BD 56: SUV of the Sea

The BD56 by BD Yachts in Spain is a different breed of motor/sailer crossover.
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The BD 56 has been dubbed the “SUV of the sea” by the builder. 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.)

The 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.

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The BD 56 is available in several versions including a day cruiser layout (bottom). BD Yachts


LOA: 16.66 m
LWL: 14.93 m
Depth with the keel lifted from DWL: 2 m
Depth with the keel down from DWL: 3.5 m
Width: 4.5 m
Engine: 2 x 300 Hp
Fresh Water Tank: 390 liters + water maker or 850 liter
Fuel Tank: 980 liters
Main sail area: 73 m2
Jib sail area: 62.2 m2
Design: BYD Group

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