Ever since its foundation in 1877, the German shipyard Blohm+Voss has progressively become truly synonymous with magnificent shipbuilding in every sector, from transport to military vessels.
The Hamburg-based shipyard’s years of experience have brought it ever-growing knowledge and skills, supporting the brand’s drive towards technological innovation which has constantly focused on future technological prospects and anticipating their benefits to good effect.
The beginning of the 20th century marked a turning point, when the first passenger vessel expressly designed by Blohm+Voss exclusively for pleasure cruising was built at the shipyard’s Hamburg facilities. Then, in 1930, a liner built by the German shipyard won the legendary Blue Riband for the fastest crossing of the Atlantic Ocean. The following year saw another major milestone for Blohm+Voss: the launch of its first private luxury yacht, the fabled 134-metre Savarona. Since then, there has been a succession of outstanding super yachts, and not just in terms of size: from Golden Odyssey and Lady Moura to Eco and Mayan Queen IV, via the contemporary portfolio of the most recent super yachts including the 163-metre Eclipse, the 119-metre A, Palladium, and finally today’s Graceful. From this extraordinary genealogy, Blohm+Voss Yachts – a specialist division of Blohm+Voss Shipyards – has now successfully distilled nearly 140 years of the utmost excellence in German shipbuilding and all the pride that comes with a Blohm+Voss creation into a single new design. This distillation of ideas and innovations, which has built up a flawless international reputation for the Hamburg-based shipyard over the years, is the design for a new super yacht with a length overall of 80 metres, equivalent to 263 feet, and estimated gross tonnage of 2,300 GRT. The vessel – code BV80 – has been designed by Blohm+Voss working with London-based Eidsgaard Design, an award-winning “next-generation team” carefully chosen by Blohm+Voss to take a fresh new approach to the ambitious, innovative project.
Peder Eidsgaard and Ben Harrison of Eidsgaard Design had this to say: “We aimed to adhere to and expand upon the illustrious heritage of Blohm+Voss and deliver an 80-metre yacht that condenses this knowledge into an iconic vessel with its own distinct identity. We believe the BV80 is a fitting tribute to the shipyard’s worldwide stature, as it blends timeless, elegant design with unique features. Overall, the BV80 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 spaces. These open up many opportunities for flexible space-planning and permit 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.”
Although the inspiration drawn from the now iconic vessels previously built and launched by Blohm+Voss is clearly visible, the new BV80 goes in a new direction to develop the shipyard’s super yachts for a new era. Through its innovative, intelligent formulation of the design and construction process, the BV80 introduces a new concept for a semi-custom super yacht.
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 profitably exploited to create a flexible layout on every deck.
With a substantial reduction in project development and construction times at the yard, while of course keeping the high quality level unchanged as per Blohm+Voss standards, delivery of the vessel is quicker and potential owners can take possession of their yacht well before it would normally be possible with a typical schedule. Each owner’s individual requirements can be fully satisfied with a design to fit his or her personal lifestyle, thanks to a huge range of options and opportunities. These start with the external look of the yacht, with a livery in colours inspired by the owner’s wishes, meaning that the colour of the paintwork may be selected by the owner personally or based on the professionals’ suggestions.
The designer has framed the full-height windows of the lounge and atrium with a dark grey-burgundy tone contrasting with the suggested white and grey metallic paints of the yacht.
Alternatively, an owner can opt for the striking choice of white-on-white to recall the elegance and beauty of a Greek goddess wandering the blue waters of the Mediterranean. Perhaps it’s no accident that the flowing lines of her winding robe are symbolised in the yacht’s own lines with the corrugated ‘waterfall’ that flows down from the mast base through all the aft overhangs. Moreover, extending from the sun deck’s central mast base there are two arms reaching outboard and aftward, creating elegant ‘wings’ for the satellite domes and providing a framework for the glass windbreaks.
In addition, all the exterior decks are seamlessly connected by wide staircases built into the side walls of the superstructure. The decks also flow seamlessly together, each seeming to be a sequential extension of the next. A 50:50 ratio of exterior and interior areas has been achieved on the five decks of the BV80 to give equal emphasis to outdoor and indoor living. The same key concepts are present throughout the BV80: accommodating the owner’s choices, efficiency in the use of space, adaptable multi-purpose areas, flexible furnishings and built-in versatility. Owners can specify any space arrangement for adaptation to meet a variety of needs and requirements. Here are a few key examples on each deck, beginning with the sun deck: aft of the mast base, the plans show a large circular dining table and chairs beside a credenza for use as a counter.
At the forward end, a sofa faces a recessed Jacuzzi with built-in sun beds at each side while awnings offer a respite from the sun. On the bridge deck, the plan currently identifies the large indoor area aft of the bridge as a gym. Alternatively, it could be used as a VIP cabin, a home cinema or a study and library, or perhaps a games room or a bar and lounge.
On the owner’s deck or upper deck, the space shown as a dining room could become a bar and lounge or a VIP suite with en suite bathroom. The owner’s suite offers even more flexibility. It is currently shown with a master stateroom, two bathrooms, two dressing areas and an office, but alternatively could be arranged to incorporate an extra staff cabin or nursery. Last but not least, the foredeck features the additional option of a helipad platform. On the main deck, the proposed layout features six guest staterooms, each of which can be double or twin, while the two forward cabins also have fold-down berths. Two pairs of adjoining staterooms have partitions that slide open to create VIP suites. Aft of the saloon, the glass-panelled pool house can be laid out as a luxurious winter garden or a relaxing alfresco dining room facing the swimming pool and sunbathing entertainment areas. The garage in the forepeak area is large enough for a 10-metre / 32-foot limo tender and an 8-metre / 26-foot open tender. On the lower deck, with the tenders stowed elsewhere, the stern area is entirely dedicated to 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 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.
BV80 technical specifications
|Length (overall)||80 m / 262’47’’ ft|
|Beam||12.8 m / 42’00’’ ft|
|Draft||3.7 m / 12’14’’ ft|
|Gross tonnage||abt 2,300 GRT|
|Owners & guests||12 guests in 7 cabins|
|Crew||23 crew in 13 cabins|
|Tenders & toys||SOLAS Rescue Boat
Space for 10 m Limo, 8 m Open RIB,
Jet Skis and diverse water toys
|Max speed||17 knots|
|Cruising speed||16 knots|
|Range||6,000 nautical miles at 12 knots|
|Fuel capacity||210 m³|
|Fresh water capacity||40 m³|
|Additional features||Swimming pool, Jacuzzi|
|Shipyard||Blohm+Voss Shipyards GmbH