FINLAND, Jakobstad. Baltic Yachts has announced the sale of a new high performance cruising yacht, a new 35m signed prior to the 2013 Monaco Yacht Show and scheduled to start construction this month. Designed by Nauta Design with naval architecture by Judel/Vrolijk, the new Baltic 115 – due for delivery in Autumn 2015 – is a sporty cruiser that draws inspiration from earlier projects.

“This yacht combines the best qualities of high performance racing vessels with the comfort of a cruising yacht,” explains principal designer Mario Pedol at the Italian design studio. “While these aspects may conflict, it is a specialty of ours to combine these two yacht styles, as we have dealt with similar design briefs before.”

Embracing the latest technological advancements used in the design and construction of high performance yachts, the Baltic 115 has a “next generation” hull shape using research from leading naval architect studios specialised in producing racing boats for the Volvo Ocean Race and America’s Cup. With a beam a little over eight metres, the vessel will provide great stability, while the low profile will keep the owner closer to the waterline.

“This is our third project with Baltic,” continues Pedol. “The first yacht we did with them was Nilaya, which had a similar design brief for a high performance racer. In fact the yacht won the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup three times in a row since she was launched in 2010. We used the experience gained from this along with the work we did on the Baltic 116 – another high performance yacht built with no intention of racing it – to create the Baltic 115, which is a mix between the two.”

With project management to be provided by Nigel Ingram from MCM, the Baltic 115 will feature a full carbon sandwich construction and will include a lifting keel. The yacht is capable of accommodating eight guests across the owner’s suite forward, a VIP en suite adjacent to this, with another two double guest cabins located aft of the main salon. The salon provides the owner and his family with additional privacy by dividing the guest areas forward and aft of amidships. Aft of the double guest suites are the crew quarters, which are located at the stern.

On deck the designers have included a smart cockpit area with a formal dining space and lounge area aft, leaving the flush deck forward of the mast clear. Unlike the Baltic 116 and 112 (Nilaya), which have a deckhouse design, the Baltic 115’s low profile features a lower coach roof to improve aerodynamics.

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