Vicem 85 – Essence

2006 Vicem 85

Palm Beach, FL

At some point in their history, most successful custom builders find that they can hit a sweet spot in the design and execution of a very special yacht. And that becomes their true flagship. For Vicem Yachts, their flagship was this 2006 Vicem 85 Classic– Essence.

This stunning Down East-style yacht is the largest and most elegantly appointed express-style lobster yacht that Vicem (or anyone else) has ever splashed. Top designers on three continents came together to meet the unique aesthetic standards of her knowledgeable owner. I can say unequivocally that everyone who has ever boarded Essence has come away fully impressed.

Her special appeal is highlighted by her two large, beautifully furnished salons.  A formal salon of 300 square feet down below provides seating and dining areas for eight pampered guests, adjacent to the chef’s galley. And an informal salon of 260 square feet on the pilothouse deck, with seating and dining for eight, adjacent to the outdoor grill,  provides spaciousness and intimacy.

As the photographs show, her full-beam Master Cabin approaches Mega-yacht standards in elegance, as do her his-and-her heads.

Even the briefest of walkthroughs of Essence make clear a level of detail and overall fit and finish that is, again, usually only found on high-end Northern European Megayachts.

Essence can be seen in Palm Beach. Essence is fully MCA-compliant, and superbly suited for charter (as her numerous A-List celebrity charterers can attest).


LOA 85 feet
Beam 20 feet 8 inches
LWL 80 feet
Draft 6 feet
Weight 140,000
Engines MAN CR 1300’s
Hours 1380
Cruise Speed 21
Max Speed 28
Fuel Tanks 1900
Water Tanks 500
Holding Tanks 300


Upper Salon
The Upper Salon has an extra large from the cockpit, through double sliding doors. Essence was expressly designed to have the so the cockpit and salon soles on one level, providing an overall entertaining space of over 32 feet long.

There is an owner’s desk to starboard (with a retractable 37″ plasma TV, that doubles as a computer monitor). To port is the private stairway that leads down to the Master Cabin.

Forward you’ll find comfortable seating for as many as twelve guests. Remote controlled glass panels raise and lower to provide privacy from the helm area.


The Pilothouse helm is on the starboard side with a double seating area, separated for privacy with retractable frosted glass panels. To port is additional seating with chart area. All the instruments are flush mounted:

Garmin Touchscreen 5215 chart plotter combo unit also displays depth, wind and temp
Simrad RA51 radar
Simrad IS 15 gauges for either logs, speed, wind or depth
Simrad AP 25 autopilot
Icom VHF
Wema fuel gauges displaying fuel levels in the three fuel tanks
Fire Boy fire system gauge
Lenco trim tabs
ACR 100D spotlight
Bilge control switches
Side power thruster
Onan Generator remote controls for the generators, showing oil temp, coolant temp, volts and hrs. Also capable of starting the generators from the Wheelhouse.

Lower Salon
Essence’s formal entertaining area is Lower Salon. It’s abundant natural and tasteful artificial light projects a warm and intimate glow for any event. Mahogany panelling, with 12 hand-rubbed layers of satin varnish, provide an “English Drawing Room” sensibility. Elegant fabrics and window treatments add to this sense of style. Starting for seven to port is provide in comfortable couches and a reading chair, while the dining table to starboard seats eight. Built-in provide ample room for fine art and collectibles.

Master Suite
The Master stateroom has a centerline king berth with a couch on the port side and a makeup table on the Starboard. Large walk in closet and vanity. The bathroom is a full beam his and her’s separated by a large shower with entry from both bathrooms. Her’s equipped with a bidet.

Samsung 49″ LCD TV
Yamaha cinema station surround sound system
Premier all region DVD player
GE mini refrigerator

Port/Starboard Guest Suites
The two guest staterooms are found aft through the lower salon. There are two well-appointed (The Red room and Blue room) separate guest cabins with twins and ensuite.

Sharp 19″ TV Premier all region w/ DVD player
Ensuite with shower, toilet and basin

Crew Cabin
There are two crew cabins that share the same bathroom. The captain’s cabin has a double bed with a single bunk above. The other crew cabin has two bunk beds.

The galley is beautifully appointed with state of the art stainless steel equipment. It is wholly situated in the crew area, forward of the lower salon, salon with its own dining area. Granite counter tops with plenty counter space to work on with very generous storage throughout.

GE Trash compactor
GE 5 Plate stove and convection oven
GE Dishwasher
GE Microwave/Convection Oven
GE Refrigerator, Freezer Combo with Icemaker, Water and Crushed Ice Dispenser
Sharp 19″ TV

Aft Deck
The aft deck is very spacious with sitting, serving area with ice maker, fridge sink and wet bar. Easy access to the water can be found from the aft deck. From the aft deck one can enter through to the upper salon.

GE Stainless steel refrigerator
GE Icemaker
Sink and wet bar
Dual anchors
The tender stores on the swim platform. The swim platform is fully hydraulic which enables the platform to submerge into the water to be able to launch and retrieve the tender.

Aft Lazarette
Easy access to spacious Aft Lazerette, perfect for misc. boating gear including all the air conditioning, shore power cables, transformer, compressor, water maker and extended range fuel tanks.

Cruisair AC fitted throughout the boat
AC transformer, can accept any voltage up to 100 Amp through two 50 Amp shore cords
600 GPD water maker

Engine Room
The engine room is very large for a vessel of her size with complete access to all equipment and 6′ plus headroom. The engine room is very clean and bright with polished diamond plate flooring throughout.

2 MAN V12 1200 HP engines
2 Onan generators each producing 22.5 KW – 780 hours (September 06)
Twin disk transmissions
2 Fresh water pumps, one 220v and the other 24v each with their own expansion tanks.
2 Racor 75100 MAX fuel filters per engine.
1 Racor 500 MA fuel filter per Generator
2 Fire boy 57.1 pound Manual/Auto fire extinguishers
2 Newmar “phase three” charges, engine and house batteries
3 fuel tanks. 2 X 3200L and the other 800 L
Fuel transfer system for transferring fuel between the tanks, either electric or manual

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About Dave Mallach

It amazes me to say that this now my twentieth year as a yacht broker. I'm lucky enough split my time between Manhattan and Westhampton Beach, but in season you are most likely to find me on my trawler “Gypsy” at mooring F4, Sag Harbor. Or, of course, you can just call me at 516-816-1703. I do look forward to it.