Favorite Bannenberg yachts

I never get tired of Jon Bannenberg's designs. Most of them were breaking new ground when they were launched, and became instant classics. They look just as fresh and timeless today.

The yacht industry is booming. Many of the design features we see on the yachts today were first featured on a Bannenberg Yacht years ago. Oversize vertical portholes? Check. Raised sheerline? Check. Stark vertical windows? Check.

Here are three Bannenberg yachts that have inspired me throughout the years.

Southern Cross III: she is huge, fast, unconventional, made from GRP, looks like nothing else and has a striking profile (shame with the refit, the greenhouse on top is terrible, and the stretched stern messes up her proportions). She looks magnificent and ready to swamp you in this picture from Elite Yacht Charters: http://www.eliteyacht.com/images24/ip.jpg

Mystique: a small ship or a huge raceboat? You decide. But she is one of the best-looking and well-proportioned yachts ever launched. The interior is brilliant, the layout is fresh, and I would die to have that master bedroom view. She has her own website: http://yacht-mystique.com/index.htm

Never say Never: a spaceship. Incredible to think that she was launched in 1985. Again, shame with the refit. When will they stop messing up great designs? Picture of how she is supposed to look, from Oceanfast Webpages: http://www.oceanfast.com.au/im...3.jpg


Honorable mention goes to:

Opal C for pushing that oversize round porthole theme to the limit and looking generally racy and having a cool layout.

True Blue for pushing that oval vertical porthole theme to the limit and looking generally racy and having a cool layout.

Carinthia VI for being one of the most famous yachts ever.

Edit: shame about the typo in the thread topic.... sorry.
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