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 has always invested in and believed in research and technology as means of expressing a design philosophy that looks at lightness and performance as goals that are achievable by all, whether regatta craft or ocean cruising vessels. And therefore even in interior design, research and technology intervene to establish an original concept that blurs the boundaries between aesthetics and architecture. A large part of Vismara’s vessels have structural interiors, fixtures and decors, as well as construction materials and components left in view. When it comes to the use of computerised means and software, from predictive programs to 3D simulation, Vismara is always on the cutting edge. From the earliest designs, we have always thought that out work should be regulated by scientific bases. There must be total respect for the Law of Numbers. In other words, every choice needs to be dictated by solid technical reasoning, nothing to do with the empiricism that dominated the design world until the early 1980s. And of course, nothing dictated by business or economic choices beforehand. On the other hand, the world of sailing boats is the home of compromise: it is a world in which the interface is between air and water, between wind and waves, varying in a matrix of infinite combinations.
This matrix is made even more complex by aesthetic requirements and also for the need for space, the construction process, costs… To cover all of this, we have coined our own reference parameter, which we term “Consistency”: a rational attempt to align all of our choices on the same level, in the form of an overall plan. At this point, all that is left is to decide, together with the owner, where to set this level or in other words, to identify the aim of the design project and the use of the vessel. So, what is a consistent project? It is a scientific project, where the choices all have the same autonomous, independent value and contribute to building a whole of parts that, like an extremely well amalgamated team, contribute to providing excellent results without creating imbalances. To follow this set up, Vismara maintains total creative and design independence. Parts suppliers and construction processes are the building bricks we choose, one by one, on the basis of the specific design project. Vismara works with advantage-disadvantage proposals, weights-costs, to achieve the most Consistent result, a result that needs to be sought not just in terms of fittings, materials and technologies, but also in terms of hydrodynamic and design choices in general.
Of course, consistency is not enough on its own. We have always believed that the best design product is one that not only brings together form and function, but which also integrates form and material. The first step is to enter the order of ideas that a vessel is not and 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 nothing can be termed parasitic, but where everything contributes to the end result. That is why we at Vismara wanted to stimulate an evolution in structures, to make hull and deck a single monocoque and like an egg shell, creating a rigid, homogeneous covering. We have created it with a host of different materials: from the glu-lam wood on Asia to monolithic glass fibre on Querida and carbon and nomex of MisterA 65’ and Mas 78. But the integration of architecture-function has also been moved into the fittings. With Pistrice in 1989, Vismara made the firstr cuiser-regatta craft where the fittings also formed the structure of the boat, eliminating secondary structures which meant significant weight savings. This philosophy has become more refined on the Koala Hi-Tech, Kirribilli, Mister A and Beauceant. Fittings which are also structure have reached a more complete form in multipurpose furnishings, where a cabin door can also be a door on a wardrobe. The multipurpose areas on Mon-Ami,Magic Touch, and QQ7 are like this, where the layout of furnishings is in symbiosis with the deck and deckhouse and the structures and furnishings are symmetrical. This is a limitless, boundless evolution. Vismara is capitalising on its experiences to transform reinforcements such as planking or the longitudinal tube elements of the ventilation pipes; the stairs in the bulkheads, the bed surfaces in the water tanks. In short, no element is distinctive from the whole. Everything runs into everything else, combining in multiple functions that enhance integration. If we think, for example, of the structure that becomes finish. This can be seen in the aesthetic function of the composite materials left exposed on Koala Hi-Tech,or in the coverings eliminated on the hull and ceilings, thanks to specific painting and construction techniques. The same concept applies on the equipment and installations, which run inside the thickness of the sandwich structure, right into the core, like arteries under the craft’s skin. The result? No need for protection for cables and pipes. Lower weight. More order, rationality, cleanness. This is a design and construction process that overturns classical methods but which is slowly transforming Vismara craft into organic bodies that live better in their environment because they form a complete whole with each of their component parts.
If it is true that boats have a soul, Vismara boats must have two: the soul of the boatyard, which deeply believes in the design project being created, and that of the client. And it is this dual soul that at Vismara defines the unique, special relationship that is created between the project and its owner. Because we at Vismara have never accepted a job that was not fully approved by all concerned and in which we did not see an opportunity 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, proposing design 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 sensations and tastes, taking on board their doubts and uncertainties to build 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, which never wants to miss out on a chance to evolve and to innovate. Therefore, what is needed is a constant exchange of ideas and a mutual cultural commitment to develop the different points of view and be sure of serenity behind every decision. It is Vismara’s firm conviction that the success of a project is directly proportionate to the owner’s investment: not in economic terms, but in terms of time. Time to look carefully at their choices; time to understand the technical implications. The more time that the owner dedicates to looking closer at technical themes, the more they will make them their own, arriving even at switching the roles so that the owner becomes the true project manager, absolute master of a boat that they know right down to the smallest detail. This is a cultural set up that has allowed Vismara to have as clients people such as the most famous architects, important tech entrepreneurs and professionals who might not always be experts, but who are certainly motivated by a great desire to understand. And it is thanks to them that Vismara has been able to travel this path and it is to these people that Vismara owes the opportunities to innovate that have been so characteristic of the company’s work over the last few years.
VISMARA WORKS WITH THE OWNER AS A CONSULTANT, PROPOSING DESIGN SOLUTIONS WITHOUT IMPOSING ITS IDEAS AND CONCEPTS