Bill and Me: Baltic’s high-tech carbon cruiser

Written by Georgia Tindale

The recently launched motor yacht Bill and Me from the Finnish shipyard Baltic Yachts will be unveiled at this year’s Monaco Yacht Show. Bill and Mecombines composite construction, advanced naval architecture and 3D-printed modern detailing, demonstrating the shipyard’s move into motor yacht building.

Bill and Me was commissioned by experienced owners who wanted to combine the speed and ease of use of a motor yacht with the design and comfort of a sailing yacht. The Naval architecture is by Germán ‘Mani’ Frers and her interior is largely owner inspired, with professional input from Design Unlimited.

The yacht’s stand-out features include her stunning custom interior by Design Unlimited, her 3D-printed stainless steel detailing, her modern carbon and glass superstructure and two Seakeeper gyro-driven stabilisers which ensure a smooth ride.

During sea trials Bill and Me met all her predicted performance parameters with ease, with a top speed of 25 knots, and 17 knots cruising speed. Two separate saloons are contained within her composite and glass superstructure: one for dining and the other for relaxing. Both saloons have direct access to the extensive deck areas fore and aft, which are protected by deep, all-round bulwarks.

Other notable on-deck features include a reflective glass deck superstructure finish and custom stainless-steel work, including a unique and contemporary 3D printed push pit and pulpit design.

Below deck, there are two amidships guest cabins, an owner’s suite forward and space for two crew cabins aft. The styling is more like a sailing yacht than a motor yacht, featuring traditional oak, teak and cherry timber, alongside more unusual embossed leather on some surfaces.

Peter Jones, who develops motor yacht sales at Baltic Yachts said: “This 78ft motor yacht sets new standards and points the way forward for what we will be able to achieve at Baltic Yachts". Reaction to the M78 has led us, Frers and Design Unlimited, to work on a 30m version of the Bill and Me concept, details of which will be available at the Monaco Yacht Show.

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