The first Baltic 68 Café Racer was launched on schedule at the end of May when her super-stylish looks were revealed for the first time, her ease of use demonstrated and a new era of low carbon footprint yacht building unveiled.
Some 50% of the Café Racer’s hull and deck mouldings use Bcomp’s ampliTex™ technical fabrics, made of naturally grown flax, as a reinforcement. A SPRINT prepreg lamination technique developed by Gurit is being used in this instance. Flax dramatically reduces the overall carbon footprint of the build and works well in conjunction with more conventional advanced composites, which are still used throughout the structure.
“This is a yacht which tackles today’s challenges of sustainability and low carbon targets head on – she’s fun and easy to handle, offering a genuinely rewarding sailing experience. Baltic’s engineers and partners have incorporated a brilliant, naturally grown yacht building material in sustainable flax which perfectly complements the advanced composites expertise for which the company is renowned”, said Henry Hawkins, Baltic Yachts’ Executive Vice President.