Baltic Yachts new projects highlight appeal of carbon
Friday, January 20, 2017 3:46 PM
Orders for three new carbon composite performance sailing yachts measuring between 85ft and 142ft have filled the order book at Baltic Yachts as the company prepares to launch Pink Gin VI, the biggest carbon composite sloop in the world.
Baltic Yachts CEO Henry Hawkins said that in tough market conditions over recent months the company had appealed to a number of clients. “This success is a result of a dedicated Baltic Yachts team effort building on our expertise in the custom sailing yacht arena,” he said.
The new projects, which will start building in 2017, involve world-leading designers and stylists some of whom are new to Baltic Yachts, among them award-winning naval architect Malcolm McKeon and renowned interior specialists Mark Whiteley and Lucio Micheletti. The Baltic Yachts Family very much looks forward to working with this new injection of talent now and in the future.
Baltic 142 Custom – cruising at speed in comfort
Baltic Yachts will be working with naval architects Farr Yacht Design and stylists Lucio Micheletti for the Baltic 142 Custom commissioned by a repeat client keen to cruise at real pace and in complete comfort.
Carefully engineered, light weight carbon composite construction is the ideal choice for a yacht which will be easily driven and with her stunning exterior styling will look every inch the ultimate performance cruising yacht in a new generation of fast, long distance passage makers.
Baltic 112 Custom – multi-role sloop from Malcolm McKeon
Baltic Yachts is looking forward to working for the first time with highly experienced naval architect Malcolm McKeon on the Baltic 112 Custom, an all carbon composite multi-role high performance sloop with an interior by the acclaimed Adam Lay Studio responsible for the award-winning Baltic 107 Inukshuk. Sebastian Allebrodt from A2B Maritime Consultants will be the owner’s representative.
McKeon and his team will be able to realise the full potential of their proven naval architecture by using Baltic Yachts’ well-honed composite construction methods using carbon skins, foam and Nomex cores for the stiffest, lightest, strongest hull and deck structures. The yacht will provide a luxurious cruising platform, but will also be a potent regatta participant.
Among the key features of this yacht are a lifting, telescopic keel, the latest version of Baltic Yachts’ Retractable Propulsion System (RPS), developed in conjunction with Hundersted, and a removable hardtop over the cockpit.
Baltic 85 Custom – Bill Dixon-designed performance cruising yacht
The third new commission for Baltic Yachts is for a Bill Dixon-designed 85ft lightweight cruising yacht. She will be built in E-Glass and carbon to produce a tough, light yacht capable of coastal and long distance cruising anywhere in the world.
With her masthead sailplan and she will be an easy yacht to sail and with her telescopic lifting keel reducing draft to just 2.95m she will be able to access many anchorages.
Mark Whiteley Design has been commissioned to create a stylish, comfortable and practical interior designed to accommodate the owner, friends and a professional crew of two. Nigel Ingram from MCM will represent the owner during the construction.
World’s biggest carbon sloop
Baltic Yachts will be preparing to launch Pink Gin VI later this year. At 175ft she is the world’s biggest carbon fibre sloop and promises to be one of the most spectacular superyacht launches of the year.
Also in build in Baltic Yachts’s modern waterside facility in Jakobstad, Finland is a powerful, rugged yet stylish semi-planing luxury motor yacht due to launch this year.
New 67ft cruiser offers genuine performance edge
Details of the new Baltic 67 Performance Cruiser will be available at Boot Düsseldorf. The semi-custom built yacht allows clients to customise their ideal bluewater cruising yacht based on uniform carbon hull and deck mouldings.
Expanding our team
With a very healthy order book and work on a diverse range of projects well underway, Baltic Yachts is investing in key personnel to meet customer and market demands. Kjell Vestö will join the Baltic Yachts team as Head of Semi-Custom Production with responsibility for the new Baltic 67 Performance Cruiser. Kjell’s reputation in the yachting industry is well known and we are proud to welcome him to the Baltic Family.
We are further expanding our successful Palma Service and Refit operation by appointing Robert van Wieringen as Country Manager for Spain. Rob has 25 years of experience in the yachting industry and we are confident that we can further grow our Service & Refit business in Palma under his leadership.
Impressive track record
With legendary names like Visione, Canica and several Pink Gins to their name, Baltic Yachts has in recent years built a number of high performance, multi-role carbon composite sailing yachts. The Baltic 130 My Song is the most recent launch and others include the performance day sailer Baltic 68 Claude, Baltic 115 Nikata, Baltic 116 Doryan, and Baltic 108 WinWin. For a full list go to www.balticyachts.fi
Henry Hawkins said: “Baltic Yachts is enjoying fair winds right now with a healthy and diverse order book. The Baltic team has a busy year ahead with existing projects and is looking forward to starting work on these new orders.”