Posted by: Dave Mallach | August 1, 2011

A marvelous photo, and some fun vids

I. How about this?

Behind a V52, Miami

This great shot was taken yesterday morning, off the owner’s house in Miami. Great shutter control! Here is his boat, the first 52 we built with a helm door:

V52, on the Bosporus

The boat is not for sale, but can be seen in Florida and around the Bahamas if you are curious about her.

II. I’m told it is pretty clear to the world that I love my Vicem’s and my job. The aspect of my job I love the most is new custom builds.  Watching a boat go from cocktail napkin sketch, to finished plans, to finished boat is a terribly exciting process.  And with the growth of our company, it now takes only about 60% of the time it used to.  Here is an example I dug up this week, while remembering the fun of designing and building the V70 I mentioned in my last posting:

The before...

...and the after.

The full and newly updated listing can be found at:

http://www.yachtworld.com/boats/2007/Vicem-70-Flybridge-2379888/CT/United-States

III. A couple of posts ago I talked about a new listing – Ruthie B, a 2007 V58 Flybridge. Last night I worked up a Comp Pricing Report – what it would cost to build an exact copy today. It came to more than $2,600,000. The seller is asking under a million dollars. The full listing can be seen at:

http://www.yachtworld.com/boats/2007/Vicem-58-Flybridge-2377720/ME/United-States

Frankly I do not expect her to remain on the market for her Newport Boat Show exhibiting. Call quick or you’ll be on the wrong end of one of my “You snooze, you lose” emails.

IV.  I’m heading down to Key Largo in mid-August for two days of diving.  My diving clients out there – you know who you are – by all means join me.  I have not been under water since the Vicem rendezvous in the Bahamas last year.  Here is a great four  minute video of the scary shark dive during that great week (the shaking camera is entirely my fault, and I believe fully justified):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RN1RxoadFKY


V. And finally, as you may have read a few weeks ago, I just got back from an amazing and uplifting trip to Haiti to review the status of our school construction.  This morning I recieved an advance copy of a wonderful four minute video summing up our last trip:

http://vimeo.com/27139107

As you’ll see, we are making great progress, but we have far to go.

That’s all for now.  You know the drill –  If you have any questions, just launch a flare.

Enjoy.

Posted by: Dave Mallach | July 29, 2011

An almost unbelievable Vicem

I am so excited to announce our latest listing – Truant, a 2007 Vicem 70 Flybridge.  Why? Because once in a great while, even among the storied Vicem line,  one yacht clearly stands out.  That is the case with Truant.  Sprung from three design teams on two continents, two years of planning went into this modern classic. She has just finished an East Coast cruise, and I got calls from almost every port she entered. Particularly attention was paid to her jet-black hull, her gleaming high-gloss interior, her custom tilework, and her state of the art chef’s  galley (surpassing even those on some megayachts).

Truant, Vicem 70 Flybridge

Galley, with rare Aphrodite marble

Cockpit

Unique Bunk Room

Unique Bunk room

Master Cabin

Gleaming make up desk

Master Head

Master Shower tilework, must be seen to be fully appreciated.

Convertible Salon Storage Area, before...

...and after!

I think you see from these pictures that Truant is truly a one-of-a-kind yacht.  It’s no secret that I am a big fan of high-gloss varnish, and this is the best we’ve done.

The owners are moving down in size, and they are even bigger fans than I. They would be happy to speak with all interested parties.

The full listing can be seen at:

http://www.yachtworld.com/boats/2007/Vicem-70-Flybridge-2379888/CT/United-States

Posted by: Dave Mallach | July 23, 2011

New listing, latest ad, great video…

I. OUR LATEST LISTING

I am psyched to have this new listing, because it is a boat I have spent many happy hours on – Ruthie B, the 2007 Vicem 58 Flybridge:

She is up in Maine at the moment, and I will be displaying her at the Newport, Norwalk and Annapolis Boat Shows (more on these shows, below).   She has had a new paint job and looks wonderful.  The full listing can be seen at:

http://www.yachtworld.com/boats/2007/Vicem-58-Flybridge-2377720/ME/United-States

I know this boat like the back of my hand, so please don’t hesitate to call with questions.

II. OUR LATEST AD

Have you seen our latest ad in this month’s Yachting? You can see it here.

Latest Yachting Magazine Ad

III. OUR  BOAT SHOW SCHEDULE  

Our Fall Boat Show Schedule and line up is now set. Just seven weeks to go!

The Newport Boat show runs from September 15th through the 18th. We will be displaying the following boats:

Vicem 72 Flybridge

Vicem 58 - Vanderbilt's amazing interior

Vicem 58 - Ruthie B.

From September 22nd through the 25th we will be at the Norwalk Boat Show, displaying the 72 and the 58 FB.

Those same boats can be seen at the Annapolis Show from October 13th through the 16th. I look forward to catching up with you all at these shows.

IV. AN AMAZING SAILBOAT

Although I am asked to reconsider all the time, we don’t build sailboats.  We’ve done over 100 boats so far, but not one with a sail.  This week a client of mine put Galileo his 123 foot S&S sailboat up for sale, and he asked me to take a look at her.  My daughter and I were blown away.  If Vicem built a sailboat, the interiors of this one would be our goal:

Salon of Galileo - S&S 123

She reminds me a bit of Essence, our Vicem 85 listing. Come to think of it, Essence’s owner came to us from a similarly sized sailboat.
You can see the full sailboat listing below, but by all means let me know if you would like more information:

http://www.yachtworld.com/boats/1989/Palmer-Johnson-Sparkman-%26amp%3B-Stephens-Ketch-2376551/Newport/RI/United-States

For comparison’ sake, here is a shot from Essence:

Lower Salon, Vicem 85 - Essence

The full V85 listing can be seen at:

http://www.yachtworld.com/boats/2006/Vicem-Classic-1816557/Palm-Beach/FL/United-States

V. A FUN VIDEO

Just for fun, my new favorite video.

You know, our boats are built by hand.  There is very little “assembly line” to it, and if you look carefully no two of our boats are ever 100% alike. It is not  improvisational, of course,  but our owners tell us the process is part of the charm of it all. When I saw this video, it reminded me of Vicem. Why?  Because improvising is very hard.  But creating something to appear completely improvised is even harder. I think Fred Astaire would have appreciated a Vicem:

For you jazz fans, that’s Bud Powell on the piano.

That’s it for now. Some big news coming up in the next few weeks.

See ya.

Posted by: Dave Mallach | July 18, 2011

Significant Price Adjustment

The new day brings news of a significant price adjustment on my favorite boat:

Vicem 51 - Summer Nights - Now asking $499,000

Summer Nights is a 2002 Vicem 51 Classic. This FRESH  WATER BOAT is in pristine (literally in as-new, to coin a phrase) condition. She is stored indoors in Charlevoix, Michigan.  For those on coasts, the owner and I will pay for you to fly out and see her. I know if you see her, you will drive away with her.

The full listing can be found at:

http://www.yachtworld.com/boats/2002/Vicem-Classic-2151289/Charlevoix/MI/United-States

This $50,000 price reduction (her second in a year) presents a beautiful opportunity to own a truly beautiful head-turning yacht at a below market price. I urge you to call, write or wave to me for more information.  I don’t want you to be on the wrong end of my next “You Snooze, You Lose” emails!

Posted by: Dave Mallach | July 6, 2011

There be dragons…

Let’s start with some videos!

A few weeks ago our V72 was one of the official spectator boats for the J-Class Regatta.  Seeing these 140 foot beauties go by, with their 185 foot masts, took my breath away. Here they are rounding a mark:

Those of you with smart-alek sons will enjoy this next one.  Backing in to our Newport slip at the Brown & Howard Wharf is, for me, a bit hair-raising. I make no secret of the fact that I’m a better salesman than captain. Here’s an aerial of the layout:

72 to Starboard, 58 to Port.

My son made this video of me on the 3rd, following the start of the Trans-Atlantic race.  You will note his voiceover, which includes such encouragements as “Doesn’t look good at the moment” and “I’ll delete it if he doesn’t crash.”

Thanks, Timmy!

He doesn’t note that I have about 16 inches on either side, which means I give 30 inches of space to my wonderful brokerage 58 listing to port, and 2 inches to my Italian competitor boats to starboard.

 

 

Here are some new plans.  You may be aware that we have built three or four 54 Flybridges to date. All have had a ladder up to the flybridge.  A client recently asked if stairs, as are standard with our 58 FB, would fit.  They do, and here are the plans:

54 stairway plans

 

 

I have always been a huge fan of our 54 model.  To me it provides 85% of the space and functionality of the 58, but at a $200,000 savings.

 

Here’s a tip: I had a wonderful visit with a client on the Fourth, who cruised down from downeast aboard his Eastbay for the amazing fireworks launched from Fort Adams. He found in rolling seas that three of his four radome mounting bolts had backed out, and he was without radar. Fortunately there was no fog that day. Moral of the story?  Mapmakers in the middle ages used to print on the edge of their charts, Hic sunt dracones.”  Which translates as  “There are dragons out there. Check your radome bolts.”

Two last items: I will be off the harbor tomorrow. I will be up up in Conway, NH giving a talk on Haiti for the World Fellowship Center, a wonderful and supportive organization. I will be back on Friday, at which time I am doing an event with Aston Martin. Stop by to drive a hot car and  a hot boat.

Lastly, I decided I am changing  my job title!  I showed the 72 and the 58 this week to some Silicon Valley guys. One of them said that in their world I wouldn’t  be called a broker, or even a salesman. I would be a  “Product Evangelist.” I love that, and that I be.

Enjoy.

Dave Mallach, P.E.

Posted by: Dave Mallach | June 30, 2011

Free airfare!

Much to report on here, as always, but first I’d like to wish everyone a great Fourth of July on the water. And watch out for the bozo’s! Yesterday I took the 72 out to observe the start of the NYAC Trans-Atlantic race. Maltese Falcon, the 298 foot schooner that was built just a few hundred yards from our docks in Istanbul, was the star of the fleet:

It was a complete zoo at the start, some of the most challenging parking lot conditions I’ve seen. Here is a shot of my radar screen at one point:

So, like I said, watch out for the bozo’s out there.

I have some exciting news about our listing for Summer Nights, the Vicem 51 in Michigan. The owner has generously offered to pay the airfare of any interested client who would like to fly out and see her. You would fly into Traverse City. It can easily be done in a day trip.

Vicem 51 - Summer Nights

The full listing can be seen at:

http://www.yachtworld.com/boats/2002/Vicem-Classic-2151289/Charlevoix/MI/United-States

How about this: If you have ever had an interest in our 92 Cruiser, a huge opportunity awaits you.

Vicem 92 Cruiser - Last Chance

I am informed that we are shipping her to Italy in four weeks. If you are looking for a major deal on a major boat, the next few weeks are the time to jump.  Lets just say I am a bit motivated. A wonderful virtual tour can be found at:

http://vt.prestigevision.com/ma494/

Here’s a smaller one for you, and a bit of a blast from the past. Those of you who have been with me from the beginning may recall that early on I was also the dealer for another Turkish boat called The Daytripper:

Daytripper 40

She is a forty foot jet boat, with responsive Hamilton Jets. I sold a few of these, and really developed an affection for them. Great interiors, great handling, low draft, just a winner. Well, we have a listing for one now.  Here is the complete specs:

Daytripper 40

That’s it for now. But stay tuned for a MAJOR new brokerage listing coming soon. A truly amazing boat coming to a blog near you.

Meanwhile, you know the drill – If you have any questions, just launch a flare.

Enjoy.

Posted by: Dave Mallach | June 24, 2011

Another Cover!

I had mentioned a few blog posts ago that getting a cover is just about the best thing that can happen to a builder in our industry.  Now we have another cover shot, and a full review, of the Vicem 78 Cruiser in this month’s Power & Motor Yacht.

Now let me tell you how I read boat reviews (like the rest of you, usually in airports). Whenever I read  a boat review, for Vicem’s or any other builder, I immediately race ahead to see the sound ratings, in decibels. Vicem wins almost every time.   This 78 Cruiser, at just 73 db at full RPM,  is shockingly quiet. I don’t know for a fact that our full line of motor yachts beats any other manufacturer’s full line in db ratings. But I’m pretty sure we do (it’s one of the many advantages of Cold Molded construction.  Nothing beats the sound deadening qualities of natural wood).

You can see the review here (it may take a few seconds to load).  It is a great read.

VIcem 78 Cover_Article_July_2011

P.S. If you are in Newport this weekend, please feel free to join me for the Polo Match on Saturday or the start of the Trans-Atlantic race on Sunday.

Enjoy.

Posted by: Dave Mallach | June 15, 2011

Vicem 51 at two boat shows!

Here is some late breaking news for you: Our pristine Vicem 51, Summer Nights, will be displayed at two boat shows in Michigan in the next several weeks:

Summer Nights, Vicem 51

She will first be presented at the Bay Harbor In-Water Boat Show.  The show runs from June 17th through June 19th and full show details can be found at:

http://www.bayharbor.com/lakemarina/index.asp?section=0C5BEF3629C64BD99DA418ED18F80946

Last year I had the pleasure of attending this show, and it was great. Beautiful boats in a beautiful town.

Then, the following week, is the Bay Harbor Vintage Car and Boat Festival on June 25th. Details can be found at:

http://www.bayharbor.com/lakemarina/index.asp?page=7142375648BE44E7B59099D85AEDA16E
 

The full listing of Summer Nights can be found at:

http://www.yachtworld.com/boats/2002/Vicem-Classic-2151289/Charlevoix/MI/United-States

Summer Nights is my favorite Vicem. By all means go and take a careful look at her. She is seriously for sale.

Enjoy.

Posted by: Dave Mallach | June 14, 2011

At the end of the road…

At the end of the road, almost at the end of the country, a new school appears:

Bodarie School, Phase I

Greetings.  I returned last night from  Haiti, having reviewed the completion of the first phase of school construction in the town of Bodarie.   For all those who could use some good news, the full report follows.

First, here is a shot of some of our A-Team:

Moe, Larry, and Curly

I will also share with you my thoughts on the state of Port-Au-Prince and Haiti overall, and end with some philosophical musings.

I.                   Port-Au- Prince

I was last there 11 months ago, just a few months after the Goudou-Goudou (the earthquake).  I am quite surprised at the improved state of affairs in PAP at the current time.  I can break these observations down to the categories of rubble, tents, economy, and mood.

Rubble:  When I was last there, PAP was a city of rubble. Streets and avenues were piled high with the concrete remains of collapsed houses.  This completely paralyzed the city. Now  I would say that more than 75% of the rubble is gone.  All major and minor streets are free of obstruction.  Much heavy machinery is around clearing lots, knocking down houses, and removing concrete. It was a major and wonderful surprise for me.

Tents: When I was last in PAP 1.2 million people were living in vast tent cities. Every bit of vacant land was covered in blue UN tents, as were the meridians of all major avenues. There was little water, little nighttime security, and the UN troops were stretched to the point of uselessness. I am told, and I have seen, that 800,000 people have now moved out of the tents and are living in more permanent housing, with friends and family, or outside of PAP altogether.  Now, wherever you look, you can find plywood cabins.

Under 400,000 remain in tents, and again, the difference is remarkable.  The size and number of tent communities has shrunk to a point where, to my untrained eye, UN troops are able to provide at least a basic level of security. I also see, for the first time, Haitian Police at critical points, including the roads into and out of PAP. We went through two manned and armed checkpoints, and it was a reassuring feeling. The firepower seemed more than sufficient to me to deal with chaos and street crime.

Economy:  After the earthquake $11 billion dollars was pledged worldwide  by governments, Non-Governmental Organization (NGO’s) and private citizens.  $4.3 billion actually arrived.  $1.2 billion of that has spent (see rubble removal, above).  The balance of unspent funds awaits the stabilization of the Haitian government after the recent elections.

The $1.2 billion already spent s is visible in a way that any Economics 101 student would recognize.  Contract and salary payments have trickled down to the street level.  Markets are busy, and cash is changing hands on every street. It is, again, a notable and wonderful difference from a year ago.

Mood: Last year the populace showed  the effects of a great trauma in their disposition and appearance.  Everywhere I saw little but  tears and “thousand-yard” stares.  Now I see far more engagement and purpose in their eyes and actions. My friends on the ground say there is a general feeling of hopefulness in the population, and I picked that up as well.

II.                 Bodarie

CONSTRUCTION:  Less than eight weeks ago we began construction of the new school in Bodarie, our isolated village 80 miles from PAP.  I was shocked to the point of speechlessness about the progress.  Phase I, the first four classrooms, is 90% done.

Here is a 30 second video that pans from the old school, to our new kitchen, to the work area, to the new school:

A concrete foundation has been poured, and cinder blocks are made on-site.  Welders made hurricane-proof steel doors, as well as framing for the steel  roof. The large rocks in the courtyard are smashed with sledge hammers to produce pebble-sized rocks. Those are then mixed with sand and concrete to make the cinderblocks. I saw roughly 20 workers, working from 4:30am until 5pm, all over the site. We are paying them $5 a day, while the prevailing wage in Haiti is $2 a day. (By the way, the same trickle-down effect noted in PAP was observed in Bodarie as well).

Here is a shot of the interior:

Interior and exterior painting will be done by next week, and then the desks will be moved in.

WATER SYSTEM: We have spent $68,200 on Phase I, exactly $6,200 over budget. This added expense was due in part to the creation of the village’s first water system. Up until now I estimate 500 to 1,000 gallons of water was brought up from the nearest creek, mostly by children, one gallon at a time. Children start this before sunrise each day:

Our brilliant team in Haiti designed and built a 28,000 gallon concrete cistern under the floor of the most elevated classroom. Rooftop gutters collect rainwater and funnel it down to the cistern. As you might expect, it rains a lot in the mountains of Haiti (Bodarie is at an elevation of 2,000 feet) and 10 hours of rain is enough to fill the cistern. Gravity drives chlorinated water down to faucets in the village. Instant water-pressure! The resulting productivity to the village is clear, but the health benefits are even more remarkable. The creek was not always clean.  The largest health concern in Bodaire is water-borne parasites. Most of the kids are affected by this, historically.  I now believe that scourge has been largely eliminated. We believe it fully justifies the expense over-run.

FOOD PROGRAM: At the beginning of this year our team at Haitian Support was able to do something remarkable, by instituting a school food program.  This week was my first chance to see it. Historically kids would walk 3+ hours to school, learn all day, and then walk home very hungry. You can imagine the ramifications of this. Now we have a kitchen and staff, and they provide enough food to feed 560 children each day.  It created six jobs, and the results are amazing to see. Plates of rice and beans that too large for me to finish are inhaled by seven-year olds, leaving not a grain of rice. I fully expect to see substantial improvements in average height and weight in the out-years, as measured by our annual January medical trips (come with me!). Here’s a great 15 second video:

III.              Needs Summary and Philosphical Conclusion:

When we sat on a porch on Bodarie one night last year and first looked over the plans for the school, we estimated that it would cost $115,000 to construct. With the substantial increase in supply costs due to the earthquake, some mission creep (food program, water system) and some refined analysis, we have determined that in the end the entire project will cost $165,000.

We need $92,000 more to finish the school.

 I have now looked at dozens of schools in Haiti. The average cost of building one of our size is roughly $700,000 (see the New York Times article last month on Royal Caribbean’s construction of a school in Labadie).  How can we do it for $165,000? The answer is that we are lean, mean, honest, and child focused. If I heard the following story once, I heard it ten times – A United States or European fund asks NGO’s what a school for 500 kids would cost. They say $750,000, and they get it. The first thing they do is buy four Toyota Landcruisers, at $100,000 each, to shuttle the NGO executives around. You can imagine where the financial story goes from there.

Right after the earthquake I wrestled with how to bring Haiti up to the table of nations.  I had few answers.  All I could focus upon was trying to improve the situation in an isolted rural area. Now, with more time on the ground, and input from my colleagues in Haiti,  and from my friends, clients and donors, my position has evolved.

Country-wide change on the order of what is required in Haiti takes money, hard work, commitment, luck, sacrifice, pain, education, democracy, and hope. But even with every one of those silos full to the brim,  in the end it takes leadership.  Fundamental big-picture change in Haiti, change that means that the Haiti of 2050 will not be the Haiti of 2000, will require a Lincoln or a Mandela.  Leaders like that come by every century or so.

Now, the truth is I don’t work very hard when I am in Haiti. I spend most of my time playing with the children, sitting with them in class, generally making things more difficult for Les Professeurs.  But I look in the eyes of each and every child in Bodarie  and I ask myself:

Is this her? Is this him? Is this the Haitian Lincoln? The Haitian Mandela? And if not, will they be born in my lifetime? Will they get their spark, their education and their iron determination in  a school like we are building in Bodarie?

My answer is unequivically yes. The level of compassion and generosity of our donors, the work put in, the uncompromising integrity of every member of our team, the cumulative result of rational analysis and planning,  the overall and immeasurable concern and humanity of the friends of Bodarie, all these things must point us straight at success.

I return from Bodarie absolutely satisfied that any contribution, big or small, has been and will be carefully and judiciously spent.  I now ask that you help once again.  Join our team and help find and support the future leaders of Haiti.

Please  write me, call me, mail me a check, and I guarantee not a bit of your help will be wasted.

Thank you, again and always.

Dave

Posted by: Dave Mallach | June 1, 2011

New 58 Pix

Much to report after a quite busy Memorial Day weekend in Newport:

I. New Pix

Below you will see the latest pix of our Vicem 58 brokerage listing, Vanderbilt. As you’ll see, really an amazing boat. The full listing can be seen at:

http://www.yachtworld.com/boats/2008/Vicem-58-Classic-2293200/Newport/RI/United-States

Cockpit, Wide Angle

Helm, thru port window

Helm, thru stbd window

Cockpit, aft

Dinette

Guest Cabin

Galley

Stbd Salon

Master

Wide Angle Cockpit

II. Great Lakes Boats

As of today, I now have two brokerage boats in Michigan. Summer Nights, a V51 Classic in Charlevoix:

Summer Nights

Details can be seen at: http://www.yachtworld.com/boats/2002/Vicem-Classic-2151289/Charlevoix/MI/United-States

And the just-arrived Mahogany Rose, a V67 Flybridge:

V67 Flybridge

She is in Douglas, Michigan, two and half hours south of Charlevoix.

http://www.yachtworld.com/boats/2007/Vicem-Flybridge-2095968/Charleston/SC/United-States

Both yachts can be seen on the same day. Please call me for the details.

III. On the  move

Want to see how we move a big boat? We have taken our 32 Meter from Istanbul to our new yard in Antalya, 500 miles to the south. She was floated down, then trucked. She arrived without a scratch, as these fun pix prove:

32M

Call me if you would like the details on this exciting yacht.

In the same vein, here is our 78, safely offloaded in Europe this week, before she heads to Dubai:

A mere 60 tons.

Thats all for now. See ya (in Michigan, I hope).

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