Quick Look: Vilm 136

Cruising World 2008 New Boat Showcase

Vilm 136

Larger but very much in the same mold as the Vilm 117 that drew considerable attention (and a Boat of the Year Award) when it appeared here in 2001, the German-built Vilm 136 has a handsome and purposeful appearance. The hard dodger, or open pilothouse, that shelters the forward half of the boat’s center cockpit hints of the boat’s Baltic origins and is no less practical on this side of the Atlantic, especially at the edges of the sailing season.

The layout below is recognizably Vilm, fleshed out a little to utilize the space available in the extra six feet-the aft cabin has its own entrance from the cockpit and is truly self-contained. It has both a single and a double berth and its own head and separate shower. The engine has lots of breathing room under the cockpit and a 5-kW 110VAC generator is standard.

A self-tending jib on a Hoyt Boom ensures that sailing will be fairly effortless, and the boat can be steered with the bulkhead-mounted wheel in the cockpit or from the pedestal on the aft deck.


Vilm 136 Specs

LOA: 46′ 0″
LWL: 39′ 0″
Beam: 13′ 2″
Draft: 5′ 10″
Sail Area: 950
Displacement: 26,500
Designer: Georg Nissen
Bootsbau Rugen