SeaPortal Ltd.




 Status -- SOLD






Bill Dixon



Southern Ocean Marine

Hull Construction:


E-glass/Kevlar with Herex core




Length Over All:



Length Water Line:











27.1 tons



Yanmar 190hp Turbo



1,100 liters



1,100 liters





Occasionally, a very special yacht is launched, providing that rare combination of beauty, elegance, functionality, and performance. Liara is such a yacht. She has not gone unrecognized by the sailing experts, having been featured in both “Boat International” and “Yachting World”. Her dark blue hull shows off her clean lines, and the low-profile raised salon helps maintain her sleek look. She is fast, as proven by her first place win in competitive Class A in the 2002 ARC race across the Atlantic, and she has continued to collect hardware since. But her true strength lies in her ability to be easily sailed by two, while providing unmatched comfort for long-term cruising.


Liara is a tribute to both her designer, Bill Dixon, and her builder, Southern Ocean Marine. Launched in 2002, she is an excellent example of the high quality construction and innovation that is not infrequently found in New Zealand. Although she has sailed thousands of miles, her notable lack of “issues” is proof that she is a well-designed and well-conceived yacht. Advanced construction techniques have produced a hull substantially lighter than other “racer/cruisers” of similar size, while providing a safe and strong structure -- as evidenced by her ability to meet MCA compliancy.


Below, Liara has all the amenities one could wish for on an ocean cruiser, including a reverse-cycle air conditioning system, a water maker, electric fresh water heads, a washing machine, and freezer.  A look below and one quickly realizes that this is a proper yacht which goes far beyond an impressive list of equipment -- the cabinetry is at once striking yet functional, combining a breath-taking blend of mahogany, solid burr, white oak and ebony. A close examination of the joinery reveals meticulous craftsmanship at its finest. A feeling of luxury and elegance pervade both below and on deck. Liara is truly a special yacht.







Stepping down the wide companionway into the main salon, one is struck by the beauty of the undulating forms and the complementary exotic woods, Alcantra leather, and wool carpets, all tastefully specified by the interior design team of Maritime Interiors and Esme McDonald. The panoramic view through the wrap-around windows enhances a feeling of openness and airiness. The main salon table, with its intricate patterns of inlaid woods, is just one example of the superior cabinetry found throughout the boat.  



            Aft is the full width owner’s stateroom with a centerline queen berth and seating on either side. Hull windows provide natural light and a view of the sea. There is excellent storage, with twin hanging lockers and numerous cabinets as well as drawers. En Suite is a large head with separate shower stall.  



            Moving forward from the owner’s stateroom is a companionway with large, well-insulated doors to starboard, providing full access to the engine and generator. To port is a stateroom with upper and lower berths and a head.


            Forward of the main salon are two more staterooms. To port is the VIP stateroom with a single, large berth. The stateroom to starboard has an upper and lower berth. Both cabins share a large head forward with a separate shower stall.






            Liara’s elegance is carried right into her rig. Southern Spars, one of the world’s premier builders of carbon rigs, has provided a beautiful mast and boom. Her full batten mainsail is easily deployed from her furling boom with the push of a button, providing limitless reefing capabilities. Yet, with all the apparent simplicity, she is fully set up to race against the big boys, and has already collected her share of awards.


  • Southern Spars carbon mast with triple swept-back spreaders

  • Southern Spars carbon furling boom

  • Adjustable tapered carbon spreaders with recessed deck lights

  • Discontinuous Navtec rod rigging

  • Low profile carbon chain plates

  • Mast mounted Furuno radar

  • Removable aramid inner forestay

  • Harken 2.5 jib roller furling system

  • Carbon spinnaker pole stowed on mast

  • Carbon reaching strut

  • Hydraulic Navtec 2-speed panel for boom vang, outhaul, and backstay

  • Removable hydraulic mast jack


Rig Measurements:

I  = 24.99 M

P = 22.76 M

E = 8.7 M

J = 7.25 M






Liara is currently in cruising mode, carrying onboard only her working sails. A full set of Revolution carbon/Kevlar racing sails is in storage in England. (Stored sails have not been inspected by broker).


Cruising sails:

  • Quantum spectra full batten mainsail (new 2006)

  • Quantum spectra jib (new 2006)

  • Doyle spectra fully battened furling mainsail

  • Doyle non-overlapping furling jib

  • Cruising staysail

  • Cruising genneker with sock (new 2005)


Racing sails:

  • #1 genoa

  • #2 genoa

  • #3 genoa

  • #4 genoa

  • Storm jib

  • Trysail

  • .6 oz spinnaker

  • .75 oz AP spinnaker

  • 1.5 oz AP spinnaker

  • 1.5 oz small spinnaker

  • 2.2 oz heavy spinnaker






            Great effort has been taken to keep Liara’s decks clear of hardware. Starting at the bow she has a custom, hydraulically controlled anchor stowage system. At the push of a remote button, the anchor and anchor roller can be lifted off the bow and stowed in a recessed locker. Her beautiful teak decks, which are in perfect condition, are noticeably free of ropes and hardware. She has short jib tracks for her non-overlapping headsails, while halyards and boom furling lines are led aft, under deck. Dingy stowage is solved with a set of carbon removable stern davits.


  • 9mm teak decking

  • 40 kg anchor on hydraulic folding arm with 55 meters of 10mm chain

  • Lewmar windlass


  • Crane carbon removable davits

  • Lewmar hatches

  • Carbon steering wheels

  • Lewmar Racing deck hardware

  • Custom, fully instrumented helm pods

  • Offshore bimini mounted over cockpit

  • Spray hood

  • Sun Awning






  • (2) Lewmar 3-speed electric primaries, 77/3EST

  • (2) Lewmar self tailing secondary winches, 66ST

  • (2) Lewmar electric halyard winches, 66EST

  • Lewmar electric main sheet winch, 66EST

  • Lewmar electric traveler/jib furling winch, 50EST






            Liara has a forward-facing full navigation station on the starboard side of the main saloon. Excellent visibility is available due to the semi-raised salon windows. Additionally, both helm pods have full instrumentation. Her Pentium 4 Compaq computer is integrated with the MaxSea chart plotting software and an Iridium satellite phone for data and daily weather map downloads.


Nav Station:

  • Furuno Navnet 10” color radar/chart plotter Ethernet system

  • Furuno GPS display/receiver

  • B&G autopilot display/controller

  • B&G Hydra 200 Multi Function Display

  • Icom M710 SSB radio

  • Icom M502 VHF radio

  • Iridium satellite telephone with data capabilities

  • Compaq Pentium 4 computer with Windows XP Professional

  • Fixed TopVision LCD color monitor

  • MasterVolt battery monitor

  • Vessel monitoring and alarm LCD touch screen display for bilge, black water, fuel, fresh water, and batteries


Port Helm Pod:

  • Chart plotter display monitor

  • Furuno radar display repeater

  • B&G Multi Function display

  • (2) B&G analog wind displays

  • MOB Panic Button

  • In the cockpit table there is a B&G 20/20 display


Starboard Helm Pod:

  • Bow Thruster controls

  • Engine controls

  • Engine RPM, temperature, alt displays

  • B&G Multi Function display

  • B&G Auto Pilot control/display

  • (2) B&G analog displays

  • Remote VHF

  • Windlass controls

  • Navigation and deck light switches






  • Yanmar 190 hp turbo powered main engine

  • Fischer Panda 12 kw generator

  • Max Power R200 15hp retractable bow thruster

  • SeaFresh water maker (120 liters/hour)

  • CruiseAir air conditioning with (4) separate units

  • Hydraulic retractable anchor mechanism

  • (3) Actana Super Flush electric toilets

  • Dinghy: AB 3.9meter hard bottom dinghy (2005)

  • Yamaha 40 hp outboard (2005)

  • Wakeboard, water-ski & other gear.






            To starboard and one step down from the main saloon is a large, “U” shaped galley. The blue “Azure” Corian surfaces provide substantial counter space. There is one deep sink for washing and a smaller, shallower sink for waste.


  • Force 10 gimbaled four burner LPG stove with oven

  • SMEG microwave

  • Front opening refrigerator, 200 liters, 24 volt system

  • Top opening freezer, 100 liters, 24 volt system

  • Eumenia Sparmeister 802 washer/dryer (in day head)






  • Hitachi 28” LCD TV which retracts into overhead

  • DVD/CD/MP3 audio video system

  • Speakers in main salon, master stateroom, and cockpit





            Liara is MCA compliant, category 2, meeting strict guidelines for safety in both construction and equipment. She has been constructed to both Design Category A and the European Craft Directive (R.C.D.).

  • (2) 6-person Autoflung emergency life rafts with pressure release

  • Sea Marshall crew guard M.O.B.

  • (2) Man Overboard Modules with inflatable horseshoe lifebuoys, strobes, and drogues

  • Fixed CO2 fire extinguishing system in engine room

  • EPIRB distress signaling device








            Seaportal Ltd. offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information or warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should use due diligence to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This offer is subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.





            Owner’s personal items are excluded from sale.











Seaportal Ltd.

Patrick Adams

(415) 999-6144 phone

(415) 634-2048 fax