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Blohm+Voss’ semi-cus­tom BV80

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Dur­ing the course if its 137 years, Ger­man builder Blohm+Voss has launched a stag­ger­ing range of prod­ucts from air­craft to seago­ing ves­sels, from sail­ing ships to U-boats and bat­tle­ships, in­clud­ing the Bis­marck. In ad­di­tion to its mil­i­tary and com­mer­cial de­liv­er­ies, it has been re­spon­si­ble for a num­ber of sig­nif­i­cant cus­tom launches, most over 100 me­ters (328 feet). That list in­cludes the likes of A, Dubai, Eclipse and Savarona. With more than a thou­sand ves­sel launches to its credit, the company has just an­nounced its first semi-cus­tom de­sign: the 80-me­ter (262-foot) BV80. Why the new game plan?

“While we have built up a fan­tas­tic port­fo­lio and rep­u­ta­tion in this sec­tor, it is ex­tremely niche,” says Blohm+Voss Sales and Mar­ket­ing Di­rec­tor Pa­trick Coote. “We could clearly see an op­por­tu­nity to de­velop our of­fer­ings fur­ther, es­pe­cially given the strong de­mand for semi-cus­tom yachts with faster de­liv­ery and com­pet­i­tive pric­ing.”

The term semi-cus­tom of­ten is viewed by builders of larger yachts as con­not­ing an of­fer­ing of lesser stature, even if the hulls are GRP and come from a set-size mold and the sys­tems are pre-en­gi­neered. With the BV80, Blohm+Voss has cho­sen to embrace the term, but with some sub­tle dis­tinc­tions.

“When we set out to de­velop the BV80, we were adamant that we should stand apart from the other yards in dis­tinct ways,” says Coote. “Some yards of­fer a tech­ni­cal plat­form and then of­fer full flex­i­bil­ity from the hull up­wards. Other yards of­fer what is ef­fec­tively a pro­duc­tion boat with very limited op­tions to per­son­al­ize. We wanted to po­si­tion our­selves in the mid­dle so we have all the flex­i­bil­ity of the for­mer and all the price and de­liv­ery time ben­e­fits of the lat­ter.”

Blohm+Voss turned to London-based Eids­gaard De­sign for the look and feel of the BV80. The firm cre­ated an in­te­rior that pro­vides clear, un­in­ter­rupted spa­ces in­tended to give own­ers con­sid­er­able flex­i­bil­ity and al­low­ing full-height win­dow glaz­ing. Ameni­ties and ac­com­mo­da­tions on each of the yacht’s decks are cus­tom­iz­a­ble.

Ex­te­rior styling is sharp and ag­gres­sive with the sum of its fea­tures sug­gest­ing move­ment for­ward. Cor­ru­gated “wa­ter­falls” that flow down from the mast base through all the deck over­hangs to the swim plat­form en­hance

that per­cep­tion from astern. Wide stair­cases pro­vide easy move­ment be­tween decks. The hull and su­per­struc­ture can be painted to the owner’s taste.

The BV80 wouldn’t be a good choice for clients who pre­fer to stay in­doors with the a/c on. With a 50/50 ra­tio of in­door to out­door space, she was de­signed for peo­ple who en­joy their yacht­ing with a dose of salt air. The spec de­sign in­cludes a swimming pool on the main deck aft, a gen­er­ous sun­deck and a full-range beach club and spa.

The model is de­signed to pro­duce a top speed of 17 knots, a cruise of 16 and a range of 6,000 nau­ti­cal miles at 12.

Blohm+Voss says it has been in­un­dated with in­quiries since the project was an­nounced last fall. It set­tled on the size as a re­sult of broad-based re­search and what it calls strong de­mand in that range. The company says it can de­liver a fin­ished prod­uct 36 months from con­tract sign­ing. As of Novem­ber, it was of­fer­ing de­liv­ery in 2017.

Above: The spec de­sign for the BV80 fea­tures a sprawl­ing beach club and spa. right: Cor­ru­gated “wa­ter­falls” flow from the base of the mast to the swim plat­form. be­low: A swimmng pool oc­cu­pies the main deck aft.

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