Baltic Yachts has a bold vision – not only does the company want to become the world’s leading builder of composite yachts, it also wants to offer customers a full-scale buying experience.
“Because of our pioneering company history and close relations to key persons within the yachting industry, we have an understanding of a holistic approach to boatbuilding. We offer everything in-house, from the first design phase to a 24/7 after sales and refit service,” says Kenneth Nyfelt, Sales Director.
To reach its goal Baltic Yachts has focused heavily on research and development. The company has taken on board the best technology currently available and adapted it to meet their own needs, which means that they’ve made the equipment lighter.
“We have, among other things, developed our own RPS (retractable propulsion system) which folds the propeller underneath the hull during sailing and makes the yacht go faster.”
Similar systems have already been fitted to a number of yachts around the world. Baltic has taken the idea one step further, however, by using a pulling propeller, as on an aircraft, mounted on the forward face of a drive leg which hinges down from a housing in the hull.
“The big difference between this system and the original is that once in the down position the entire leg and controllable pitch propeller (CPP) can be rotated through 90 degrees so that it can work as a stern thruster. It takes six seconds to rotate fully and the retraction process takes about 30 seconds. With the CPP this provides the helmsman with a remarkably versatile manoeuvring tool.”
The larger the yacht, the easier it is to lose the sensation of the sea in the rudder. Baltic has solved this issue by using a new servo system developed together with Swiss automotive engineer Peter Kägi. In 2017 the first Baltic vessel with the new system, a 175 foot yacht, will be launched.
“A fun detail is that the system allows the sailor to choose how much resistance he or she wants, depending on their physical capacity and the weather conditions. This system brings back the feel of the helm in large yachts.”
Business sector: Custom-made yachts, service and refits
Turnover 2014: €36 million
Major markets: Europe and Northern America