We have “smart” homes, so why not smart yachts? A new project at Baltic Yachts will have some of the very same features that these homes do. The Baltic 117 Custom Classic may look like a traditional design in some respects, but she is forward-thinking in her energy consumption.
The superyacht sloop has taken shape on the drawing boards of Dykstra Naval Architects. The owner, who is an experienced cruiser, requested time-honored, pilot cutter-like looks. Note, particularly, the vertical bow, the bowsprit, and the counter (a.k.a. cutaway) stern. (On a related note, with the bowsprit, LOA is 129’9″, or 39.6 meters.) The naval-architecture studio describes her as having “timeless elegance.” In addition, the owner wants her to sail the world, on her own bottom. She therefore will meet DNV GL classification standards, for global charter.
What really sets the Baltic 117 Custom Classic apart, though, is her smart technology. For instance, the sailing superyacht will know when staterooms aren’t occupied. The idea is to lessen energy use, just like how houses have automatically dimming lights when no one is in the room. Matthew Lester, the after-sales head for the shipyard, explains, “This is a very consumption-conscious vessel using sophisticated computerized monitoring to pre-determine cabin ‘sleep’ modes depending on the conditions.” He adds that Baltic Yachts is working with an air-conditioning supplier to capture the so-called waste energy and use it to heat water. Finally, a battery bank as part of the propulsion system will permit silent cruising and operations.
On the aesthetic side, the composite Baltic 117 Custom Classic bears interiors by deVosdeVries Design. The studio is using what it calls “industrial chic hardware” to complement stained oak and dark bog-oak trim. These decor highlights will flow through the three double guest staterooms, master suite, and relaxation areas. Six crewmembers will be aboard, too.
Construction starts this fall. Baltic CEO Henry Hawkins is eager to see the superyacht delivered in 2021. “We are delighted to be working with a new client who is both a keen yachtsman and is technically experienced,” he says.
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Dykstra Naval Architects dykstra-na.com
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