Many of the changes made aboard the 78 Cruiser appeal to more European tastes. The trademark interior high-gloss surfaces have given way to the understated beauty of satin-finish mahogany, accentuated by neutral-colored fabrics and the discerning use of leather appointments. Guests will also appreciate having more natural light stream into social areas through markedly larger windows. Larger swim platform and sun pad areas adorn the aft deck and flybridge, respectively. The flybridge offers wide areas typical of significantly bigger yacht with a large Jacuzzi for 4 people. Amidships, a large square table with three chairs and a U-Settee can host up to eight to ten guests. Port-side, an L-shaped mini-bar with two seats, ice‑maker, refrigerator and grill will let the owner fully enjoy parties on board. When mooring, the bridge also offers an essential helm station with a 360° degree view. Two additional seats can be added to port. A hard-top for the flybridge helm station is standard, as well as a jet-sky and rubber dinghy area.
The Vicem 78 contemporary twists are complemented by an updated exterior, which projects the cleaner lines that were widely well-received with the introduction of the top Vintage Line range Vicem 92’. On the other hand, the lines of the new 78 show all its cruising character: a very high bow with a large and low cockpit to face rough seas for a pleasant and comfortable cruise in any weather. All on-board detail has been handcrafted to the highest standard and expertise: mahogany toe-rail and chromed brass or stainless steel hardware are just an example.
Power arrangements are 2 x MAN V8 900HP Common Rail engines, which allow the 78 Cruiser to reach cruising and maximum speeds of 14 and 17 knots, respectively, with a range of 1,050 nm at 10 knots. The fuel tanks have a capacity of 2,168 gal. 8,206 lt. while the water and holding tanks are 430 gal. – 1,628 lt. and 395 gal. – 1,496 lt., respectively.
The 78 Cruiser can welcome aboard twelve guests and three crew. Sleeping accommodations include a full-beam master cabin amidships, one VIP stateroom forward with a king-size bed, and two guest staterooms (one double and one twin) – all with en-suite bathrooms (with a separate shower box). The very large master cabin offers all the comfort you need on board with an island king berth, a settee for two persons, an LCD screen and a vanity area with lift up mirror and lateral drawers. All cabins as well as the saloon are provided with LCD TVs.
Light and a great sense of spaciousness are assured by large windows in the saloon and in the dining area, providing visibility as if you were outdoors. A wide-body saloon welcomes you inside, two lounge chairs with an ottoman and two large sofas can host up to 7 guests. The dining room is at the centre of the main deck with a specially designed dinette table for 8 guests, and to starboard stairs give access to the lower deck. The wheelhouse is equipped with all the latest technology on the market. Autopilot, GPS and radar come standard. A day-head is located behind the wheelhouse and four more seats can be added to port, just before the large galley. The kitchen is provided with all possible appliances for a prestigious yacht: a cooktop with 4 burners, microwave, oven, refrigerator, freezer, ice maker, bottle cooler for 12 bottles, etc. A Bose music system, Bose speakers and air conditioning are located in every area of the yacht.
The cold molded method
The building technique used to create the new 78 is the same used for all Vicem Vintage Line (classic/flybridge 52’ to 75’ – cruiser 78 & 92): the cold molded process. A millenary, unique construction technique which embodies all the construction methods of the Turkish historical marine tradition; a modern procedure different from traditional boat building. Based on engineered wood construction, cold-molding uses laminated mahogany (coming from managed forests) and a specific formulated epoxy resin to create the hull, decks and principal superstructures. This results in a stronger and quieter vessel with a smoother ride, with natural insulation from humidity and noise.