The Yacht Insider: Vicem to Build New Trumpy 63

Turkish craftmanship to be applied to an American classic

April 7th 2009

Vicem Yachts, which is based in Istanbul, Turkey, is about to begin construction on the first new line of Trumpy boats in decades. The first model, called the Trumpy 63 Flush Deck Motor Yacht, will be an updated version of the more than 400 wooden boats that Trumpy built for discerning yachtsmen between the 1930s and 1970s.

The new Trumpy 63's profile, deck and accommodation plans

The new Trumpy 63′s profile, deck and accommodation plans

“We are both honored and excited about this opportunity to help reintroduce the Trumpy name to the yachting market,” said Michael Landsberg, president of Vicem Yachts USA. And he should be honored and excited—seeing as how the Trumpy brand, during the Golden Age of Yachting, was synonymous with the utmost in quality. The mahogany boats that turned so many heads in those days have long since been considered lost to a future of fiberglass. This new 63-footer will be not so much a revival as a welcome resurrection.

Vicem is a great choice for the effort, too, since the Turkish builder has been turning quite a few heads of its own with its classic, sportfishing, and cruiser yachts. The interior woodwork often lives up to the company’s marketing line of “approaching sculpture.” In February, I attended the Miami Yacht and Brokerage Show, where Vicem displayed its new 92 Cruiser and 72 Flybridge Classic, and the handcrafted joinery left more than a few experts impressed.

A sample of the craftsmanship from Vicem on the company's recent Vicem 92

A sample of the craftsmanship from Vicem on the company’s recent Vicem 92

Apparently, Trumpy founder John Trumpy’s grandson Johan is impressed as well: “I recently had the opportunity to spend the day with the owner of Vicem Yachts on his new 92 motor yacht. His dedication to quality and craftsmanship will allow us to deliver the new Trumpy to a standard that more than complements our reputation.”

Finer than your average helm station; another sample of Vicem's work from the company's 92

Finer than your average helm station; another sample of Vicem’s work from the company’s 92

Of course, such standards don’t come cheap. The new 63 will have a base price of $2.93 million, with features including Imtra bow thrusters, Techman heads, Raymarine navigation systems, and Viking and Sub-Zero appliances.

Then again, it’s hard to put a price on owning a piece of history. We might look back in 50 years, as the owners of classic Trumpy designs do at their own boats today, and think of $2.93 million as a steal.