layouts include three-stateroom configurations, with crew’s quarters in the stern. (631.418.2700, www.vicemyacht.com)