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BD56, the new crossover yacht custom made

Spanish shipyard BD Yachts presents the BD56, an exclusive project that gathers in a single original  “seagoing SUV” all the advantages of sail and motor boating. 

Winner of the 2009 MYDA (Millenium Yacht Design Award), the 16.66 by 4.5 meter yacht’s decisive charisma and styling emphasize her hybrid capacities, with an entirely glass enclosed superstructure that blends in perfectly with her streamlined high performance sportive styling. But it is the concentrate of detailing and technology that make her a small sized, super luxurious yacht, tailor made to her owner’s needs. Built with state-of-the-art technologies and materials – successfully developed for the Volvo Ocean Race and the America’s Cup – the BD56 project was created to satisfy passionate demanding owners who are searching for a different way of going to sea, to continue to enjoy the emotions that sailing gives, but without sacrifcing the comfort, luxury and speed of power boating.



Vacuum built in vinylester resin, the BD56 features a retractable keel (from a 3.5 meter to a 2.1 meter draft), carbon fber mast, roller furling mainsail and self tacking jib. Thanks to her sail plan and hull shape, optimized by the latest software solutions, the BD56 is capable of excellent speed under sail, enough to satisfy the most demanding racers. The deck layout is clean and ergonomic, with twin wheels bringing all controls to hand, easing crew work and guaranteeing safety for all her guests.


If the wind doesn’t show or if a storm does, and it’s time to rapidly get back to harbor, the BD56 quickly transforms into a fast motor yacht. With a safe and comfortable top speed of 21 knots, the two outboard motors not only increase performance at sea, but they also increase available interior volume and allow further options for interior layouts to satisfy the needs of her owner.


The BD56 is very easy to sail, yet this simplicity comes with no sacrifce in performance. Even less experienced sailors may sail her without diffculty. The in-boom roller reefng mainsail allows for easy reefng and lowering of the powerful mainsail, as does the roller furling for the self-tacking jib. With her electric winches and retractable motors, sailing a BD56 is no more diffcult than playing with a toy. These unique features enable the BD56 to fy over the water even in the lightest breeze.

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