The 78-foot (23.9m) cross-over yacht, from production sailing to fully custom motor yacht, BILL AND ME was built by Baltic Yachts in 2017.
This new hull form was first proven in the test tank using a radio-controlled model in waves that simulated severe storm conditions. With the addition of Seakeeper stabilizers and twin Volvo IPS rotating drives, BILL AND ME offers exceptional comfort and safety in all conditions.
BILL AND ME was produced for a client who had previously owned a production72-foot yacht and sailed around the world in her and was making the transition from sail to power. The brief was for a motor yacht that would be as seaworthy, feel as safe and be as quiet as a sailing boat, but also had to be fuel-efficient at slow and high speed and have a comfortable motion even when conditions get rough. The design also incorporates a large pilothouse, a spacious salon connected to a generous aft deck and the ability to carry a 4.5m tender in a stern garage. Easy water access, accessibility for older family members and a child-friendly environment also were considerations.
BILL AND ME has exceptional features, including a remarkable reflective glass deck superstructure housing the wheelhouse and deck salon, deep bulwarks provide great protection, an all-round walkway and custom stainless-steel work, further enhancing her contemporary look. An aft hydraulic bathing platform allows for easy water access, doubling as a passarelle when mooring stern-to. The yacht’s cockpit in the bow area is ideally suited for sunbathing and alfresco dining.
A striking interior by Design Unlimited offers bold, confident style with bright accent colors in all cabins. The yacht was detailed to a high level with every aspect considered, from hidden device docking and charging stations to colored wardrobes and cupboard interiors that match cabins’ color schemes. The dynamic main salon features floor-to-ceiling windows that provide exceptional views and flood the space with natural light. The wheelhouse is separated by a retractable panel that, when retracted, provides a 360-degree view. Large glass doors offer guests direct access to the extensive fore and aft deck spaces.
Three en-suite cabins, including a master featuring a walk-in wardrobe, welcome up to seven guests. BILL AND ME carries three crewmembers who are able to provide five-star service.
FUEL: 4,100 litres / 1,083 US gallons
FRESH WATER: 1,000 litres / 264 US gallons
LUBE OIL: 250 litres / 66 US gallons
DIRTY LUBE OIL: 250 litres / 66 US gallons
GREY / BLACK WATER: 1,000 litres / 264 US gallons
ENGINES: 2 x Volvo Penta IPS 800 626 hp / kW 460 @ 2,400 rpm each
ENGINE HOURS: 540 hours approx. as of October 2018
GEARBOX: Volvo Penta IPS
PROPULSION: Volvo Penta IPS
PROPELLERS: Volvo Penta IPS Drives with duo props
STABILISERS: 2 x Sea Keeper
1 x 32 Amp 230 Volt shore plug
1 x Cablemaster CRM 30
GENERATORS: 2 x 20 kW Kohler 220 Volt 50 Hz single phase with paralleling controller Decision Maker 3500; Engine 1,500 rpm
GENERATOR HOURS: 650 hours approx. as of October 2018
ELECTRICITY: 230V / 220VAC 50Hz 1phase
MAIN ENGINE START: 1 x 700 CCA 200 Ah 24V (cold cranking amp)
SERVICE: 2 x LiIon 24V 720 Ah each (8 units 180 AH 24V)
GENERATOR START: 2 x AGM 105 Ah 12V
ELECTRONICS: 2 x AGM 12 /140 Ah, RTF
EMERGENCY: AGM 12/160 24V DC
2 x 24/100 120250 Volt 50/60 Hz (service) 1 x 12/152 (starting GE)
1 x 24/252 (starting MMEE)
2 x Volvo alternators on ME (80 A)
2 x Victron Multiplus 5000 inverter/chargers
1 x Mass Phoenix 24/1600
AIR CONDITIONING: 2 x Reverse cycle A/C total 120,000 BTU/h
WATER MAKER: 2 x Aqua Whisper Pro 9001 140 l/h 230 Volt
WATER SYSTEM: Active carbon filter on the shore water connection UV sterilizer
SEWAGE SYSTEM: Eco mar
ACCOMMODATION: 6/7 x Guests in 3 Cabins
CREW: Up to 4 x Crew in 2 cabins
1 x Rectangular porthole fitted with a hinged deadlight
Air conditioning fan coil with grids and 1 x hidden extraction fan
CREW EN SUITE
1 x Toilet Tecma
1 x Sink, 1 x mirror, lockers underneath
Shower with teak grid
1 x Extractor fan (ventilation system)
Taps and fittings
Navigation & Communication
VHF B&G V90
H50 wireless and Icom IcM93D
KVH Trackphone Mini V
3 x Raymarine GS195 plotters
B&G NAIS400 AIS
3 x Gs195 glass displays in the wheelhouse
3 x Gs 95 displays for Captain and owner cabins and crew mess
CP charts and software
Router with high gain WiFi receiver with an external antenna, Yachtspot
Sailor 6110 mini C or equivalent
Raymarine autopilot EV2 and P70R
GPS independent from main charting equipment
Fish finder Raymarine CP470 with depth sensor
Raymarine open array radar 12 kW 48”
Life tag system, Man Over Board
Outdoor cameras (e.g. Flir M618 CS mounted on the mast)
Chain countmeter, display and windlass control in wheel house
ANCHOR WINDLASSES: Maxwell 2000 Watt 24V, Vertical windlass with warping drum
AFT WARPING CAPSTANS: Maxwell pop up
ANCHORS: Submarine anchoring system with 1 x Custom
Stainless steel anchor 75 kg approx (camera inside the anchor trunk)
ANCHOR CHAIN: 1 x 125 m chain 12 mm diam, high resistance galvanized steel with stud links
AFT MOORING WINCH: 1 x Maxwell popup inox 2000 watt 24 volt
FENDER HOOKS: Sea Smart SL10X (18 pcs)
PASSERELLE: Hydromar custom electro-hydraulic lifting platform/door/passerelle with teak flooring. Swimming platform used also as a gangway
SIDE BOARDING LADDER: Transom ladder integrated in portside transom with teak steps
SWIMMING LADDER: Removable Carbon type Giotto in the tender storage
SWIM PLATFORM: Custom Carbon shower, removable
OUTDOOR CAMERAS: Flir M681 CS on the mast
UNDERWATER LIGHTS: 9 x Aft area
6 x Fairleads in stainless steel with rollers
(2 x at the bow, 2 x amidship, 2 x aft)
6 x Cleats in stainless steel
2 x Stainless steel popup cleats on bathing platform
Tenders & Toys
Williams Diesel Jet 445 with diesel engine 110hp Yanmar 4JH4
Double stainless-steel sink with faucets and Quooker boiling water tap
1 x Electric induction hob with four burners, Miele or equivalent
1 x Extractor hood with air extractor fan, Miele or equivalent
1 x Oven
1 x Microwave
2 x Nespresso coffee machines
1 x Toaster
1 x Dishwasher
Trash compactor and trash shredder
1 x Fridge (300 l) custom built no frost
Instrument display (Raymarine)
Fire detection system, with local audible alarm, reported in the wheelhouse
3 x Storage lockers on the port longitudinal wall of the corridor
Air conditioning fan coil with grids and 1 x hidden extraction fan
1 x Freezer (200 litre) custom built nofrost
1 x Washing/dryer machine, Miele or equivalent
Ventilated Tech space
The Owner’s brief to Frers Design was for a motorboat that would be as seaworthy, feel as safe, and be as quiet as a sailing boat. It also had to be fuel-efficient at slow and high speed, and have a comfortable motion, even when conditions get rough.
The design incorporates a large, extensively equipped pilothouse and spacious saloon connected to a generous aft deck to accommodate family, three crew and a 4.5m tender in a stern garage. There is easy access to the water, a boat that suits family members of all ages in a safe and child-friendly environment with a custom garage door that works as both passarelle and beach.
BILL AND ME has all the features of a round the world sailing boat: the necessary navigation equipment and sea keeping abilities for any weather and offshore passage. She is equipped with two generators, two watermakers, night vision camera on the bridge and infra-red cameras in the engine room.
An incredible team created the yacht: advanced naval architecture from Mani Frers, a dramatic interior by Design Unlimited and constructed by the world ‘s best custom yacht builder, Baltic Yachts who specialise light weight carbon composites.
BILL AND ME was launched in 2017 in Finland before undertaking a 3,500 nm maiden voyage to the Mediterranean via the UK.
A seamless glass superstructure with reflective windows mirrors the surrounding environment, deep bulwarks provide well protected decks and flush retractable deck cleats and winches. Many other unique design features include a submarine underwater anchoring system and a noise-cancelling roof design.
BILL AND ME is available at less than half her replacement costs and is a boat that lends itself to family cruising, charter use, as a fast commuter for summer island hopping or exploring the intercoastal, even the perfect support boat for a racing sailboat programme.