Raven on sea trials
The Finnish shipyard’s new custom yacht is currently undertaking preliminary trials, with its foils to be fitted for further testing later this year…
The new 34m custom Baltic 111, Raven from Baltic Yachts has completed its initial sea trials without foils to test the standard systems onboard. The performance yacht will now be lifted and re-united with its foils for further testing later this autumn.
“Raven doesn’t fall easily into a category, but if I had to place her, I’d say she’s the equivalent of a high-end supercar,” says Garth Brewer, Project Manager, A2B Marine Projects. “The boat is primarily for pure enjoyment and the owner likes the challenge of doing something that hasn’t been done before.”
With naval architecture and engineering from Botin Partners and PURE Design respectively, Raven is a foil-assisted, ultra-lightweight superyacht, designed for day sailing as well as high-speed, long-distance passages. The design concept was primarily by Jarkko Jämsen.
As saving weight was central to the yacht’s design, Raven was built using light carbon combined with Nomex. The stability and lift come from two large T-shaped hydrofoils to support some of the yacht’s displacement. The shipyard is aiming for a displacement of 55t, 40t less than its recent delivery, 33.5m sailing yacht Zemi.
Zemi was similarly built-in advanced carbon composites to a Malcolm McKeon design and is intended primarily as a performance cruising yacht for the owner’s family and friends.
Raven's rig consists of a single Southern Spars carbon mast and a suite of North Sails 3Di sails. The yacht is powered by twin Yanmar generators and a Swiss Phi-Power AG electric propulsion motor.
Inside, the owner’s cabin aft includes a large double centreline berth that folds up against the interior bulkhead when racing. There are also two guest cabins to host up to four guests.
The full specifications on speed and range are expected to be announced later this year, following the ship's seal trials with foils.
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