Sailing yacht 112 Liara by Baltic is a multi-role vessel for global cruising and racing, fast and easy to handle. She will be on display during the prestigious Monaco Yacht Show, September 25th – 28th.
Following her launch in Finland, the 112ft/34.14m sloop has been undergoing sailing trials and crew training in the Mediterranean with plans to cross the Atlantic this winter to take part in the RORC Caribbean 600 and the St Barths Bucket 2020. From there she will transit the Panama Canal with the aim of being in New Zealand for America’s Cup in 2021.
Prior to this important event, Baltic will display Liara at the Monaco Yacht Show, directly in front of the Monaco Yacht Club, Quai L’Hirondelle berth no H30.
The owner, an experienced yachtsman, originally wanted to build an out-and-out performance family cruising yacht, but as naval architect Malcolm McKeon explained, things soon changed. “The goalposts moved when it was decided she was also going to go racing and that we needed to focus further on weight saving,” said Malcolm.
The final light ship displacement of 88 tons was made possible thanks to strict adherence to weight schedules and the dedication of the build team on the shop floor, said Baltic Yachts’ in-house project manager Tommy Johansson.
The yacht’s Retractable Propulsion System (RPS) turned out to increase the performance, especially in light to medium airs. “It was clear that the yacht would accelerate and power up much more quickly than expected with her propeller retracted,” said Malcolm.
Another engineering challenge for Baltic Yachts and the project team was posed by the juxtaposition of the hull aperture for the RPS and the telescopic keel. “It took us eight months to plan and engineer this, but we remained on schedule,” said Tommy Johansson.
“The great advantage of a telescopic keel is that, unlike a conventional lifting keel, it doesn’t encroach into the accommodation so when we were working with Adam Lay on the interior we had an immediate advantage in the deck saloon,” said Malcolm McKeon.
With her powerful sailplan, RPS, which also rotates to act as a stern thruster, telescopic keel, high-pressure hydraulics system for faster line speeds and high voltage electrical specification, Liara displays the latest thinking for a multi-role superyacht.
Liara’s advanced carbon-composite hull shell was built in two parts for easy access and a faster, more accurate build. Further weight saving was achieved by the use of carbon cable trays and hose holders and Nomex-cored furniture construction throughout.
The owner’s attention was also on ease of use and maneuverability. “By focusing on systems usability, these and other details make handling Liara’s running rigging and sail inventory much easier and faster so we can be sailing from anchor up in the shortest period of time,” explained co-skipper John Walker.
That being said the overriding requirement was a for a safe, comfortable family cruising platform and the yacht’s large, deep cockpit protected by a distinctive, hard-top bimini, removable for racing, is central to the design. This leads into the full-width deck saloon, penned by Adam Lay Studio.
“The design brief for Liara was to create a practical, functional sailing yacht interior with smart stowage solutions and an open feel that reflects the natural environment of the owner’s home islands, the Channel Islands located between England and France,” said Adam Lay.
John Walker, who worked with Liara’s owner on his previous yacht and was heavily involved in the pre-build planning of this yacht, summed up the project like this: “I feel its success comes down to working with an extremely experienced owner who has selected a fantastic, like-minded team. His choice of Baltic Yachts, Malcolm McKeon Yacht Design, Sebastian Allebrodt of A2B Maritime project management and the Adam Lay Studio, amongst others, has meant the whole build process has been successful and pleasurable from start to finish.”
Draft, keel up 3.95m
Draft, keel down 6.15m
Light Displacement 88 tons
Ballast 34 tons