- THE TOOL FOR OCEAN VOYAGING -
Many sailors in high latitudes need a boat which allows them live on board for extended periods of time even in the coldest climates. In addition, the perfect boat is also a floating home which carries its crew to far-away destinations. Other criteria include safety and self-sufficiency. All the above is included in the criteria developed for Li Yachts.
During many voyages, there is a need for the yacht to have shallow draught. In this way the crew can explore remote reefs or easily enter natural harbours everywhere in the world.
To reach their destination, experienced sea farers also want to maintain at least a moderate speed in all kinds of conditions. Preferably, the power sources of their boat are based on renewable energy and their use is simple. When a yacht is easy to run and safe for the people it carries, then the crew will arrive at the destination rested. Safety also includes good air quality inside the vessel. An environment without solvent emissions in the breathing air is an important consideration.
Another thing on the wish list of a modern sailor is to cause as little harm to the marine environment as possible, whether we are navigating in the tropics or Arctic waters. Overall, the design criteria behind a future yacht need to be in harmony with sustainable development of the planet. As to the life cycle of the materials used, after a lifetime of use, the boat would still need to be as strong as the day when it was built.
Regarding money, an ideal boat will be a safe investment. Life-long ownership is a tempting option when the yacht is both durable and easy to navigate for the young and old.
All the above is included in the Li Yachts expedition sailboat concept. The result will be a sailing vessel representing new thinking in sailing boat design, use and maintenance.
THE DESIGN TEAM
"Because I knew WHY, but I didn't know HOW."
The main designer Jean-François André has sailed more than 160000 miles and most of it with his own designs.
He started his career as an engineer in the shipyard constructing commercial boats. By following his personal ambition he focused more on the sailboat design in the beginning of 1980’s. In 1985 he started a thirteen years voyage using the boat as a design office.
I came a across with his designs after reading a blog post of a Finnish cruising couple, by the time Jean-François was sailing in Alaska with his Patago 50.
I contacted him in early spring 2015 and asked his interest to our design project. I was immediately convinced by his sailing experience and attitude to our project.
Oceanvolt is our cooperaton partner in the zero fossil fuels concept beginning at technical support for the design project. Oceanvolt is pioneering manufacturer of electric propulsion systems for sailboats.
I have always been fascinated about the idea of sailboat traveling on the ocean energy self sufficient like the satellite rounding the earth. With the modern day electric devices on board the power supply might be a challenge. The Oceanvolt’s engine serves as a powerful hydrogenerator while sailing providing solution for the problem.
The system arrangements will be designed hand in hand with the hull design to achieve the best fully integrated entirety.
Li Yachts wants to be pushing forward the change towards freedom of fossil fuels with our little input. The boat will be capable of producing it’s own energy by the power of wind, sea and sun.
I contacted Janne Kjellman, the founder of Oceanvolt, at the early design stage and he had encouraging approach to our design project.
Oceanvolt supported Conrad Colman in Vendée Globe 2016-17. Colman became the first sailor to complete the Everest of ocean racing without burning fossil fuels.
Mikko Brummer will provide consultancy for sail planning and rigging for the design project. He will also make CFD-analysis for the hull and appendices.
Functionality of the sails is essential for efficiency and safety in sail handling. That’s the reason I wanted the sailmaker to be involved in the design project from early stage.
I remember Mikko’s name from my childhood following news about Whitbread Round the World Race 1989-1990 while Mikko was sailing on Belmont Finland II as a crew member. I contacted Mikko in autumn 2016 and he gave straight away feedback to my early sketch.
Janne Sipilä is an industrial designer (MA) who has worked previously in different types of marine product design projects. Janne will produce 3D-visualizing and detail design in cooperation with me. We will also work together with the interior design of the boat.
Janne has practical touch for the design process, because he also has workshop experience and wide knowhow of materials and manufacturing techniques.
My old schoolmate told Janne about the Li Yachts project and he was very interested to join the team.
Now in his daily job Janne works with interior designs for cruise ship industry. In this project design serves strongly the purpose and I feel that it is good balance for Janne’s daily job. He can also bring opinions from the design and manufacturing perspective to the project.