Baltika 233

by Sevmash and H2 Yacht Design

Established in 1994, H2 Yacht Design specialises in the interior design and exterior styling of superyachts. CEO Johnny Horsfield and Senior Consultant Steve Howard share over 30 years of experience in the yacht industry during which time they have been involved in numerous superyacht projects. The H2 design team offer a wealth of expertise in every aspect of yacht design together with a vast array of fabrics, finishes and fittings, making them ideally placed to fulfil the diverse needs and requirements of their clients. H2 is committed to developing design solutions with great attention to detail in order to deliver distinctive and successful projects. Careful consideration is given to every element ensuring that the design features are accurately realised and that the completed environment exceeds all expectations. H2 offers global experience and outstanding creativity, which together with their comprehensive project management skills embrace every aspect of the design process. These are some of the reasons why the Owner has decided to commission H2 to design his dream vessel: the “Baltika”. The yacht is being built for a Russian Owner but he was determined to build the yacht in his home country instead of in the usual European yards. His search led him to the largest yard in Russia and the world! Located on the Arctic coast in the town of Severodvinsk the yard is 650 miles north of Moscow. A world leader in warship and submarine construction, it was the home of the first Russian-built nuclear submarine. Today, this history is reflected in the yard’s attention to detail and high standards of workmanship.
Sevmash is a multifunctional production facility whose equipment is supplied by leading world engineering and machine-tool factories. Sevmash production facilities comprise two independent production lines: metallurgical and ship machine-building shops, and shipbuilding and fitting-out shops.
Thanks to updated equipment, yearly sheet production rates have increased from 45 to 80 thousand tons. Production engineering is provided by the specialists of the Planning and Design Office and Scientific Technological Office in cooperation with the Welding Department, the Department of Metallurgy, Acoustics and so on. The Owner has created his own super-yacht brand, “Baltika” yachts, which until now has kept a low profile because the idea is to ensure that the product will be the company’s star turn when it is launched. Mindful that the yacht should meet all European standards, much effort has been made to build her to full MCA and Lloyds. All the major items of equipment, including the MTU engines, are being imported from around the world, and the contract for the interior has been awarded to the world renowned Münich-based company Loher, which has supplied interiors for all the world’s most important yards. When delivered in 2009 this yacht will be the biggest and most sophisticated yacht ever built in Russia and we suspect it will not be the last. The 71-metre Baltika has been under construction for about a year and the hull and most of the superstructure is now completed. The design brief called for stunning exterior styling and after much development the yacht grew from approximately 55-metre up to the present 71-metre. The main feature is the strong curved waist line running from bow to stern while the aft decks, mostly made of glass, appear to explode out of the front superstructure. The unique feature formed by the glass jutting out at the top edge looks stunning from the interior as it creates an uninterrupted view aft. All the air-vents are located well forward to avoid spoiling this view. Contrary to the current fashion for vertical windows, H2 have designed raked windows forward and aft to give the yacht an aggressive, dynamic appearance. The interior has been designed to be spectacular and classy rather than trendy or fashionable. The Owner has the choice of a fabulous modern VIP suite on the lower deck with its own beach-club door or a more lavish master suite on the main deck forward. This cabin is blessed with a 270 degree view through a continuous series of windows. Behind the Owner’s cabin stand two identical VIP suites of modern design. They are decorated in rich dark woods and contemporary materials. Aft of these cabins you come to the black lacquered lobby leading into the huge main salon and dining area.
There is an impressive view aft thanks to the uninterrupted full-height windows running across the aft end while the large curved sofa is ideal even for large groups. A multifunctional bridge deck lounge, located above the salon, serves as a lounge during the day and as a club in the evening. From this deck a staircase or elevator takes you to the sundeck with its large gym and sauna out onto a forward deck designed for both relaxation and partying. [...]

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