Bruntons Propellers recently delivered what is thought to be the first four blade titanium folding propeller manufactured. Specifically designed for the latest Baltic Yachts launch, a Baltic 115 Custom, this 36” Varifold titanium propeller is between forty and 50 kilos lighter than a standard Varifold, but loses nothing in terms of its performance, strength and durability.
The Baltic 115 Custom was designed from the outset to be both a comfortable cruising yacht and a high performance superyacht that will be very competitive racing: every aspect of the yachts design and build was carefully thought through to ensure that the lowest possible weight was the final outcome. The Varifold titanium propeller provided the opportunity to not only save weight but to allow further savings to be made with the rest of the propulsion package connected to it.
Titanium is an excellent material from which to build a propeller providing a very high strength to weight ratio and excellent sea water corrosion resistance. David Sheppard, Products Manager at Bruntons says, “All our range of two, three and four blade Varifolds will now be available in titanium giving any racing sailing yacht an additional competitive edge”.
Bruntons are often asked to design and manufacture propellers or complete propulsion systems for yachts where the currently available options just will not do. The company is one of the world’s most knowledgeable propeller manufacturers with over one hundred years’ experience designing and manufacturing propellers for naval, leisure and commercial craft often having, as with the Baltic 115, highly advanced or unique requirements.