Nikita, the latest all-carbon, custom-built high performance cruiser/racer launched by Baltic Yachts, completed successful trials in Finland this autumn and recently arrived in the Caribbean after a 3,000 nautical mile transatlantic passage during which boat speed hit 28 knots.

This dramatic-looking, silver-hulled, 88-ton yacht is the latest example of precision carbon fibre engineering and construction from the Baltic Yachts’ team in Jakobstad, Finland. The 240-strong workforce was not only responsible for the pre-preg carbon/Corecell hull and deck, but also the lightweight, handcrafted, foam-cored cabinetry forming the luxurious eight-berth owner and guest accommodation.

Fast and accurate manufacturing 

A key feature on deck is the ingenious fold-out stern platform, designed by Nauta Design, engineered and built by Baltic, providing a swimming and boarding area plus a wide set of steps enabling guests to reach the main deck and large cockpit with ease. In the stowed position the teak laid platform becomes the aft deck.

Throughout the accommodation the use of linen covered upholstery and other light-coloured fabrics compliments the large amount of natural light afforded by the centreline skylight in the coachroof and the intricately designed glass panels either side of the companionway. Baltic’s policy of building accommodation modules in-house and fine tuning design by using full size mock-ups, results in fast and highly accurate manufacturing.

Sound deadened at source 

Much research and development has been invested in sound deadening in this yacht with vibration reduced at source by re-designing machinery mounts and refining the flexible shock absorbers upon which all the accommodation modules are mounted.