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First pictures: Baltic 112 Custom sailing yacht under construction

Finnish yard Baltic Yachts has released the first in-build pictures of its forthcoming 112 Custom sailing yacht, which is due to launch in spring 2019. Designed by Malcolm McKeon, this 34.14 metre sloop was designed for an experienced owner who wants to embark on worldwide cruising with the occasional foray onto the racecourse.

As the images below show, the hull was built in two separate moulds before being rotated 90 degrees and joined together. The yard explains that this method allows easier access, making the process faster and more accurate.

Accommodation is for eight guests in four cabins, including a full-beam owner's cabin forward, a VIP and two twin cabins, while the aft crew area allows for a staff of up to five people.

Speaking last year, McKeon, who developed the naval architecture as well as the exterior styling, said, “I’m delighted to be working with this owner, who’s completed a number of yacht projects in the past. I'm also really excited to be working with Baltic for the first time.”

Key features include a telescopic keel that allows the draught to be reduced from 6.15 metres to 3.91 metres and a retractable propulsion system, which will enhance speed and manoeuvrability when powered by her square top mainsail.

Carbon fibre is a key part of the construction process, not just in the lightweight hull but also in creating the Bimini, which will provide all-weather protection for those relaxing in the cockpit. The result is an overall weight of just 84 tonnes.

British design firm Adam Lay Studio is attached to provide the interior design, however, no details of the décor have been released as yet.

Other superyacht projects currently under development at the Finnish yard include the 25.91 metre Baltic 85 Custom, which is due to hit the water before the end of the year, and the 43.28 metre Baltic 142 Custom — a scheduled 2019 launch.