No. 4 of the Baltic 56’s was the first one that was built with a lifting keel.
The concept with this project was to create a yacht that was easy to sail short handedly. All major sail and boat handling functions were operated by a ‘push-button system’. Also keeping the displacement light was one of the most important factors in the process of creating an easy handling yacht.
The lifting keel, reducing her draft from 3,6 to 2,4m, enabled a deeper sailing draft hence a lighter keel-bulb for a given stability. This plus the usage of vacuum infused laminates, carbon sandwich interior panels etc. resulted in weight savings that undoubtedly compensated for some of the cruising items included in the specification.