Finnish yard Baltic Yachts has provided a construction update on its 43.3-metre (142-foot) sailing yacht project, Baltic 142 Custom.
Under construction and scheduled for delivery in 2019, Baltic Yachts has announced that the fitting out is in progress and lamination on the 142’s carbon composite hull is at an advanced stage. Work on the yacht’s features, including the one-piece superstructure, is close to completion, while the dynamic stability system foil casing is due to be installed in the bilge.
Sören Jansson, project manager, confirmed the diesel electric propulsion system is also a key feature aboard the Baltic 142 Custom, the machinery room of which is being constructed outside of the yacht.
Jansson noted, “This not only enables us to gain some time in the overall build schedule, but also allows the workers easier access for speed and accuracy.”
Naval architecture and exterior styling comes courtesy of Farr Yacht Design, while Lucio Micheletti is collaborating with Baltic’s in-house team on the interior styling.
Accommodation on board is for up to eight guests split across four cabins, including an amidships owner’s suite. A long Bimini hardtop will extend out from the coachroof over the cockpit, providing a shaded relaxation spot – powered windows that lower at the touch of a button will create further shelter in this area.
The yacht will be characterised by its use of sailing technology with its dynamic stability system. Developed with Gordon Kay from Infiniti Performance Yachts, the system uses a sliding foil that can extend up to nine metres. It has featured on smaller yachts in the past, but this marks the first time it will be employed on a large sailing superyacht.
It is estimated that it will result in a top speed increase of 5-20%, depending on the conditions. Baltic 142 Custom’s high-performance credentials are enhanced by a squaretop mainsail and Rondal mast and rigging.
Other key features include a diesel electric Visedo/Cummins propulsion system, nine-metre beam and a lifting keel that can reduce the draught from 6.5 metres to 3.8 metres.
Baltic Yachts’ chief executive officer, Henry Hawkins, says that the keel “can be locked in position to take the yacht’s weight, so she can sit on her keel safely, use a synchro-lift or dry dock and not have to depend on a crane or a large mobile lift.”
Other superyacht projects currently in works at the yard include the 34.14-metre (112-foot) Baltic 112 Custom, which is also due to be delivered in 2019.