2005 Baltic Yachts 60 Custom – NOW SOLD


Grabau International is delighted to announce the sale of the 2005 Baltic Yachts 60 Custom ‘OPS 5’.

A very VERY special Baltic. OPS5 is a completely custom Baltic 60 built to an extremely high specification for an experienced serial Baltic Yachts owner.

Beautifully presented and professionally maintained since launch, her invntory highlights are many and include:-
• Carbon/epoxy construction with Nomex core
• Nomex cored interior joinery
• Added noise insulation in sleeping cabins
• Carbon Hall spars rig – repainted 2017
• Standing rigging ultrasound tested 2017
• Retractable bowthruster
• North Sail wardrobe plus full regatta suit of sails
• Harken electric winches
• B&G Hercules navigation instruments
• 2x Garmin chart plotters plus PC – 2018
• 1000Ah of Sonnenschein gel service batteries
• Spectra watermaker
• 2.5kw inverter
• Webasto air-conditioning and heating system
• Sanguinetti retractable mooring bollard
• Removable composite anchor fitting
• Tender and outboard
• Tender garage
• Carbon passarelle


The aim of this 60-footer was to create a truly dual-purpose boat optimised for both cruising and racing.
Designed by judel/vrolijk Ops 5 was commissioned to perform well under both the IMS rule, popular in the Mediterranean at the time, and also under IRC which had a broader following.

Judel/vrolijk drew a relatively narrow boat with plumb ends to take advantage of waterline length, but without the somewhat ungainly slab-sided shape that had become predominant under the IMS rule.
As with so many yachts of this era, Ops had to perform just as well as a cruising yacht. Equipment including the air-conditioning unit, watermaker and anchor windlass were designed so that they could be removed easily when the yacht was in competition mode.

With a marginally overlapping jib, swept spreaders for close-hauled trimming and a powerful sailplan, this yacht was optimised for light to moderate Mediterranean style conditions.

OPS5 is a custom Baltic 60 IMS designed for the Mediterranean and was another challenging and exciting cooperation with Judel/Vrolijk & co. A project that again put Baltic Yachts capability to build a multi purpose yacht on test. The idea was to fit and optimize two worlds, racing and cruising into the same package. The approach of the Baltic 60 has been slightly different than with the Baltic 56 and 66.

This 60 footer is built as a custom project for one of our previous clients and the concept has been worked out together with his family and crew. The idea of using the boat for competitive IMS racing was a deciding factor in asking Rolf Vrolijk and his design team to come up with a shape that is IMS optimized taking the latest rule changes and model testing into consideration.

The hull and deck are in epoxy carbon, core-cell sandwich laminates and the same goes for structural bulkheads and interior paneling. The interior is comfortable for family cruising but using high-tech methods and materials will enable us to stay within design weight.

Some cruising equipment like air-condition unit, anchor windlass, water maker etc is installed in such a way that they can relatively easily be removed when transferring the yacht from cruising to racing mode.

This yacht was delivered early spring 2005 and participated in the Baltic Yachts Rendezvous in Porto Rotondo and came out as the over-all winner of the event.


It was a big challenge for us to design a new Baltic 60 one-off for racing under IMS as well as racing under IRC, without compromising the cruising ability.

The basic hull concept is a further development of our very successful IMS class 500 design, such as “Innovision”, “Banco Espiritu Santo”, “Bribon 2004”. The hull has a high Length to Beam ratio for low resistance when heeled upwind, but without the extreme flat top sides you see on new IMS racers. The displacement is in the medium range with approximate 17000kg in IMS trim and will guarantee very good upwind performance in all conditions. The hull has a long bow overhang which will give a very long effective length.

The sail plan is fractional with a short top mast. This configuration in combination with an 110% overlap Jib will be very competitive under IMS and IRC racing. The concept with angled spreaders and without runners will also make it a very good and comfortable cruising boat upwind. The mast layout allows fractional as well as top spinnakers and can be optimize for light conditions by using the top spinnakers. For cruising purpose the asymmetrical top spinnakers will make it easy to handle the boat downwind. The sail area is big and will make the boat a good performer in light conditions so often found on the Mediterranean area.

One of the restrictions from the customer was the maximum draft of 3.300m. This is of course for a performance very shallow and needed an intelligent solution. We opted for a cast iron top with big recess in the top that can also be used as a bilge. The bottom part is profiled bulb, which will still give good side force and will have a bigger affective draft. Additional we designed pockets in the side of the bulb that can be filled up lead (450kg) to give the boat more stability when not sailing in IMS trim. This appendage concept will produce a very low center of gravity combined with a good lifting surface for upwind performance.
Construction is to the high Baltic quality and the intention to detail guarantees a low weight for a boat with a complete interior. The interior concept is from the Baltic design group and represents the ideas of the owner. We as a design team are very proud on the final outcome of the yacht and look forward to see the performance of the boat against the competition.

Rolf Vrolijk
Judel/Vrolijk & co

We wish her new owners fair winds and following seas.

For those that missed out, Grabau International has a number of other similar yachts available for sale including:

Baltic Yachts 66 – full details here

Ice Yachts 62 – full details here

Baltic Yachts 61 – full details here

Baltic Yachts 60 Custom – full details here

Nautor Swan 60 FD – full details here

Nautor Swan 56 – full details here

Do you have a yacht like this to sell? Grabau International are always looking for new high quality cruising yacht listings both in the UK and internationally. For further information about our tailored brokerage services, please look here or feel free to contact us.

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