Promising early trials for DSS foil-assisted Baltic 142 Canova

The much anticipated trials of the Baltic 142 Canova have seen promising results, confirming expectations for her sailing performance, her diesel electric propulsion system and hydro-generation design, all intended to make her greener, quieter, more comfortable and easy to maintain.

Canova, with naval architecture by Farr Yacht Design, is intended for fast, comfortable, independent global cruising. She is also the first yacht of her size to be fitted with a DSS foil, designed to improve comfort and performance.

To take advantage of Canova’s performance potential, she has a rig and sail plan which delivers enormous power helped by a square top main with a 3.5m long horizontal batten pushing the mainsail area up to 570m2. Her J1 adds another 390m2 and her all-carbon Rondal rig, using Carbo-Link standing rigging, is designed to take the increased loads generated by the additional stability delivered by the DSS foil. The additional stability reduces heel angle and improves performance. All sails are by North Sails.

The yacht’s initial trials also showed off her looks enhanced by her long, sleek deck saloon superstructure and solid bimini extending over her large cockpit. The same level cockpit and deck saloon make for an exceptional living space. Styling above and below decks by Lucio Micheletti has resulted in a particularly elegant looking yacht.

DSS proven technology
Baltic Yachts has been considering the use of DSS technology for almost a decade. In Canova’s first serious sailing trials, the push-button deployment of the 9m long foil has been faultless and in stronger wind conditions the expected reduction in heel and pitching motion has been evident.

Baltic Yachts’ sales director Kenneth Nyfelt, who was aboard Canova during some rough weather sailing, said: “The effect of the DSS foil was noticeable and impressive, reducing heel and pitching and making Canova really light on the helm.”

Gordon Kay of Infiniti Yachts, which developed the DSS, said: “Early sea trials have been very encouraging. The DSS installation was impeccable from Baltic and was completed with no issues. We are looking forward to the next stages as we push the yacht further and really explore her potential.”

Diesel electric propulsion and hydro-generation
Also on trial have been Canova’s innovative diesel electric propulsion and hydro-generating system, which have reduced noise and vibration to an absolute minimum under power. During motoring trials the electric propulsion system was barely audible aboard the yacht.

Mattia Belleri of fluidsailing, who has project managed the design and build of Canova for her owner, said that her compact and quiet 420kW electric motor has already driven the 145-ton yacht at 14 knots via her rotating, forward-facing, pull propeller. While sailing, Canova can use her propeller as a hydro-generator working through the electric motor, which in turn charges her six banks of Lithium ion batteries.

Kim Kolam, Senior Electrical Engineer at Baltic Yachts, who has been responsible for developing the propulsion and generating system, said: “The preliminary numbers are promising and we are confident fine tuning will deliver the performance we are expecting.”

Deeply researched and excellently engineered
Henry Hawkins, Baltic Yachts’ Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing, said: “Canova epitomises the Baltic Yachts’ product, an advanced composite superyacht displaying remarkable innovation which has been deeply researched and excellently engineered. Working with an experienced, driven and enthusiastic client has been key to achieving these goals. We are delighted with the initial trials.”

Many features of interest aboard this yacht, which are all under-going trials before Canova’s departure from Finland this autumn, include:

Stunning extended bimini with lifting side windows for full protection in the cockpit which leads into a same level deck saloon

Custom-built 7m, 45-knot, 220hp tender with built-in re-fuelling tanks for remote bunkering, stowed beneath foredeck

Elegant Lucio Micheletti interior design with accommodation for owner, four guests and eight crew

Unique, owner-designed amidships sleeping accommodation for optimal comfort

Under deck drum stowage for automatic code sail stowage

Electric in-boom mainsail stowage with fixed point slab reefing

All-electric winch package

Glycol cooling system for all electrical converters using proven industrial components

Super-silent generators with Baltic sound shields and mounts

Ability to operate for prolonged periods in ‘silent’ mode

Carbon Rondal spars with twin running backstay and two sets of deflectors for rig trimming

Highly efficient quadrilateral, twin-clewed headsail with wide range of trimming options

LOA 43.3m
LWL 41.6
Beam 9m
Draft, keel up 3.8m
Draft, keel down 6.5m
Light Displacement 145 tons

Naval architect: Farr Yacht Design
Composite engineers: Gurit UK
Exterior design: Lucio Micheletti
Interior design: Baltic Yachts / Lucio Micheletti
Owner’s Project Manager: Mattia Belleri, fluidsailing

Developed by Infiniti Yachts
Naval architecture by Farr Yacht Design
Structural engineering by Gurit
Design and engineering of bearings by BAR Technologies
DSS Foil built by Isotop

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