First look: On board the 43m Baltic foiling superyacht Canova

Written by Jason Spinks

Baltic Yachts has recently delivered the 43.3-metre sailing yacht Canova to her owner, which has now departed the shipyard and is about to embark on a programme of global cruising after having undergone extensive sea trials in Finland over the summer season. Canova yacht cruisingPhoto: Eva-Stina Kjellman and Dan-Erik Olsen, Prime ProductionCanova is the first Baltic 142, with a volume of 190 GT and the shipyard’s largest delivery of 2019. Project management for Canova is being undertaken by Mattia Belleri from Fluidsailing, who is also the owner's representative. 

Canova features naval architecture by Farr Yacht Design, with both her exterior and interior design coming from the drawing boards of Lucio Micheletti. Constructed entirely out of carbon fibre, this also includes her Rondal rig with Carbo-link standing rigging. Canova yacht aft deckPhoto: Eva-Stina Kjellman and Dan-Erik Olsen, Prime ProductionCanova yacht stateroomPhoto: Eva-Stina Kjellman and Dan-Erik Olsen, Prime ProductionHer interior stylings feature white bulkhead panelling and deckheads in a winning combination, with teak veneers used in order to capitalise on the abundance of natural light found throughout the yacht. 

Guests on board Canova are accommodated in three staterooms consisting of a full-beam master suite, a forward VIP stateroom and a twin stateroom. A full-beam owner’s suite can be found amidships and accommodation for up to eight crew is located in the aft section of the yacht.Canova yacht stateroomPhoto: Eva-Stina Kjellman and Dan-Erik Olsen, Prime ProductionCanova yacht stateroomPhoto: Eva-Stina Kjellman and Dan-Erik Olsen, Prime ProductionWhile her interior is striking, the yacht really stands out in her eco-friendliness - an important factor for the owner alongside comfort and economy - boasting an electric propulsion system, with a compact and virtually silent electric motor capable of delivering 425kW. Canova yacht saloonPhoto: Eva-Stina Kjellman and Dan-Erik Olsen, Prime ProductionA hydrogeneration system allows for a large lithium ion bank to be charged and lets the yacht’s hotel systems run in ‘silent mode’ for up to nine straight hours without the need to recharge. 

Furthermore, her avid-sailor owner says: “I want her to sail, not motor sail, but she has to be easy to handle for the crew so automated control was important.”  She is equipped with electric winches and hydraulic systems are reduced to a minimum.  Canova yacht foil systemPhoto: Eva-Stina Kjellman and Dan-Erik Olsen, Prime ProductionThe priority that the owner gave to comfort and safety inspired him to opt for a Dynamic Stability System foil, an athwartships sliding board set just below the waterline designed to reduce heel and dramatically dampen pitching motion in a seaway. “I am very pleased to see that heel angle can already be reduced by eight degrees in trials and there is plenty more fine-tuning to come when we understand more about how to trim the yacht in conjunction with the foil,” comments Canova’s owner. “The reduction in pitching motion is amazing. Any performance increase in terms of speed will be a bonus,” he adds.

Designing, engineering and constructing the DSS foil involved a large team which was coordinated by Baltic Yachts. Infiniti Yachts developed the foil, Ben Ainslie’s America’s Cup engineers BAR Technologies worked on the bearings and naval architects Farr Yacht Design worked with Gurit on the detail design and engineering and ISOTOP built the foil.
Canova yacht foil systemPhoto: Eva-Stina Kjellman and Dan-Erik Olsen, Prime ProductionTo meet her owner’s bluewater cruising ambitions, Canova will be able to remain largely independent of shoreside support and is capable of taking her own weight sitting on her lifting keel in a raised position, eliminating the need to be lifted and placed in a special cradle.

Canova also carries a seven-metre custom tender equipped with built-in tanks for the purposes of fuel bunkering in remote locations.

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