Pink Gin VI is the largest carbon fiber sloop in the world, which displays some of the most innovative features seen in a sailing yacht: two opening balconies set into the topsides, Baltic Yachts’ revolutionary “Force Feedback Steering System” and a carbon composite hull and deck shell built to the highest degree of accuracy.
[source of all pics: boatinternational.com]
The displacement of 235 tons (light craft) is considered low for a yacht of this size. It has been achieved by using advanced carbon sandwich hull and deck construction methods with closely monitored weight control. The sail plan is generous with a mast height of nearly 67 meters above the waterline. It is a powerful, fast sailing yacht on all points and it will remain comfortable in all weather conditions.
Commissioned by yard owner Hans Georg Näder, who has built all six Pink Gin yachts with Baltic Yachts, this single-masted sailing yacht has been four years in development. As the exterior image shows, its keel bulb has been painted to resemble a shark.
First announced as the Baltic 170, Pink Gin VI was built with a carbon-sandwich construction method. This sloop is designed by Judel/Vrolijk & Co. Its vertical bow has been fitted with a bowsprit, its lifting keel allows the draft to be lowered from seven meters to 4.5 meters.
The cockpit was designed in cooperation with interior designer, Design Unlimited, and the owner. It is divided into three zones, one with a freestanding dining area with direct access to the galley, one for the navigation area and one for relaxation set aft.
Building Pink Gin VI – Videos
This one above is about building “the silver giant”. I don’t know why they give it this name, even if it is one of the top 50 sailing yachts in the world, 54 meters is big, but not quite a giant.
The video below shows how Pink Gin has been transported on land before being launched:
L.O.A. 53.70 m
L.W.L. 44.80 m
BEAM 9.55 m
DRAFT 4.50/7.00 m
DISPLACEMENT 230 tons
BALLAST Approx. 75 tons
IM 58.65 m
J 17.09 m
P 57.70 m
E 19.56 m
The hull is laminated with Epoxy Carbon Prepreg for the inner skin and E-glass and Aramid for the outer skin. A layer of Kevlar woven fibers will be used in the forefoot of the hull laminate for added impact resistance.
The deck is laminated in Epoxy Carbon Prepreg with a Core-Cell foam as sandwich material.
Mahogany faced with teak frames and capping. Main structural bulkheads of Nomex/Core-Cell core CRP sandwich construction.
FUEL TANKS 18000 L.
WATER TANKS Fresh water 6000 L.
Black/grey water 1000 L.
MAIN ENGINE MAN V12 1400hp
PROPELLER 4-bladed CPP propeller
BOW & STERN THRUSTER Retractable bow thruster, 142 kW and stern 99 kW.
MAST AND RIGGING Five-spreader Carbon mast.
NAVAL ARCHITECT Judel/Vrolijk & co
INTERIOR DESIGN Design Unlimited
NUMBER OF CABINS Owner’s cabin, 6 guest cabins and 4 crew cabins
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