Boat design is very much like playing a 3-D version of Tetris. The game is to drop some engines into the bottom of a slightly awkward perimeter shape – the hull – and then fit all the relevant blocks (cabins, en suites, heads, saloon, galley bar, helm station and so on) around them. It is an infinitely variable process, but generally comes out pretty much the same, give or take a movable table or two and the positioning of the sunpads. More often than not, the ‘design’ of a motoryacht is as much to do with the cushion covers and the quality of the finish as it is with the actual arrangement of the interior.
However, every now and again someone makes a concerted effort to do so, and the new Bluegame BGX70 is a sparkling example of something seriously different. Start with the cockpit, or is it a beach club? Either way, it is a well-protected deck space with high bulwarks, with the starboard side actually being the tender crane. Sweet! To move forward into the interior, you actually go down into the saloon, rather like stepping into a 1960s conversation pit. Keep going the saloon into the master suite, and then imagine waking up in the morning, stepping out of bed, walking through the saloon into the cockpit and straight into the sea. It’s a genuinely new take on the indoor-outdoor flow idea. Remaining guest cabins – there are different configurations available - are accessed from a stair beside the helm.
Go up the companionway from the saloon to the upper deck, and you have the dining area, a sort of mezzanine deck, and the helm station. If you are really hankering for some height, there’s access to the flat roof above, but there’s also plenty of open lounging space on the foredeck, which also provides another seriously expansive seating area with fittings for a shade sail.
‘Revolutionary’ is a substantially overused word when it comes to writing the brochure for boats, so let’s call this ‘Definitely Different’. Bluegame is part of Sanlorenzo, so you know that the boat is properly built. When the BGX70 was presented at Cannes in 2019 it was awarded the title of “Most Avant Garde Yacht of the Year, and (for a change) that’s not an overstatement.
Two Volvo Penta IPS 1200 D13 drives push this neat and stylish 70-footer along at 27 knots if you really must. That means 30 minutes from Shelter Cove to Tai Long Wan, 5 mins from One˚15 to Lazarus, or 50 mins from the Manila Yacht Club to Corregidor. Really, how much of a hurry do you need to be in?
Simpson Marine is the agent for Bluegame in Asia and for more information contact: www.simpsonmarine.com