CONSTRUCTING CUSTOM-BUILT, LIGHTWEIGHT, HIGH PERFORMANCE MOTOR YACHTS UP TO 500GT
CUSTOM MOTOR YACHT DIVISION
We describe our work at Baltic Yachts as delivering lighter, stiffer, faster yachts. Importantly, we also build quieter yachts. A point not lost on owners rightly particular about noise and vibration. This makes Baltic Yachts the perfect constructor also of motor yachts, and that’s exactly what’s happening with the new expansion of our shipyard to enable custom motor yacht building up to 500GT.
Although it is clear our focus has centred on constructing exceptional sailing craft up to 60 metres, Baltic Yachts is no stranger to motor yachting. Indeed, we have interesting history in the power sector. Twenty years ago we built our first motor yacht, the innovative 15-metre Baltic M48 Far Niente. Classic in line and styling but intriguingly high-tech throughout, our advanced composite skills and refined engineering practice introducing new thinking to a sector previously bound by convention.
This coming year, 2017, sees the launch of a thoroughly modern design and construct, the Baltic MY78, Bill and Me, from visionaries Design Unlimited and Mani Frers, styled for the future and built fully in composites for light-weight, express performance.
IDENTITY AND INNOVATION
The restoration of Sunny Day exemplifies the flawless coupling of past and future, the updating of ideas through careful, considered innovation, all top traits of Baltic Yachts. Take what’s known and improve upon it. Sunny Day first launched in 1989, built of marine plywood over mahogany frames by a leading yard of its kind and time on the Ligurian coast of Italy, her modest styling reflecting the relaxed mood of the era. Nothing brash, nothing rash, simply refreshing.
Respectful restoration progressed under the style-guidance of Design Unlimited in partnership with our extensive in-house trades. The extended stern garaged the tender and created more main deck space. Power doubled with new twin 1600hp V10 MTU diesel units within the same machinery space. Seakeeper stabilisers improved comfort at speed and rest. Systems, services, utilities were all upgraded in the best of Baltic ways.
Importantly, around all this innovation, the wrapping preserved the key elements of original design, the uncomplicated Italian styling of the time. The result is a fabulous fusion and everywhere the sleek, modest, metallic silver-hulled Sunny Day arrives, heads turn, enquiring where from. Our proud reply is Baltic Yachts.
FASHIONING THE FUTURE
Conventionally large custom-built motor yachts are built in steel or aluminium. Wastefully, we suggest. Today, specialist advanced composite construction has so many advantages over metal. Not least are the four considerations of increased strength, lighter weight, greater usable internal hull space, and reduced maintenance.
There is even more reason particularly in motor yachting, where these benefits together contribute to reduced power and fuel requirements for full performance equivalency. That means for same speeds and range, smaller engines and smaller tanks again bringing weight saving and increased space available for equipment and accommodation. And, of course, lower cost to pocket and environment. All good news to motor yacht owners.
While very few yards have appropriate experience and expertise, Baltic Yachts is renowned as industry leader. Not only early adopters of advanced, exotic composite technologies those 40 years ago, we have continually championed and innovated their use in bluewater world cruising as well as race coursing, so we know about comfort and longevity. We build not just for fashion but for the future.
With the proposed expansion of our shipyard facilities including new construction halls, the commissioning and build of motor yachts now runs in parallel with our custom sailing yachts. Similarly building to the designs and specification of individual owners’ chosen naval architects and stylists, we look forward to discussing future projects.
Peter Jones – Motor Yacht Sales
+44 7710 521225