BD56 motor sailer promises the best of both worlds

Spanish yard BD Yachts has released designs for a 54ft motor sailer that would be capable of 21 knots under power

BD Yachts has revealed its design for a 54ft motor sailer aimed at a “new generation of expert and demanding owners who have no use for stereotypes”.

Despite its sailboat styling, the BD56 has sufficient power to be considered a motor boat, with up to 2x300hp outboards available with joystick control.

This means a maximum speed of 21 knots when the wind drops, giving owners the thrill of sailing as well as the comfort and speed of motor boating.

Key features include a carbon fibre mast, roller furling mainsail, self-tacking jib, twin wheel deck layout, and a retractable keel that can reduce the draught from 3.5m to 2.1m.

What’s more the amount of glass in the superstructure gives the kind of bright and airy interior that you might expect from a sportscruiser.

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BD56 motor sailer interiorBelow decks the BD56 sports three en-suite cabins, including an owner’s cabin in the bows.

Jordi Bisbe, CEO of BD Yachts, says that this new motor sailor is ideal for those who enjoy sailing but are short on free time.

“The change in owner’s habits – their love of the sea and everything that’s connected to it, but at the same time the lack of free time, typical of today’s society – has brought us to develop a new concept in a sailing yacht that lets everyone live their passions to the full.”

BD Yachts also has a 40ft model in development, although that design is limited to blueprints for now.

Prices and launch dates for the BD56 have not yet been confirmed, but BD Yachts says that the motor sailer will come backed up by a five-year guarantee.


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