While her name may be Mini Y, there’s nothing “mini” about this custom sailing superyacht in her owner’s eyes. Newly delivered by Baltic Yachts, the 85-footer (26-meter) is the perfect size for sailing short-handed. In fact, she’s currently making her way from Baltic’s home of Finland to her home port of Southampton, England.
According to Baltic Yachts’ project manager Fredrik Hjulfors, the owner has extensive sailing experience. He’s also owned several yachts over the years. Both of these greatly influenced the space planning. In fact, the shipyard says that Mini Y, a Baltic 85 Custom, has an uncommon amount of guest space below decks. Already, she has a 20’5” (6.25-meter) beam. The commodious feel extends from the airy and cheery saloon to the twin guest cabin, as well as the owner’s suite fully forward.
With naval architecture by Dixon Yacht Design and interiors by Mark Whiteley Design, the cruising sloop is for private travel. Pear wood keeps interior areas looking warm and welcoming, as do a number of nicely sized ports. On deck, Mini Y treats guests to a comfortable cockpit capable of being shaded. With the press of a button, a bimini extends out, folding back away from view when not needed.
Constructed of advanced composites, Mini Y, as mentioned, is for short-handed cruising. As a result, the twin wheels are in proximity to primary as well as secondary winches. In addition, a single point mansheet and captive winch take care of trimming the mainsail. Further fitted with a lifting keel, Mini Y should be “pleasingly fast,” according to Baltic, with a draft ranging from 9’8” to 14 feet (3 to 4.3 meters).
Perhaps most noteworthy, Mini Y needed to be whisper-quiet for long durations. Therefore, this Baltic 85 Custom has a powerful battery bank to handle a variety of loads. In fact, it includes 30 lithium-ion batteries, packing 24 volts apiece and a 2,200-amp-per-hour capacity. That should come in handy, given her anticipated 1,000-nautical-mile range with her 180-hp Volvo Penta engine.
Enjoy the armchair tour in the video above.