Meet Bronko I, the 110-footer (33.56-meter) that marks the launch of the first Vicem Vulcan 32 megayacht series. Comprised of CoreCell-cored fiberglass, Bronko I hit the water yesterday at Vicem’s facility in Turkey.
You may recall that Vicem introduced its Vulcan Line of megayachts to diversify beyond the mahogany cruisers it has long constructed. Fiberglass affords lower maintenance, but also shallow draft and lower weight, the latter of which permit good turns of speed. Both are important to the mostly American buyers of Vicem yachts, who often go island-hopping in the skinny waters of the Bahamas.
Vicem turned to Frank Mulder of Mulder Design for naval architecture, given his experience with swift yachts over the years. The 6’7” (2.05-meter) draft keeps a variety of options open in the Bahamas, as well as other shallow-water areas. The shipyard says Bronko I should see a cruise speed just shy of 19 knots and a top speed of 23 knots, powered by twin 1,900-hp Caterpillar diesels. Dialed back to 12 knots, she should achieve a 1,350-nautical-mile range. In addition, Vicem says, Bronko I should handle somewhat sloppy seas well, given a fine hull entry.
Mulder is additionally responsible for the styling of the raised-pilothouse yacht, while Wetzels Brown Partners is the designer for the interior. Both the owner’s party and the crew should appreciate various elements created with them in mind. The 25’6” (7.8-meter) beam is wider than that of similarly sized yachts from both American and European builders, easily by one foot or more. Four guest staterooms accompany the main-deck master, so quite the party can be accommodated. A four-person crew is also housed aboard, with each of the two cabins featuring en suite facilities. The crew also has two methods of reaching the foredeck gear for docking maneuvers: via a side deck to starboard on the main deck, and a stairway to port on the boat deck.
That boat deck, by the way, is part of the flying bridge, where the main tender is housed. Two PWCs can sit in the transom garage.
Bronko I is being classed to RINA Short Range Charter standards and will be delivered by month’s end.