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.
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.
During this week there has been a lot going on in the design process. Jean-François has begun to design underwater appendices. Me and Janne have been working with the interior design. More about that later!
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.
Janne and I have been gathering in our pop-up office during June, working based on 3D-sketch provided by Jean-François. It’s inspiring to see the hull slowly getting her forms in 3D in the process which started from my notebook.