BALTIC YACHT 112 LIARA
Cape Horn Engineering were delighted to step onboard the custom Baltic Yacht 112 Liara at the recent ceremony in Ocean Village, Southampton, having proudly worked as part of the specialist technical team for international yacht designer, Malcolm McKeon.
Malcolm McKeon has been a leading designer in the superyacht industry for over 30 years. His inspirational conceptual work, space planning, exterior styling and construction have reaped multiple international design awards. Malcolm’s portfolio includes more than 200 sailing and motor yachts, 50 of them in excess of 30m in length.
Cape Horn Engineering’s long-standing association with Malcolm McKeon has provided an unparalleled synergy to the design process of each yacht. Since 2016, they have built up a trusted partnership, collaborating on CFD investigations for six superyachts to ensure the highest degree of performance, comfort, stability and safety.
Liara has been beautifully built by the Finnish yard, Baltic Yachts, one of the world’s leading builders of advanced composite yachts. Their highly skilled workforce uses leading edge marine technology and traditional craftsmanship to create award-winning yachts. Each yacht is unique, unmatched in its quality, unmatched in its performance.
Liara’s owners requirement was for a fast, easy to use, family yacht, designed for worldwide cruising and occasional racing. With this in mind, a powerful hull and optimum sailing performance, among many other features, were critical elements.
Weight saving was an important part of the design process, which has been achieved through her advanced carbon composite construction using foam and Nomex cores. Carbon fibre was a key part of the construction process, not just in the lightweight hull but also in the mast, boom and rigging, which provide an unbeatable combination of strength, aerodynamics and durability. The stylish cockpit roof and fixed bimini are also a carbon fibre lightweight structure, which will provide protection and shelter for guests in all weathers.
Liara’s generous sail plan features a sloop rig and square top mainsail with powered inboom furling. The lifting keel with iron bulb provides a deep draft of 6.15m for powerful performance, combined with a high righting moment. Her retractable propulsion system will enhance her speed and manoeuvrability. This highly-tuned cruising yacht will gracefully show off her sleek lines and performance pedigree when she competes in regattas.
The easy handling, responsive steering and perfect balance of the twin helms, combined with the long waterline and fine entry means the yacht will keep sailing fast with minimal effort – a testament to the design, engineering and expertise of all the specialists involved.