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Baltic 146 Path has undergone successful sailing trials off Jakobstad, Finland, and been delivered to her owner on time.
Finished in a dramatic grey and orange livery, Path is the embodiment of a modern, fast, blue water cruising yacht, built in lightweight advanced composites to Baltic Yachts’ highest standards and equipped for powerful sailing and ultra-comfortable living afloat.
Commissioned by an experienced client who has already completed a circumnavigation, and has used his knowledge to help design the new yacht, Path is the third largest hull by volume to be built by Baltic Yachts and benefits from the deep experience of a design and build team which has worked together on numerous projects.
Baltic Yachts’ project management was led by Patric Brännbacka, who worked alongside the owner’s representative Tatiana Kurbatova and project manager Sebastian Allebrodt of A2B Marine Projects. “The build benefitted from excellent teamwork between Baltic and the owner’s representative which contributed to this complex yacht being launched and delivered ahead of time,” said Baltic Yachts’ executive vice president Henry Hawkins.
Naval architect judel/vrolijk has produced a good looking, powerful sailing yacht with an easy to handle, versatile sail plan which allows a short-handed crew to ‘change gear’ at the press of a button to achieve optimum sailing performance in different wind conditions. The ability to choose from a wide variety of headsails plus numerous off wind sails set off the fixed bowsprit will enable Path’s crew to keep the yacht at peak performance.
The lightweight sloop features well proven systems seen on other Baltic yachts, including a lifting keel, which reduces draft from 5.9 metres (19.3 feet) to 3.4 metres (11 feet), and a forward-facing sail drive propulsion system (SPS) which also rotates through 340° for manoeuvrability.
The focal point of her accommodation is a long deck saloon/main cockpit combination on the same level, providing the perfect platform for well protected al fresco living at rest or underway. An open-sided, hardtop bimini extends over the main cockpit and is fitted with mesh side screens for increased sun and weather protection.
A large array of solar panels covering 60 square metres of the hardtop roof can generate up to 8kW to boost the battery bank charging facilities and reduce the use of fossil fuels. Further aft, the helm position is protected by a dedicated bimini with apertures to provide a good view of the sail plan.
Path is the first yacht from Baltic Yachts to be fitted with main propulsion and generating machinery with new IMO (International Maritime Organisation) Tier 111 engine emission status. Her main engine is an eight-cylinder Scania unit.
Path carries two tenders, one an 8hp Torqeedo electric, outboard-powered RIB stowed in the large stern garage, the other a 6.5-metre (12.32-foot) twin-engined RibEye stowed in a foredeck recess which converts to a swimming pool while Path is at rest. The yacht is also equipped with two ultra-lightweight Reverso Match sailing dinghies, the hulls of which can disassemble into four parts for easy stowage.
Up forward, Path is fitted with a lightweight titanium swing anchor arm and a submarine anchor system providing ground tackle back-up and versatility for anchoring in any situation. She is also fitted with a powerful hydraulic bow thruster.
Advanced sound deadening materials and the volume afforded by Path’s size means the owner’s suite can be located amidships to take full advantage of maximum beam, the point at which there is least motion. The owner’s suite comprises a sleeping cabin, an en-suite lounge with a glass divider doubling as a film, TV and sailing information screen and an upper lounge fitted with a 2.7-metre (8.8-foot) long video ‘wall’. There is a large en-suite bathroom equipped with a full-size carbon fibre bath.
Accommodation is for eight guests plus the owner’s suite and a four-cabin layout aft for eight crew including the captain.
Path will undertake a programme of world cruising and will initially make her way to the Mediterranean from Finland. She will be available for viewing at this year’s Monaco Yacht Show which runs from 22nd to 25th September.
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