Rupert Holmes takes a look at the recently launched Baltic Café Racer, a powerful and fast dayailer with green credentials
Baltic Yachts has been responsible for some of the world’s most iconic yachts for the past five years, including the 142ft Canova, which is equipped with DSS foils, the 175ft Pink gin and the 130 feet My song. The latest creation from the Finnish shipyard, the Baltic Café Racer is a 68-foot sailboat, and is no less spectacular as it is a cutting-edge design that looks to the future using eco-friendly solutions. environment everywhere.
The concept of the Baltic Café Racer is based on a very clear vision: the name comes from the clean motorcycles of 1960s London that were optimized for a single task: to transport their riders with impressive speed from site to site.
The result is a design that excels in many ways and stands out in an increasingly crowded market.
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Baltic hired Mallorca-based Javier Jaudenes as a naval architect for the project. “The design performs best in mid-range winds of around 12 to 14 knots,” he told me.
“We wanted to have a strong sail plan that will also provide excitement with gentle breezes.” In race mode in stronger winds, the boat will therefore benefit from a crew on the rail to develop its full potential.
The hull shape minimizes wetted area at low heeling angles, with rounded sections and a relatively low waterline beam aft. However, it quickly gains form stability as the boat heels.
Jaudenes says the decision was made to incorporate double rudders at an early stage to allow owners to take full advantage of the power when cruising for the day.
A big effort has been made to minimize the environmental impact of this boat. About 50% of the structural fibers are flax, while the auxiliary power is provided by two 15kW Oceanvolt electric motors.
The ultra-sleek deckhouse is covered with solar panels, designed from the outset in the style of the deck to enhance the aesthetic appearance of the boat.
Flax fibers used in construction also help improve insulation, which can reduce air conditioning power consumption by 30%. Therefore, the battery capacity is sufficient to run the air conditioning all night long in eco mode.
As befits this yacht, Baltic has judiciously kept the weight off the ends of the hull, but there is an impressive volume of accommodation below decks – enough for an owner to stay on board for several nights in comfort. considerable.
The layout focuses on a generous full beam saloon, plus a spacious and well-appointed front owner’s suite. There is also a day head, a small double quarter cabin for guests (or crew) and a reasonable galley.
Launched in May 2021, the first Baltic Café Racer was first tested at sea in August 2021.
Specifications of the Baltic Café Racer
LOA: 20.73 m / 68 ft 0 in
LWL: 20.73 m / 68 ft 0 in
Shine: 5.63 m / 18 ft 6 in
Disorganized: 4.00m / 13ft 1in
Shift: 22,800 kg / 50,200 lb
Ballast: 8,200 kg / 18,000 lb
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