BALTIC 51 “ADVENTURE”

ADVENTURE is Hull No.4 of the C&C designed Baltic Yachts 51. Launched in 1980 and extensively refitted over recent seasons, she is a truly great example of the iconic Finnish build quality that has put Baltic Yachts at the very top of the yachting hierarchy.

With just two owners since new, Adventure has been continually refitted by her previous owner over 25 years, including recent fitment of a replacement teak deck.

The Baltic 51 was a high performance, easily handled yacht with a functional deck layout which was equally suited for safe family cruising and fast IOR racing. This was the 5th serial production yacht in cooperation with C&C Design, and as with the previous Baltic 39 and Baltic 37, detailed comprehensive computer performance studies were used in the design evaluation.

C&C Design Group’s chief designer Rob Ball and his team put in a lot of effort into the pre-studies for this design, again resulting also in polars and performance numbers that could be used as targets for the racing owners. The computer studies carried out exceeded in details and volume used even in many of today ́s projects, and this design was developed in 1979 when most of the competitors still had their designs made “by hand”.

Another ground-breaking feature on the Baltic 51 was the interior layout. The interior layout had the owners cabin aft with 2 guest cabins forward of the owners’ cabin, and this unique feature created a very comfortable interior for long ocean racing or/and cruising. However, the most unique feature was the owners’ cabins centre double berth under the aft cockpit. This creation was first criticised by competitors, but later became a much-copied interior feature.

Skopbank of Finland racing the 1981 Whitbread 

Specifications

Manufacturer/ModelBaltic Yachts 51
DesignerC&C Design Group
Year1980
LOA15.54m (50’0″)
LWL12.48m (40’0″)
Beam4.66m (15’0″)
Draft2.75m (9’0″)
Displacement15599kg
Hull ConstructionGRP
EngineYanmar 4JH3-DTE 125hp
Keel TypeFin Keel
Berths10
Cabins4
Skopbank of Finland in the Southern Ocean sailing hard
A young Tapio Lehtinen on the helm of Skopbank of Finland in 1981-82 Whitbread Round the World Race. Leif Ekman is sitting next to him.

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Video – Skopbank of Finland