The sloop-rigged sailing superyacht Liara may not look like much at this point. But, this point marks a significant step forward for her. Baltic Yachts released the composite hull from its mold, just days ago. Liara remains on pace for a spring 2019 delivery.
At signing, the Finland-based shipyard simply referred to her as a Baltic 112 Custom. She also carried the code name MM341, due to design by Malcolm McKeon Yacht Design. The two sets of numbers in the two references signify the same thing. Liara is a 112-footer, measuring 34.41 meters.
Liara features carbon composite construction, with Nomex coring. Both carbon fiber and Nomex help save weight. That lightweight quality is quite important for the owner. In fact, Malcolm McKeon of the design studio says weight targets were strict. The owner plans occasionally competing in superyacht regattas, as well as pure pleasure cruising around the globe.
Other significant aspects of Liara that impact her performance include a retractable propulsion system. This should boost speed, due to less drag, and make her more maneuverable for the same reason. The retractable system, by the way, is Baltic Yachts’ own design. In addition, the sailing superyacht has a telescopic lifting keel. With the keel raised, draft should be 13 feet (3.91 meters). Keel down, it should be 20 feet (6.15 meters). Add in a square-top mainsail, and Liara will look ready for either the racecourse or relaxing regions.
For those times spent with family and friends aboard, the yacht will have some practical features. A carbon fiber bimini can cover the cockpit, for instance. To assist swimmers, the transom will flip down to form a platform.
Inside, Adam Lay Studio is designing the accommodations for eight in the owner’s party. Details aren’t available on the decor, or layout. But, it’s easy to imagine the owner’s stateroom occupying the 26-foot (7.9-meter) beam.