Massimo Verme, integration and innovation make the difference

Integration and innovation make the difference. That is the motto on which the design project of Massimo Verme was based. Let’s take a closer look at these interesting points with him

by Carla Pagani and Francesco Michienzi

CONFIGURABLE MODULES, TELESCOPIC TRANSPORTERS, GYROSCOPES, FOILS, VARIABLE GEOMETRY HULLS. Talking with Massimo Verme, who heads Verme Yacht Design, a company based in Lavagna which specialises in nautical design, is like opening the doors of an extraordinary arsenal in which people work quickly and, in a world, governed by the invention. Verme started working in an engineering firm at Chiavari while still at university.

Massimo Verme
Custom Line 120
Verme Yacht Design has handled, in collaboration with the technical office of the Ferretti Group, the design of the hull and the structure of the Custom Line 120.

Verme Yacht Design is a Ligurian design house that has been working since the middle of the 1990s, and also works on mechanical issues and engines.

Massimo Verme

His adventure in the nautical world began in the mid-1990s. He worked together with the design gurus. «Bacigalupo, Righini, Caliari. Great names, and people with whom it was very exciting to work.  The thing that most fascinated me was seeing how just one man could cover all the aspects of design: from exterior lines to the hull, and the power. They were different times», he says, showing from his very first words pronounced energy driven by his passion for his work, a continual desire to experiment, and an inventiveness that drives his decisions and projects. Verme Yacht Design has grown steadily year after year.

Massimo Verme
Massimo Verme
An azimuth propulsion unit with counter-rotating propellers of 2,000 bhp, and an electric input. Its largest model, which produces 2,300 kW, is working on a hydrofoil.
It stepped up a gear in 2006, when Verme designed the structure, engineering and also the external lines of the Amer 92 for Permare.

In 2006 Verme drew up both the engineering and the design of the Amer 92 for the Permare Group. The following year he started working with the Azimut Benetti Group. In 2009 Verme won the Boat of the Year prize for another Amer, the 116.

At the 2016 Cannes Yachting Festival, the studio won the prize for innovation and did the same for the following two years. In 2019 they won the award for Best Power Yacht in the 24 to the 40-metre category at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. The partnership with the Ferretti Group began in 2015.

Massimo Verme
Massimo Verme
T-Gyro patent
T-Gyro, where T stands for “toroidal” or “turbo”, given that it accelerates up to speed in less than half the normal time. The continuously variable transmission gearing inside it, which is toroidal, works in a way that is similar to the KERS system used in Formula 1 and efficiently transforms the torque of the electric motor into a greater acceleration of the gyroscopic mass.

Massimo Verme has made a multi-disciplinary approach to his modus operandi. «I have always handled a range of things». Because for Verme what counts is the ability to imagine, regardless of the particular discipline involved. «The most important thing is knowing how to start from a blank sheet of paper to build and design». But innovation is also important. «Over the past four years, we have filed a dozen patents relating to stabilisation and access on-board for disabled people and getting provisions on board». Their approach is to take on new challenges and find untried solutions to solve specific problems.

Massimo Verme
The design project for the Sea Arrow from 2014.

«When we are given a project, we always ask ourselves how and how much we can innovate». Massimo Verme

In the nautical world, however, it isn’t always easy to innovate. «Shipyards have to handle a huge amount of work and design daily so in most cases they tend to use standard solutions that can make the production process move swiftly. Our innovations, however, call for product development». And there are not always the resources or the desire to do so.

«You need investment and you have to take risks». So, what do you do then? There is a way to do it – by creating a team. «The yards could get together, finance combined research to pursue and then adopt it, with each customising it in their way». That is the whole challenge: finding a balance between innovation and standardisation on the one side and the limitless world of the bespoke on the other. Where do you start? From areas in which it would make sense to invest to innovate. «First of all, in movement issues». And then there is comfort: «That is an interesting area for research. We’re looking at soundproofing, insulation and stabilisation». Three key elements when it comes to being comfortable on board. «And then there is the challenge of fuel consumption and sea-holding». It is a sector in continuous evolution that calls for effective responses in rapid time. «Why shouldn’t we focus on variable geometry hulls? We can’t just assume that foils are the only solution for the future».

Massimo Verme
GerrisBoats is a low-resistance electric vessel that doesn’t create much wake, and which – above all – has variable height and is accessible to disabled people. Two patents have been filed and an innovative start-up has been created to develop the boat, which has been backed by several colleagues, a university, and some boatyards, including the Permare Group.

This year Verme Yacht Design presented GerrisBoats, a cutting-edge design for an electric water taxi design that can be used by disabled people and can reduce to a minimum the impact of waves in canals. How does it work? «Essentially it rises and lowers so that people can come on board using the platform, and then thanks to the foils and the submerged hull which reduce the impact caused by the waves». In the yard, there is also an innovative concept boat. «What we have in mind is a 52-55 metre boat with two important industrial designers, but it is still early to reveal their names. We want to take some brave decisions relating to construction and the interiors». So, it is another blank sheet waiting to be filled out.

Massimo Verme
Massimo Verme
Massimo Verme
A model that has been patented in Italy with a six square meter foil that is electrically operated through a zero clearance cycloidal reducer. A further patent is being worked on for larger-size foils.

(Massimo Verme, integration and innovation make the difference – Barchemagazine.com – May 2021)