Baltic Yachts have announced the launch of the 33.5-metre Baltic 110 sailing yacht Zemi in Finland. The yacht touched the water for the first time with her owner and his family present to break a bottle of champagne over her keel for good luck.

The performance cruising yacht features exterior design and naval architecture by esteemed yacht design studio Malcolm McKeon Yacht Design, with interior design from Andreas Martin-Löf Arkitekter.

Zemi was named after an ancient Caribbean deity and has been designed for the owner’s family and friends to partake in global sailing adventures in high and low latitudes. Zemi features a distinctive metallic bronze hull and is described as ‘classic aggressive’ by the owner’s representative.

Construction took place at Baltic Yachts Bosund facility, before she was transported to the launch site in Jakobstad, Finland. Her transportation took two hours and involved negotiating numerous bridges and local railway lines where power cables were raised to allow the yacht to pass. Zemi was then lowered into the water using a mobile crane in anticipation of her launch.

The owner celebrated the launch of Zemi by selecting a bottle of champagne saved from the launch party of their first yacht back in 2005. Also in attendance was Baltic’s project manager, Tommy Johansson and the yacht’s build team.

“Whenever we launch a yacht to join the Baltic family, it’s fair to say the thoughts of many members of our staff sail away with her, celebrating the conclusion of another unique build and wishing her and her owner fantastic sailing,” said Executive Vice President Henry Hawkins.

Zemi features vertical coachroof windows and a streamlined, low-level superstructure. Some of her distinctive characteristics include her teak-skinned main cockpit which can be converted into a large sun lounging area, which can be protected by a combined fold-down spray hood and full-length removable bimini.

The interior of Zemi follows a minimalist style with an appreciation of sustainability. Her walnut timber is predominantly in veneer form and is bonded onto super lightweight honeycomb structures. Her head compartments are also limestone veneer bonded to lightweight carcasses

Her interior designer Martin-Löf has paid particular attention to lighting, using lanterns created from Japanese rice paper and walnut strips in the corners of the saloon. Lights are also mounted into her panels to create a subtle but elegant light source.

Zemi is also equipped with a complex fold-out transom and bathing platform which leads to her stern garage, capable of holding a Williams tender. This area also includes McKeon’s trademark wrap-over teak decking continuing onto the transom.

Zemi has a multitude of headsail options including a fixed furling J1 and J2, a detachable storm jib stay, a furling Code sail tacked forward of the J1 and a variety of A sails set off the fixed bowsprit, which is integral to the hull moulding. This arrangement enables a fast ‘change of gear’ to suit weather conditions. Once in the water, preparations were immediately underway for the stepping of Zemi’s Southern Spars mast.

In terms of propulsion, Zemi’s owner opted for a zero-emissions electric system, with a single Danfoss motor. Two 129 kW gensets charge a large bank of lithium-ion batteries which in turn drive the propulsion motor and supply all domestic, hydraulic and rig handling requirements.

Prime ProductionsZemi is expected to complete her sea trials this summer off Jakobstad, before heading to Norway, then Svalbard and Iceland and finally Scotland. She will then head for the Canaries, followed by an Atlantic crossing to the Caribbean where she intends to compete in the St Barths Bucket  2024.

According to SYT iQBaltic Yachts currently has several yachts in-build including the 33.84-metre Baltic 111 Custom sailing yacht and the 24.3-meter Baltic 80 Custom. 

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