Back aboard, I had a good look at Moni and marveled at the workmanship. She's a composite vessel, built from cold-molded mahogany in one of the company's three manufacturing plants in the free-trade zone of Antalya, in southwestern Turkey. She's a modern-day testament to the age-old tradition of wooden boatbuilding, where craftsmanship is king. While many may argue that using vacuum-bagged cold-molded wood is nothing more than a standard composite construction technique, others will swear that it is at the pinnacle of wooden boatbuilding methods. It is only when talk turns to hull weight that the traditionalists begin to lose ground. Although cold-molded hulls weigh the same as, or less than, conventional GRP examples, the most sophisticated carbon fiber laminates and many resin-infused hulls are lighter. Our host, Sebahattin Hafizoglu, is chairman of Vicem, and his yard on the Bosporus was among the first to embrace blending traditional skills found in the construction of the Turkish gulet with emerging cold-molded wood-and-epoxy techniques. Pestered by local resorts and businessmen clamoring for anything he could build, he started Vicem. Twenty years later, the wider world, and in particular the North American market, have come to recognize Vicem's great-looking designs and superb craftsmanship.