14 May 2020

The 31-year-old Baltic 38DP Favorita has completed an extensive six-month refit at our Bosund facility and has been re-launched to re-join her owner who regards the iconic production yacht as ‘a family member’.

Looking as good as new, the Doug Peterson-designed Baltic 38, of which 55 were built in the 1980s, is a great example of how a well built and carefully maintained yacht represents one of the most sustainable leisure items on the market today.

With a new teak deck, re-painted boot-top and rig, professionally polished topsides and deck, re-varnished accommodation and new hoses for plumbing systems, Favorita has been returned to her owner Erkki Laasonen, who has owned the yacht for 25 years. He has maintained her in tip top condition in her home port of Uusikaupunki in the south west of Finland.

Although he carries out much of Favorita’s maintenance himself, Erkki was keen to return her to ‘where she was born’ for more complex and specialist work which he knew required a professional touch for the best result.

Favorita is from another era of design, when the late Doug Peterson was one of the leading exponents of the IOR racing rule which influenced naval architecture in the 1980s. With her fine ends, the Baltic 38 was, and still is, a close-winded and fast upwind yacht noted for her comfortable motion in a seaway.

Innovation was very much on the agenda at Baltic Yachts when the 38 was designed with clever angling of internal bulkheads to optimise space below. Above all she was built to an extremely high standard – built to last, built for sustainability.

There is no reason why Favorita won’t continue sailing for another 31 years and beyond if she is carefully maintained and refitted. As Erkki Laasonen said: “I hope Favorita will continue to be a source of great joy for coming generations.”

As Favorita left, one of Baltic Yachts’ largest builds, the 175ft Pink Gin, launched in 2017, arrived for a programme of maintenance. She will be at our Jakobstad facility for the summer.

In Palma, Mallorca our Service and Refit facility continues to maintain a range of yachts, and is now fully operational following the easing of Coronavirus restrictions.

For more information about Service and Refit contact:

Matthew Lester +34 608 797 100


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