This 78ft semi-planing motor yacht was conceived for offshore cruising, combining stunning interior and exterior styling with highly sophisticated hull design which should provide her owners with a comfortable ride at sea and a luxurious living platform at rest.
Mani Frers, who is responsible for Bill and Me’s naval architecture, makes the interesting observation that as the speed achieved by large sailing yachts now matches those of fast motor yachts, much can be learned from the two disciplines to produce highly efficient hull forms.
Frers has also studied recent commercial ship research, which aims to make vessels as efficient as possible. This has led to the motion of his motor yachts becoming less aggressive, which in turn has the unexpected effect of reducing motion sickness. Bill and Me’s stability is further enhanced by two Seakeeper, gyro-driven stabilisers. All this, linked with the light, stiff hull and deck shell manufactured by Baltic Yachts should result in an outstanding yacht.
Bill and Me’s narrow beam is fundamental to the yacht’s easily driven and sea-kindly hull. She’s powered by twin Volvo diesels driving through IPS 800 Duo-props for further efficiency.
A lot has been worked into her accommodation including a stern garage for a tender and a well-equipped galley featuring a dumb waiter leading to the deck saloon. The yacht features striking photographic studies and specialist stucco panelling puts this bespoke yacht in a class of her own.
Key features on deck include a remarkable reflective glass deck superstructure housing the wheelhouse and deck saloon, deep bulwarks providing great protection and an all-round walkway and custom stainless steel work including unique 3D printed stainless steel pushpit and pulpit design which enhances the yacht’s contemporary look.
This is an advanced motor yacht which will set the standard for further projects in this field from Baltic Yachts.