Baltic opens up about 142 Custom foiling superyacht
by Chris Jefferies
Built from a carbon composite hull, this sloop-rigged performance cruising yacht features naval architecture and exterior styling by Farr Yacht Design. Lucio Micheletti will collaborate with the in-house team at Baltic Yachts on the interior styling and has also worked on the exterior lines and deck styling, while Mattia Belleri will provide project management services.
Accommodation is for up to eight guests split across four cabins including an amidships owner’s suite. A long Bimini hardtop will extend out from the coachroof over the cockpit, providing a shaded al fresco relaxation spot and powered windows that lower at the touch of a button will provide further shelter in this area.
As well as the high standard of luxury on board, the Baltic 142 Custom will be notable for its innovative use of sailing technology. A key part of this is the dynamic stability system, developed in collaboration with Gordon Kay from Infiniti Performance Yachts, which employs a sliding foil that can extend up to nine metres athwartships.
Roland Kasslin, head of research and development at Baltic Yachts, said: “The foil will run on four sets of 25 composite roller bearings contained in titanium cassettes. The outboard cassettes will bear the upward load and the inner cassettes the downward load when the foil is deployed.”
This feature has been tried and tested on smaller yachts, but this is the first time it will be employed on a large sailing superyacht. Several parties have contributed to this feature, including British composite experts Gurit and Sir Ben Ainslie's new venture BAR Technologies.
The estimated result is a top speed increase of 5-20%, depending on the prevailing conditions. A squaretop mainsail and Rondal mast and rigging further add to the Baltic 142 Custom’s high-performance credentials. Other key features include a diesel electric Visedo/Cummins propulsion system, nine metre beam and a lifting keel that can reduce the draught from 6.5 metres to 3.8 metres.
Baltic CEO Henry Hawkins adds that the keel “can be locked in position to take the yacht’s weight, so she can sit on her keel safely, use a synchro-lift or dry dock and not have to depend on a crane or a large mobile lift.”
Other superyacht projects currently under development at the Finnish yard include the 34.14 metre Baltic 112 Custom, which is due to hit the water in 2019.