Living al fresco is no longer restricted to being on deck. At the touch of a button the owner can access the fresh air and sea as a panel in the topsides is hydraulically opened to create the ultimate picture window and a personal bathing platform, literally adding a new dimension to the owner’s suite.
The multifunctional platform can also be used for tender access and for taking full advantage of the bluewater life.
A SUPERYACHT FIRST
The two large openings in the topsides of Baltic 175 Pink Gin, which form a balcony for the owner's suite and a portside reception platform for guests, leading them directly to the main saloon, are the first to be seen in a large sailing yacht. For the first time, hull doors were designed and engineered as a part of the hull structure to meet Germanischer Lloyd classification approval. The technical challenges of creating hull doors of these proportions were immense, challenges which were met by Baltic Yachts’ engineering and R&D departments.
Boarding a large yacht at anchor is often much easier when there is a sea-level platform, allowing guests to transfer safely from tender to lobby. It’s an impressive way to board. For the crew it also means stores can be manhandled directly into the galley, for instance, avoiding having to negotiate the deck level. Inner glass doors provide a safety barrier and a stylish touch to the design. The platforms themselves can be equipped with swimming ladders, fresh water showers, speakers, deck chairs and safety railings. And you can even set up a barbecue for your freshly caught fish.
HOW THE DOORS WORK
The forward, starboard door on Baltic 175 Pink Gin measures 1.86m by 1.93m, and the amidships, port door 1.99m by 2.67m. Six 90mm diameter Nitronic stainless steel locking pins are hydraulically engaged so that the doors become part of the hull structure when closed. Extensive research and finite element analysis ensured safe engineering for the openings. Considerable additional structure by way of the doors and reinforcement to the bulkheads and beams were required. The door structures are another clear example of how Baltic Yachts can deliver enhanced living facilities and pure sailing performance without compromising either.
SIDE BOARDING PLATFORM
Side boarding ladders, such as the one installed aboard the new Baltic 117 Custom, are a convenient method of easy and safe transfer from a tender. They can be deployed hydraulically at the touch of a button and stowed inside the hull, with the hull closure leaving the topsides perfectly fair. A side ladder requires less internal hull space for stowage than a transom ladder. Features include teak finished steps, a swimming and boarding ladder at the foot and a fresh water shower at deck level. Folding steps and safety rails are deployed completely automatically, making operation fast and straightforward.