20 Nov 2014
GSF 2014 concludes with BV80 inside story
The final session of the Global Superyacht Forum drew a record crowd for the event's 20th year, as Patrick Coote and the team behind Blohm+Voss' 80m semi-custom concept unveiled how they'd rebuilt the German brand from the keel up.
"We're here to humbly share our story of the last 12 months," Coote said as he addressed the wide auditorium for the last hour of the three-day conference that runs in conjunction with METS in Amsterdam.
What followed was a rare peek into a renowned German shipyard's campaign of reinvention.
Key to the process, Coote said was the use of a think tank that focused on product research and which led to a yacht design brief.
The BV80 concept emerged from this process, designed by the Eidsgaard team and containing a broad range of features that had been deemed desirable for owners and guests.
The project has been an initial success, with the yard having sold a build slot at the Monaco Yacht Show, Coote confirmed.
Blohm+Voss' return to the table with a fresh concept and a revitalised brand is a welcome one, and the presentation a remarkable and enlightened closing note on a highly successful three days in the Netherlands.
The Superyacht Group would like to thank all of the Global Superyacht Forum's partners for helping to make the event such a huge success. Thanks to Awlgrip, Caterpillar, Cathelco, Cayman Registry, Clyde & Co, MTN Communications, MTU, Palladium Technologies, R&Q Marine Services and Struik & Hamerslag.
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