The Baltic Yachts 175 Pink Gin VI, the world’s largest carbon-fibre sloop, embarked on an unusual maiden voyage recently – by road. She was safely transported over a distance of 21km by a specialist low-loader from Baltic Yachts’ inland manufacturing site at Bosund to their waterfront yard in Jakobstad in preparation for final fit out and imminent launch next month.
The all carbon composite 160-ton, silver sloop might be impressively light for a yacht of her size, but she proved quite a challenge for the local road system. She travelled at an average speed of about 10km/hr during the journey during which roundabouts, a railroad crossing and other obstacles had to be negotiated. Baltic Yachts had permission to widen the road and temporarily removed traffic signs so that the unusual load could travel safely along her way.
The delivery of the 175ft/54m yacht to her owner will take place in mid-summer.
Naval architecture for Pink Gin VI is by Judel/Vrolijk & Co and interior design and styling by Design Unlimited. Key features include her 223ft/67.9m tall sloop rig set on carbon-fibre spars and remarkable accommodation design. She is also fitted with two balconies, which fold out to form openings in her topsides, unusual features in a sailing yacht.