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Big Pimpin’
In the boatbuilding business a good reputation is hard won and easily lost, and Baltic Yachts’ reputation is as solid as every boat it’s ever launched. It’s not a yard that has ever resorted to trumpet-blowing PR fanfare, it’s a yard that has, for 45 years, remained quietly focused on developing innovative techniques to build light, fast, impeccably finished boats from best-quality materials. The story began in Bosund, Finland, in 1973 with a C&C-designed 46ft cruiser-racer, the first of many from designers like Petersen, Judel/Vrolijk, S&S and Tripp. Today Baltic are best known for building custom superyachts like the 175ft Judel/Vrolijk sloop Pink Gin.
Baltic’s finger is for ever on the pulse of the yachting market and they have identified strong demand for a fast, easily handled bluewater family cruiser that will happily sail on in light airs when others are hoisting the iron jib. To create this semi-custom boat Baltic approached the team behind Pink Gin, Judel/Vrolijk and Design Unlimited.
‘Baltic wanted a 20.5m mould available so that they could deliver a semi-custom performance cruising concept at relatively short notice. That was the brief,’ says designer Rolf Vrolijk, ‘to build a boat with the quality of Baltic, with all the attention to detail and weight, making sure there’s enough volume available to have the interior configuration customers want and still deliver a higher level of performance for a cruiser. The main aim is comfortable, fast cruising in a range of different conditions.
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