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Baltic opens up about 142 Custom foiling superyacht

Finnish yard Baltic Yachts has released the first details of its 43m sailing yacht project, the Baltic 142 Custom, which is currently under construction and due for delivery in 2019.

Built from a carbon composite hull, this sloop-rigged performance cruising yacht features naval architecture and exterior styling by Farr Yacht Design. Lucio Micheletti will collaborate with the in-house team at Baltic Yachts on interior styling and has also worked on the exterior lines and deck styling. Mattia Belleri will provide project management services.

Accommodation is for up to eight guests split across four cabins including a central owner’s suite. A long Bimini hardtop will extend out from the coachroof over the cockpit, providing a shaded relaxation area.

The Baltic 142 Custom will be notable for its use of sailing technology. A key part of this is the dynamic stability system, developed in collaboration with Gordon Kay from Infiniti Performance Yachts, which employs a sliding foil that can extend up to nine metres.

Roland Kasslin, head of research and development at Baltic Yachts, said, “The foil will run on four sets of 25 composite roller bearings contained in titanium cassettes. The outboard cassettes will bear the upward load and the inner cassettes the downward load when the foil is deployed.”

Tried and tested on smaller yachts, this is the first time this feature will be employed on a large sailing superyacht. The estimated result is a top speed increase of 5-20%, depending on the prevailing conditions.

Other key features include a diesel-electric Visedo/Cummins propulsion system, nine-metre beam and a lifting keel that can reduce the draught from 6.5m to 3.8m.

More superyacht projects currently under development at the Finnish yard include the 34.14-metre Baltic 112 Custom, which is due to hit the water in 2019.

For more information, visit Baltic Yachts.

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