The appearance of this boat in Europe was looking forward to. Studying it, you can give an answer to the question of how the shipyard, which is the second largest manufacturer of sailing ships in the world, will develop.
In June 2008, the design drawings of the future yacht were presented to the general public. Soon after, the first photographs of the interior of the prototype appeared. But only in the fall, representatives of Yacht were the first among journalists to have the opportunity to step aboard the new 43rd cruiser.
More than a year has passed since the founder of the company Vinfried Hermann and co-owner Josef Meltl sold the shipyard to investors. And the wharf of Seaport-Marina in the Dutch city of Eymuiden moored a new yacht.
At first glance, the 43rd is still the typical Bavaria model. Unless the changed contours of the superstructure illumination units distinguish it from the similar models lowered from the shipyard berths.
It is more correct to speak about the adjustment of the model than about its cardinal change. However, these small changes are very important because they significantly improve the ergonomics of the yacht.
For example, coamings do not go so sharply down the slope towards the stern as on the 42nd, thanks to which you can now sit in the cockpit with greater comfort. The cans were 8 cm longer. The teak-coated teak cockpit table is no longer located on an awkward fiberglass pedestal, but on a low-profile stainless steel construction. However, here, as in the entire cockpit, there is not enough box for storing trifles.
Sealing of the seams along the waterway fins on the test vessel in some places was done rather casually.
All feed redone in accordance with the new concept. Now it looks flatter and more voluminous than on the previous model. Aft platform on the 43rd cruiser turned out to be surprisingly spacious. The retractable ladder for descending into the water when bathing no longer hides under the shield, but is installed flush and does not overly catch the eye. The stern of the yacht now has a box for storing a life raft.
Evolution or revolution?
Yacht developers have paid more attention to the internal arrangement of the vessel, rather than deck and superstructure. Here, rather, we can speak not about modification, but about modernization. The name of the designer Christians Gebert from Hamburg, until recently, was not very well known in the field of yacht building, but the shipyard entrusted her to design the interiors of the yacht.
The new boat inherited a layout from the previous model: three cabins, two shower cabins and an elongated galley in the middle of the boat. But instead of rounded shapes, right angles and smooth lines now dominate. Exterior surfaces look more expensive, and finishing materials are more varied.
The developers of the new model abandoned the side cabinets in the cabin, in the galley and in the cabins. Thanks to this, the boat became more spacious. In addition, the white shelves along the sides visually lengthen the interior.
Instead of a hard sectional ceiling on a new boat, a special soft stretch fabric ceiling was used in all cabins of the yacht. For mounting, moisture and acid resistant heat shrinking fabric is stretched onto a special frame. If necessary, its shape can be adjusted with the help of hot air. True, the coating of this material does not look too “ship”, but has undoubted advantages. Coverage weight is negligible. In addition, it provides sound insulation from external noise. Despite the flatter superstructure of the new model, the height of the interior is decent – more than two meters. True, the question remains as to how practical this solution is for installing additional parts or laying cables.
The table in the cabin is made soundly, but it is unlikely that more than 4 people will sit behind it. For a certain surcharge, options for a table with superior comfort – folding and lowering – are possible. In the latter case, a double bunk with a length of 2.22 m and a width of 1.50 m can be unfolded in the cabin.
The developers of the new boat completely abandoned the bulky two-seater sofa in the middle of the yacht, which was on board the previous model. So the passage to the bow is now free.
Fertile ground for flexible solutionsBavaria focuses on the choice of colors for the new model. Competitors have already demonstrated their approach to solving this issue. For example, over the past 5 years, the shipyard Hanse provides shipowners with a choice of upholstery materials, types of wood finishes and furniture modules. Developers from Giebelstadt are trying to keep up with them. For the interior decoration of new models, along with mahogany, a choice of oak and walnut are offered. Upholstery color can be selected from at least 10 options. Now the Bavarian shipbuilders are even considering the possibility of producing colored hulls. This is a bold step, which the founder of the shipyard Hermann did not dare.
Bavaria focuses on the choice of colors for the new model. Competitors have already demonstrated their approach to solving this issue. For example, over the past 5 years, the shipyard Hanse provides shipowners with a choice of upholstery materials, types of wood finishes and furniture modules. Developers from Giebelstadt are trying to keep up with them. For the interior decoration of new models, along with mahogany, a choice of oak and walnut are offered. Upholstery color can be selected from at least 10 options. Now the Bavarian shipbuilders are even considering the possibility of producing colored hulls. This is a bold step, which the founder of the shipyard Hermann did not dare.
Designers abandoned the rounded bunk in the bow, which was aboard the previous model. In the forward cabin of the new boat, the bed again became trapezoid-shaped, and you can sit on it with great comfort. Its length is 2.08 m and width is 2.18 m. Bavaria 43 defines a new scale in its market segment. But convincing is not only the overall dimensions. The whole situation causes only positive emotions, although there is little space for storing things under the bunk and in the closets. However, insufficient capacity is typical for all the interior of the boat.
The layout of the rooms in the aft part of the yacht is worth mentioning, allowing for alternative options. The dividing bulkhead between the cabins on the other boats is firmly screwed. On board the new Bavaria model, you can shift it to the side, half-fold or even remove it altogether. So the owner or charter agency can, if necessary, adjust both cabins to the situation or convert them into one cabin.
Bavaria quite generously approached the issue of practicality and convenience of the interior. Many cabinets in the galley and in the cabin are equipped with drawers on casters, which greatly facilitates access to things. Before the bulkhead in the cabin installed showcase for dishes with sliding doors of safety glass.
On the boat is clearly not enough double cabinets. Improvements waiting for the galley. The shipyard provided for the installation of cabinets on the bulkhead, but in this case there is not enough secure storage space for dishes, as well as a second kitchen sink, which must be on board a yacht of this size. The working area of the galley remains fairly limited. A refrigerator with a side door also raises questions. When opening the door of the refrigerator on the right tack, all the contents can fall out of it.
Big Genoa, frisky move
We leave on a yacht in the North Sea. The weather is great. Wind 12 knots, he later increased to 18 knots. Slight wave and bright sun. It seems that Bavaria 43 was created for such conditions. She easily demonstrates her speed and maneuverability. In the run-down at a 45-degree tack angle, the boat shows a speed of 6.3 knots. For a typical cruise yacht this is a very decent result. Moreover, the test vessel is equipped with only a relatively small area grotto on the twist and a standard keel (with a draft of 1.85 m).
Steering is convenient to work for any of the two steering wheels. The review is good. The boat’s transom looks roomy, and the helmsman can sit or stand there quite comfortably. Certain inconvenience delivers only the engine control lever, mounted on the coaming on the starboard side.
The new model Bavaria mast shifted forward, so the effort on the steering wheel, even with the roll remains insignificant. However, it is not always easy to keep the yacht exactly on course with headwinds. At the same time, the 43rd cruiser shows amazing maneuverability – the merit of a perfectly functioning steering system from the Lewmar company. The pressure on the steering wheel is transmitted to the transmission and from there, with the help of a rod, directly to the steering wheel.
All new Bavaria models are standardly equipped with a double wiring gikashkotov system, the so-called German Cupper System, so that the skipper can control the grotto from his seat. True, for this he will have to make an effort. Winches do not differ in large size, and the sheet breaks on the winch drum. This greatly increases the frictional force. In the same way, there are numerous guide eyelets along the superstructure, through which the geekoshkot is led to the stern.
With a fresh breeze, the 43rd increases speed even more. In a cool backstay, it demonstrates a speed of 8-8.5 knots. Starting from 5 on the Beaufort scale on the full-wind course, with all sails, the yacht sometimes ceases to obey the helm and be driven. To fix the situation, you need a little saffrifice. Then the boat again obediently lay down on the course. The sails supplied with the new model are suitable for a wide range and strength of the wind. This makes the Bavaria yacht a versatile sailing ship. True, there is one nuance that cannot be ignored: with fresh wind and a slight sea disturbance, some nodes of the test vessel make sounds. From the shower cabin, galley and in the area of the half-box between the navigator’s corner and the salon, faint crisp and crackling sounds are heard.
Tradition and Modernity
The “43rd” cruiser can rightly be called the most modern and attractive Bavaria model ever launched from the shipyard stocks. Both the design of the boat and its comfort were highly appreciated.
The new model can be further improved and improved. But what has already been created is impressive. The largest shipyard, which in its time has lost touch with the trends of modern times, again challenges its competitors. The prices of its models remain the most democratic.
The head of sales, Mike Royer, in an interview with Yacht magazine, identified the basic packages that will further increase the advantage of the new model. They are called Performace, Family, Holiday, Comfort and allow you to save up to 25% of the total amount to be paid.