Latest generation Vismara and Mark Mills composite speed machine with a focus towards effortless fast family bluewater cruising. Huge build specification and fantastic price to attract a quick and simple sale.
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Following on from the enormous success of the multi-Maxi Worlds winning Vismara V62 RC Mills, Alessandro Vismara and Mark Mills teamed up once more to create a ultra-modern, ultra-slippery bluewater fast cruising yacht for a serial Vismara owner. Bringing Lucio Micheletti into the team to create a light, stylish, spacious and functional interior, the Vismara V56 Mills ‘TWIN’ ticks all of the boxes and then some. Her specification highlights include:-
Still in her original ownership, and with a number of Vismara Yachts already under his, belt, TWIN’s owner has now decided to move across to multihull sailing, so TWIN is offered for sale with delivery for the end of the 2020 sailing season. With a new build cost of circa Euro 1.6m plus VAT, TWIN represents truly fantastic value for a latest generation Mark Mills design Vismara custom composite custom build.
The new Vismara 56 Mills is the end result of the idea of open company Vismara. Following the great success of the Vismara Mills 62 ‘SuperNikka’, Mark Mills was employed again to help develop a brand new sailing yacht for an experienced owner, who was looking for an high quality blue water cruiser with tried & tested technological solutions, built using the best composite materials, and able to sail with lightness in typical Vismara style. This new project also involved Lucio Micheletti who developed the modern, luxurious and extremely functional interior design.
The Vismara 56 Mills employs an innovative and harmonious hull structure made of carbon fibre and epoxy sandwich, and then post-cured at a controlled temperature of 60° for a period of 24hrs. Internally, the yacht features a high quality mix of structural furniture and Burma teak to create a blue water cruiser optimised for sailing in the Mediterranean in the greatest of comfort - a perfect integration of elements and Italian style. This is the same way Vismara Marine has in the last 30 years launched all its technologically advanced fast cruising yachts, and has resulted in a displacement for this certification Oceanic A 17,00 m yacht of just 14.000 kg.
Lucio Micheletti worked closely with the Vismara Marine Spa project team to develop the interior design which features a three-cabin layout, each with king-size beds and an ensuite bathroom. The master cabin is forward and ahead of the saloon. A fourth crew cabin in the forepeak can be accessed either through the master cabin or via a deckhead hatch. In the saloon there is an abundance of space thanks to the kitchen which is located forward, allowing the maximum beam to be used for guest relaxation and comfort.
A great sailing yacht, with such great features deserves a rig of the maximum quality which means a carbon fibre mast, with a park avenue boom, carbon fibre rigging and rod staysail. The vang, backstay and mainsail track are all hydraulically adjustable whilst sail handling is accomplished effortlessly via two electric winches. The combination of automation and the high-quality carbon fibre sandwich hull ensure a feel of to the yacht perfect harmony with the elements whilst allowing her to be sailed to her very best with only the smallest of a crews.
SAILING IN COMPLETE AUTONOMY
Over the coachroof are set four highly efficient solar panels, each connected via a regulated charger dedicated to ensuring stability of the electrical system and preserving the best state of the gel batteries. Following the enormous success of the Vismara 47 FC, Vismara Marine believes it important to create yachts that can give owners increased autonomy in the consumption of power on board. You have only to enjoy the life on board during the daylight in the bay or sailing downwind without any generator noise to understand the value of this viewpoint.
“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.
On board, everything is aligned to meet this goal: three sails in the bows, a gennaker with a furling system on the dolphin striker, jib and foresail and a German mainsheet system. The rigging is all returned to the cockpit with a huge amount of stoppers. Halyards and sheets, however, run unseen under the deckhouse and then under the edge of the cockpit benches. They emerge close to the two wheels which control two rudders. There are two winches on each side and they run in opposite directions, one clockwise, one anticlockwise. That option was taken to avoid having angles that were too tight for the halyards leaving the stoppers. The mainsail traveller is encased below the decking, and only the block projects onto deck. Another good choice for fitting out the deck is the position of the genoa rails. They are on the deckhouse, but forward of the saloon, so as not to be located on the sidedecks, and by being more central they don’t get in the way or take precious space away from people who need to go forward.
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 deckhouse is unencumbered and the owners have decided to install four solar panels to ensure good energy autonomy. The equipment does not consume electricity, nor are there accessories that aren’t used for sailing. There is no maxi TV, in truth not even a small one, nor are there entertainment systems or air conditioning. There is a desalination plant, in part because in this way they can have water tanks that are a bit smaller and so save weight, without losing cruising comforts. Amongst electronic devices there is a B&G display on the steering columns and in the chart area below decks.
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. The mast, in line with the Vismara tradition, is fixed to the deck, so in the dinette there is more space compared to boats that have masts fitted through the deck. The galley and chart areas are excellent, with the galley laid out along two sides, so as to make a large work surface available. On the starboard side, as well as cabinets for storing crockery, there is room for some refrigerators, four refrigerators to be exact. There are three cabins, the owner’s cabin forward, and two double rooms aft, all of them with private bathroom. 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 only other thing we have to do is check her performance. Let’s start from the engines. 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. There is one more detail that is worth mentioning, again something that comes from respecting the idea behind a boat built to sail in the Mediterranean. The variable pitch, three-blade propeller is most useful of all on long journeys, perhaps using both the sails and the engine. The variable pitch means that the propeller can adjust itself independently and optimise performance.
Barche Magazine – October 2016
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