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BALT 818 Titanium

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Manufactured by the long-established Polish boatbuilding company Balt-Yacht, which has made a name for itself as a contract manufacturer of numerous well-known international brands. At 27'6” long and 8'10” wide the Balt 818 Titanium is a substantial cruiser, whose modern lines set her apart from the competition right away. With its standard cockpit hard-top designed in a starship enterprise look, the huge cabin windows it certainly looks quite futuristic.


Berths: With Outboard Engine: 6
With Diesel Engine: 5

Sleeps: 6

Weight: 1850 kg

Draught: With Outboard Engine: 0.40 m
With Diesel Engine: 0.58 m

Max load: 825 kg

Fuel tank: 100L

Waste tank: 50L

Water tank: 80L/170L

CE Category: C-6

Hull length: 7.30 m

Total width: 2.70 m

Total length: 8.48 m

Transport height: 3.10 m

Max outboard engine : 90 HP

Max stationary engine: 60 HP

Height above waterline: 2.73 m

Although the dark tint windscreen follows this modern look, we prefer the alternative clear option as in poor weather or cruising at dusk it provides better visibility.

The dashboard is equipped with multifunctional Yamaha CL5 digital displays which is standard on 50hp+ engine options. Sufficient space remains for additional navigation instruments. The single level gear and throttle control feels positive, and the quality you would expect from Yamaha. Surprising hydraulic steering is standard equipment, normally a costly option on most boats and makes maneuvering light work. Upon entering the cabin, you immediately notice how airy and light it is with an impressive 6'4” headroom. The large hull windows immutably catch you eye which gives you a really great panoramic view of the water, one is located above the galley, the other in the dinette area.

The dinette can be transformed into an additional berth using the table. This model was fitted with the diesel-powered Webasto cabin heater which provides cosy warmth in colder months. Adjacent to the galley is the fully lined bathroom with pump-out toilet and wash hand basin. Useful extras for the toilet compartment would be the shower upgrade and the actually indispensable porthole blinds. The bow berth measures an impressive 6'4” x 5'10” with storage below, there is an option to have this separated with a bulkhead and door but we fell the open plan layout works best. The smaller aft underfloor berth is 6'5”x 3'8”, and has a privacy curtain.

The cockpit impresses with its practical layout and deep freeboard for younger grew members, praiseworthy is the very handy central XXL storage locker. A safety-relevant highlight is the offset non-slip side decks which are upto an amazing 17” wide on the starboard side and still a respectable 4” to port. The extended bathing platform make low level boarding a breeze with step-free access into the cockpit. The Yamaha 40hp fourstroke outboard motor is barely audible at idle speed, with the gear engaged we glide forward at 1.2 knots - ideal for navigating marinas and locks.

At river speed of 4.0 knots fuel consumption is just over 2 l/h. For purely non-tidal inland cruising although the 25hp engine option would be more than adequate, we would suggest the 40hp option for effortless cruising. Although perfect for inland waterways the Balt Yacht 818 has a CE Category C making it suitable for sheltered coastal cruising where we would suggest 70hp would be the minimum with the largest 115hp option providing speeds in excess of 20knots. In summary, the Balt 818 Titanium can be best described as the perfect family-friendly cruiser. Absolute plus points from our point of view are the superb light and airy cabin and ease of access and moving around the deck. In combination with the amazingly smooth Yamaha 40hp, you have a great low maintenance, low fuel consumption inland boating package. We look forward to trying the 115hp version.