Sailing in Finnish archipelago

I have had a long break from all work projects. Please see the short video clips below! It’s great to work with boats and carry forward these design project but after all the sailing and experiences at sea are the most meaningful thing to do. They act as fuel to go on with the other things.

At the moment we are trying to reach the building stage of 40 ft prototype but unfortunately we can’t finance it yet. But we are not doing this because it’s easy.

Li Yachts 40 in Zeilen Magazine

First article about our 40 ft design in foreign sailing magazine! Thanks a lot to Dutch Zeilen Magazine and Lars Bosma! I was very happy to receive a message about the interest to write short introduction of the design. Strange to see our rendered product image next to the new Hallberg-Rassy 69. At least there is nothing to be ashamed of the quality of the image, thanks to Janne!

Article about Li Yachts 40 in Dutch Zeilen Magazine

Li Yachts 40 interior

Finally I have interior renderings to show you! It took so long, much longer than I wished.

Based on a simple full size mockup some arrangements needed to be changed. All the things I had sketched initially before we even had a 3D model didn’t work in real life. But that’s a part of the design work! To give you some perspective of the process, my hand drawn sketch can be found below.

In this version the galley has been moved to midships. The centreboard housing makes floor narrow enough for working safely at sea. The cook can lean the structure behind when needed and wedge the body in place. Also the table gives huge working platform which is on hand’s reach when needed.

In pilothouse there is navigation station on port side and settee on stb side. The settee is also used as a sea berth located in the nerve center of the boat.

The main function of the pilothouse is to make life easier at sea. This boat is intended to traveling powered by the wind, not focused so much for cocktail parties in marina.

With this arrangement there isn’t great view outside when seated on stb settee. Keeping the settee low is safer and much more comfortable for sleeping at sea. When the boat is also intended to be suitable for winter use, the windows surface area should be kept relatively low, because even though they are double glazed, the thermal transmittance is roughly six times higher compared to the insulated hull.

Of course there could be a raised sofa set and table with a full view outside in the pilothouse, but that’s rather useless at sea. It would make the pilothouse too cramped and narrow settees can’t be used well as sea berths.

We will be modeling an optional arrangement for the pilothouse as well. The arrangement of the space can be changed depending if you are at sea or at anchor. At sea there will be two forward facing seats, like in the car. At anchor the seats can be turned and a small dining table placed between. More about that later!

Please leave your thoughts using the email info@li-yachts.com.

Rendered image of aluminium sailboat Li Yachts 40 interior

Rendered image of aluminium sailboat Li Yachts 40 interior

Hand drawn sketch of sailboat's interior by Simo Nyrönen

Little bird passenger on a sailboat

And for now something completely different. With this video I would like to wish you happy Holidays and New Year!

This little visitor landed on Li’s deck! We were sailing from Haapsalu 🇪🇪 to Kökar 🇦🇽.

First half an hour she just slept keeping balance perfectly. Listen how I’m whistling and she blinks deep brown eyes. After gathering some energy she started to explore the deck. Going through every corner trying to find something to eat. As an insectivorous bird she didn’t like served rolled oats!

After catching one spider she started to do short preying flights around the boat and always returned to the aft deck to eat her catch. Many ladybugs lost their life. I didn’t even know that there are ladybugs in the middle of Baltic Sea.

This common redstart was unbelievable fearless! She let us even to touch gently her feather coat.

Then also another common redstart landed! She was soaking wet shivering on cockpit floor. But the first visitor was angry and drove her away.

To make this rare meeting more strange threatening falcon was gliding circles high above the boat almost two hours just like wanting to add some drama! Maybe it has been chasing these little birds and they were seeking for a shelter.

When the first islets were on sight the little passenger left. Captured 30.8.2021.