My Song is the sixth yacht total and the fourth sailing yacht designed by Nauta for the same Owner, the latest step in a partnership based on mutual admiration and respect that began almost 30 years ago. My Song is also the fourth collaboration between Nauta and Baltic Yachts, renowned and respected worldwide for their composite custom sailing yacht builds. While Nauta created the general concept, exterior and interior design, hull lines, sail plan and appendages are by Reichel/Pugh. The hull is elegant dark blue with a gold cove stripe and a dark, metallic grey coachroof. Mahogany, carbon and titanium are all used on deck and establish a colour palette that is both the result of functional and aesthetic choices.
“Think weight” was the project’s imperative: Baltic is renowned for their weight-saving construction methods and their solutions are trusted. Research was done down to the last bolt and screw to find the lightest and strongest possible option to guarantee top reliability and performance.
While weight saving was key, the design process also focused on insulation from noise and vibration. Only the most effective solutions in terms of both noise and weight reduction were the used aboard My Song, one of the most lightweight and silent superyachts on the water.
The Owner was very much involved in the design process. His design brief was simple yet challenging: he asked for elegant yet sexy lines and a deck layout where the most advanced racing gear could be placed in the most discrete way possible. Easier said than done.
The owner sails in some of the world’s most beautiful locations with family and friends so he wanted his new yacht to be comfortable and eye-catching, with balanced proportions. He wanted to be able to sail My Song short-handed crew when cruising, but he wanted to use the same yacht for racing. The deck layout had to meet regatta regulations and satisfy the top America’s Cup/Maxi72/TP52 sailors who are part of My Song’s racing crew.
A full scale mock-up of the deck was built in Italy and the Owner, together with both his regular and his racing crew, revised the layout and added a number of elements. Nauta collected all input, made it coherent and logical and integrated it into the drawings. Thanks to the size of the boat and to over 30-years of experience, Nauta designed a deck layout that sets a new standard for cruising comfort combined with racing thrills.
The look of Baltic 130’ My Song is defined by aggressive lines where the coachroof profile is low slung and almost hidden by 30cm high gunwales which double as footholds when racing or as additional seating- with the handrails as backrests- when cruising. The coachroof looks even sleeker thanks to teak and glass strips running along it. A 4m long freeing port was integrated into the gunwales along the coachroof windows to allow natural light and views into the saloon. Adding to the sleek, clean effect, tacklines, sheets and systems run under the deck, hidden from the sight.