Blohm+Voss BV80: Design Details in Depth

Blohm+Voss-BV80-water-renderWhen the Blohm+Voss BV80 was initially teased last month, the semi-custom megayacht got people’s attention. Now that full details are available, the 262-foot (80-meter) yacht should attract plenty more interest.

The Blohm+Voss BV80 is notable for being the first semi-custom megayacht among all the yachts the German yard has built since 1900. (The company actually dates to 1877, constructing ships at first.) If you’re surprised by the move, there’s some strong logic to it. Plenty of megayacht buyers are more concerned with outlining where they and their guests want to spend their time, versus specifying technical systems, crew’s quarters, and related factors. They have no qualms about a shipyard pre-setting these.


The Blohm+Voss BV80 is a nod to current trends in other ways. The shipyard tapped Eidsgaard Design, a rising name in yachting circles. The team envisions metallic paint, in contrasting white and gray, for the superstructure. It’s further calling for some of the large ports to be rimmed in a burgundy tone. Should you want a more dramatic profile, Eidsgaard Design has several other overall color options for the BV80. Just be sure to preserve the “waterfall” effect aft (above). Ribbed sections cascade down the central portion of the yacht, starting at the mast.

Inside, the build and design teams have a number of suggestions. The Blohm+Voss BV80 has fixed locations for the owner’s suite and guest staterooms, though their layouts can change. For example, the master can have two dressing areas, two baths, and an office. Opt instead for a staff cabin or nursery to occupy some space, adjacent. Also on the owner’s deck, one level above the main deck, you can have a private dining area, with a handy pantry. Or, replace the dining area with a bar-equipped lounge or a VIP stateroom. The Blohm+Voss BV80 situates six guest staterooms on the main deck as standard, available as doubles, twins, and with pullmans. Want flexibility? Have one pair, even two pairs, of adjacent staterooms become suites instead, with large private sitting rooms.


With nearly 42 feet (12.8 meters) of beam, the Blohm+Voss BV80 does not suffer lack of other amenities. The beach club (above) can have lounging areas and a spa. It can also be a tender-boarding and -arrival area, or a devoted dive and watersports center. Each alfresco area has enough space for loose furnishings suitable for dining or sunning, or both. A hot tub forward of the mast on the sundeck can complement the main aft-deck pool. Just aft of the mast, the Blohm+Voss BV80 can feature open-air dining and relaxation or a year-round enclosed garden.

Because the Blohm+Voss BV80 is being actively promoted as a build project, performance calculations have already been made. The yard expects a cruising speed of 16 knots and a range of 6,000 nautical miles at 12 knots. The 2,300-gross-ton yacht should draw about 12 feet (3.7 meters) as well. Twenty-three crew will see to operations going smoothly.

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First Peek at Blohm+Voss BV80 Illustrations

Thanks to the CGI visualization company hired by Blohm+Voss, here are the first illustrations of the Blohm+Voss BV80.

As you may remember, in late August, Blohm+Voss began teasing yacht buyers and yachting media alike with glimpses of the BV80. She’s notable for being the German builder’s first-ever semi-custom megayacht. The glimpses came in the form of a YouTube video, and they were truly just glimpses.

The renderings above, which the CGI company, DW Studio, shared via Twitter, reveal a few features. The Blohm+Voss BV80, measuring 262 feet (80 meters), has dramatic bow flare that ends in a gentle curve. That curve is complemented by the rounded fore sections of the successive rising decks. These styling elements come from the drawing board of Eidsgaard Design.

Given the LOA, the helipad on the foredeck comes as no surprise. Neither does the inclusion of what appears to be a large hatch along the starboard side. It’s tough to discern here, but close inspection of the rendering reveals it. In all likelihood, it means the BV80 has a tender garage or beach club there.

Other discernible creature comforts include two pools. One is forward on the BV80’s uppermost deck, paired with an observation seating area just aft. It should prove to be quite the aerie for the owners and guests. The second pool is accompanied by loose lounges on the main aft deck. It’s well positioned by stairs down to the ample swim platform.

Full details about the Blohm+Voss BV80 will be presented at the Monaco Yacht Show. For now, the builder says the hull, superstructure, and machinery spaces are already engineered, to save delivery time. Buyers have plenty of opportunity to personalize interior and exterior areas, of course.

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. Engineering for the hull and superstructure has also already begun, on spec, to save a buyer delivery time. 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.

Graceful Departs Blohm+Voss


Almost two years after she arrived at Blohm+VossGraceful is headed for her first season of cruising. Her delivery journey started last week. The 269-footer (82-meter), with a 12’3” (3.75-meter) draft, was in Norway at press time.

You may recall that Graceful was on sea trials in late March. Our research into her speeds then, as transmitted by AIS, revealed she topped out just over 18 knots. Blohm+Voss just revealed a maximum speed in keeping with this: 18.2 knots. The shipyard adds that the speeds promised in her contract were either met or exceeded. It also says best range should be 6,000 nautical miles.

Graceful initially started construction in Russia in 2011. However, her owner had her hull transferred in 2012 to Blohm+Voss. She went from hull to completed megayacht in 23 months, impressive for her LOA and technical complexity.

The latter is a major reason why the owner selected Blohm+Voss to complete Graceful. The 45’6”-beam (13.9-meter-beam) boat was envisioned to adhere to a high standard. One item that Blohm+Voss worked out with the owner’s team was the indoor pool. Measuring 49 feet by 9’8” (15 meters by 3 meters), it doubles as a dance/party area when the floor is raised and water is drained. Another area needing good engineering: the helipad. You can see it aft on the uppermost deck. The owner and guests can step off the helicopter and directly into the welcoming interior. Since the helipad is for touch-and-go operations, loose lounges can also be arranged on the deck.

Speaking of the guests, Graceful has two VIP staterooms and three additional staterooms for them. The owner understandably has the most privacy, and arguably the nicest sleeping space. It’s arranged over two decks. However, everyone does get a beach club and fold-down terrace, the latter just above the water, to enjoy. And, the aptly named Graceful gets her overall elegant looks from H2 Yacht Design.

Graceful, From Blohm+Voss, on Sea Trials


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Spotted on Germany’s Kiel Canal over the weekend, the Blohm+Voss megayacht Graceful is continuing sea trials. These photos are among the first ones taken of the 269-footer (82-meter) on the water.

In December, during initial sea trials, Graceful recorded a top speed of 17.8 knots, according to data transmitted by AIS. That is in the range of what Blohm+Voss and her management team, Dörries Maritime Services, anticipated. Data transmitted earlier today shows the megayacht has achieved a little more than 18 knots.

The refined styling of Graceful comes courtesy of H2 Yacht Design. Elegant curves rim her fore and aft sections. The circular area fully aft on her uppermost deck is a dedicated helipad. Additional arcs cascade down to her hull from her arch. The megayacht’s sense of scale really comes into perspective when you note there are people standing on her swim platform.

PHOTO: Carl Groll/

PHOTO: Carl Groll/

With a draft of 12’3” (3.75 meters), Graceful is engineered for long-range cruising. She should handily cover 5,500 nautical miles around 12 knots or so. The megayacht is also, of course, meant for luxurious cruising and entertaining. H2 Yacht Design further fashioned the interior spaces of Graceful, from the five guest staterooms (including two VIPs) to the two-level master suite and the indoor pool. That pool, on the main deck, measures 49’2” by 9’8” (15 meters by 3 meters). It doubles as a dance/party area when the water is drained and the floor is raised. Sliding doors aft allow the pool (or party area) to be more of an indoor-outdoor space. A fold-down balcony farther forward on the main deck brings the outside in, too. Overall, the interior of Graceful should be quite spacious, given the 45’6” (13.9-meter) beam.

Until this weekend, Graceful was at Blohm+Voss’ facilities in Hamburg. She initially started construction in Russia in 2011, but the owner had her hull transferred in 2012 to Blohm+Voss.