Blohm+Voss BV80M

by Blohm+Voss Yachts with Eidsgaard Design

For historic German shipyard Blohm+Voss, exceptional has been the norm rather than the exception since the very beginning, periodically taking the form of truly extraordinary luxury yachts – extraordinary in terms of size, certainly, but most importantly in terms of technology and aesthetics, a trend that continues today with the new 80-metre / 262-foot yacht currently under construction at the yard’s Hamburg facilities. When the concept for the BV80M was previewed in issue 35 of Yacht Première in the first half of last year, both the naval architecture and the marine engineering were still in different phases of development. Finally, after 12 months of careful study on optimisation, in December 2015 the construction of the hull began, naturally with the laying of the keel. Since then, substantial progress has been made with the work, and in May this year, the German shipyard announced that it had completed the construction of the three main sections of the hull. Further stages were then completed, including the finalisation of orders for the main components and the streamlining of production processes in real time as the work progressed. All of this has already made it possible to shorten the delivery timescale considerably, to what is now an estimated total of 30 months from the date of contract, meaning that BV80M can be available for delivery in 2018 with fully custom interiors. Fred van Beers, the CEO of Blohm+Voss, enthusiastically comments: “It’s fantastic to see this stunning yacht beginning to take shape. With delivery available in 2018, the BV80M represents a unique opportunity in today’s market with the highest levels of build quality and a short lead time, keen pricing and comprehensive warranty.” His satisfaction is soundly based on very tangible things. From the moment it was presented at the Monaco Yacht Show, this new project by Blohm+Voss has attracted growing interest from clients, winning them over with its many outstanding qualities. The yacht comprehensively responds to the strong market demand for larger and larger vessels which are at the same time technically advanced and highly developed in aesthetic terms. In this respect, the new BV80M is a flawless distillation of the one and a half centuries of unassailable excellence that the German shipyard can boast in the shipbuilding sector. However, she also represents the march of progress, and is therefore an extraordinary embodiment of the innovative ideas and cutting-edge technologies that anticipate the future company direction of Blohm+Voss. Although it is clear that inspiration is drawn from the iconic creations previously launched by the Hamburg-based shipyard, the new BV80M is venturing in a different direction to herald a new era for Blohm+Voss yachts. Through an intelligent, efficient restructuring of the design and construction process, the vessel introduces a new semi-custom megayacht concept. Based on a platform with completely pre-engineered naval architecture, it allows both the exterior and interior design to be customised and makes it possible for the available space to be exploited to good effect to create a flexible layout. Thanks to a substantial reduction in project development and construction times, while of course keeping the high quality level to be expected from Blohm+Voss unchanged, delivery is quicker and owners can therefore take possession of their yacht well before it would normally be possible with a typical schedule. In any case, the owner’s individual requirements can be satisfied in full with a yacht that embodies their own lifestyle through a huge array of options. The collaboration between Blohm+Voss and Eidsgaard Design makes it clearly apparent that the new BV80M is truly a yacht devised as a balanced fusion of timeless elegance and a contemporary look, and as a flawless evolution from traditional technology to the technology of the future. Eidsgaard Design is a firm based in London, famous as an award-winning “next generation team”, which the historic Hamburg-based shipyard specially invited to join the BV80M project to tackle the complexity of the operation with a fresh, new, innovative approach. Peter Eidsgaard and Ben Harrison of Eidsgaard Design confirm this, saying: “We’ve aimed to adhere to and expand upon the illustrious heritage of Blohm+Voss and deliver an 80-m yacht that condenses this knowledge into an iconic vessel with its own distinct identity. We believe the new BV80M is a fitting tribute to the shipyard’s worldwide stature, as it blends timeless, elegant design with unique features. Overall, the BV80M has a beautiful hull shape, dramatic proportions and dynamic features.

Evoking the style of ocean-going vessels from the past, the hull has a generous bow flair, while the superstructure can be split into areas of white and grey metallic to enhance the forward motion of the lines and surfaces. On a practical level, the interior layout provides clear, uninterrupted space. This opens up many opportunities for flexible space-planning and permits large windows to give maximum views out and to the horizon. We’ve paid homage to recognisable Blohm+Voss designs and created a practical yet stunning yacht for the future.”

Some of the key concepts that guided the design of the spaces on board the BV80M were: accommodating the owner’s choices, efficiency in the use of space, adaptable multi-purpose areas, flexible furnishings and built-in versatility. In fact, owners can specify any space arrangement, which can be customised to meet a variety of needs, given that the availability of space on the yacht’s five decks is absolute. Among other things, a 50:50 ratio in terms of the size of outdoor and indoor surface areas has been achieved, so that outside and inside living areas are equally favoured. In addition, all the exterior decks are seamlessly connected by wide staircases that are built into the side walls of the superstructure. The decks also flow seamlessly together through each level, each seeming to be a sequential extension of the next. If we go on board the BV80M, if only in our imaginations for the moment with the help of the layout drawing, we can see the distribution of the outdoor and indoor spaces across the five decks of this yacht under construction, which will all be connected by a convenient lift terminating at the sun deck. The sun deck will have two sections featuring an alfresco dining area to aft that can be shaded with awnings, a relaxation area with sofas forward and a sunbathing area with a hydromassage tub flanked by sun pads. A relaxation and sunbathing area with sun beds can be found aft on the bridge deck together with an enclosed but openable fully equipped gym, while inside, a pantry and a day head are located amidships, with the captain’s cabin, ship’s office and wheelhouse forward. A relaxation area with sofas and an enclosed but openable dining area with a table will feature to aft on the upper deck, while inside, a pantry and a day head will be located amidships, while the owner’s suite with a private office, master stateroom, two bathrooms and two dressing rooms will be positioned forward. Last but not least, a helipad platform is located on the fore deck, which will also house a garage to store the rescue boat. The main deck astern features both a relaxation and sunbathing area with a swimming pool, bar, sun beds and sofas, and an enclosed but openable pool house with sofas. This fully glass-panelled space is laid out as a pleasing winter garden. A conversation lounge with sofas will feature inside, as well as a pantry and a day head amidships, while the guest area is located forward with six staterooms. Each guest stateroom can be double or twin, and the two forward cabins also have fold-down berths, while two pairs of adjoining staterooms have sliding panel partitions that open to create two VIP suites. In the forepeak area, the garage has two wing doors with room for a 10-metre / 32-foot limo tender and an 8-metre / 26-foot open tender. On the lower deck, the stern area is entirely occupied by the beach club. With the large hull door open, the beach club becomes a bar and lounge with a sea terrace and a reception area for owners and guests arriving by tender. The area aft of the beach club is a relaxing spa with a therapy pool, massage room and sauna room. This area could alternatively be used as a base for water sports, with a diving locker and storage for water toys and fishing gear. The crew quarters are located on the lower deck amidships and forward, featuring the galley, crew mess, crew lounge, four cabins for the officers and engineers, and eight crew cabins. On the tank deck, in addition to the laundry with ironing facilities and the crew gym, numerous storage spaces will also be present.


Jacob Herzog

Blohm+Voss BV80M technical specifications

L.O.A. 80 m / 262,467’’ ft
Beam12,8 m / 41,994’’ ft
Draft3,7 m / 12’139’’ ft
Gross Tonnageabt 2,300 GRT
Owners & guests 12 guests in 7 cabins
Crew23 crew in 13 cabins
Max speed17 kn
Cruising speed16 kn
Range6,000 nm at 12 kn
Fuel capacity 210 m3
Fresh water capacity40 m3
Tender & ToysSOLAS Rescue Boat, Space for 10 m Limo,
8 m Open RIB, Jet Skis and diverse water toys
Design Eidsgaard Design
BuilderBlohm+Voss GmbH
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