Finnish yard returns to production cruisers

by • June 22, 2017 • older, YachtsComments Off229

Another boat builder that’s turning back to smaller series built yachts than it has produced for many years is Finland based Baltic Yachts. Although the company was founded to build production boats in the 39-56ft bracket, in recent decades it has specialised in big one-off projects, including the giant 216ft carbon ketch Hetairos and more recently the 175ft sloop Pink Gin Vl and a number of 115-120ft cruiser-racer superyachts.

However, one of the next designs to leave the factory is the company’s first all-new production yacht for more than a decade, the Baltic 67. The first example is scheduled to be on the water this summer, with the second following in the autumn. Total lead time on new orders is expected to be less than a year, so is considerably shorter than for fully custom yachts, even though a high degree of personalisation is possible.

The Baltic 67 is intended as a fast and comfortable user-friendly performance cruiser that will take full advantage of carbon composite hull construction. “We estimate that building our lightweight 67-footer in advanced carbon composites will produce a yacht displacing four tonnes less [than similar vessels],” says Baltic Yachts director Kenneth Nyfelt. “This alone offers a crucially important long distance cruising speed advantage. Better performance enables genuine sailing in light to moderate downwind conditions at speeds that won’t require engine assistance. A number of current production yachts in this sector weigh in excess of 10 tonnes more than our target displacement weight of 21 tonnes.”

Accommodation is based on four sleeping cabins, plus a main saloon offering views through topsides portholes and a deck saloon with panoramic views. With maximum beam carried well aft, the boat promises capacious stowage and a stable downwind ride.

  • Length overall 20.50m
  • Waterline length 19.00m
  • Beam 5.30m
  • Draught 3.20 (fixed keel option)
  • Displacement 21,000kg
  • Ballast 8,600kg
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