34m Liara approaches launch at Baltic Yachts
The Baltic 112 Custom sailing yacht Liara is undergoing preparations for her imminent launch at the Finnish yard.
Baltic Yachts posted an update of the yacht being prepared for its on-schedule May launch, with delivery expected to take place in June.
Baltic project manager Tommy Johansson, who is overseeing the build, recently revealed the deck equipment and synthetic Flexiteek deck have been fitted. The final tasks will be to fit the lifting telescopic keel before testing the high-pressure hydraulic power packs. These, Johansson said, will make the yacht easier to sail, along with the three headed rig for quicker "gear changing".
The yard reiterated that the yacht will be delivered on schedule in time to cross the Atlantic for the Caribbean season and premiere at the Monaco Yacht Show in September. "The owner has his sights set on the 2019/20 winter regattas and some extensive cruising," the yard said.
Skipper John Walker explained the owner intends to use the 34.14 metre sloop as a fast, easy to use, family cruising yacht, with occasional forays onto the race course.
“Our objective has been very clear from the outset – to make the quickest boat we can with all the comforts of home. We have also focused on systems usability - we want to go from anchor down to full gear up as quickly as possible," he said.
Accommodation is for up to eight guests in four cabins, including a full-beam owner's cabin forward, a VIP and two twin cabins, while the aft crew area allows for a staff of up to five people.
British naval architect Malcolm McKeon has developed Liara's naval architecture as well as the exterior styling.
Key features include a telescopic keel, which allows the draught to be reduced from 6.15 metres to 3.91 metres, and a retractable propulsion system, which will enhance speed and manoeuvrability when Liara is powered by her square top mainsail.
Carbon fibre is a key part of the construction process, not just in the lightweight hull but also in the bimini, which will provide all-weather protection for those relaxing in the cockpit.
A2B Maritime's Sebastian Allebrodt is acting as the owner’s representative for Liara, while British design firm Adam Lay Studio is providing the interior design.
Other superyacht projects currently under development at the Finnish yard include the 43.28 metre Baltic 142 Custom, which is also scheduled to launch in 2019.