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Baltic Yachts launches 34m Liara

Baltic Yachts has launched the Baltic 112 Custom sailing yacht Liara at its Finnish yard.

The full carbon sloop hit the water at the yard's Jakobstad facility and will now undergo sea trials before her scheduled delivery in June.

The yard has been working to deliver the yacht in time for the owner to cross the Atlantic for the Caribbean season. The yacht will make her debut later this year 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 previously 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.

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