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!

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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

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