Bavaria 38 Ocean, Deacons

Bavaria 38 Ocean Survey, Deacons Hamble River

A Bavaria Ocean 38, surveyed at Deacons Boatyard for Whyboats on the River Hamble by Guy Nicholls, Solent Marine Surveys Ltd.

The Bavaria range has risen dramatically in profile since the turn of the Millennium, the German based business tooling up a highly efficient production line to rival that of Beneteau, Jeanneau and other established names of mass produced vessels. Bavaria generally use a single skin GRP construction below the waterline, transitioning to a cored (sandwich) construction using a pvc type core for above the waterline in the topsides and the deck superstructure.

The Ocean range is a centre cockpit derivative, with increased specification including far more joinery inside than the aft cockpit variants, giving a very cosy feel internally with the benefit of a large owner cabin aft with full headroom.

Bavaria 32 Yacht Survey

Bavaria Yacht Marine Survey Hamble

A Bavaria Cruiser 32 yacht marine survey on the River Hamble, Swanwick, Hampshire. This Farr Yacht Design and BMW designed modern family cruiser was full of nice touches that make cruising that little bit easier – for example, opening coachroof windows is a key feature many boat builders omit these days.

Modern, highly automated production facilities at Bavaria Yachtbau, Germany with precision design and engineering allow an economic build with strength in the appropriate areas. Foam cored topsides and deck help reduce unnecessary weight and the high volume hull leads to a compact family cruiser that is hard to believe is under 33 feet.

Many traditional sailors have been sceptical about lighter “continental” designs, as they were when the French makers Beneteau, Jeanneau, Gibsea, Feeling, Dufour and others starting arriving at British boat shows over 3 decades ago, but by and large a marine surveyor can see that these lighter designs have proved adequate for coastal cruising, many having been used for charter, and/or blue water cruising, surprising some. There was little wrong with this particular example, having been well maintained and was good value for such a recent vessel.

Bavaria 39 Cruiser, Hamble

Bavaria Sailing Yacht

Bavaria 39 Cruiser Yacht Marine Survey for Sea Ventures in Hamble. The Bavaria range have changed the face of boatbuilding over the last decade or so with high production, high volume designs that have proved most popular with charter fleets and private buyers alike due to their unbeatable value.

Bavaria 30 Sport Cruiser

Bavaria 30 Sport

Bavaria Sport 30 Marine Survey at Moodys, Swanwick. The Bavaria Sport range are a great boat for a Yacht Surveyor: good access to structure internally, single skin construction below the waterline and a foam core to the topsides and deck; good structural stiffening around the engines, this one with twin Volvo Penta 4.3 GXiE-M with sterndrives.