Baltic 79

Delivered to an Italian owner last year, this carbon-composite hull has a lifting keel that can reduce draft from 14 feet, 9 inches to less than 10 feet. The rig includes a new “canoe” boom that is supposed to be easier to use and store the mainsail better than the more traditional wide, flat Park Avenue boom. The nonoverlapping jib makes the yacht easy to handle, and the rig’s four swept-back spreaders obviate the need for running backstays.

Other features include a flip-out design to get the anchor clear of the anchor well and a stern garage large enough to house a 10-foot dinghy. Interior spaces feature a large main saloon and an owner’s and two guest cabins forward.

Baltic Yachts USA, 53 America’s Cup Avenue, Newport, RI 02840; 401-846-0300