BALTIC YACHTS’ OWNER LEADS TEAM CELEBRATION AS COMPANY LAUNCHES THREE NEW YACHTS IN TEN DAYS
16 May 2019
After thousands of hours of intense work over more than two and a half years, the 250-strong Baltic Family came together in Jakobstad recently to celebrate the launch of three new yachts in just 10 days.
At a special event, the owner of Baltic Yachts, Professor Hans Georg Näder, joined the celebrations to praise Baltic Yachts’ dedicated and skilled boat builders, who over many generations have made what the Baltic Family is today.
This is why I continued to commission Baltic to build yachts for me and why I eventually bought this great company.
Professor Näder said he was persuaded to buy his first yacht from Baltic because he recognised the high quality, craftsmanship and innovative technology in everything Baltic Yachts stood for. “This is why I continued to commission Baltic to build yachts for me and why I eventually bought this great company,” he said.
“All these attributes hold true today and I am delighted to be back here with you at the home of the Baltic Family to celebrate the launch of three world class yachts,” added Professor Näder, who was speaking to the employees both current and retired, gathered on Baltic’s Jakobstad quayside.
He emphasised the value of the knowledge handed down through generations of boat builders developing the unmatched skills that can only be gained through experience. This, he said, lay at the heart of the Baltic Family, resulting in high quality, innovative, world class yachts.
Afloat alongside the Baltic Yachts’ yard were the second Baltic 67 Performance Cruiser Lurigna, an easy to sail, trans-ocean, semi-custom, fast cruising yacht, which was the first yacht to launch. Next into the water at Jakobstad was the Baltic 112 Liara, conceived as a luxury family cruising yacht with race boat potential. Finally, Baltic 142 Canova took to the water, sporting her in Dynamic Stability System foil – a world first is a superyacht – designed to boost speed and improve comfort
All three yachts will undergo trials off Jakobstad in the coming weeks before they are officially handed over to their owners. Canova is planning to undertake a schedule of world cruising, Liara will mix cruising with occasional forays onto the racecourse, initially in the Caribbean, and Lurigna’s first date will be with the Rolex Fastnet Race in August.
Baltic Yachts is currently building its third largest yacht by volume, a 146ft sloop designed for worldwide cruising, and negotiations are well advanced on a number of new build initiatives.