I wish to discover the most remote islands on earth. To be able to do that and do it safely there are few characteristics in original Li, which needs to be transfered to the new design. These are tough construction, fully protected rudder and propeller, shallow draught and building material which will give the yacht a very long service life – aluminium.
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In 2011 I decided that aluminium was my choice of boatbuilding material. As a curious minded person I wanted to start the project about studying the old aluminium yacht. So I bought almost abandoned yacht from year 1968. That was the beginning and my inspiration. The yacht represents the art of metal boat building, she needed to be saved from decay and I realised that she had many things to teach to me.
The yacht has still her original name – Li. In an ancient Chinese philosophy that means the universal law of nature and order which is spread all over to atoms to galaxies – how everything is organized to their forms. But how can we feel or understand that? Trying to reach that is for me one of the reasons to be at sea.
This project is named after original Li and coincidentally it’s also the symbol of lithium, which is needed in batteries to power up our zero fossil fuels concept. Low impact – also Li.