HIGH DEMAND FOR SERVICE AND REFIT
12 November 2020
Baltic’s craftsmanship and experience attract increasing number of yachts to Palma and Finland.
We’re heading for a busy winter in Jakobstad and Palma de Mallorca where our highly experienced Service & Refit teams are currently planning to schedule work for up to 16 yachts. Projects range from a major 10-year survey refit to upgrades to improve a yacht’s green credentials.
The largest project is at our Jakobstad base in Finland where work on the 150ft/45.7m Ron Holland-designed ketch Christopher is well underway. Featuring twin rudders and a centreboard, this aluminium yacht is due for a Lloyd’s 10-year survey, so the opportunity has been taken to instigate a major refit under the direction of Matt Dean who has specialist knowledge of aluminium yachts.
Matt has temporarily moved to Jakobstad from our Palma de Mallorca base and is one of a number of personnel who have benefitted from our workforce exchange programme between Palma and Jakobstad. Service & Refit team members can not only share their expertise, but also acquaint themselves with the latest systems and techniques to maintain the highest standards.
Christopher, which was built by Pendennis Shipyard in 2011, was lifted out at our waterside premises in Jakobstad in October and will be with us until the Spring of 2021. New teak decks will be laid and an extensive painting schedule is planned including topsides, superstructure and cockpit surfaces.
In Palma de Mallorca, six of the 15 yachts we are planning to work on are non-Baltic builds. We have recently hired new team members to work in our expanded facilities. Our primary workshop is located within STP shipyard in Palma with our office conveniently located next to the shipyard. Our warehouse and additional workshop facilities are located on the outskirts of the city in Can Valero.
One yacht taking advantage of these facilities is the iconic Baltic 87 Anny, designed by judel/vrolijk and launched in 1996. For many years Anny was a highly successful participant in regattas including the Superyacht Cup, Palma in which she was often more than a match for larger yachts. Her lightweight carbon composite construction provided her with a performance edge despite being fully equipped for comfortable cruising.
One of Anny’s impressive design features is her large opening transom and submersible stern section which enables a tender to be driven straight into the stern garage! It was advanced 24 years ago when Anny was launched and it’s still attracting attention at STP where she is ashore with her large transom door removed. The door has been transported to our workshops for a complete overhaul.
Also on Anny’s to do list is a rudder and rig check, plus anti-fouling and normal wintertime servicing.
Among other yachts we have welcomed in Palma include the Baltic 38DP Kalos and the famous Wally 105 Nariida which completed a major refit in Jakobstad in 2013 and is now planning some regular maintenance work this winter.
For more information about Baltic Yachts Service and Refit, contact Matthew Lester +34 608 797 700