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Baltic 116: Performance Superyacht

The Scandinavian boatbuilder Baltic has a long-established and enviable reputation for creating large performance yachts that are fast and well-mannered, with superbly crafted accommodation. The firm’s latest creation is no exception. (All photos by Jesus Renedo).

Baltic 116 sailing yacht
The design brief was for a timeless and elegant yacht offering long-term living comfort and space that could be enjoyed equally during lazy days in secluded anchorages, or while undertaking long distance ocean passages. Naval architecture is by the Judel/Vrolijk team, with Nauta Yachts responsible for styling. The result is a fabulous combination of sleek lines with wraparound deck saloon windows and a custom carbon fiber solid bimini that extends aft from the coachroof, providing protection from sun, spray and wind for the forward guest cockpit.
Cockpit - BALTIC 116  DORYAN
The cockpit is split into distinct areas for living and socializing, steering and operating the yacht, and sunbathing. There’s also a large stern garage for watersports toys stowage, plus a Lewmar fold-out anchor system. Although an enormous sail area can be set from the giant four-spreader carbon mast and furling boom, the two fixed forestays allow for an easily handled blade jib and staysail, both of which are tamed by hydraulic furling gear. The main sail is controlled by an in-boom furling system, with the result that all sail controls can be operated electronically from the aft sailing cockpit.
Interior – Baltic 116 Doryan
The interior styling features teak-faced surfaces in combination with light coloured panels and maple striped floorboards to create a warm and inviting atmosphere. The deck saloon is spacious and superbly lit, whether you’re standing up, or seated at the large dining table or on one of the settees. A powerful air-conditioning system keeps the belowdeck areas at an optimum temperature and humidity, even in the tropics, while great care has been taken to minimize noise and vibration from the generator, air conditioning and other system to ensure the highest level of comfort for guests.
Luxury fittings – Baltic 116 Doryan
Throughout this yacht the finish is of a very high standard, with every luxury and convenience catered for. Yet at the same time the furniture is lightweight –  predominately carbon fiber/ epoxy laminates that are pre-fabricated in a laminating press – so the impact on the yacht’s performance potential is minimized. These high-tech materials are then surfaced in teak or covered with fabric or leather to create the boat’s stunning interior.
Sailing performance – S/Y Doryan
A generous 5.5m draft, combined with a low center of gravity keel that weighs an amazing 70,000 pounds, ensures ample stability for the enormous sail area – the luff of the mainsail measures 146 feet. However, a lifting mechanism for the keel reduces the draught in port to just 11’6″, opening up access to a wide choice of harbors and anchorages. The hull’s vacuum-infused sandwich carbon laminate is further strengthened with unidirectional carbon where additional stiffness is required. Combined with conservative skin thicknesses this creates a light displacement hull with extreme strength and high impact resistance.
Accommodation – Baltic 116 Doryan
There’s sumptuous accommodation for up to eight or ten people in the owner’s party, including this enormous suite in the forward part of the vessel, which even has provision for a proper bath. Considerable volume throughout the yacht has been allocated to stowage. Combined with the unusually large tank capacity, this gives the Baltic 116 the ability to offer independent long-term unassisted cruising, even in the most remote parts of the world.
Galley – Baltic 116 Doryan
The Baltic 116’s superlative galley ensures the yacht’s professional crew – who are also well provided for in their own accommodations – are able to cater to guests at the very highest of standards.
Monaco Yacht Show – S/Y Doryan
This is clearly a yacht that will be very much at home in any of the world’s oceans. It’s one that offers spirited yet civilized sailing while cossetted in a high degree of comfort. If you like what you see here, this boat is making her world premiere during the Monaco Yacht Show 2015, held in late September.
Interior plan – Baltic 116 Doryan
Doryan’s accommodation is laid out to use the space to great advantage, with the owner’s suite and most of the guest accommodation forward of the deck saloon, while the galley and crews quarters are towards the after part of the vessel. The forepeak and the lazarette are kept bare in order to minimize weight in the ends of the boat where it saps performance. However, in cruising mode these areas could be used for additional storage if necessary.



LOA: 116 ft
LWL: 107 ft
Beam: 27 ft
Draught: 11’6″ – 18′
Displacement: 208,000 lbs.
Ballast: 70,548 lbs.
Fuel tanks: 2100 gallons
Water tanks: 790 gallons
Holding tank: 530 gallons
Heating/AC Fresh Air Makeup Unit: 48000 BTU
Air Con: 96000 BTU
Main engine: Cummins 280 kW (375hp)

For an interesting and comparable blue-water luxury yacht feature, see: Oyster 825: Video Quick Look

Written by Rupert Holmes

Written by: Rupert Holmes

Rupert Holmes has more than 70,000 miles of offshore cruising and racing experience, in waters ranging from the North Sea to the Southern Ocean and Cape Horn. He writes about all aspects of boat ownership and marine travel, including destinations, seamanship and maintenance, as well as undertaking regular new boat and gear tests.

He currently sails around 5,000 miles per year and in the past couple of seasons has cruised from the UK to the Azores, as well as winning his class in the 2014 two-handed Round Britain and Ireland Race. He also owns two yachts, one based in the Mediterranean and the other in the UK.


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