21 Knots of Power — and She Sails

The BD56 by BD Yachts in Spain is being marketed as a new breed of crossover yacht.


The BD56 has the best of both worlds-power and sail.Courtesy BD Yachts

BD Yachts in Barcelona, Spain, is showing off these renderings for its BD56 "seagoing SUV" crossover design that combines the best elements of power and sail.

The BD56 has a glass-enclosed superstructure, a carbon-fiber mast and a retractable keel that reduces her draft from just over 11 feet to less than 7 feet. Under power, her top speed is expected to be 21 knots. (Engine configurations were not released.)


For those who aren't committed to sailing for days at a time, a day cruiser option is available.Courtesy BD Yachts

Her main-deck salon is on the same level as the cockpit, with electric overheads, doors and walls that open to create 360-degree views. In the master stateroom, the builder says, windows extend fully to the yacht’s waterline.

“The change in owners’ habits — their love of the sea and everything that’s connected to it, the silence, independence, the pleasure of fishing, 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, thanks to modern technology, lets everyone live their passions to the full,” Jordi Bisbe, CEO of BD Yachts, stated in a press release.

Serious inspiration: BD Yachts says the technologies and materials in the BD56 were developed for the Volvo Ocean Race and America's Cup.

Head to BD Yachts' website for more information.