BALTIC 46 QUEEN ANNE – REFIT
FIRST EVER BALTIC YACHT
The first yacht built by Baltic Yachts was designed by C&C Design in Canada with the interior layout and styling done by our own in-house design team. The Baltic 46 was designed for comfortable living on board and was aimed at the racing fraternity as well as the cruising minded.
This iconic yacht, the Baltic 46 Queen Anne (originally named Diva) returned to the yard, 2022–2023, for a refit and took part in our 50th anniversary celebrations.
- L.O.A.14.09 m
- D.W.L.11.67 m
- BEAM4.17 m
- DRAFT2.29 m
- DISPLACEMENT12,120 kg
- NAVAL ARCHITECTC & C Design
- INTERIOR DESIGNBaltic Yachts
HOW IT ALL STARTED
It all began with five young men, who left Nautor to start their own company. The founders had a passion for boats and a determination to learn about and test new technology. Their aim was to build lighter, faster boats.
They decided to base the new company in the small village of Bosund, which had only one phone line back in the early seventies. It was a tough start with snow falling every day as the five constructed the first building shed.
The first design was aimed at competitive ocean racing with careful research into the latest and most effective equipment and deck layout. The need for comfort remained paramount throughout the design process. The large cockpit and clean deck provided the efficiency required for racing and the space for cruising comfort or a dockside party!
The accommodation provided an owner’s cabin aft with twin berths and high quality fittings. Further forward plenty of space, light and good ventilation were afforded to the navigation and galley areas. The saloon provided exceptionally comfortable seating and sleeping accommodation with plenty of attention paid to ventilation and the use of space. The interior trim reflected the use of woodwork in the best Finnish tradition.
AHEAD OF HER TIME
The Baltic 46 was a very advanced product for her time, with a level of technology exceeding many of the serial production yachts seen today. The Baltic 46 design and performance studies were done in the autumn of 1973 and included tank testing various hull models.
The yacht benefitted from a number of innovative features including laminates using sandwich construction and a teak deck thinner than normally seen, but epoxy glued to the FRP deck for durability, weight saving and added strength. She was also equipped with rod standing rigging which until then was only seen on more extreme racing yachts.
HAMBURG BOAT SHOW
Baltic Yachts exhibited Baltic 46 in the Hamburg Boat Show in 1974, which was a huge success.
As a yacht with a competitive edge, the new Baltic 46 had caught the eye of Norwegian Olympic yachtsman Theodor ‘Teddy’ Sommerschield's at the Hamburg Boat Show and a contract was duly signed. Over the following two years, 1975-1976, we delivered no fewer than 43 boats.
ADMIRAL'S CUP 1975
The year after Theodor Sommerschield had taken delivery of Diva in Kiel, the Canadians asked if she could be chartered to join their Admiral’s Cup team. This was the golden age of the iconic international offshore sailing event, raced under the IOR, which in 1975 attracted 57 yachts from 19 nations to Cowes on the Isle of Wight.
Diva was competing against some of the ocean racing greats including the UK’s winning team of Battlecry, Yeoman XX and Noryema, Germany’s Pinta, Rubin and Duva and the USA’s Charisma, Tenacious and Robin. Although the Canadian team performance was inauspicious, it was a great experience according to Teddy Sommerschield’s son Johan, who sailed aboard Diva with Star Olympic silver medalist in Mexico, Per Ola Wiken.
THE ONSAGER FAMILY
Diva was renamed Queen Anne when Anders Onsager’s father Sverre bought the yacht in 1979 and named her after his wife. He inherited a yacht in which a lot had already been invested. Extra winches - 18 in all - a grinder pedestal and an extensive sail wardrobe were all part of the package, and the winches are still in use today!
Now, the next generation is enjoying the special way of life Queen Anne can offer. Anders and his wife sail with their two children Anton and Thilda and, just like Anders, they have grown up with the yacht, have a genuine interest in her and have become very attached to her. Queen Anne will undoubtedly be there for the next generation.
REFIT WORKLIST 2022-2023
- Inspection of mast and rig
- Inspection of hull and keel
- Painting of topsides
- Painting of deck
- New anti-fouling
- Engine replacement
- Replacement helm station equipment
- Replacement of nav station equipment
- New Baltic Yachts custom hatch
- Refurbished teak deck
REFIT PRODUCTION PHOTOS
INTERVIEW WITH CURRENT OWNER ANDERS ONSAGER
Before Queen Anne’s current refit was mooted, Anders Onsagers’ original plan was to take part in the Ocean Globe Race, a circumnavigation starting at the end of 2023 similar in concept to the early days of the then genuinely amateur Whitbread Round the World Race. The idea gripped Anders even though Queen Anne would be one of the smallest yachts in the race.
Our Service and Refit department often get contacted with questions regarding engine replacement on the production models.
During the refit of Baltic 46 Queen Anne, the first ever Baltic Yacht, the original engine was replaced and we took the opportunity to talk to Björn and Mikael at the yard in Finland to get a few tips on what to consider.
Queen Anne leaves Jakobstad
This iconic yacht, the Baltic 46 Queen Anne proves that age is just a number when she leaves our waterfront facility in Jakobstad after she has undergone a refit this winter at our yard.
Refit in Bosund
In this video her owner Anders Onsager shares the history and future plans of this iconic yacht that has been in the same Norwegian family since 1979.
Take a first look at this beauty as she returns to the yard almost 50 years later.