Tool for ocean voyaging without fossil fuels

I have always been fascinated about the idea of sailboat traveling on the ocean energy self-sufficient like the satellite rounding the earth. Producing its own energy by the power of wind, sea and sun.

The Li Yachts project started with my own desire of the boat that will be used in dive expeditions with aim to reach even the remotest locations – and I wanted to do that with freedom of fossil fuels.

Electric propulsion

Basics of interior design of offshore sailboat

This week Janne and I have been working with the interior design based my initial sketches. The idea behind requirements for the interior was simple – define the basic needs and forget anything else. Even though that’s a final level of tetris to get all fitted into a 40 ft hull.

In the picture below there is the initial interior sketch, which I had drawn before. The main thought was to centralize all the functions which are needed in offshore to as close to pivoting point of the hull as possible. In offshore a pilothouse is the heart of the boat. That also means that galley, navigation station, heads and sea bunk are easily accessible in close range of the companionway. The extended pilothouse should give almost all around visibility to retain touch to the surroundings, also up to the rig.

In the top of the basic needs list was the area which is fully sanctified to technical stuff – spare parts, tools and small workbench to use them. The compartment is also a storage room where you can walk in.

The space forward to midships contains areas where to relax and rest at anchor – saloon and owners cabin.

Both ends of the boat are storage lockers which are isolated with watertight bulkheads. Large volume of storage space is needed to keep deck clean of stowed items.

interior sketch of the sailboat

One more week of design work behind

Two steps forward, one step backwards. That has been the rhythm of the work because every decision and form is connected to each other. Old principle where the form follows the function is our rule number one. But because design work is a balancing act and art of making compromises the rule is challenging to follow.

3d-sketch of the hull after one more week of work

Tall Ships Races 2017 participants in Hanko

After working full day on Li it was a pleasure to take a walk alongside of vessels participating the Tall Ships Races 2017. Ships are on their way to Turku and can be visited there 20.-23.7.2017.

In the first picture S/Y Merisissi, the sea scout training vessel under Finnish flag. Designed by German Frers jr. built 1981-82. Her aluminium hull of course catched my interest!

The movie that has inspired me a lot

The movie of Voyage that has inspired me to carry on through tough times. The movie made by Yves Gélinas is also the evidence that there is still the world where money and status aren’t the highlights of life.

The movie also teaches that we just have to accept our mistakes and carry on trying!

I wrote an email to Yves in year 2012 to thank him about giving courage to believe that sailing dreams can come true. To my delight Yves replied and found to be as warm and real person that you can recognize in the movie.

I believe that memories and experiences are the most expensive capital of life.

Please watch the trailer of the movie With Jean du Sud Around the World!