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BMW Designs a performance cruiser yacht

Discussion in 'General Sailing Discussion' started by Rene GER, Jan 14, 2009.

  1. Rene GER

    Rene GER Senior Member

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  2. NYCAP123

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    Totally UNimpressed. Don't quit your day job BMW.
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    Very minimalist and a lot of straight lines. You can tell it's a BMW design but just doesn't do it for me....
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    It looks like an amateur Wally.... sorry BMW.
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    I really like the exterior styling. Some interesting "automotive" ideas that are neatly integrated into the styling of a yacht, rather than just trying to make a yacht look like a car, and without going over the top.

    It won a red dot award for product design this year too.

    Sorry to be positive about something...
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    Positive statements are always welcome (even if I don't happen to agree with your taste).;)
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    I kind of like the exterior with the lines that they started / tried to work with it, but it seems unfinished or was about half way there and came to a point in the design where it just couldn't go anywhere else. Quite possibly due to the fact that BMW is in the CAR business... not the YACHT business.

    It's like they got started on a decent idea, but failed to polish it and lost momentum half way through.

    The interior is about as exciting as a piece of burnt toast.
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    The interior reminds me of a travel trailer. Although the exterior is nice looking there is nothing special, and the cruising specs are also nothing special. It appears they are trying to sell on the name BMW. Instead this could reflect badly on the company.
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    coming from BMW, I was expecting much worst like too many lines clashing and diverging, something added on stern a la series 7 (trunk), etc...

    interior is indeed very dull...
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    Considering they specialise in cars (which doesn't have that many similarities to yachts) I think it's a pretty decent effort.. Don't know about how it would sail though.. I don't see why BMW doesn't start getting more involved in the boating scene.. I could imagine they could make some pretty awesome tenders 2 match wally.
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    I think this effort answers that question. They do well as sponsors, and they make fine cars. Another boat company isn't needed at this time.
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    Yeah true. I meant to say that in my post.. Don't know if now is a good time with the economy and all. But you have to start somewhere.. And I think with some practice they could make decent tenders with sleek lines and great engineering.
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    Do what you're good at. Build cars. Stick with product lines in which you are experts in.

    Leave the sail boats to the Jeanneau's, Beneteau's and Oysters of the world.
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    This design has been around a while now - I quite like it but am now glad I don't work at BMW!
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    hey ppls

    nice exterior, its nice and fresh and not mainstream like the rest of the yacht companys. ok the interior needs something else to it, it does seem unfinished, but it could come with an options list...?
    those bored of traditional design and want something different will clearly go for this, those not wanting the new/fresh will go for the jeanneau, beneteau etc. its different, not wrong. IMO

    cheers :D
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    Keep in mind BMW started out making airplane engines before switching to motorcycles and eventually cars. So it is possible to make a successful transition to different types of vehicles. I can't imagine their first car commanded the same respect back in the 1930s that the brand has established today. So it would take some time for their designers to perfect. That being said, there's still no excuse for that interior.
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    When they went to motorcycles they came up with a pretty radical disign for a bike (horozontally opposed cylinders) which made one of the best touring bikes, and the 1930 two-seat Wartburg was a pretty cool looking car. To enter production yachting at this time with an ordinary boat with a sub-par interior is foolish. It can do nothing good for their company. They have the resources to do things top notch. What were they thinking?
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    It's not a BMW nor are BMW getting into making yachts- BMW Group DesignworksUSA were contracted by Zeydon to come up with the exterior and interior styling for the yacht which was designed by Peter Bosgraaf. BMW Group DesignworksUSA is an independent design subsidiary of the BMW Group which is involved in automotive and other cross-segmental design projects from a variety of different industries.

    BTW I drive a Volvo.
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    Bavaria Yachts are about to introduce a 55 sailer and a 46 powerboat with design from this BMW team: http://www.bavaria-yachtbau.com/index.php?id=761&L=1

    Personally I am not impressed by any of the boat designs I have seen from Porsche, Pininfarina or BMW. But especially Bavaria was in need of new designs, so why not.
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    The Giugiaro designed 65m superyacht 'Antalis' is another example of a design studio of auto origin, trying their hand at some yacht design.