Since 1984, Vismara’s history has been marked by its continuing tendency to innovate in the world of luxury yachts, without ever resting on our laurels.

This is a route mapped out by our designer, Alessandro Vismara, naval architect who specialised in Applied Hydrodynamics and Performance Prediction at Southampton College of Higher Education.

Vismara’s roots start with Perini Navi and fortified in 1990 with Baltic Yachts, for which it is still the reference point when it comes to conceptualisation and assistance in the Mediterranean.

The Vismara Story

Vismara was founded in 1984 by Alessandro Vismara, naval architect graduated in Yacht Design from the Southampton College of Higher Education, in England, with a post graduationin Applied Aerodynamics and Sailing Boat Performance Prediction. Vismara has always invested and believed in research and technology as tools to express its design philosophy, aiming to lightness and performances as much for cruiser-racers as for luxury-cruisers. Research and technology found application in interior design, to affirm the concept of aesthetic architectural ambivalence of materials.

As a matter of fact, the great part of Vismara’s projects presents interiors and structural decors, as well as exposed materials and architectural components. Also in the use of informatics tools and programs, from those for prediction to those for 3D simulation, the Vismara is at the forefront and it collaborates with the research consortium ICAD of Florence University, of which it has been founder member.

The scientific approach to planning has always allowed Vismara’s boats to be innovative and provided with technological solutions never ending in themselves, but rather aimed at security at sea and comfort.

Vismara has for instance been amongst the first boatyard to have in view canting keels and rotating wing masts on cruiser yachts.

The practical experience is another key element of Vismara. Outings at sea, races, visits on board represent a non-stop data and observations collection for the Vismara Team, made up entirely of passionate yachtsmen. Nonetheless, being a true designer-constructor, Vismara sets its work on a constant and direct relationship with the boat yards, in order to acquire the planning practical sense on-the-job.

Vismara believes in team work and collaborates with the best experts in the field since forever, being these planners of international reputation such as Bruce Farr, Reichel/Pugh, Judel/Vrolijk, Bill Tripp Jr, or structural engineers, mast builders, interior designers, ERS and, last but not least, boat yards of the calibre of Baltic Yachts, Marten Yachts,Hodgon, Mas, Marine Services.

The abilities to relate to others’ ideas and experiences then find extended application in the typology of boats designed, mainly Custom or Semi-Custom, for which it is fundamental to know,to listen and to understand the ship owner’s needs.

The Vismara activity ranges from 25 ft small raceboats to the technological oceanic 100ft Maxy for record or for fast cruising, providing not only the project but all the realization consulting, up to the construction project management. Furthermore, Vismara has internally developed a department entirely dedicated to optimization and update of appendices, sail plans and deck on racing boats and cruiser-racers from 30 ft to 100 ft

Vismara Philosophy

User-friendly technology, experience and people, these are fundamentally important aspects in designing and building a Vismara yacht. Starting from a shared dream to evaluating the heart of the material and turn a design into a unique craft.

Research that starts out from a meeting of different personalities, choosing each other based on affinity and not convenience. Our philosophyis to take you by the hand and accompany you throughout, helping and advising you about the best possible use of your boat- your companion on the sea. From the start, the boatyard and the design firm shared the same ethos and the same style: to make top-quality craft featuring high levels of customisation and cutting-edge construction techniques. Craft where performance and ease of handling are enhanced, but in a setting of absolute excellence. The result was a style, which today is recognised as Vismara Style. A single interlocutor simplifies the relations between boatyard and owner, giving rise to genuine interaction, one that can better interpret the personality and wishes of the client, pointing them towards coherent choices or, in a term more suited to the world of Vismara, consistent ones.

VISMARA WORKS WITH THE OWNER AS A CONSULTANT, PROPOSING DESIGN SOLUTIONS WITHOUT IMPOSING ITS IDEAS AND CONCEPTS

Research & Development

“By doing its work conscientiously, Vismara has always followed this simple axiom: there is no design without innovation, and innovation is a risk if there are no solid technical foundations. This is why the company is so committed to research and technology: the foundations of design development and, even more importantly, the source of our enthusiasm.”

Scientific research in the dual setting of hydrodynamics and aerodynamics has allowed Vismara to develop hull shapes, sail plans and keels. This is because research brings us to awareness of the factors governing performance. VPP programs, tests in tanks, and systematic hulls have supported the development of the company since its inception, supplying the necessary support to design decisions. Today, to continue with development, we need increasingly advanced programs, derived from industrial or aeronautical sectors. This is the reasoning behind our decision, in 1998, to create the ICAD (International Consortium for Advanced Design) of which the University of Florence and its Energy Faculty is a fundamental part. The purpose of this consortium is to promote the exchange of information and experience between industries, research centres and academic institutions. At the base of it all, powerful Computational Fluid dynamics (CFD)software to analyse hulls, keels, wing profiles and sail plans in experimental configurations. This means tank tests or wind tunnel testing can be simulated on a computer.

Keels, profiles, optimised sails and through to cutting-edge wing masts: in Vismara the work of the research division together with the consortium is of fundamental importance. Starting with the assumption that a sail yacht is a unit comprised of forms and structures, research has allowed Vismara to look better at the relationship between shapes, structures and construction materials. And so, over the years, Vismara has always carried out pioneering activities: from the bonded monolithic structure to vacuum prepregs, baked in the oven, to the latest vacuum infusion systems. Structural analysis uses finite element modelling from the aerospace and aeronautical industries to optimise laminates and to increasingly integrate structures with fittings and installations. However, it doesn’t end here: research is constant, for example in the design area too. In ergonomics, space division, movement elements and on to the use of new finishing materials. It is a whole comprised of factors, which has led Vismara to create craft that combine great usability with advanced structural and hydrodynamic optimisation concepts.

In short, another boost for the concept of fast cruising yachts with the same basic design as a regatta craft. For many years, Vismara has been working to pass on to the cruiser the conviction, or better still, claim, that their vessel can hold the sea, while moving like a modern racer. This is true to the point that, with the restrictive regatta rules, modern high-tech fast cruisers have now exceeded the performance of regatta vessels. If we add a better construction and more careful finishes, then it is possible to understand the leap forward made by the entire industry.

Innovation

In doing our job with conscience we have always followed this axiom: planning is unproductive without innovation and innovation without solid technical bases is risky. From this premiss has logically originated a big commitment of the Vismara towards research and technology, basis upon which to build the planning development, but very often also the main driving force of our enthusiasm. The scientific research, in both hydrodynamics and aerodynamic scopes, has allowed us to evolve the shapes of hulls, sail plans, keels, because it has allowed us to have a better understanding of the factors that rule over these performances. From the beginning, Vismara has founded its planning decisions on research tools such as VPP programs or tank tests and systematic hulls. The need to examine in depth the research concerning all the aspects of the project has then helped the Vismara to open up to collaborations with international designers and consultants, in an open dialogue aimed to foster a continuous exchange of information and experiences. In this respect, I feel like underlining that rarely planning studios interact on a project, whereas we have always believed that from exchanging ideas and, above all, from a careful observation of others’ work, a growth and an increasing professional maturity could be achieved. As a matter of fact, in many occasions, we have decided to propose to our customer the involvement of other designers or experts that we believed could have contributed to the project improvement, despite the fact that this could have somehow resulted in putting ourselves aside and dimming the public image of our work.

Actually I can affirm that we have always took pride in the opportunity of working with the most esteemed designers, from Bruce Farr to Rolf Vrolijk, Reichel and Pugh, Bill Tripp Jr. or experts such as SP Technologies, Chris Mitchel, Steven Wilson, Ricci Bros., and last but not least with yards of the calibre of Baltic Yachts, MartenYachts, Marine Services, MAS, Hodgdon, just to mention a few. But exchange and internal research are not everything. Nowadays to make some important headway it is necessary to have advanced programs, typically of industrial and aeronautical derivation. In this sense, it has been crucial the choice made in 1998 to give life to ICAD (International Consortium for Advanced Design),of which the University of Florence constitutes a fundamental part with its Energetics department, aimed to promote the exchange of informationand experiences amongst industries, research centres and academic institutions that have the fluidodynamics design as their application field. Therefore, through the powerful Computational Fluidodynamics (CFD) programs it is possible to analyse hulls-keels-haul profiles-sailing plans in experimental configurations simulating on a computer tank tests or wind tunnel. Many of our keels and profiles, the optimisation of sails’ shapes in some of our projects, up to the innovative hauling masts, are the result of the research work carried out with and inside the consortium. Besides, starting from the assumption that a sailing yacht is a unit made of shapes and structures, research has brought us more and more inside geometries, to better analyse structures and building materials.

Indeed, in this field we have been pioneers, being among the first design studios to apply the most innovative building techniques with the use of composites: from the monolithic glued to vacuum-sealed pre-preg with post cure in oven, until the latest systems of vacuum infusion. Structural analysis uses aerospace andaeronautical sector studies and, on this score as well, we use to collaborate with many experts infinite element modeling to optimise laminates and integrate more and more structures with decor and systems. Research and technology do not find application only in the functioning “hidden areas” of the boat. Research is a constant, for instance in design, in ergometries, in compartmentalising spaces, in moving elements, up to the employment of new finishing materials. The combination of all these factors brings us to produce yachts that put together construction, structure optimisation and hydrodynamics features with advanced usability; almost to underline that fast cruisers yachts too have a cruiser-racers’ design at their base. For many years I tried to pass down to the “cruisepassenger” my way of thinking, according to which he had the right to sail with a boat that would “hold” to the sea and would “walk” like a modern racer. Due to the restrictive racing rules of sailing, luckily today we are beyond the barrier: the modern technological fast cruisers are way better designed and built, other than much more performing, than racing boats. Research and technology are not only contributing to improve performances, but also usability and reliability of boats.

Vismara Milestones

1984 – Alessandro Vismara found his design studio after had working some years in Perini Navi as chief of the naval construction and sail engineering in Viareggio. In 1984 he launched the first Vismara/Taddei V3/4 Tonner “Lace Wing”.

1989 – Alessandro Vismara becomes one of the shareholders of the Marine Services shipyard in Viareggio. He developed the R&D team in composite construction. Marine Services also becomes the Baltic Yachts agent for the Italian market. Here he met his friends Davide, Maurizio and Giancarla who remain the main pillar of Vismara Marine today.

1992 – V40 IMS “Pistrice”. The first yacht designed specifically for racing under IMS rule. A pure racing sail yacht with a cosy interior layout.

1994 – V40 Alligator. Utilising cutting edge hydrodinamic studies, vaccum e-glass and carbon fiber construction.

1999MAS28. The first motor yacht developed by Vismara, immediately attracting a cult following.

2000 – Vismara + Renzo Piano 60 Kiribilli. Born from the meeting of two great personalities. An elegant maxi yacht witha great maxi yacht packed with innovation and style.

2002 – V34 IMS “Quantum”. Developed under the IMS rating, sisterships VLAG and Asell are still winning races today.

2004 – Cossutti 46 IMS “Belladonna”. A great cooperation with Cossutti. A carbon-hulled 46′ for the IRC rating complete with 3 cabin, 2 heads interior layout.

2006 – Farr 46 IRC “Belladonna”. Another great collaboration with one of the most important names in global yacht design.

2007 – A opening of the new facility in Viareggio. A new space for research and construction. Vismara launch the Baltic 56.04 “Whisper”.

2008 – V50.02 “Dragon 2”. Vismara continues to develop the Easy Sailing concept.

2009 – MY68 “Lolita”. The first Motor Yacht made completely in composite for a lightweight displacement between 30% and 40% compared to the other yachts.

2010 – Vismara V-Hybrid Green-technology. Becomes the trade mark for the hybrid yachts.

2011 – V50 “Energheia”. The first Hybrid Vismara sailing yacht.

2013 – V34 E-POWER “Brusafer”. The first daysailer with electric propulsion.

2014 – Vismara celebrates its 30th year of activity and becomes part of Cose Belle d’Italia.

2015 – V62 Mills SuperNikka. The first yacht born from the collaboration with the Mark Mills. Wins the Mini Maxi Worlds.

2016 – Joins forces with Grabau International in the UK to promote the Vismara brand across the UK and Northern Europe and launches four boats to designs by Mark Mills - 2x V62's, a V56 and a V50.

2018 – Vismara launches the largest Vismara to date - the V100B "Bebivi'.

2019 – Vismara collaborates with Parisian designer Axel de Beaufort, Guillaume Verdier, and Pure Engineering in New Zealand in the launch of the ground-breaking Nacira 69

2022 – Vismara collaborates with Micheletti & Partners from Milan in the launch of the Vismara VM80 'MOKA III'

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