Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Panamax Launches at Baltic

Hetairos Project name "Panamax" is launched by Baltic Yachts in Finland. This magnificent Ketch stands at an overall length of 197ft and with the bowsprit the length increases another 21ft to bring it to 218ft, quite astonishing size for a classic looking ketch.

Panamax during her construction has set many records including being the largest yacht to be built of a carbon - fibre composite. The owner wanted this yacht to be the fastest and largest yacht to be able to navigate the Panama Canal. So for this project the owner brought together Baltic Yachts in Finland with the renowned naval architects Dykstra & Partners to form this team to construct a modern but classic looking yacht.

The Mast and Rigging was left down to the two of the top companies in this industry. The mast was built by Southern Spars and the Rigging went to Future Fibres. The main mast had to be specially made to meet the owners desire to cross the Panama Canal and under the bridge. With the beam of the yacht 10.28m there was plenty of room in side for the interior designers to work with. This task was given to Dick Young and Jonathan Rhoades of "Rhoades Young"

Hopefully Panamax will be seen in the Med this summer so keep track of her on the yacht tracker. If we are lucky we might even see her on the start line for the Maxi Worlds in August.

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