The middle of March saw an important milestone in the construction of the ground-breaking new Vismara Nacira V69 as her hull and deck mouldings were brought together for the first time.
The Nacira V69 is a collaboration between Parisian designer Axel de Beaufort for styling concept, Guillaume Verdier for sail plan design, structural design from Pure Engineering in New Zealand and Vismara Marine for construction, engineering and fitting out.
Using the IMOCA 60 designs as an inspiration, the Nacira V69 benefits from design choices made to create a boat with lower loads and easier manoeuvrability, therefore increasing safety for the entire crew and greatly aiding movements in and out of the marinas. The hull is constructed entirely in pre-preg carbon to achieve the light possible weight in addition to a sustained increase in speed. The deck and bulkheads feature nomex kevlar honeycomb cores.
The deck plan is designed to allow all control lines to easily accessible with hydraulic winches to take the effort out of handling the rig loads.The rig is also positioned unusally far back in the boat (60% back from the bow) with no less than 4 furlers for various foresail and code sail combinations.
Perhaps the most innovative feature of the new Nacira V69 is the keel which boat cants and lifts. Developed with Cariboni in Italy, this new keel design features hydraulic cylinders that move the keel box which contains the fin; therefore when the keel is in the central position. the keel can be lifted by sliding it through the box reducing draft from 4.50m to just 2.50m.
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