Sailing Yacht Specification

VILM 116

"Modern Tradition"
A superb mid-sized blue water cruising yacht designed by Yacht-Design Georg Nissen, built by Bootsbau Ruegen, Germany.

The German Sailing Magazine “Yacht” praised the “Outstanding construction, quality and sailing characteristics” of the Vilm 116

The Vilm 116 is a very fast, comfortable cruising yacht for a crew of 4 to 6. 

The Vilm 116 is extremely seaworthy and built to withstand the rough conditions of the North Sea. Each detail of the Vilm is testimony to the experience, dedication and perfection of the builder Mr. Wolfgang Lenz and his son Matthias, both avid sailors who not only have a Vilm 116 themselves, but rig and test sail every boat before it is shipped and delivered to the customer.  

The Vilm 116 is CE – approved for category A (open Ocean) and is perfectly suited for circumnavigation but offers cruising comfort and shallow draft which allows long-range exploration of coastal waters of North, Middle, and South America and the Caribbean Islands.  

Hull and deck are 100% hand laid fiberglass for durability. The use of isophtalic acid resin and gelcoat guarantees long lived structural integrity.

All materials, fittings, and the equipment meet or exceed CE as well as German Lloyd’s specifications, the most stringent boat building standards in the world.  

The Vilm 116 is easy to maintain since there is little wood on the exterior of the standard boat, the yacht is delivered with teak deck. In contrast,   upon entering the cabin, you will find the fine handcrafted mahogany interior.

Vilm 116 combines a low-maintenance exterior with interior construction found only in traditional all-wooden yachts.

We challenge you to compare the outstanding quality and the all-inclusive equipment of the Vilm with other yachts of comparable size.


Principal Dimensions Vilm 116

Length over All 38’ 11" 11,85 m
Length Waterline 32’   8" 10,0 m
Beam 12’   2" 3,70 m
Draft 5'    0" 1,50 m
Displacement 19,000 lbs 8,6 t
Ballast 7,500 lbs 3,4 t
Mast Height above water 52'

Sail Area

Main Sail 300 ft.2 27,1 m2
Genoa II (130%) 420 ft.2 38,2 m2
Spinnaker 15.80 m2


Volvo Penta 4 cylinder diesel 55hp / 41 kW 3 blade propeller


Fuel Tank 115 gallons ? l
Water Tank 110 gallons ? l
Holding Tank 32 gallons



6’ 6”

Pantry Area 6’ 1”
Aft Cabin 5’ 7”
Doghouse 6' 3"


Design Drawings


Design Specifications

Hull and Structure

The hull of the Vilm is intentionally overbuilt, like most other parts of the yacht. The hull is molded in one piece out of 100% hand-laid fiberglass. The laminate is composed of alternating layers of mat and woven roving bonded with isophtalic acid resin and isophtalic gelcoat. The V-shaped bow eliminates pounding in choppy seas and makes for a very dry boat. The entire inside-surface of the hull is coated with gelcoat / topcoat to seal all moisture from penetrating into the laminate.  Bulkheads and all interior parts are laminated to the hull for exceptional strength. The colored water lines and boot-top are integrated into the gelcoat.  All stress points are heavily reinforced. 



Hydro dynamically designed lead keel mounted to the hull with thirteen 13/16 inch and one 15/16 inch stainless steel bolts.  The keel section of the hull is heavily reinforced with a system of longitudinal stringers and transverse floor members laminated to the hull. The oversized engine bed is similarly re-enforced.



High performance elliptical rudder supported and protected by a solid semi-skeg.The 3 1/8” forged stainless steel shaft guarantees extraordinary strength and firm control. The hydraulic steering system is provisioned for integration with commercial autopilot packages. The full-sized emergency tiller provides  mechanical backup for rudder control.



The deck is laid out for easy handling. The Vilm 116 is available with fiberglass deck and integrated anti-slip structure. The optional solid 1/2 inch teak deck offers a durable and attractive alternative.
Full-length cabin top hand rails provide safe holds for crew moving about the foredeck.


The optional bow sprit extends the fore-triangle of the vessel and supports the mooring tackle and a boarding step.


The bow fitting deploys the standard-equipment mooring tackle, composed of a 52 lb. CQR anchor, 30 ft. of galvanized chain and 100 ft. of rode. The chain locker is deep and accepts several hundred feet of 5/16 anchor chain. 


Bow and stern pulpits are constructed from welded 3/4" stainless steel. The dual life lines are supported by solid stanchions and side entrance gates. The aft pulpit features a stainless steel flag staff holder and twin teak corner seats, as well as a 6 foot swim- and rescue ladder integrated with the transom. Mooring hardware includes four 12” mooring cleats and two 10” mid-ships spring line cleats. Bow rail with step pad for easy boarding. Genoa winches are Lewmar ST48, the mainsheet winch is Lewmar ST16.


Dog House and Cockpit

The solid fiberglass doghouse covers the forward half of the cockpit and protects the crew from the elements. Four heavy-duty tempered-glass windows offer excellent forward- and sideways visibility to the helmsman. 
Heavy-duty pantographic windshield wipers provide for clear visibility in heavy weather. The helm station oversees the Silva compass, as well as plenty of space for electronics and charts. Two opening hatches in the roof above provide ventilation and light-air sensitivity at the helm. Port and starboard handrails are located below the roof overhang and provide safe holds for crew moving about the cockpit. 

The spacious, deep, self-bailing cockpit offers comfortable teak seating for 6. The removable helmsman chair can be stored in the cockpit lockers, and replaced by a large cockpit table, which also has a dedicated storage berth in the port-side locker. The immense cockpit lockers are located below port and starboard seats, and can be accessed without infracting the Helmsman's vision.  Hydraulic wheel steering transfers the helm control to the rudder.  The entire cockpit area is covered in beautifully-crafted solid teak.  The cockpit can be completely enclosed by a custom canvas designed to protect the interior from sun and rain. The boat can be sailed year-round in any weather, since the canvas enclosure does not restrict sail control. The canvas and its supporting framework can be installed and removed without the use of tools in minutes.


Companion Ways

The large companion ways are secured by two solid drop-down hatch doors which can be opened or closed in seconds with one hand. The doghouse protects the large companionway to the main cabin, which can be sealed by a sturdy sliding hatch should the boat encounter extreme weather conditions. The sliding hatch has an integrated storage berth in the starboard side cockpit locker. Courtesy/night lights in the cabin are controlled by switches conveniently located in the forward and aft companionways. The entrance to the aft cabin is similarly generous, combining an opening hatch above with a one-piece drop-down hatch board.


Below Decks

Six Lewmar hatches and two opening ports provide excellent ventilation in the cabin areas. All hatches and ports are outfitted with fly screens.  Interior cushions molded from upholstery-grade, dual-density foam covered in premium fabrics.  Bulkheads are select-grain mahogany laminated over marine plywood.


In the salon, you will find a comfortable L-shaped settee on starboard, which pulls out and converts to a 6 ft. 5 in. long berth. A second long pull-out berth is opposite on the port side.  A large mahogany double drop-leaf table is solidly mounted around the mast support in the center of the cabin. A convenient drawer located in the rear of the table offers convenient storage for table accessories.

Ample storage below the salon berths is compartmentalized into pull-out drawers, which provide easy access to gear in a seagoing environment. Mahogany & holly sole in main salon, forward & aft cabins.  Large overhead hatch provides primary ventilation, an additional hatch above the galley allows heat and steam to escape from the cooking area. Overhead handrails allow the crew to move safely about the cabin. 

The main cabin is lined by cabinets and shelves with convenient storage for provisions and accessories. 


The spacious forward cabin features a comfortable, 6’6” long V-berth. A fill-in piece with an additional cushion converts the V-berth into a comfortable double berth. Storage is found underneath the berth, and in shelves above. Finely crafted port and starboard hanging lockers structurally integrate the head-end of the berth with the main-cabin bulkhead. 

A large forward-opening deck hatch provides access from above and serves as an escape. The forward cabin can be secured by a solid sliding door, which is lockable from either side. 


The well-equipped U-shaped galley is located on starboard.  Two large, mirror polished, stainless steel sinks, are located along the aft side of the galley. A single hot & cold pressure water tap services both sinks. 


Reliable refrigeration capacity is provided by up to 3 independent modules. A top-loading ice box and separate top-loading freezer are controlled via independent compressor units serviced by separate electric circuits. A front-opening refrigerator may be installed below the sink for additional capacity and live-aboard convenience. Urethane insulation is used generously throughout, and hinged lids are sealed by thermal gaskets.
Counter space is generous for preparing as well as serving food. Teak sea rails are installed on all countertops. Various storage cabinets with ample space for food and kitchen accessories, are located above the sinks, along the hull side on starboard, below countertops, and below the stove. 
Cutlery drawers are thoughtfully oriented in the longitudinal direction, allowing the drawers to be accessed without concern for sea conditions.  The gimbaled 2-burner stainless steel LPG (propane) stove/oven can be locked in a fixed position when not in use. A stove cover provides additional counter space when the stove is not in use, and doubles as heat-shield when cooking.  A microwave can be installed in the galley by sacrificing a cabinet.

Head and Shower

Opposite the galley on port is the spacious head and shower compartment. An overhead hatch provides ventilation. A large vanity integrates linen cabinet, mirror, and an over-sized sink with hot/cold pressure water tap. A manual pump provides a mechanical alternative to access fresh water in the tank. The stand-up shower has separate hot/cold pressure water control. 
Grey water collection and overboard discharge are performed via a shower pan and and an electric drain pump.

Ample illumination is provided by recessed, integral lighting. The large marine head is located close to the vessel's center in the aft part of the head. The stainless steel holding tank holds 32 gallons. Dock-side pumpout and gravity-based overboard discharge ports are standard equipment. 

Aft Cabin

The roomy aft-cabin affords two comfortable seven feet long berths with full length cabinets above. A large pull out table and drawer allows doubling the the aft-cabin as nav. station and for chart storage. 
Overhead reading lights and companion-way controlled courtesy lights illuminate the cabin, while two opening ports as well as an overhead hatch provide ventilation.



To provide maximum strength for fittings and winches, aluminum and stainless steel plates are laminated into the respective deck parts. The stanchions are secured in special heavy-duty sockets, which are through-bolted.  Extra long genoa tracks support sliding blocks for easy adjustment. The divided bow pulpit with teak step makes for easy boarding.  The double-wired PVC coated lifelines and the solid handrails on top of the cabin offer extra safety when working on deck.  Custom stainless steel anchor rollers w/chocks and hinged deck hatch allowing full access to chain locker



A large hatch allows air and light into the forecabin, and also serves as an emergency exit. Three opening hatches provide air and light for the main cabin, the galley, and the head. For a bright and friendly atmosphere there are windows in the cabin sides at eye level.  There are also side windows and opening ports in the aft cabin.


Mast, Rigging and Sails

The anodized aluminum, double spreader mast is deck stepped, and supported below by a heavy aluminium pos which is entirely wrapped in mahagony. Standing rigging is heavy duty stainless steel 19 x 1 with rotary swaged terminals and stainless steel rigging screws.  Mast support is provided by fore- and aft lower shrouds, intermediate and upper shrouds. Running rigging and halyards are mast internal. Dual Lewmar Ocean Series 24C 2-speed halyard winches and multiple cleats are located for convenient mast work. 

Sails are made by Elvstr?m. The main sail is fully battened with lazy jacks and jiffy reefing system. A zip pack quickly secures and protects the sail. An optional mainsail in-mast reefing system is available. Running rigging in the boom is also internal, and includes outhaul, and dual reefing lines. The adjustable topping lift and telescopic boom vang provide complete control over the main sail. Headsail furling/reefing system is standard and includes a 130% compensating roller furling genoa.  Genoa tracks, blocks, sheets aand all necessary tackle are standard equipment. The main sail has end-boom sheeting led outside the canvas enclosure, which allows unobstructed sailing with canvas closed for complete protection from the elements.


Electrical System

There are two separate 12 V circuits, a 110 Amp starter battery and two 140 Amp house batteries. Charging of the batteries is switched by an electronic battery separator thru a 60 amp alternator. An automatic 30 Amp smart charger provides dockside charging capacity. The tank gauges, electrical gauges, and the electrical panel with automatic circuit breakers are located in a protected locker beside the helm in the doghouse.  Each circuit is labeled and has an on/off switch with control light.  International navigation lights (Aqua Signal or similar), steaming light, deck light and masthead/anchor light are standard equipment.


Water System and Plumbing

All bronze through hulls and sea cocks, electrically bonded.  All piping and hoses are heavy duty. 

Hot and cold pressure water is available in the galley, the head/shower and the cockpit shower.  Hot water is generated in the 9 gallon hot water tank via the engine heat exchanger, as well as by 110V shore power.  The 110-gallon water tank, made from of 316 stainless steel with inspection and clean out plate is mounted in the starboard cockpit locker. 

An  additional optional 50-gallon water tank can be installed below the V-berth.


Engine and Propulsion

The reliable four cylinder, naturally aspirated, 55 hp fresh water-cooled Volvo Penta Diesel is one of the most efficient, clean burning and smoothest running diesel engines money can buy. Access to the engine is provided via a 4x3 foot hatch in the cockpit floor. Removable access panels in the cockpit lockers offer additional access to the port and starboard side of the engine. A watertight firewall/bulkhead separates the engine from the main cabin.
An optional Volvo Penta Aqua Drive completely insulates the engine from the propeller shaft. There are no maintenance alignment schedules and related vibration and downtime. The engine is protected by a large, non-corroding water strainer and an oversized Racor fuel filter. 
The 1 1/2” (38 mm) stainless steel propeller shaft delivers power to a three blade folding bronze Volvo Autoprop propeller.

The 115 gallon fuel tank out of 316 stainless steel is mounted in the starboard cockpit locker. All connections are completely accessible from above, and an inspection plate allows easy clean out in case of fuel contamination.