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Baltic Yachts announce Baltic 68 Café Racer eco-friendly yacht

Baltic Yachts is launching a 20-metre (68-foot) vessel for semi-series production with the first yacht due for delivery in early 2021. The new yacht embodies the latest eco-friendly building materials and a low emission power pack featuring a 30kW electric propulsion unit. Hydrogeneration, solar panels and sustainable, modified wood decks that significantly reduce her environmental impact are among features you might expect from a forward-thinking design.

Henry Hawkins, executive vice president of Baltic Yachts, said “Baltic Yachts has been reacting to customer demand and we’ve been working on the details of this exciting Café Racer since last year. Our desire and ability to adapt to the technical demands of an eco-friendly yacht have resulted in an extremely exciting product.”

The Baltic 68 Café Racer is designed to get you afloat quickly and easily so that you can be out sailing with as little fuss as possible. Designed by Javier Jaudenes, responsible for the all-conquering Baltic 108 WinWin, the vessel is also a powerful, yet easy to handle sailing yacht with a cool, contemporary, luxury interior.

Baltic Yachts is constantly researching new eco-friendly materials and techniques for yacht building, and by using naturally grown flax to reinforce the yacht’s hull, her carbon footprint is dramatically reduced. More than 50% of the hull structure will use Bcomp ampliTex flax as a reinforcement which also has excellent sound proofing properties, enabling Baltic to save space by limiting the use of insulation.

Minimising local emissions has been a key aim of the Baltic 68 Café Racer and the choice of a 30kW electric engine. This also has the ability to hydrogenate through her free-wheeling propeller while sailing, reducing emissions to virtually zero, with no fossil fuels being burned and no noise pollution.

Similar to a hybrid car, the Baltic 68 Café Racer comes with a range extender which can be used to charge the Lithium ion battery bank as a ‘get you home’ supplement to battery capacity. The range extender uses highly efficient micro-turbine technology which will eventually be able to run on hydrogen. With just one moving part, the turbine is easy and cost effective to maintain and is so small it can be carried under your arm!

Baltic Yachts continues to research ways of reducing power consumption, and in this yacht, power consumption is down by 30% for one of the most demanding domestic services, air conditioning. Its system mixes re-circulated, less humid air with fresh air to reduce the amount of power needed to maintain the desired onboard ‘climate’. UV filters ensure the air is bacteria-free and solar panels can power the system in eco mode, with no draw from the battery bank.

The Baltic 68 Café Racer’s wonderfully laid decks use multi-purposed modified wood which is a sustainable, durable pine with a 50-year warranty against rot. Because it lasts longer and is hard wearing, it can reduce deck thickness and as a result of this save weight. The award-winning LIGNIA yacht deck material means that Baltic Yachts can avoid using hardwoods but maintain the feel and performance of a genuine deck. 

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