Spanish shipyard BD Yachts has unveiled BD56, a 16.6m (54ft) designed to run under power of both motor and sails. With a beam of 4.5m, the BD56 is environmentally friendly, easy to handle even while shorthanded and with seakeeping qualities, the builder claims.

Commenting on the project, Jordi Bisbe, CEO of BD Yachts, says: “The change in owner’s 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. For those who can’t take month long vacations, the BD56 is the ideal yacht.”

Under sail

Vacuum built in vinylester resin, the BD56 features a retractable keel (from a 3.5m to a 2.1 draft), carbon fibre mast, roller furling mainsail and self-tacking jib.

 BD56 features a retractable keel carbon fibre mast, roller furling mainsail, self tacking jib and two 300hp outboard motors

BD56 features a retractable keel carbon fibre mast, roller furling mainsail, self tacking jib and two 300hp outboard motors

Under power

Equipped with two 300hp outboard motors, the BD56 quickly transforms into a motoryacht able to reach top speed of 21 knots. The engines not only increase performance at sea, but also increase available interior volume and allow further options for interior layouts.

Her hull is built with fibre E glass with PVC foam and vinylester resin by vacuum infusion, with gel-coat finishing.