Baltic Yachts: Innovation creates the most sustainable sailing ships

2022-09-11 0 By

The popularity of hybrid electric propulsion in the superyacht sector is growing rapidly.The superyacht industry has pioneered innovative design for a generation.However, as Henry Hawkins, executive vice-president of Baltic Yachts, points out, truly innovative yacht design needs to stay grounded.As the industry tries, “You can’t change physics, the energy has to come from somewhere.”Baltic 68 ‘Cafe Racer — Zero emissions with two 15kW electric engines, water power while sailing, solar panels, 30% lower power consumption.The pragmatic approach championed by Baltic Yachts addresses the reality of each problem and addresses it on its merits.The answer is not always glamorous, and sometimes not in the way that traditional shipyards might suggest.It’s great to have a battery pack and electric propulsion, but where does the power come from?And, most importantly, how can the ship generate and use energy more efficiently?Baltic Yachts’ idea, like its overall approach to building and operating sustainability, is to make the necessary incremental changes.The materials used in Cafe Racer’s living room continue the environmental theme, with lightweight oak and linen composite materials combined with professional wallpaper, wicker and paper rope to create a light, cool and modern accommodation space.In addition, on Baltic Yachts’ expansion plan, Hawkins highlights another on-board innovation: “In our latest launch, seawater cooling is run by a centralized system, with a single pump, rather than multiple independent pumps running 24/7 for no reason.So it’s those little things that reduce the overall power consumption, reduce the power, and therefore reduce the number of batteries needed to maintain the yacht.”The central pump is temperature-controlled and operates only on demand.Offshore, power generation is an exciting development for the sailing industry.Mr Hawkins and Kim Kolam, a senior electrical engineer at Baltic Yachts, argue that the industry needs to be calm in the face of obvious benefits.Most sailboats, even the most common ones, spend only a fraction of their time on the water.As a result, their generating capacity is limited.Kolam explains that designing a shaft and propeller system suitable for power generation could sacrifice its overall efficiency, offsetting any potential net energy savings.A more practical solution might be a completely independent charging system that makes the propulsion system fully balanced.With nearly 50 years of design experience behind them, Hawkins and the Baltic Yachts team see one key area as central to maintaining the future momentum of carbon-free Yachts: if you don’t have customers on board, it won’t change.As a company, we can’t reinvest without customers.”By developing internal and partner technological innovations to address each individual energy efficiency consideration, Baltic Yachts is creating the most lean and operationally sustainable sailing ship on the market.With advances in battery technology and electric drive systems, Baltic Yachts will have the most efficient sailing vessels available to meet the needs of the discernable next generation of superyacht owners.