BOAT TEST: Balt SunCamper 35
The SunCamper 35 was built on the basis of years of experience in the production and operation of its predecessor, the popular SunCamper 30. When the SunCamper 30 entered the market in 2010, it was awarded the title of Best Yacht of the Year in its class and more than 100 examples were subsequently built. Tried and tested covering thousands of kilometres across various canals, rivers and lakes throughout Europe has confirmed the practicality and user-friendly design for both leisure users and charter fleet operators.
The SunCamper 35 was designed by experienced naval architects Centkowski & Denert from Gdansk, who have completed more than 160 projects of various yachts and boats, of which more than 70,000 examples have been produced and in use around the world. Centkowski & Denert also designed the popular Balt Yacht 818, 918 and 1018 cruisers.
The distinctive hull shape of the SunCamper 35 with its higher bow, offers a dry ride in choppy waters whilst the lower side decks and aft platforms with walk-through transom provides ease of access from pontoons. Underwater the triple keels keep the draft to a minimum whilst offering greater directional stability and precise handling, with a flat aft section to minimise wash.
Another distinctive feature SunCamper 35 is the large panoramic windows in the light and airy wheelhouse, internally it can accommodate 7 people overnight in comfort with 2 bathrooms.
By opening the glazed aft sliding door the saloon and cockpit create one large living space, the awning can be lowered under the roof, covering the entire cockpit and providing additional shelter from wind and rain.
Undoubtedly, the advantage of this cabin cruiser is the ease of access between saloon and cockpit, aft platforms, side decks and flybridge provided by a wide sliding aft door and a side door next to the helmsman's seat which will undoubtedly be appreciated by the helmsman when docking.
The functional interior of the SunCamper 35 includes everything you need for long family cruises. At the front of the vessel there is a comfortable, lockable bow cabin with good headroom, a double bed, an additional separate berth on the port side and a bathroom on the starboard side.
Moving aft the internal helm position is located on the starboard side along with a generous fully equipped galley with a sink, gas cooker, refrigerator, high and low level cupboards and drawers providing ample storage. Further aft is the entrance to the double aft guest cabin. On the port side of the wheelhouse is located comfortable dinette area where the table completely lowers and converts into a comfortable extra bed for 2 people.
The aft facing seat of the dinette has an adjustable backrest and a lift mechanism that provides a double forward facing co-pilots seat when underway. Behind the dinette is the main bathroom with shower and toilet.
Behind the wheelhouse there is a large sheltered functional cockpit with comfortable seating surrounding a large picnic table for up to 8 people. Additional storage compartments are located under the seats. On the transom on the starboard side there is a gate that allows you to enter the starboard stern platform, under which the swim ladder is fixed. The aft platform on the port side can be used to store 2 to 4 bicycles, which can be suspended vertically on an optional bike rack.
A ladder located on the port side of the cockpit gives access to the flybridge through a large hatch. On the starboard side of the flybridge there is a large double sunpad, which can easily be converted into a comfortable sofa with a backrest. On the port side there is a folding seat and console for the second external helm position, all surrounded with generous stainless steel railings for additional security. Towards the rear of the flybridge is a dedicated area for the optional solar panels.
The wider deck with high safety handrails on the portside allow for easy access to the bows, where you will find a seating area and the perfect vantage point to watch the world go by. The portside deck although narrow is still very useable thanks to the high-level grab rails, and both sides are equipped with four cleats for easy docking.
The recommended engine for SunCamper 35 is an outboard engine with power from 60 to 115 hp. For calm waters, lakes, canals and rivers recommend the Yamaha 60hp high-thrust, which allows speeds up to 8knots. When fitted with the largest Yamaha 115 hp, the SunCamper 35 can reach up to approximately 14 knots. The outboard engine, in combination with the bow thruster fitted as standard provides excellent close quarters manoeuvrability. There is also the possibility to have an inboard Yanmar 57hp diesel engine.