Vicem’s “Empire” is Headed for Australia

The highly customized 95-foot motoryacht is the latest build in Vicem’s Cruiser line.
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The 95-foot Empire from Vicem Yachts is a trideck yacht built via cold molding. Pozitif Studio

Vicem Yachts in Istanbul says the Vicem 95 Empire is now headed to Australia, where it will cruise the owner’s home waters and make its public debut in May at the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show.

Empire is a highly customized, cold-molded composite build that’s part of Vicem’s Cruiser line, which includes models from 67 feet to 107 feet length overall. The trideck Empire has a flybridge as well as a shaded cockpit, along with numerous details that Vicem says make this motoryacht “the pinnacle” of its custom-build program.

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The yacht’s master stateroom is full beam with a king-size berth. Pozitif Studio

The design, according to the builder, pays homage to the Vicem 107. “The owners came to speak to us with a very clear idea in mind,” Deniz Sonmez, Vicem’s head of interior designers, stated in a press release. “They had fallen in love with the classic Vicem 107 Cruiser and wanted a yacht built in her image. Our in-house design team took full account of their requests and created a layout precisely tailored to suit their wishes.”

On the foredeck, Empire has seating, dining and a separate lounging area for sunbathing. Side decks give guests a straight path to the aft deck, where there is shaded dining for 10 people along with a fridge, sink and flip-down television.

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Vicem optimized the foredeck real estate with a lounge and dining area. Pozitif Studio

Up on the flybridge—which spans two-thirds of the yacht’s deck length—there’s a wet bar with two refrigerators, an ice maker, a sink and a freezer. Informal dining and seating for 10 people is on this deck, along with a hot tub, tender storage and a crane with a lifting capacity of 2,200 pounds.

Empire carries all the classic Vicem design features, with lots of outside space, long overhangs and shaded side decks,” hull designer Yusuf Altundasar stated in the press release. “In this, she is perfectly tuned for a luxurious lifestyle in the sun, whether that’s our home waters in the Mediterranean or the sunny shores of her owners’ native Australia.”

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Empire has an open main-deck floor plan. It’s also notable for no less than nine woods with several finishes. Pozitif Studio

Inside, the layout is open plan with the galley, dining for eight, and seating on a single level. A separate service galley is belowdecks because sometimes, the owner likes to cook in the main-deck galley, surrounded by guests.

Also belowdecks are the crew and guest spaces, separated by the amidships engine room (which houses twin 1,600-horsepower MTU engines). The master stateroom spans the full beam with a king-size berth and a sofa. The VIP is in the bow, and there’s a twin-berth guest stateroom with a Pullman berth.

What kind of wood is used in Empire’s interior? Nine kinds of woods with multiple finishes, including various shades of oak.

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