While it pledges to release better renderings in the near future, Baltic Yachts is teasing its newest contract. This Baltic 110 Custom, a sloop, is not just its latest with Malcolm McKeon Yacht Design. She also represents its third sailing superyacht overall with electric propulsion.
McKeon has penned a few projects for the shipyard, including Liara, delivered in 2019. This particular all-carbon yacht has an LOA of 109’9” (33.5 meters) and a beam of 24’9” (7.6 meters). The owners behind her are a voyaging-loving family with years of experience, and who look forward to even more global travels upon delivery in 2023.
Besides desiring a comfortable floating home, with interior design by Stockholm-based studio Andreas Martin-Löf Arkitekter, the owners wanted to rely on electric power. Therefore, the Baltic 110 Custom has Danfoss electric propulsion, connected to lithium-ion batteries. She does still have diesel gensets, twin Cummins units, though they meet the IMO’s Tier III emissions standards. Additionally, this Baltic 110 Custom has a powerful electrical system to permit quiet operations for extended periods. Furthermore, sun awnings over her cockpit will feature photovoltaic panels, to harness solar power.
As mentioned, the yacht is the third Baltic featuring electric propulsion. The first was Canova, a Baltic 142 from 2019. Interestingly, she incorporates a retractable foil, too, the Dynamic Stability System (DSS). It creates lift to leeward, and therefore also increases the righting moment. Plus, the stronger the wind, the faster she can go, and the more the DSS creates lift and stability. The second electric yacht, meanwhile, is the Baltic 117 Custom, which should launch soon. She’s a “smart” yacht, with computerized monitoring dimming or brightening lighting depending on whether someone is in a room.
Henry Hawkins, Baltic Yachts’ executive vice president, notes that the management team has had “an increasing number of clients looking at electric propulsion and other environmentally conscious solutions we can offer.” Furthermore, the yard is seeing “a surge in demand” for orders overall.
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