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Construction update on Baltic 142 Custom foiling superyacht

Construction update on Baltic 142 Custom foiling superyacht

Finnish yard Baltic Yachts has given a construction update on its 43.3 metre sailing yacht project the Baltic 142 Custom, which is currently under construction and due for delivery in 2019.

The yard announced that fitting out is well underway and lamination on the 142's carbon composite hull is advanced. The yacht's dynamic stability system foil casing is due to be installed in the bilge while work on other features, including the one-piece superstructure, is nearing completion.

Project manager Sören Jansson said the diesel electric propulsion system is also a key feature, the machinery room of which is being built outside of the yacht. “This not only enables us to gain some time in the overall build schedule but also allows the workers easier access for speed and accuracy," he said.

The sloop-rigged performance cruising yacht features naval architecture and exterior styling by Farr Yacht Design while Lucio Micheletti is collaborating with the in-house team at Baltic Yachts on the interior styling.

Accommodation will be 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.

The Baltic 142 Custom will be notable for its innovative use of sailing technology with its dynamic stability system. Developed in collaboration with Gordon Kay from Infiniti Performance Yachts, the system employs a sliding foil that can extend up to nine metres. This feature has featured on smaller yachts, but this is the first time it will be employed on a large sailing superyacht.

The estimated result is a top speed increase of 5-20%, depending on the 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.

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