Baltic Yachts and other chief designer, Tor Hinders, have teamed with S&S to give us this new 64. I think it is safe to assume that Hinders did the deck and interior design, while S&S did the hull, rig and general naval architecture. It is a tough combination to beat, and we will have some fun with this review.
If you have 64 feet to work with, you should be able to have anything you want. If you can afford a Baltic 64, you should be able to have anything you want, period. With that in mind, it should be no surprise that there is nothing lacking in this interior. You do have the choice of two layouts. One layout has the galley forward where your hired chef can prepare your meals without interrupting the entertaining in the main cabin.
The other layout has the galley back where motion is quieter, but this galley cannot be closed off. Both versions have four separate sleeping areas, but the head aft version gives a separate head for each stateroom and three full-sized doubles.
As you study this layout, notice the apparent logic and sense to the use of angles. I see so many designs these days that are sprinkled with angles for angle's sake. Hinders did not invent the angled interior; he only perfected it. There is a wonderful harmony to the interplay of these angles. Regardless of how much they accomplish, the are tasty eye candy and reinforce what designed should mean. Baltic's drafting is beautifully done and complements our enjoyment of these layouts.
The owner's stateroom aft shows comfortable symmetry. Those little settees flanking the double berth are attractive and really the only good thing you can do with that part of the hull where cabin sole has disappeared. The owner's head has an enclosed stall shower. Let me add here that Baltic does a great job of designing and molding fiberglass headliners.
The main cabin presents a challenge. How do you maximize for a cozy cabin for entertainment and provide a big dining party. The designer would like to open up the layout to use the entire beam available, but with 20 feet of beam available, it's too wide for any dropleaf. This results into the centerline seating island. Now the dining problem is solved, but you have isolated the starboard settee, which now becomes a love seat (there is a deafening roar as 150 yacht designers roll over in their graves) and a bar.
I don't have a better idea; I just wanted to point out the problem. At this size, it is really not much of a problem. Remember, when we have our Baltic 64s, we won't have many problems. Note the huge sail locker forward and the giant lazarette aft. There is excellent engine access.
The deck design is just as sexy as the interior design. There are two cockpits, one for steering and one for riding. Sail-handling gear is located on a raised bridgedeck between the two cockpits. There are coffee grinders, but that makes sense with an "I" of 83 feet. That 150 percent genoa will have about 1,500 square feet in it. "Put your back into it, dear." I think this is the kind of boat you drive and don't even know the names of the guys grinding. It seems like a good boat for one of the hydraulic winch systems.
The lines of the deck are lean and sculpted. There is a shallow wedge trench forward to give some security when working around the mast. There are 16 hatches. I'm not totally wild over the profile. It's interesting, but at 64 feet, I would like to see something less involved and more flush deck. Hey, let's be picky.
S&S's hull design has a lovely underwater profile. There is a slight reverse in the run aft of the rudder post. The keel is very up to date in its profile, and the rudder almost gets an elliptical tip. The drawn out stern is attractive, but I don't think a few little steps and a swim platform would hurt too much. You say, "But it's a racing boat." Is it? Look again at that interior. After a wonderful dinner, your guests will have to take that big step over the side. I hope they are stepping into a stable Avon and not a tender dink. I would have a Riva runabout.
We have nothing to indicate hull shape on this design. I would guess it is an IOR-ish type of hull by the general profile. See how the transom corner lines up with the aft end of the little skeglet. The general direction for the hull shape was "moderate IOR" with the idea that a good IOR boat can race and win under MHS. The D/L ratio is 194. Regardless of your feelings toward the IOR or any other measurement rule, I think you will agree that this is a beautiful hull.
Hull construction will use aircraft CK57 balsa core, unidirectional kevlar and fiberglass and epoxy resin. The hybrid laminate uses a custom designed fabric designed expressly for the Baltic 64. The standard prop is a feathering, two-blade Max prop.
No doubt about it, this is an exciting new design. Race, cruise or just sit at the dock, it would be fun.
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