Sailing Yacht of the Month: Baltic Yachts’ race-ready 35m Nikata

Launched at the end of last year, Baltic Yachts’ high performance 35 metre sailing yacht Nikata has been put through her paces in a series of regattas over the past winter cruising season. During her 3,000nm maiden voyage from Finland to the Caribbean, Nikata managed to reach a top boat speed of 28.8 knots.

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The all-carbon racer was developed by the naval architects at Judel/Vrolik & Co, with Nauta Yachts having designed the interior and exterior of the yacht. Nikata is designed as a high performance yacht capable of also offering a leisure experience to her guests. Performance elements include high speed winches on deck as well as an advanced barber hauling system, ideally suited for inshore racing. Her long waterline and lifting bulb keel weighing 33 tonnes, allows for excellent upwind sailing.

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The low, streamlined deckhouse is Nauta Design’s latest definition of the shape of performance racer/cruisers. The glossy, iron grey metallic hull colour and the softer silver grey of the deckhouse set off the natural teak deck for a stylish, contemporary look that remains sporty and seafaring, with bright orange accents enhancing the yacht’s distinctive apperance.

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In between races Nikata transforms into a guest pleasing oasis with many innovative touches designed by Nauta Yachts. She features a fold-out stern platform engineered and built by the Finish shipyard, which enables guests to comfortably board the transfer tender as well as use this area as a swim platform.

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The sound proofed interior, which will most likely never be revealed, is well illuminated by a large central skylight in the deckhouse that provides natural light to nearly every corner of the guest areas. Inside she accommodates 8 guests and crew. Baltic again made use of their in-house modular construction method resulting in a shorter build time.

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Photos by Guido Cantini