The Liara sailboat is the new sloop of Baltic Yachts

The important Finnish shipyard Baltic Yachts, in recent years has built exceptional sailboats that now sail our seas confirming one of the leading companies in the sector.

Among the boats over 30 meters we remember the last My Song, Nikata, Pink Gin VI and others are under construction and will touch the water in the coming years. Among these we find the highly anticipated one-deck yacht Baltic 112 Custom a 34.14 meters sloop called Liara.

For the owner Tony Todd the Baltic 112 Custom will be his fourth sailing yacht with the name Liara, which derives from the initial and final syllables of the names of the twins, sons of the owner.

There is great expectation because Tony Todd is an experienced great sailor  who wants to make comfortable and fast long-term family cruises without occasionally renouncing the fun of the regattas, planning them periodically with the ‘preparation of a valid sail plan.

To do this he set up a great team that in addition to the aforementioned yard and the designers include also its captain John Walker and the Project Manager, Sebastian Allebrodt of A2B Maritime who has actively collaborated on the specifications of the yacht.

The owner has chosen for the design of the architecture and the exterior the experienced British naval architect ‘Malcolm McKeon design leader in the field of superyachts for over 30 years that has already designed other boats by the same owner but smaller in size, while the interior they were created by Adam Lay’s office.

The dimensions for this yacht went up because the intent of the owner was to have two other guest cabins on board. The boat can accommodate up to eight people through four cabins. These include the forward stateroom, a VIP cabin and two double cabins. Obviously all cabins will have a private bathroom. The crew area is aft and can accommodate up to five crew members through the preparation of 3 cabins.

The hull is very light with just 84 tons, as requested by Tony Todd’s specifications to compete in superyacht races, it was made of carbon composite, where the shipyard has a world-renowned expertise, with a keel telescopic lifting that allows you to adjust the draft between 6.15 to 3.91 meters with a very high rectification moment configuration. Furthermore, upon the explicit request of the owner, the tested “Retractable Propulsion System” prepared by the same shipyard was installed on this hull. This is a concealed propulsion system mounted for the first time on My Song. A propeller foot descends when the engine needs to be used and salt hides inside the hull when it is necessary to sail in order to minimize the boat’s resistance to movement, improving maneuverability and performance when Liara is supported only by the upper main square.

The entire bow will be completely cleared free to make room for a huge sunbathing area. The cockpit will be sheltered by a carbon fiber bimini under which a living and relaxation area will develop near the center of the boat. Immediately behind the cockpit will be a command post surrounded by ample space that can be used to park a tender and will not miss a folding bathroom platform for guests to facilitate entry and exit from the water.

Below deck the number and layout of the cabins is not yet known much on the details of the furniture what you know and that guests will enjoy a large air-conditioned lounge divided into two dining and living areas to socialize and relax.

The boat will be delivered to the owner in 2019 and currently nothing suggests a prolongation of the times.

McKeon, who designed the naval architecture and the exterior, issued the following statement: “I am pleased to see Liara take shape at the Baltic Yachts and to see her hull released from the mold, ready for the set-up phase, is particularly exciting. Design and construction adhere to strict weight objectives and thanks to the work of the dedicated team, we are progressing on time and in target.

The sailboat Amel 50 sloop no ketch

The yards of sailing boats are more and more adapted to the needs expressed by the new owners who are not necessarily experienced sailors and ask for safe and simple boats to manage in navigation and more comfortable when they are standing still. The sail aspect is important but not decisive because they also look for other items before buying a boat. Continua a leggere “The sailboat Amel 50 sloop no ketch”

Bebivi the first sailing maxiyacht of Vismara Marine

With the term sailing yacht is indicated a medium-sized sailboat equipped for cruising or regatta. The luxury yacht stands out because the spaces inside and outside the hull are finely finished thanks to a careful research of the materials used for the attention to detail and the refinement of each element. The interior spaces are then designed to accommodate all guests in comfortable and spacious cabins with private facilities and located far from the crew quarters. Continua a leggere “Bebivi the first sailing maxiyacht of Vismara Marine”

The S / Y Seven the new success of Perini Navi

Perini Navi has become one of the first companies in the world in the construction of sailing boats and engines because it has managed to bring to fruition over time the many original inventions in the field of engineer and inventor Fabio Perini, founder of the company who is a big fan of boating.

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The Aquijo sailing yacht is an exceptional team work.

The Aquijo yacht is the largest two-masted sailboat in the world or better said to be the largest ketch in the world. Aquijo built in 2016 was the result of an amazing team work starting from the designers from the two major Dutch shipyards, who got together for this great project, ending up with the Master Yacht Management company, which offers management and supervision for the construction of yachts on behalf of the owners.


The owner of this mega yacht is now the fourth richest man in Norway with an estimated net worth of 2.6 billion dollars, a majority shareholder of Aker Solutions and already known to fans for being the owner of Aglaia sold in 2014 The owner required a cruising yacht with great autonomy to explore the world in safety, comfort and speed. Clearly these characteristics have defined the guidelines of the development and construction of the project and at the end an adequate balance between safety, comfort and performance have determined an excellent result and immediately the first acknowledgments of this work have arrived, in fact Aquijo was awarded at the World Superyacht Awards 2017 for the best naval architecture.

Aquijo is 85.9 meters long and 14.48 meters wide and is characterized as ketch due to the presence of two 92 meter carbon fiber trees each built by Southern Spares, a company specializing in the construction of trees, arms and rigging, currently the most high in the world.

The architecture and the exterior design bear the signature of the important Bill Tripp founder of Tripp Design Naval Architecture, where he works a team of naval architects and engineers specialized in the design of modern yachts that operate in total harmony with the philosophy of the founder designer that is to create very efficient yachts that combine style and comfort with speed and safety. The luxurious and elegant and comfortable interiors have been designed by Dölker + Voges, and furnished through research into materials that ensure the highest quality standards.

But the real news for this yacht is that two of the biggest names in world shipbuilding for the first time together have worked and worked closely together offering each of them all the experience, knowledge and skills acquired over the years in the construction of yachts to make this truly unique project Who knows if in the future we can repeat a new collaborative commitment of this quality we are talking about the two Dutch shipyards of Vitters Shipyard and Oceanco. In truth this collaboration is also born for specific technical problems. In fact, first of all, the Vitters Shipyard was called upon for the realization of the project because of its worldwide expertise in the construction of high performance sailing yachts, but never having built a large yacht, the largest built it stopped at 60 meters, it was requested the collaboration to another Dutch shipyard Oceanico that boasts more experience in the construction of yachts over 80 meters so this union was born between the two sites for this extraordinary project.


Aquijo has an unsurpassed sailing ability, it is a yacht with exceptional performance even with weak winds with its sail plan of more than 5000 square meters planted, to be safe, reliable and easy to manage and for this new winches have been designed and developed with a range of 40 tons.


A particularity of this yacht is the presence of an innovative wheelhouse system that is able to return the wheel feeling to the helmsman just as if it were on a smaller sailboat and the response of the boat is immediate despite its large size. Another innovation is the presence of a submarine anchorage system located in the lower part of the hull that offers improved performance and aesthetics. The system with a chain and is still in a locker with automatic opening and closing when the closing door is closed, it integrates perfectly with the hull.

Therefore Aquijo is not a motor yacht disguised as a sailing ship, it is a yacht that truly sails sailing unlike many others. The aluminum hull has an aerodynamically optimized superstructure to minimize the boundaries between the internal social spaces and the external areas of the bridge.

The exterior has a clean and minimal style while the interiors have ample spaces cleverly divided and furnished with modern style.

“The interior design is contemporary and elegant, but fresh and natural,” says Robert Voges. “Clear and logical lines, pure materials, simplicity and great attention to detail.” Wood and stainless steel are used freely within Aquijo, playing an important role in reflecting the yacht’s sailing character, a specific request from the owner. “

“Stainless steel is one of the noblest materials,” says Voges. “Use in the right way allows for an exciting interaction between light, reflections and interior design, creating a sophisticated and modern atmosphere.”

On explicit request the owner’s suite was located separately from the other cabins on the upper side aft deck with a rear-facing bedroom offering stunning 270 degree views with a sliding door opening onto a private outdoor deck equipped with a bar, dining room and relaxation area. This particular suite with a large personal area above the main deck required the addition of an extra deck that is not normally located on a sailboat.

It’s a great place to wake up, says the owner of the Aquijo. “Sailboats and a view from the inside do not normally go together, but when you electrically open the big blinds and the curtains and you find yourself surrounded by that sparkling sea you absorb the feeling of sea freedom. Even from the guest cabins, you have a great view of the sea, “he says.

The main living room and the dining room are located on the main deck while on the lower deck there is a hot tub a steam room and sauna with access via a sliding door to a swim platform.

On the lower deck there are also 6 guest cabins, each with its own private bathroom. Following the trend also in some luxury motor yachts, two cabins can be connected to each other to create a large suite with a separate living room and a sleeping area. Obviously there are also crew quarters for up to 18 members. Below deck there is space to park cars, dinghies and more.

Ultimately, AQuijo in addition to being the high performance ketch the largest in the world is also a comfortable luxury sailing yacht nothing to envy to the most modern luxury motor yachts. A surprising team work has allowed us to realize a true marvel of the sea, surely a big credit goes to the owner who managed to build this team and above all to make the two Dutch world-class shipyards work together for this project.

The mission of this boat is to explore the world in safety, comfort and speed, “says the owner. “We will sail for some distant places.” “My dream is to carry it around South America”,. “The people surrounding Cape Horn are a special breed among sailors”.