“There is a need for lightweight Retractable Propulsion Systems, especially for high performance sailing yachts and fast motor vessels - as auxiliary propulsion”, explained technical director, Wouter Kloppenburg. “The most important consideration [for placing] our Retractable Propulsion System in your yacht is the enormous reduction of the yacht’s total resistance. This results in vastly improved sailing performances in all sailing conditions”.
The RPS is suitable for carbon and aluminium hulls and is manufactured from high-grade titanium and carbon reinforced fibres. The first installation took place on board 44.8m sailing yacht, Visione in 2012, with another system currently being installed on another Baltic Yachts new build project. According to commercial director, Jan Bruggeman the system has been utilised on board Visione in a number of regattas.
“Lately we have put a lot of work and effort in developing an animation of our prestigious Retractable Propulsion System”, Bruggeman explained. “This way we can show our clients, in detail, what happens when they decide to place our [system] in their yacht.”