THE FINER POINTS

Side-by-side berths slide to­gether to form a queen berth when de­sired. This L-shaped set­tee wraps around the cock­pit, cre­at­ing an alfresco din­ing area for four guests. Fold the ta­ble over to re­veal an ar­ray of cup hold­ers for your sun­down­ers. Khaya ma­hoga

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3. the level of nor­mal con­ver­sa­tion). We’ll be test­ing this yacht soon, so stay tuned to our pages for a full re­view.

The 46 IPS also rep­re­sents a new en­trylevel yacht for the brand. Un­til now, Vicem’s small­est ex­press cruiser was its 55-footer. The builder said at a re­cent press event in Palm Beach, Florida, that clients were re­quest­ing some­thing a lit­tle smaller; the 46 IPS is an­swer­ing that call.

I spent some time on board the yacht and found her two-state­room, two-head lay­out a solid setup for a fam­ily of four or two cou­ples cruis­ing.

Her fore­peak mas­ter has a step-up queen berth, and the space is brightly lit from an over­head hatch and flank­ing 2. hull­side win­dows. The builder’s trade­mark Khaya ma­hogany bulk­heads cre­ate a sense of warmth and elegance. The sec­ond state­room, abaft and to star­board of the mas­ter state­room, has side-by-side berths that slide to­gether to form a queen when you’re cruis­ing with an­other cou­ple. If you need more ac­com­mo­da­tions space, Vicem of­fers the 46 IPS in a fly­bridge ver­sion with a three-state­room lay­out.

The gal­ley is also be­lowdecks. It’s fully equipped with a two-burner elec­tric cook­top, mi­crowave and re­frig­er­a­tor/freezer. There’s enough cab­i­net space to hold your stores for a week­long sum­mer so­journ. In the past, gal­ley-down set­ups were known for be­ing cave­like, but this one feels more like an atrium. Three raked for­ward win­dows and two house-length sa­lon win­dows cre­ate this sense of open­ness by bring­ing in nat­u­ral light. There’s enough counter space for sim­ple meal prep too.

Vicem has done an ad­mirable job of hold­ing on to what it does best in terms of join­ery and styling while mod­ern­iz­ing its meth­ods when it comes to the lat­est tools and tech­nol­ogy — not an easy bal­anc­ing act. The yacht also rep­re­sents a re­newed com­mit­ment to the Amer­i­can mar­ket. In ad­di­tion to tra­di­tional and clas­sic, per­haps pro­gres­sive and modern should be added to this builder’s ad­jec­tive list.

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