User-friendly technology, experienceand people, these are fundamentallyimportant aspects in designing andbuilding a Vismara yacht.Starting from a shared dream toevaluating the heart of the materialand turn a design into a unique craft.
Research that starts out from a meeting ofdifferent personalities, choosing each other basedon affinity and not convenience. Our philosophyis to take you by the hand and accompany youthroughout, helping and advising you about thebest possible use of your boat- your companionon the sea.From the start, the boatyard and the designfirm shared the same ethos and the same style:to make top-quality craft featuring high levelsof customisation and cutting-edge constructiontechniques. Craft where performance and easeof handling are enhanced, but in a setting ofabsolute excellence. The result was a style, whichtoday is recognised as Vismara Style.A single interlocutor simplifies the relationsbetween boatyard and owner, giving rise togenuine interaction, one that can better interpretthe personality and wishes of the client, pointingthem towards coherent choices or, in a term moresuited to the world of Vismara, consistent ones.
Vismara has always invested in and believed inresearch and technology as means of expressinga design philosophy that looks at lightness andperformance as goals that are achievable by all,whether regatta craft or ocean cruising vessels.And therefore even in interior design, researchand technology intervene to establish an originalconcept that blurs the boundaries betweenaesthetics and architecture. A large part ofVismara’s vessels have structural interiors, fixturesand decors, as well as construction materials andcomponents left in view. When it comes to theuse of computerised means and software, frompredictive programs to 3D simulation, Vismara isalways on the cutting edge.From the earliest designs, we have always thoughtthat out work should be regulated by scientificbases. There must be total respect for the Law ofNumbers. In other words, every choice needs tobe dictated by solid technical reasoning, nothingto do with the empiricism that dominated thedesign world until the early 1980s. And of course,nothing dictated by business or economic choicesbeforehand. On the other hand, the world ofsailing boats is the home of compromise: it is aworld in which the interface is between air andwater, between wind and waves, varying in amatrix of infinite combinations.
This matrix is made even more complex byaesthetic requirements and also for the need forspace, the construction process, costs… To coverall of this, we have coined our own referenceparameter, which we term “Consistency”: arational attempt to align all of our choices on thesame level, in the form of an overall plan.At this point, all that is left is to decide, togetherwith the owner, where to set this level or in otherwords, to identify the aim of the design projectand the use of the vessel.So, what is a consistent project? It is a scientificproject, where the choices all have the sameautonomous, independent value and contribute tobuilding a whole of parts that, like an extremelywell amalgamated team, contribute to providingexcellent results without creating imbalances.To follow this set up, Vismara maintains totalcreative and design independence. Parts suppliersand construction processes are the building brickswe choose, one by one, on the basis of the specificdesign project.Vismara works with advantage-disadvantageproposals, weights-costs, to achieve the mostConsistent result, a result that needs to besought not just in terms of fittings, materials andtechnologies, but also in terms of hydrodynamicand design choices in general.
Of course, consistency is not enough on its own. We havealways believed that the best design product is one thatnot only brings together form and function, but which alsointegrates form and material.The first step is to enter the order of ideas that a vessel is notand does not have to be a shell that takes furniture, systems,machinery and equipment to sea. To work as well as possible,it needs to be a single thing, an organic body in which nothingcan be termed parasitic, but where everything contributesto the end result. That is why we at Vismara wanted tostimulate an evolution in structures, to make hull and decka single monocoque and like an egg shell, creating a rigid,homogeneous covering.We have created it with a host of different materials: from theglu-lam wood on Asia to monolithic glass fibre on Queridaand carbon and nomex of MisterA 65’ and Mas 78. But theintegration of architecture-function has also been moved intothe fittings. With Pistrice in 1989, Vismara made the firstcruiser-regatta craft where the fittings also formed the structureof the boat, eliminating secondary structures which meantsignificant weight savings.This philosophy has become more refined on the KoalaHi-Tech, Kirribilli, Mister A and Beauceant. Fittings whichare also structure have reached a more complete form inmultipurpose furnishings, where a cabin door can also be adoor on a wardrobe. The multipurpose areas on Mon-Ami,Magic Touch, and QQ7 are like this, where the layout offurnishings is in symbiosis with the deck and deckhouse andthe structures and furnishings are symmetrical. This is alimitless, boundless evolution. Vismara is capitalising on itsexperiences to transform reinforcements such as planking orthe longitudinal tube elements of the ventilation pipes; thestairs in the bulkheads, the bed surfaces in the water tanks.In short, no element is distinctive from the whole. Everythingruns into everything else, combining in multiple functions thatenhance integration. If we think, for example, of the structurethat becomes finish. This can be seen in the aesthetic functionof the composite materials left exposed on Koala Hi-Tech,or in the coverings eliminated on the hull and ceilings, thanksto specific painting and construction techniques. The sameconcept applies on the equipment and installations, which runinside the thickness of the sandwich structure, right into thecore, like arteries under the craft’s skin. The result? No needfor protection for cables and pipes. Lower weight. More order,rationality, cleanness.This is a design and construction process that overturnsclassical methods but which is slowly transforming Vismaracraft into organic bodies that live better in their environmentbecause they form a complete whole with each of theircomponent parts.
If it is true that boats have a soul, Vismara boats must havetwo: the soul of the boatyard, which deeply believes in thedesign project being created, and that of the client. And itis this dual soul that at Vismara defines the unique, specialrelationship that is created between the project and its owner.Because we at Vismara have never accepted a job that was notfully approved by all concerned and in which we did not see anopportunity to create, reinvent and develop a concept.The boat owner is seen by Vismara as its greatest value.Vismara works with the owner as a consultant, proposingdesign solutions without imposing its ideas and concepts.Together, company and owner work to define the needs of theuser and their entourage of co-users, analysing the sensationsand tastes, taking on board their doubts and uncertainties tobuild a craft that truly the reflects the desires of the user.This would seem to be an easy symbiosis, when in actual fact,it is not. Above all for a company such as Vismara, whichnever wants to miss out on a chance to evolve and to innovate.Therefore, what is needed is a constant exchange of ideasand a mutual cultural commitment to develop the differentpoints of view and be sure of serenity behind every decision.It is Vismara’s firm conviction that the success of a projectis directly proportionate to the owner’s investment: not ineconomic terms, but in terms of time.Time to look carefully at their choices; time to understandthe technical implications. The more time that the ownerdedicates to looking closer at technical themes, the more theywill make them their own, arriving even at switching the rolesso that the owner becomes the true project manager, absolutemaster of a boat that they know right down to the smallestdetail. This is a cultural set up that has allowed Vismara tohave as clients people such as the most famous architects,important tech entrepreneurs and professionals who might notalways be experts, but who are certainly motivated by a greatdesire to understand. And it is thanks to them that Vismarahas been able to travel this path and it is to these people thatVismara owes the opportunities to innovate that have been socharacteristic of the company’s work over the last few years.
VISMARA WORKS WITH THEOWNER AS A CONSULTANT,PROPOSING DESIGNSOLUTIONS WITHOUTIMPOSING ITS IDEAS ANDCONCEPTS