In 1973, five experienced yacht builders left their positions at one of Finland’s most well-known shipyards and founded Baltic Yachts in Larsmo, Finland. Their goal: To hand build sailing yachts that were faster, lighter, stronger, more versatile and easier to sail. Their plan: Innovate, innovate, innovate. And partner with experts in related fields like automotive, propulsion, and hydraulics.
The first Baltic Yachts off the line were semi-custom sailing yachts in the 33 to 40-foot range. By 1975, Baltic had designed, built and launched its first custom yacht – Baltic 42. Today, there are more than 550 Baltic sailboats ranging in length from 33 to 197 feet – many from the ‘70s and ‘80s – cruising the waterways.
Innovation is the watchword at Baltic Yachts
Here are six strokes of genius that help make Baltic Yachts Finland’s largest employer and the world leader in advanced composite yacht building.
Other than wind, what affects a yacht’s performance most? Weight, right? That’s why Baltic Yachts custom builds their hulls, decks – even their cabin furniture – using advanced carbon fiber composites. Not only are composites lighter, they’re also stronger and more versatile.
Foils, part of Baltic’s dynamic stability system, reduce heel and pitching, which increases speed and reduces motion. Simply push a button to deploy.
That certain exhilaration that comes with steering a yacht is often lost when hydraulic power takes over. Not wanting their owners to miss that experience, Baltic designers and engineers collaborated with automotive experts to develop a steering system that electronically relays the feel of force on the rudders to the yacht’s wheel.
If racing is what floats your boat, imagine how much faster you could go if you could reduce drag. Baltic engineers teamed up with propeller experts and developed a retractable propulsion system that also doubles as a stern thruster, resulting in faster acceleration, increased speed and greater maneuverability.
It took a lot of skill and vision to figure out how to add a hull door to a sailboat, but clients were asking if it could be done. And the owners of Baltic Yachts always manage to find a way to say “yes” to their customers. The company’s engineers and designers put their heads together to conquer the technical challenges and then came up with two options: (1) a hull door that turns into a sea-level platform for boarding, loading food and gear, and sunbathing; or (2) a panel in the master suite that opens to become a multifunctional platform from which to take a dip, hop aboard a tender or sit back and simply enjoy the view. Either option is activated by the single press of a button.
Who wouldn’t want to spend weeks on the ocean without having to gas up? Baltic engineers, craftsmen and designers are onboard with the growing trend to come up with a more eco-friendly form of auxiliary propulsion. That’s why in recent years the yard has begun outfitting a percentage of its yachts, such as the Baltic 115, 130 and 175, with electric motors. The motors serve as generators and charge a battery bank to provide power to sailing systems and services. The result: Hydrogeneration, which makes it possible for sailers to enjoy blue-water adventures without using fossil fuel.
But the crew at Baltic Yachts didn’t stop there. They wanted to make the yard “green” too. Today, the electricity for the company’s facilities either comes from wind farms or hydropower. Indoor heating has gone from fossil fuel to organic pellet-fueled, and most production tools are made using recyclable and organic materials. Also, advances in material technology make it possible to use organically grown flax in structural fabrication, and since 2017, the company has focused on managing and reducing their industrial waste.
Multipurpose sailing yachts –– past
A racing yacht fast enough to compete in the global regatta circuit or a cruiser that pushes the limits on luxury and style? Hmmmm. Is there such a boat? Yep! The hybrid yachts Baltic builds mean you never have to choose between speed and comfort. The earlier semi-custom models and today’s fully customized Baltic yachts for sale all surpass the highest standards in design, performance, reliability, safety and comfort. In fact, it’s typically Baltic Yachts that sets the standards.
Launched in 1975, Baltic 33 is the line’s smallest model. With a specially designed deck and a cockpit that works with either a tiller or steering wheel, this high-performance model is as good at racing as it is for family cruising. It is responsive, easy to handle and excels in medium to light winds. Produced from 1975-1980.
The Baltic 37’s target market is sailing aficionados who are into offshore racing and cruising. This low profile one-ton yacht is fast, agile and has a layout that includes an aft cabin and stand-up head, which is unique for a boat this size. Produced from 1978-1983.
Designed for general all-around sailing enthusiasts, Baltic 39 is one of the few serial-production yachts that took advantage of the cutting-edge technology known as VPP. Velocity performance prediction studies use computers to evaluate design and performance. This scientific research not only optimizes Baltic designs, it gives its racing clients an edge. Produced from 1977-1983.
The data from dozens of successful racing projects combined with Baltic’s mastery of light construction and high-tech weight studies wound up in the design and construction of Baltic 43 models, ensuring they achieved a light, safe, realistic displacement and landed their owners in the winner’s circle more often than not. Produced from 1986-2001.
With its advanced hull form and high horsepower, Baltic 50 sailing yachts for sale live up to their hybrid reputation of competitive racer and luxury cruiser. The model’s beautiful dual-purpose deck and spacious cockpit are excellent examples of Baltic’s commitment to satisfying the performance and comfort requests of its clientele. Produced from 1998-2007.
Multipurpose sailing yachts – present
Inspired by the cafe racers from the ‘60s and in keeping with Baltic Yachts’ pledge to build more eco-friendly boats, the 68 Cafe Racer uses the latest “green” building materials, a low-emission propulsion unit, solar panels, hydrogen-powered turbines and modified wood for the decks. This semi-custom racer is scheduled for summer 2021 delivery.
Also in production are an all-carbon, 110-foot custom sloop and two high-performance, custom super yachts (111 feet and 117 feet), both of which feature electric propulsion.
Baltic 67PC (performance cruiser) singlehandedly masters easy, long-distance cruising with features like solar panels to provide additional power, wireless handheld remote to control sail trim, bow and stern thrusters. By the first quarter of 2021, three hulls were delivered.
Able to cross oceans quickly in complete comfort, the Baltic 146 epitomizes everything Baltic yachts are known for: best build practices that result in reliable systems; innovation of advanced composite construction materials and techniques that decrease weight and increase strength; an eye for style and a reverence for the environment. The 146-foot super cruiser is the third largest yacht by volume Baltic Yachts has built. It was delivered in May 2021.
Baltic yachts have received 28 awards from various organizations, including World Superyacht Awards, ShowBoat Design Awards and International Superyacht Society Awards.
Winners include: Baltic 107 Inukshuk, Baltic 108 WinWin, Baltic 112 Liara, Baltic 115 Nikata, Baltic 130 My Song, Baltic 142 Canova, Baltic 175 Pink Gin, and Baltic 197 Hetairos.
- Founders: Per-Goran (PG) Johansson, Tor Hinders, Nils Luoma
- Established: 1973, Larsmo, Finland (Ostrobothnia region)
- Current owner: Professor Hans Georg Näder
- Type: Semi-custom and fully custom sailing yachts, 33 to 197 feet
- Models: 33, 35, 37, 38 DP, 39, 40, 42DP, 43, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 55, 64, 66, 67PC, 68 Cafe Racer, 107, 108, 110, 111, 112, 115, 117, 130, 142, 146, 175, 197
- Construction: Advanced composite carbon-fiber hull and deck
Are you looking for a sailing yacht that’s faster than fast yet as luxurious as a penthouse apartment? A yacht that stands out in a fleet and is celebrated for the small carbon footprint it leaves? Then you need to check out the Baltic Yachts we have for sale. And, if you’ve never seen one before, hang on to your cap!