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Carver 43 Motoryacht — By Jeffrey Moser
— December 2005
Carver’s California Connections
When Carver decided it needed a fresh look for its 43 Motor Yacht, the boatbuilder’s design directors recalled a chance meeting at the Miami International Boat Show a few years prior with some Californians with a high-profile name. The design of Carver’s new 43 is a result of a continuing collaboration between Carver Yachts and BMW Group DesignworksUSA (www.designworksusa.com). DesignworksUSA, an industrial design studio, was founded in 1972 in Malibu, California, and acquired by The BMW Group in 1995. Its specialty as a consultancy to BMW and other firms in automotive, transportation, and industrial design provided the boatbuilder with an ideal opportunity to work with the designers behind some of the slickest cars and motorcycles built today, according to Jim Berkebile, vice-president of new product development for Carver.
“Our goal was to go a couple steps beyond what people would think of Carver and to step out ahead,” he says. Since this was the first time the group had worked with a boatbuilder, Berkebile made a number of trips to BMW Group’s Newbury Park headquarters and also accompanied some of the group’s designers to boat shows, noting what they liked and disliked about Carvers and other boats. They then went back and forth with presentation boards (a request to print these was denied), and while some ideas were too radical for Carver—“We just didn’t accept all of their ideas, and although we started with a broad brush, we knew what direction we wanted to go in,” says Berkebile—the team eventually created a concept for the 43 Motor Yacht.
While it may be a departure from past Carver designs, the team still ensured that the builder’s signature elements of roominess and functionality were kept intact. —J.M.
This article originally appeared in the December 2005 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.