Baltic Yachts delivered sailing yacht LIARA - a Malcolm McKeon design

LIARA has been developed as a performance-oriented family cruising yacht in mind but is also equipped for regattas. Furthermore, LIARA features a massive lithium battery bank to run the boat up to eight hours with all functions without the use of a generator. A retractable propulsion system reduces water resistance for regattas. In cruising mode, the propulsion system works as a shaft generator to reload the batteries.

The experienced owner appointed Malcolm McKeon Yacht Design for the exterior design and naval architecture. The designer gave her a very sporty look and a very low profiled deckhouse. The yacht also features the studio’s remarkable stern design with the radiused teak deck. Adam Lay made the interior design of the carbon fiber sailing yacht.

During the Monaco Yacht Show 2019, I had the pleasure of visiting the yacht. She is a real masterpiece. Photos can’t transport this beautiful interior. It is warm but also looks very light. The crew area is not the same style but also has a warm and modern feeling. It seems LIARA‘s owner has a focus on a happy crew. The crew accommodation is aft with direct access to the cockpit.

LIARA has a telescopic keel to reduce the draft to 3.95m. The advantage over a lifting keel is the impact in the salon. There is no disruptive keel box in the interior.

Southern Spars and North Sails were involved to develop the wind propulsion with code ans asymmetric sails. The main sail features a square top.


Main Sail






LIARA's awesome interior

Adam Lay Studio designed an interior that reflects the natural environment of the owner’s home area, the Channel Islands – a group of islands off the coast of the Normandy.

The colors are bright with soft furnishings with an open feeling, supported by indirect LED lighting. The deckhouse invites a lot of natural light in the deck salon that contains sofas with coffee tables on port and a dining area on the starboard side.

“The dining table and coffee table surface finishes are designed to mimic ripples in calm water. The hanging locker doors are also designed to reflect the appearance of water or tree bark – the intention always being to use stylised elements and not a literal facsimile to create an atmosphere. The textures on some of the fabrics chosen continue this feel and the lighting is carefully positioned to pick up and highlight these elements.

The accommodation comprises (from forward to aft) an owner’s suite in the bow, a VIP suite alongside a lower saloon area (snug), a spacious saloon amidships and two twin guest cabins aft. The crew accommodation comprises galley, crew mess and laundry, office/temporary cabin, navigation station and two en-suite twin crew cabins with en-suite heads.”, explains Adam Lay

The large cockpit has two areas. Aft is seating with a big table, forward are seatings with coffee tables. It is shaded by a bimini, removable for regattas.

Sailing Yacht LIARA at the Monaco Yacht Show 2019

Main Specifications of LIARA

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Draft (Keel up)



Draft (Keel down)