In-build: 34m Liara takes shape at Baltic Yachts
by Chris Jefferies
Finnish yard Baltic Yachts has given a construction update on its forthcoming Baltic 112 Custom sailing yacht, which will be launched in spring 2019 and named Liara. As the latest images below show, the carbon composite hull has been removed from its mould. Project manager Tommy Johansson also confirmed that the project is progressing on schedule.
Designed by British naval architect Malcolm McKeon, this 34.14 metre sloop was commissioned by an experienced owner who wants to combine comfortable, fast, long distance family cruising with occasional forays onto the race course.
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.
McKeon, who developed the naval architecture as well as the exterior styling, said: “I am delighted to see Liara taking shape at Baltic Yachts and to see her hull released from the mould, ready for the outfitting stage, is particularly exciting. The design and build adheres to strict weight targets and thanks to the work of the dedicated team, we’re progressing on time and on target."
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. The result is an overall weight of just 84 tonnes, achieved using foam and Nomex cores.
A2B Maritime Consultants has been appointed as the owner’s representative for Liara, and British design firm Adam Lay Studio is attached to provide the interior design, however no details of the décor have been released as yet.
Other superyacht projects currently under development at the Finnish yard include the 25.91 metre Baltic 85 Custom, which is due to hit the water before the end of the year, and the 43.28 metre Baltic 142 Custom — a scheduled 2019 launch.