advocates composite construction by using the materials to build yachts. Baltic specializes in sailing yachts. It is located in the municipality of Larsmo in Finland, where it is the largest employer. The shipyard was established in 1973 and now produces sailing yachts between 50 feet (15 m) and 197 feet (60 m) in length. Advanced and light materials, such as carbon fiber and Kevlar are used in the construction. In 1973, a group of five men collaborated with locals from the Bosund, Finland area to build a light displacement sailboat to perform better than the competitors and make the sailing experience enjoyable for cruising and racing sailors. Today, the yachts are highly individualized and benefit from on-site design and engineering groups working with customers. At Baltic, design starts out as an iterative process to determine performance and weight. Baltic also has its own control system for accurate weight and center of gravity calculations that solidifies the design for use in construction. The lamination process allows for less resin usage. Baltic Yachts continues to utilize research & development, high-tech materials and the latest methods to build semi-custom (ranging from 50 to 66 feet) and full custom yachts up to 200 feet in their state-of-the-art facilities on the west coast of Finland. Since 1991, Baltic Yachts Americas has been working side-by-side with customers. Whether it's a custom built boat or a well maintained used yacht, you can rely on the knowledge and guidance of Baltic Yachts Americas.