Vismara V56 Mills – Barche Magazine Review

Barche International Yachting Magazine have tested the Vismara V56 Mills ‘TWIN’ for their October 2016 issue.

“ONE BOAT FOR TWO. A CUSTOM RACER CRUISER MADE FOR SAILING, ESPECIALLY UNDER SAIL. THIS IS WHAT THE OWNERS WANTED. THIS IS WHAT VISMARA MADE”

“AS MUCH AS TWENTY KNOTS WITH ALL SAILS SET. That is what was wanted by the owner and has been created by Alessandro Vismara, working together with Mark Mills and Lucio Micheletti. Actually, there are two owners. Two brothers with their families and children. They aren’t novices, given that this is the fourth Vismara boat they have owned. Why twenty knots at full sail? Because that is the average condition in the Mediterranean and so coming up with a boat with a sail plan that means you don’t have to reef before reaching twenty knots means having a boat that is really driven by its sails… All in all, she has everything needed to sail, and it is thought out so as to be functional and comfortable, but without missing out on the equipment that means you can sail fast…

The interiors have been created together with Lucio Micheletti. The result is very good, because it is a good compromise between living and stowage spaces. The boat has a lot, but not too much… It is very liveable, with
natural light and large spaces to stow clothes and baggage. Below decks you get the feeling you are on board a comfortable boat…

The power unit is a 110 hp Yanmar which means she can scoot along at just over 9 knots top speed. And at cruising she does well, between 8 and 9 knots. Part of the level of comfort comes from the limited amount of noise you can hear, even in the aft cabins which are next to the engine room. Between 70 and 80 decibels that go down to as little as 59 in the owner’s cabin in the bows…

And how does she do under sail? When we leave the harbour at Marina di Pisa a light wind of between 7 and 8 knots awaits us. The boat behaves well, surpassing six knots sailing into the wind. The further we get away from the coast, the more the wind increases – going up to between 9 and 10 knots. The boat leans over and moves off quickly. With a 40° angle we do as much as 7.7 knots, and sailing as close as possible to the wind we get to 25° and nearly six knots. If we go beyond 25° it seems that the boat tends to lose speed. We decide to unfurl the Code 0. It’s a sail which is ideal for up to 15 knots wind speed because you can also manage to keep it at 45°/50°. It is really surprising how good the performance is. We sail more or less at the same speed as the wind. The wind gauge shows 10.3 and the SOG 10.1 sailing at 45°. If we stretch it out a little bit, we get to 50° and the speed gets to 9.2 with 9.3 wind speed. It’s a good rate. She is fast, whether using the engine or under sail.”

Read the full report here.

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The Vismara V56 Mills is a semi-custom Vismara build. Please contact us for further information.

Grabau International & Vismara Marine

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