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Jakobstad’s history of shipbuilding and seafaring

31 december 2020.

We would recommend anyone visiting Baltic Yachts to include the Malm House on their list of places to see in Jakobstad. It houses the town’s fascinating museum and tells the story of local seafaring and shipbuilding over several centuries, a story fundamental to Jakobstad’s existence and evolution.

The impressive building in which the museum is housed, is named after the Malm family who owned Finland’s largest fleet of ships in the mid 1800s and were the first ship owners to send vessels on transoceanic voyages. In fact, their ship Hercules was the first Finnish vessel to circumnavigate the world, in 1844-1847.

Peter Malm was born in Jakobstad and on completion of his studies in southern Finland in 1818 he worked in Liverpool, customary at the time for anyone intent on becoming a merchant. On his return to Jakobstad he followed in his father’s footsteps as a ship owner. Peter built an impressive fleet of ships using local woodworkers and craftsmen. He was also responsible for establishing the first steam sawmill, a distant forerunner of Jakobstad’s important current day wood pulp industry.

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Peter’s son, Otto, helped re-build his father’s business after it was badly affected by blockading during the Crimea War (1853-56) in which Finland, as part of the Russian Empire, found itself in conflict with England and France. By the late 1800s Otto Malm had become the richest man in Finland.

Following the death of his wife at a young age, Otto Malm donated large amounts of money to Jakobstad paying for the construction of a school and hospital and also diversifying as timber sailing ships started to give way to iron and steam. He was involved in the tobacco industry and invested in forestry, both of which have been fundamental to Jakobstad’s development.

But the significance of ships and ship building in the region go back much further. Finland was part of Sweden up until 1809 so the ability to cross the Gulf of Bothnia was essential and depended on ships capable of making the voyage. Shipping was as important then as the airline industry is today.

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Charts of the Jakobstad area from the 16 th Century are annotated with ‘hic fabricator navalis’ – ‘ships are built here’ – and there is further evidence of large swathes of forest existing in the region, indicating that the people who lived there were skilled woodworkers as timber was used for almost every construction including ships.

Ship building skills were further developed when the Momma brothers from Holland were attracted by the concentration of ship building in Jakobstad and set up their own shipyard. They brought new skills to the area and taught the locals how to use timber in the most efficient way.

The Swedish Crown chose the woodworkers of Jakobstad to build their naval ships of which ten were built in the town’s yards. Sweden was so impressed with the results that they established their own yard in Kronoby just 10km from Bosund where Baltic Yachts was founded and still operates today.

Jakobstad suffered what is arguably the greatest setback in its history when it was all but destroyed during the Russo-Swedish war at the beginning of the 18 th Century when Peter The Great ravaged the west coast of Finland.

As the country began to recover it was shipbuilding that led the way, boosted by new Swedish laws that allowed ships to freely sail to ports other than Turku and Stockholm and by the American Revolution which resulted in a boom in trade with Europe and the Baltic states.

Throughout the Ostrobothnia region (then Osterbotten) satellite industries, supplying tar and sawn timber, flourished as Jakobstad and Kokkola became increasingly important shipbuilding centres with more than 200 ships launched in the early part of the century. The market for their vessels was international as the region’s reputation grew.

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It wasn’t only the ships themselves that reached around the world. Finnish seamen, renowned for their skill and knowledge, were also canny salesmen, convincing fellow seafarers they could catch the wind, save it in a special knot and sell it to them! Talk of these magical qualities spread around the globe and many famous authors from Shakespeare and Byron to Conrad and Kipling make reference to the Finnish seafarers’ attributes.

Finnish seamen were often aboard ships making some of the earliest, great discoveries including Captain James Cook’s voyage to Australia from 1768-1771. Finn Herman Sporing was aboard Cook’s famous ship Endeavour and was one of the first Europeans to set foot in Australia.

The Jakobstad based ship Concordia was famous for making a remarkable voyage to the East Indies in 1782 returning with a rare collection of flora and fauna records of which are still available in the University of Uppsala in Sweden.

Towards the end of the 19 th century the demand for timber built sailing ships started to decline with the advent of iron and steam power. Despite this there remained a market for small fishing boats and Finns were in demand for their good design and building practices.

Interest in leisure boating started to appear in the early 20 th century and this eventually led to the founding of some of the most famous yacht building yards in the world including Nautor Swan (1966) and our own Baltic Yachts (1973). Finland’s reputation for excellent craftsmanship based on centuries-old woodworking skills handed down through many generations continues to keep our industry at the very forefront of top-quality yacht building.


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Baltic Yachts' Perseverance is a classic-looking sloop with a modern sustainable edge.

Standing out from the crowd with a metallic-bronze hull, the neo-classic fast cruising cutter was commissioned by an experienced owner who returned to Dykstra Naval Architects following the success of his previous yacht, a Dykstra 60. This time, he wanted to undertake longer passages in comfort but without compromising on speed.

The owner chartered a collection of sailing yachts to iron out his wish list, including a larger yacht with excellent sailing characteristics, ease of maintenance and power-saving systems. With 65 feet of extra length, Perseverance delivers. Plus it has a luxurious interior by deVosdeVries Design and a double cockpit deck layout. The yacht is also equipped with a high-aspect rudder and lifting keel to enhance sailing capabilities. “The goal for the owner was to have a classic sloop with clean deck equipment to make it easy to handle when sailing,” Tommy Johansson, project manager at Baltic Yachts , told Robb Report during a tour of the boat. “So, the yacht can set and furl its sails via push buttons for easy short-handed cruising.”

Baltic Yachts' 'Perseverance' is a classic-looking sloop with a modern sustainable edge.

Perseverance bears many of the traditional hallmarks for which Dykstra is known, including a straight stem, distinctive deep bulwarks and truncated counter. Its deck house, skinned in teak, has individual rectangular windows that provide classic appeal. Like the timber caprail, the wood is treated with oil rather than varnish to reduce maintenance and steer away from a high-gloss finish. The center cockpit—one of the owner’s favorite places on board—is shaded by a mini hardtop that can be lowered to protect the seating and dining area against salt spray when not in use. Inside, light-gray oak, maple and leather-stitched details create a gentleman’s club-meets-industrial-chic ambience. Subtle LED lighting gives a modern touch. The main salon is light and airy, with high ceilings that provide decent headroom and knurled hardware in a dark-matte vintage patina.

Perseverance sleeps eight guests in four cabins, comprising a master suite, one VIP cabin and two twins. They are all fitted with sensors that monitor the interior temperature based on guest occupancy. When not in use, the temperature automatically adjusts to save on energy.

The yacht has cruised extensively since her delivery last year, already clocking 10,000 nautical miles at an average speed of 20 knots. Building a yacht with sustainable credentials was a key prerequisite for the owner. Perseverance ’s diesel-electric hybrid propulsion system can regenerate 20 to 25 kilowatts while under way at 12 to 14 knots, recharging the batteries in 4.5 hours, which then provide up to nine hours of silent running at anchor.

“It means the yacht can head out for a day’s sailing and return to the marina without using its engines,” says Johansson. “In fact, the owner has done that already, enjoying nine hours of silent cruising with only the batteries powering the hotel load.”

Perseverance is now in the Caribbean, with the owner making the most of his easy sailer by spending as much time at the wheel as possible.

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Path: On board Baltic's award-winning 45m sailing yacht

Inspired by an experienced sailor, the World Superyacht Award-winning sloop Path is a real standout, as Sam Fortescue finds out in Palma...

It takes an effort to stand out from the crowd in Palma. There are so many metres of gleaming superyachtery lined up on the quays that everything starts to look the same. Not so the latest launch from Baltic Yachts . It has the advantage of a mast, which naturally helps in a world dominated by motor yachts. But it is really the sleek, quiet purpose of 44.6 metre Path that distinguishes her. That and the flame orange crew uniforms.

With a German designer, an obsessive Finnish builder and an engaged owner, nothing on this boat has been left to chance. I am immediately grateful for the owner’s foresight as I step aboard on an uncharacteristically grey morning. With the leaden threat of rain, we congregate under the truly vast hardtop he requested, which protects the dining and lounging areas of the cockpit. It is a continuation of the coachroof, which sweeps aft a further seven metres.

“The owner took all the experience he gained from sailing round the world and put it into the new boat,” explains Henry Hawkins, executive vice president of Baltic Yachts. “His previous boat was a Baltic 112 which we call Old Path . He’s a hugely passionate sailor and competes in a couple of sports boat classes. So he was adamant he wanted a cruising boat with performance.”

And what the hardtop lacks in pure elegance, it makes up for in sheer practicality. It is just one part of the owner’s philosophy of choosing reliability over elaborate technology or flashy styling, as designer Rolf Vrolijk notes. “This owner knows very well what he wants. There was no need to go to an external designer to make a statement.”

Ease of handling was the other key brief for the judel/vrolijk team. Path has twin rudders, for instance, and a hydraulic lifting keel. This reduces her draught to 3.4 metres – enough to get into many smaller ports and anchorages, including much of the Bahamas. She also features a roller boom system from Carbo Link to make light work of furling or reefing the 558-square-metre mainsail.

On the mechanical side, she is equipped with a saildrive pod system that can rotate through 340 degrees beneath the boat to give optimum thrust and torque at almost any angle. Coupled with the bow thruster, this flexible system simplifies close quarters manoeuvring. A four-blade variable-pitch propeller also adds to efficiency across long passages under power or when motor sailing.

“When manoeuvring under power, you can set it to a high engine speed to provide hydraulic power to the thruster via a PTO,” Hawkins says. Only one thruster is needed with the rotating saildrive, he explains. “We can then add a little pitch to the blades to move forward or backwards or even sideways as needed, as this leg rotates.”

Path rows somewhat against the current with its engine. The capable 550hp Scania unit is certainly up to the job, but the power system eschews hybrid or battery-assisted technology. It is an old-fashioned mix of iron, oil and diesel with enough grunt to pull the boat along and turn the winches, while a pair of 55kW Northern Lights generators pick up the hotel loads. Of course, that is exactly what the owner wanted.

“We looked at electric propulsion, as with the majority of our boats,” Hawkins says. “But Path is set up as a world cruiser and the cornerstone had to be proven reliability.” Similarly, the Hundested main thruster pod is theoretically capable of retracting into the hull to reduce drag under sail. “The owner chose not to take the folding ability for the sake of simplicity,” he adds. “While the pod and propeller hydraulics can all be driven mechanically to return to port.”

Before anything else, though, this boat is a Baltic, and that means a fast hull with a meticulous layup in carbon fibre. By making ample use of Sprint and pre-preg materials from Gurit, Baltic has limited the displacement of this 44.6-metre yacht to 172 tonnes. Pre-preg means that precisely the right amount of epoxy resin is already right where it needs to be in the layup, eliminating the wastage of wet systems.

The lines by judel/vrolijk are as sleek as you would expect from a team that has done so much work with racing yachts. Despite her length, her beam tops out at 9.35 metres, giving Path naturally efficient proportions. The architecture is closely related to that of the Baltic 112 Canova . “These are families of hulls developed through feedback from the crew,” Vrolijk says.

A powerful masthead sloop rig gives the crew plenty of options, and again, the emphasis is on ease of handling.   “We didn’t want to go too big with a square-head main, because that creates too much complexity for a cruising guy,” Vrolijk says. No fewer than two fixed and two removable headstays permit a range of sails upwind, plus a three-metre bowsprit for setting the gennaker or dedicated reaching sail. Baltic describes the set-up as a homage to the Imoca 60, whose multi-headsail configuration make short-handed racing a reality.

Vrolijk says that the boat sails well with two headsails set – jib and staysail or storm jib and staysail, as conditions dictate. The main is reefed by putting turns on the boom, but in order not to overstrain the mandrel, the sail still has three reefing points on the luff and leech that take the strain. After sea trials in Palma, he described Path ’s handling in typically dry fashion. “It was, of course, quite nice,” he told me. “She has a balanced rudder feel, and the boat tracks very well.”

Path is designed to sail at between 11 and 16 knots in typical conditions, but she had already hit speeds approaching  20 knots on the passage down from Finland, according to Captain Daniele Cesaro. In Palma, the boat handled 35-knot gusts under full main and a staysail jib.

Sightlines from the two wheels are well thought out, with a clear view ahead down the windward side. Each helm station has its own little hardtop with a glass panel for gazing at the sail. It feels a little like the bridge of the USS Enterprise sitting here with six big Sailmon screens for boat data and six huge glass-bridge displays.

Step inside, though, and you instantly return to a past where wood, not carbon fibre, was king. With decidedly classic styling, the interior is all about panelled walls and solid furniture. Elegant cabinetry is well endowed with fiddles – this is an owner who understands the need to steady yourself as you cross the saloon on a 20-degree heel. From sofas to a robust wooden swivel chair at the navigation station, it seemingly adds weight, but says Hawkins, the furniture is foam core with a wood veneer, which allows keeping the weight under control.

Margo Vrolijk led the styling team, making it a full house for judel/vrolijk. She drew on a visit to the owner’s home and a good look at his previous Baltic. “The concept is inspired by how the family lives ashore and translating that into an easily controlled sailing yacht,” she says. “The timeless style of the interior has been achieved through symmetry in geometry and balancing the choice of neutral and natural colour palettes with classic, colourful patterns like stripes and paisley shapes.”

This approach has created a very liveable environment below, with deep, inviting sofas, plump mattresses and comfy chairs. Despite the suede and natural fabric finishes, the upholstery has been designed to be easily maintained when off the beaten track. Most surfaces are in warm teak, while the floors are in a dark stained oak that will conceal wear and tear. “You can spill anything on the fabrics and it will still remain the same colour,” says Margo Vrolijk.

More than the materials, though, it is the spaces created by the design team that intrigue. Beneath that huge main saloon lie the owner’s quarters, bang amidships. The cabin spans the full beam but is partially divided near the middle by a glass screen. Twin beds lie to starboard, with access to a large bathroom with both a shower and recessed full-length bathtub.

To starboard is a wonderful kind of parlour or snug sitting room, with two Poltrona Frau recliners and a host of convenient features within reach. Touch a button and the glass panel turns opaque, becoming a screen for projecting charts and nav information. Pull open a low cabinet and there’s a custom-built recess for a decanter of whisky and weighted crystal tumblers. The glasses are inlaid with a magnet on the base to keep them from sliding off when set down. Pilot guides and reference books line the walls – a library for settling down with a drink to figure out where to head next.

Upstairs you reach the office, on a kind of half level.  A huge array of electronics is concealed behind the panelling here, while twin VSAT domes can keep the owner as connected on board as he would be if he were sitting in the office. “The system is Starlink ready,” Hawkins says. “Then there’ll be no need for those big domes – the eggs in the rigging will disappear.”

As this space lacks a hull window, the owner requested an LED wall, the first I have seen aboard a yacht. Running the length of the hull in the office, it normally displays an aquarium scene, but can naturally be programmed to show anything. Vrolijk mocked up a full-size office and owner’s cabin to check every detail.

Although naturally on a smaller scale to the owner’s cabin, three en suite guest cabins offer heaps of space. A VIP cabin in the bow converts between double and twin and includes its own sofa area for privacy. The double just aft has an even larger snug seating area opposite. And a final guest double is in the aft accommodation. Though this puts it next to the crew area, it has its own private companionway to the saloon.

There are lots of little features which are a pleasure to discover. I liked the way that a navigation display folds up out of a burnished chart desk in the main saloon, for instance. Another display in the crew mess slides down out of an overhead cabinet to create a barrier between the navigator and the mess. It’s a smart idea that creates two distinct spaces when necessary. I also like how the doorknobs are leather bound.

With her huge aft deck and a big bathing platform for catching the sun, plus a tender well on the foredeck that serves as a pool when the Ribeye YT600 has been craned out, Path can hold her own in Mallorca and the world’s other yachting hotspots. But she won’t be here for long. Though she’s registered in Malta, this boat has no home port – no marina berth with her name on it. Her calling is as an ocean wanderer. She is going to find her own path around the world.

First published in the June 2022 issue of BOAT International. Get this magazine sent straight to your door, or subscribe and never miss an issue.

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34m Baltic 111 Raven completes sea trials in Finland

Foil-assisted baltic 111 yacht raven recently completed ‘very successful’ early sea trials in finland….

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The super-lightweight sloop is the first sailing yacht of its size and type to harness hydrofoils mounted on adjustable side arms which support a high percentage of its displacement.   The yacht’s overall concept, including her interior and exterior styling, is by Finn Jarkko Jämsén, who is known for his disruptive thinking in superyacht design. The owner requested a stylish, quick, day-sailer superyacht with the ability to undertake high-speed offshore passages.   Raven ’s naval architecture is by Botin Partners, with structural engineering by PURE Design in New Zealand, and Garth Brewer of A2B Marine projects representing the owner in the project.   During sea trials, Raven  demonstrated impressive reliability and reached sustained speeds in the high 20s during 10 consecutive days of sailing off Baltic Yachts ’ headquarters in Jakobstad, Finland. After completing a successful two-year build and trials period, the yacht will be handed over to her owner in October.   Henry Hawkins, Baltic Yachts’ Executive Vice President, says: “ Raven ’s performance has so far lived up to expectations, with clearly more to come. We are delighted with the result of a very effective partnership comprising the foil team, rig suppliers, sail makers, structural engineers and the build team here at Baltic, who have brought this complex project to fruition. Trials to date have been both highly promising and very successful, but this is only the first step.”    

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Baltic Yachts is a world-leading yacht builder that's built on a strong heritage of design and engineering excellence. The company was founded in 1973 by a team of experienced yachtsmen and craftsmen who sought to create a range of high-performance, custom-made yachts that blended innovative technology with traditional craftsmanship. Since its inception, the Finland-based company has consistently pushed the boundaries of yacht design and construction, establishing itself as a market leader in the luxury yacht sector.

The boat manufacturer started operations in the village of Bosund on the west coast of Finland. The early years were focused on catering to the local market, but Baltic Yachts quickly gained international recognition, with its sailboats being praised for their advanced design, excellent performance, and superior build quality. Significant milestones in the company's history include launching the cutting-edge Baltic 141 Canova in 2019, which showcased the manufacturer's technological prowess with its innovative DSS foil system.

Today, Baltic Yachts continues its tradition of excellence at its state-of-the-art shipyard in Jakobstad, Finland. The shipyard is renowned for its advanced facilities and skilled workforce, excelling in carbon fibre technology to deliver some of the world's most advanced yachts. Despite progressing towards larger and more complex yachts, the company remains true to its core values, delivering boats of exceptional quality and performance that exemplify the best of Scandinavian design and craftsmanship.

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Shipyard news : Baltic Yachts centralises production

Sören Gehlhaus

 ·  05.01.2023

Shipyard news: Baltic Yachts centralises production

Once Baltic has completed a yacht in Bosund, it has to be transported 21 kilometres through the Finnish coniferous forest by heavy goods vehicle. In the past, the 167-tonne, 44-metre-long carbon-slick "Path" took two and a half hours to reach the shipyard's own quay. In future, the Finns would like to save themselves this time-consuming and labour-intensive procedure and, with the inauguration of the new building, give up the area inland where it all began in 1973.

In the countryside: Baltics' founding headquarters in Bosund will soon be closed, here "Path" rolls away

The 100 by 35 metre building will be more than twice the size of the existing hall in the north of Jakobstad and is being built directly behind it. A structural connection will allow staff and materials to move easily between the two sites. The ground floor of the mostly two-storey, partly three-storey production hall will be filled by the CNC department and separate storage rooms for Corecell or Nomex cores and wood as well as composite raw materials such as prepregs, which have to be kept frozen.

The construction progress of the new 7,700 square metre hall

Sustainable production facility

The new building is supplied with district heating and electricity, benefits from large solar panels and has a fully recyclable bitumen roof, the production of which requires 25 per cent fewer emissions than conventional coverings. Steel beams, 90 per cent of which are made from recycled materials, support the first and second levels. As the hall is also designed to be practically airtight, it is heated highly efficiently in winter and cooled in summer. Baltic aims to further reduce electricity consumption by using a lighting system with proximity sensors.

By the end of 2023/beginning of 2024, all 205 employees will be building Baltic Yachts in one place. Like the existing facility, the new building will be owned by Baltic Boat Yard Oy, a separate property company owned by the City of Jakobstad and Baltic Yachts. Baltic CEO Anders Kurtén said:

This exciting development will improve efficiency by streamlining our yacht building process, bring the Baltic family together and be a leading example of an environmentally friendly industrial facility. That this is being realised in our 50th anniversary year is a great bonus!"

The majority stake in Baltic Yachts is held by a German, Professor Hans-Georg Näder. He is Chairman of the Board of Directors of the medical technology group Ottobock and owner of the Baltic 67 "Pink Gin Verde" . Its almost 54 metre long "Pink Gin VI" is for sale for 29.5 million euros. Sale .

Baltics existing Jakobstad site with quay. The new building will be erected behind the dark grey hall

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There’s hardly a better way to absorb Moscow’s atmosphere than on a ship sailing up and down the Moskva River. While complicated ticketing, loud music and chilling winds might dampen the anticipated fun, this checklist will help you to enjoy the scenic views and not fall into common tourist traps.

How to find the right boat?

There are plenty of boats and selecting the right one might be challenging. The size of the boat should be your main criteria.

Plenty of small boats cruise the Moskva River, and the most vivid one is this yellow Lay’s-branded boat. Everyone who has ever visited Moscow probably has seen it.

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This option might leave a passenger disembarking partially deaf as the merciless Russian pop music blasts onboard. A free spirit, however, will find partying on such a vessel to be an unforgettable and authentic experience that’s almost a metaphor for life in modern Russia: too loud, and sometimes too welcoming. Tickets start at $13 (800 rubles) per person.

Bigger boats offer smoother sailing and tend to attract foreign visitors because of their distinct Soviet aura. Indeed, many of the older vessels must have seen better days. They are still afloat, however, and getting aboard is a unique ‘cultural’ experience. Sometimes the crew might offer lunch or dinner to passengers, but this option must be purchased with the ticket. Here is one such  option  offering dinner for $24 (1,490 rubles).

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If you want to travel in style, consider Flotilla Radisson. These large, modern vessels are quite posh, with a cozy restaurant and an attentive crew at your service. Even though the selection of wines and food is modest, these vessels are still much better than other boats.

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Surprisingly, the luxurious boats are priced rather modestly, and a single ticket goes for $17-$32 (1,100-2,000 rubles); also expect a reasonable restaurant bill on top.

How to buy tickets?

Women holding photos of ships promise huge discounts to “the young and beautiful,” and give personal invitations for river tours. They sound and look nice, but there’s a small catch: their ticket prices are usually more than those purchased online.

“We bought tickets from street hawkers for 900 rubles each, only to later discover that the other passengers bought their tickets twice as cheap!”  wrote  (in Russian) a disappointed Rostislav on a travel company website.

Nevertheless, buying from street hawkers has one considerable advantage: they personally escort you to the vessel so that you don’t waste time looking for the boat on your own.

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Prices start at $13 (800 rubles) for one ride, and for an additional $6.5 (400 rubles) you can purchase an unlimited number of tours on the same boat on any given day.

Flotilla Radisson has official ticket offices at Gorky Park and Hotel Ukraine, but they’re often sold out.

Buying online is an option that might save some cash. Websites such as  this   offer considerable discounts for tickets sold online. On a busy Friday night an online purchase might be the only chance to get a ticket on a Flotilla Radisson boat.

This  website  (in Russian) offers multiple options for short river cruises in and around the city center, including offbeat options such as ‘disco cruises’ and ‘children cruises.’ This other  website  sells tickets online, but doesn’t have an English version. The interface is intuitive, however.

Buying tickets online has its bad points, however. The most common is confusing which pier you should go to and missing your river tour.

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“I once bought tickets online to save with the discount that the website offered,” said Igor Shvarkin from Moscow. “The pier was initially marked as ‘Park Kultury,’ but when I arrived it wasn’t easy to find my boat because there were too many there. My guests had to walk a considerable distance before I finally found the vessel that accepted my tickets purchased online,” said the man.

There are two main boarding piers in the city center:  Hotel Ukraine  and  Park Kultury . Always take note of your particular berth when buying tickets online.

Where to sit onboard?

Even on a warm day, the headwind might be chilly for passengers on deck. Make sure you have warm clothes, or that the crew has blankets ready upon request.

The glass-encased hold makes the tour much more comfortable, but not at the expense of having an enjoyable experience.

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Getting off the boat requires preparation as well. Ideally, you should be able to disembark on any pier along the way. In reality, passengers never know where the boat’s captain will make the next stop. Street hawkers often tell passengers in advance where they’ll be able to disembark. If you buy tickets online then you’ll have to research it yourself.

There’s a chance that the captain won’t make any stops at all and will take you back to where the tour began, which is the case with Flotilla Radisson. The safest option is to automatically expect that you’ll return to the pier where you started.

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VESSEL REVIEW | Sinichka – Electric commuter boats designed for Russia’s Moskva River

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A series of three new electric monohull commuter ferries have already begun operational sailings on the Moskva River in the Russian capital Moscow.

Built by Russian shipyard Emperium, sister vessels Sinichka , Filka , and Presnya – all named after rivers in Moscow – are being operated by the Moscow Department of Transport and Road Infrastructure Development (Moscow Deptrans). They are the first units of a planned fleet of 20 vessels that will serve the capital city and other nearby communities. The new ferry system will be the water transport system to be operated on the Moskva River in 16 years.

Each vessel has a welded aluminium hull, an LOA of 21 metres, a beam of 6.2 metres, a draught of only 1.4 metres, a displacement of 40 tonnes, and capacity for 80 passengers plus two crewmembers. Seating is available for 42 passengers on each ferry, and the main cabins are also fitted with USB charging ports, wifi connectivity, tables, toilets, and space for bicycles and scooters. The cabin layout can be rearranged to allow the operator to adjust the distances between the seats and to install armrests of varying widths.

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An open upper deck is also accessible to passengers and is the only area on each ferry where smoking is allowed.

The ferries are all of modular construction with each ferry’s wheelhouse, main cabin, and other structural elements being built as complete, separate components. This enables the ferries to be easily dismantled for transport to anywhere in Russia by rail and then quickly re-assembled within seven days.

The ferries are also ice-capable. Recently completed operational trials on the Moskva showed that the vessels can also easily navigate under mild winter conditions with broken surface ice, though year-round operations are planned for the entire fleet.

The ferries are each fitted with 500kWh lithium iron phosphate battery packs that supply power to two 134kW motors. This configuration can deliver a maximum speed of 11.8 knots, a cruising speed of just under 10 knots, and a range of 150 kilometres.

Emperium said the transfer of rotation of electric motors to the propeller is carried out by direct drive. As a propulsion installation, a pulling rotary propeller-steering column with double screws is used. The installation of double pulling screws, with similar power, allows an operator to increase the efficiency of the propulsion system to deliver a slightly higher speed or to reduce energy consumption. This arrangement also provides the ferries with enhanced manoeuvrability necessary for navigating in close quarters.

The batteries themselves have projected service lives of 10 to 12 years and are fitted with safety features such as built-in fire extinguishers and gas vents. Quick-disconnect features allow the batteries to be easily removed for replacement or maintenance.

Some of our readers have expressed disquiet at our publication of reviews and articles describing new vessels from Russia. We at Baird Maritime can understand and sympathise with those views. However, despite the behaviour of the country’s leaders, we believe that the maritime world needs to learn of the latest developments in vessel design and construction there.

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