Published: Friday, 01 March 2013
Mike Fulton

Vismara’s new V47 fast cruiser is now under construction and scheduled for launch this June. The owner requested a fast boat capable of cruising in comfort with his family yet optimized for navigation in 18 to 20 knot winds. The V47 is a real energy saver, in all senses of the word, with highly efficient solar panels on deck, an advanced carbon/epoxy hull and shaped for maximum performance.

The hull is 14.31 metres overall with a 4-metre beam and 2.4-metre keel draft and is built in a 'sandwich’ configuration, using unidirectional and biaxial carbon with an epoxy matrix. The bow is slim with deck structures aligned to concentrate all the weight along the centreline for increased sportiness. The raised stern and hall chain shape, a trademark of the Vismara shipyard, gives a longer water line with greater comfort and speed when heeling.

Vismaras V47 To Launch In June 1A model showing the basic layout and design of the V47

Seven deck hatches provide optimal brightness to the interior as do the lateral deckhouse windows and three side windows. The Genoa sheets are placed above deck while the mainsheet is positioned between the cockpit benches and double steering layout. 
The Solbian high-efficiency solar panels laid on the deck have a nominal capacity of 400w. Each of the four solar panels is connected to a regulated charger to ensure the stability of the system and preserve optimal battery states. All components have been chosen to be as energy efficient as possible.

The spectra water maker produces 31 litres per hour, consuming only 9 amps. Daily requirements of 62 liters can be produced in just a couple of hours consuming only 216wh and powered by the solar panels alone. The system can operate during sailing, with the engine off and no generator.

Internally, there is a C-shaped kitchen, two symmetrical aft cabins, each with a bathroom, and a big and comfortable owner’s cabin forward with its own shower room and head.