In addition to the construction of the most stunning high performance cruising yachts, Vismara’s Viareggio Shipyard is also home to one of the foremost refit facilities in the Western Mediterranean. Whilst yachts of all types, sizes and ages are easily accommodated by the skilled artisans that make up Vismara’s dedicated workforce, the shipyard has become world-renowned for refitting Baltic Yachts. Of course, this is no coincidence as Vismara Marine is also home to Baltic Yachts Italia, but sheer volume of Baltic-related refit work is a clear testament to the quality of workmanship coming out of this historic Tuscan shipyard.
The Vismara website has a full catalogue of notable recent refit projects including the our very own Baltic 56 ‘LURIGNA’ . One area where Vismara has achieved considerable success is in designing and fabricating of alternative keel solutions. Alessandro Vismara and his team of naval architects have been at the forefront of technological innovation in the realm of lifting keels and shallow-draft performance keels. Vismara can offer a complete ‘water-to-water’ service to owners looking to reduce draft of their deep-keeled yachts to allow enjoyment of such cruising grounds as the US Eastern Seaboard and the shallower Northern European waters.
Some recent refit projects completed during the Spring of 2016 include:-
The Baltic 60 Neverland (ex Mattone) is one of the best cruisers ever launched by the Finnish Baltic Yachts shipyard. Built in sandwich of isophthalic resin, glass and aramid fiber, she’s the first of two twin hulls. The boat was initially delivered to its owner in 1998 and since then has not ceased to inspire charm and beauty in everyone who had the pleasure of seeing her sailing. Neverland passed her first refit with the experienced team of “Braintenance” at Vismara Marine in 2012.
In the late fall of 2015 she returned to Vismara Marine for her second extensive refit. During that refit the hull was re-painted, the teak deck passed a full check and was re-sealed where necessary, all equipment and systems on board were fully inspected
The deck layout underwent considerable changes to give more space and livability to the guests onboard. Also in the 2012 refit, the central cockpit underwent modifications to provide better comfort to guests. In 2015 refit all lines were headed back to the aft cockpit close to the steering wheel.
At the same time the total numbers of lines were also reduced thanks to the new sail plan with in-boom furling mainsail. The halyards were also headed back to the aft cockpit to allow the crew to comfortably maneuver in all conditions.
All boat modifications were designed and implemented to make the boat easy to handle with a small crew, even in long distance trips. Following the same philosophy of easy sailing with a small crew, the aft cabin, originally the crew accommodation, was also modified to provide more space for the watermaker. This allow to free up free up space in the garage compartment to accommodate a small custom built tender produced by the master artisans of the Checchi shipyard.
Vismara have just completed a double refit on a matching pair of Baltic 50’s with a brief to provide their owners with an updated value of those wonderful evergreen yachts. Baltic 50’ Sherazade has a new deck design without teak to give her a younger and more sporty appearance and lower weight to ensure even better sea-keeping.
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