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Baltic Yachts makes sailing even greener

Caroline Blatter

BALTIC YACHTS has established itself as the world’s leading builder of large, advanced composite sailing yachts. The company is renowned for its high-quality engineering and innovative approach towards the custom-built vessels it creates for a discerning, high wealth client base. In its 46-year history, Baltic Yachts has developed a highly skilled local workforce based in Jakobstad and Bosund.

“The company began by building a range of smaller production boats and evolved into the world of superyachts as technology accelerated and demand for large yachts grew”, says Anders Kurtén, CEO.

Today, the company builds two or three large yachts annually, most of which are well over 30 metres in length. Each one is a bespoke example of leading-edge technology and innovation.
Baltic Yachts is always looking at ways to reduce the carbon footprint of their yachts, while making them ever more efficient and comfortable.

THEIR LATEST launch is the impressive, groundbreaking Baltic 142 Canova, a single mast sailing yacht designed to take her owner and guests around the world at speed and in great comfort.
Sailing yachts of this type usually have a diesel engine as an auxiliary means of propulsion, but Canova is fitted with a powerful emission-free electric motor instead; the propeller also acts as a turbine to produce electricity when the yacht is sailing.

In addition, Canova is fitted with a sliding hydrofoil in its hull which, when deployed like a wing in the water, has the effect of reducing heel, increasing speed and, importantly, reducing overall motion to make the yacht much more comfortable.

“It is the first time this technology has been used in a yacht of this type.”

The highly innovative Baltic 142 Canova is remarkable for being the first superyacht to be equipped with a transverse Dynamic Stability System foil, that reduces heel angle, increases speed and reduces pitching motion to improve comfort.

Canova is designed to sail quickly, comfortably and efficiently and in addition her owner wants to be able to maintain and service the yacht without the need for specialist shipyard help in remote parts of the world.

The combination of her large deck saloon, which forms the focal point of her accommodation, and her large, well-appointed cockpit which is protected by a long solid bimini, provides a superb living space while sailing.

An impressive package of new technology make her a genuinely remarkable project: 

  • Performance enhancing Dynamic Stability System (DSS) sliding foil
  • DSS foil reduces heel and pitching = more comfort
  • Powerful diesel electric drive train and generating system
  • Reduction in reliance on hydraulics
  • Improved serviceability
  • Self-sustaining power generation while sailing
  • Easy to handle performance sail plan for short-handed crew
  • New quadrilateral headsail being considered
  • Ten hours silent mode with all hotel requirements
  • Six hours predicted generator run per 24 hours

BALTIC YACHTS has built its reputation on the use of advanced composites, which now includes the growing use of sustainable materials like flax. This and other natural materials are now being used in the construction process, thus significantly reducing Baltic's carbon footprint. 

“The wind is free, so sailing yachts are an attractive means of transport.
Still, addressing the need to become even greener is very important to BalticYachts and has been for many years.
Using sustainable materials in the construction process is part of our company culture, and we are always looking at new ways to reduce the impact our yachts have on the environment.”

Canova is certainly underlining Baltic's position as the world’s leading builder of super-sailing yachts.

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