VIDEO: BV80, Semi-Custom Megayacht by Blohm+Voss

Blohm+Voss is stirring up interest in a new megayacht project, the BV80. The German builder is stirring interest in more than one way, too. It created a YouTube video to promote BV80—before a press release has been issued or notice has appeared on its own website. Construction has also already begun, on spec. And, the BV80 marks Blohm+Voss’ entry into the semi-custom megayacht market.

The BV80 is from the drawing board of Eidsgaard Design. The LOA is, as the name suggests, 80 meters, or 262 feet. The video teases mere glimpses of the BV80’s styling. However, she appears to be four decks high.

Blohm+Voss has made a name for itself in the upper end of the megayacht market. The size of the BV80 therefore fits in well among its deliveries. However, all Blohm+Voss projects to date have been fully custom. On its YouTube channel, the builder explains the reasoning behind the BV80 this way:

The BV80 combines proven engineering with flexibility. While the hull, machinery and superstructure are pre-engineered, there are many areas and elements that can be customised to the owner’s personal requirements.

This is not a mere ‘concept.’ Following a long period of detailed, behind-closed-doors planning, the first BV80 is already at an advanced stage of development. Potential owners will be pleasantly surprised by its short lead-time.

Watch the video, and see how much of the BV80 you can discern. In the meantime, Blohm+Voss says “thousands of hours” of planning has gone into the megayacht. Blohm+Voss pledges to release more details at the Monaco Yacht Show.

Shipyard Spotlight: Royal Huisman

Royal-Huisman-Blue-Papillon Family-run shipyards hold special appeal with some megayacht buyers. Royal Huisman’s admirers certainly respect how current operations are under the fourth generation of Huismans. Of course, there’s more to a yacht builder than family bonds. There’s reliability, and a desire to continuously achieve.

Royal Huisman was established in 1884 by Jan Jans Huisman. Wooden fishing boats were the focus. While pleasureboats eventually were built, wood remained the material of choice until the 1950s. That’s when Royal Huisman, which earned the prestigious “Royal” designation in 1984, began building steel yachts. (In The Netherlands, a company receives the designation from the monarch based on certain qualifications. These include operating consecutively in one business sector for 100 years.) Just as yacht buyers “grow” into bigger boats, Royal Huisman has as well. Today, it builds 98- to 295-foot (30- to 90-meter), all-custom megayachts. It also builds them in metal or carbon composite, and as sailing yachts or motoryachts.


Sailing yachts have made Royal Huisman the go-to builder for a number of owners. Deliveries like Juliet, Saudade, Hyperion, Unfurled, Athena, Ethereal, Hanuman, and more are among its most notable. Several compete in regattas, while others are content crisscrossing oceans on their own bottoms. While the number of motoryachts from Royal Huisman can be counted on one hand, they’re no less impressive. Arcadia (above) is arguably the most famous. She was commissioned by a yachtsman in pursuit of long-range, efficient, no-fuss cruising. Royal Huisman’s skills with lightweight aluminum and composites aided in attracting his attention. Among her achievements: transiting the often-inhospitable Northwest Passage.

Whether power or sail, a yacht built by Royal Huisman is almost entirely an in-house project. Its sister company, Rondal, manufactures masts, hatches, winches, doors, and more. Royal Huisman further has a furniture department (below). Owners can walk through mockups of rooms, complete with floors and upholstery, for approval before final assembly takes place.


Owners—Royal Huisman deliveries or not—can also tap the Huisfit department for repairs and refits. Huisfit has serviced a number of yachts since being actively promoted starting in 2011. Currently under the care of Huisfit is Samurai, formerly known as Mari Cha IV. She’s a conversion project, turning an offshore racer into a comfortable cruiser who can still carve up the oceans.

Recently delivered and current projects are keeping buyers’ eyes on Royal Huisman. In the former category, Wisp, a “gentleman’s cruiser,” should be a good brand ambassador at next month’s Monaco Yacht Show. Also during the boat show, Royal Huisman will reveal full details of a new-build 190-foot (58-meter) high-performance sloop that her owner wants to be “edgy” and “a beast” on the water. A little later this year, the builder should be able to reveal more about two additional sailing yachts, too. One is in the 131-foot (40-meter) range, designed by Dykstra Naval Architects. The other is an all-carbon-fiber, highly confidential design by Sparkman & Stephens; no LOA or other information is available.

2nd Sunrise 45M Launched by Sunrise Yachts

Sunrise-45m-Project-182This megayacht marks not just the second Sunrise 45m in the water, but the first Sunrise Yachts project being delivered to a North American owner. LOA is, as the name states, 45 meters, or 147 feet.

The second Sunrise 45m comes five years after Africa, her sistership, was delivered. Africa is the project that made the international yacht-buying community aware of Sunrise Yachts. In similar fashion, the new Sunrise 45m bears a full-displacement steel hull. She also rises three decks high. Gross tonnage is 499. Furthermore, like her sistership, the megayacht features engineering by Studio Scanu and technical highlights like a systems tunnel. The latter stretches from the engine room to the bow thruster area fully forward. Back in 2009 when Africa was launched, and even today, this type of access in this size range is rare.

With a beam of 29’2” (8.93 meters), the Sunrise 45m does make some aesthetic departures from Africa. She has a light-wood interior, punctuated by bright colors, compared to Africa’s dark-stained woods. The owner tapped Franck Darnet Design, the same firm that worked with Sunrise Yachts on Africa. Ten guests and nine crewmembers will be accommodated aboard.

Sunrise Yachts will only refer to the new Sunrise 45m as Hull 182. When the contract was signed, she was also called Project Sunset. The Turkey-based builder plans to keep the real name confidential until delivery next month.

Speaking of next month, the Sunrise 45m will debut at the Monaco Yacht Show. She will then head stateside for display at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.

Inflatable Climbing Wall: Rentals Now Offered


Over the past year, the inflatable climbing wall has proven to be one of the best sellers at Eco Yacht Toys. Now the company is offering the climbing wall on a rental basis, in both the Med and Caribbean.

Developed by Green Yachts, the inflatable climbing wall measures 16’4” x 9’8” (5 meters x 3 meters). It’s available as a vertical wall (pictured) and a horizontal one. It can also attach to any megayacht, regardless of LOA or if power vs. sail. Green Yachts consulted professional rock climbers in designing the patent-pending product. Just like in reality, the “rocks” on the inflatable climbing wall are different sizes. They’re also different colors: green, yellow, and red, signifying easy, moderate, and challenging climbs. Novice guests can grab onto the green rocks, for example. Adventurous guests will no doubt zero in on the red ones.

Megayacht captains and crew who have the inflatable climbing wall onboard say just two crewmembers can easily set it up. They also say that guests, and onlookers, cheer with delight when they make it to the top of the wall. Good word of mouth has led to more demand, according to Eco Yacht Toys. That’s why the company is making the inflatable climbing wall available on a rental basis. Some yachts may want it for just a quick trip, or want to try it before they buy it.

For the rest of the summer season, the inflatable climbing wall is available solely in the Med. Eco Yacht Toys will deliver it to you. Staring in the winter, Eco Yacht Toys will have the inflatable climbing wall available for rent in the Caribbean.

Rates vary according to rental duration. Two to four days are 350 euros per day, while nine or more days are 200 euros per day. Regardless, a two-day minimum is required. And, prices exclude VAT and shipping.
Of course, you can still buy the inflatable climbing wall, or order customized versions of it, from Eco Yacht Toys.

Comanche, Jim Clark’s Blazing-Fast Racer


When word broke earlier this year of Hodgdon Yachts building a 100 Super Maxi for Jim Clark, yachting and racing fans alike went nuts. This 100-foot (30.5-meter) pre-preg yacht, to be called Comanche, is now a few weeks from launch at Hodgdon Yachts.

The Maine-based builder is widely known for its expertise in cold-molded construction. It’s equally adept with advanced composites. Some of the projects that Hodgdon Yachts has built with those composites have been governed by confidentiality clauses, restricting publicity. Hodgdon Yachts is under a similar confidentiality agreement regarding Comanche. For now, it can reveal that the oven used to cure the hull and superstructure is the largest one in marine service in the United States. Furthermore, Hodgdon Yachts built the oven itself. Comanche has one of the largest single-infusion hulls constructed stateside, and even globally.

The bigger, more specific details about Comanche have come from members of Clark’s project-management team. One such person is Ken Read, president of North Sails Group. Read is a well-known sailor and has helmed previous yachts belonging to Clark. “This boat isn’t for around the buoys,” he tells Sailing World. “We want to tick off every major race.”

The first such event that Comanche is set to participate in is the Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race. Starting December 26, it’s among the most influential in the world and covers 628 nautical miles. Read says Clark wants to also break the Transatlantic record aboard.

When you consider that Comanche is being built within a 12-month timeframe, the ambition is all the more apparent. Comanche bears naval architecture from Van Peteghem Lauriot Prévost (VPLP) and Guillaume Verdier. Each design studio has previously collaborated on racers. VPLP and Hodgdon Yachts’ in-house engineering department further have been working closely. Equally noteworthy, Hodgdon Yachts is building every component of Comanche, down to the steering wheels.

We don’t yet know how fast Comanche will be. The lightweight construction and design, however, hold a lot of promise. Stay tuned for her launch, mast-stepping, and transport to Australia.