Bavaria 30 Cruiser

by George Day

Blue Water Sailing
September 2006


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The new Bavaria 30 Cruiser replaces the Bavaria 32. The design, which is 31 feet overall, has a heavier displacement than the 32, a taller rig and more innate stability. It sails and motors better, too.

The standard Bavaria hull is hand laminated, solid fiberglass below the water, with Kevlar reinforcing in the bow area. Above the waterline and in the deck, the sections are cored. All deck hardware is backed with an aluminum backing plate and chainplates are robust.

Bavaria uses well-known brands for deck gear and equipment, including Raymarine sailing instruments, Seldén spars, Furlex roller furling, Spinlock rope clutches and Lewmar ports and hatches.

Down below, the designers have managed to fit a lot of accommodations within the confines of the 10-foot, nine-inch beam. The forepeak has a full-size V- berth; a second double berth lies aft to port and has a door for privacy. The head is aft to starboard and is equipped with a shower.

The saloon has bench settees on both sides and a large mahogany table with drop leaves. The galley to port has a two- burner stove, a large stainless steel sink and a standard 12-volt refrigerator.

Bavaria pitches the 30 Cruiser as an entry-level cruising boat; it certainly fits a lot in a small package and will be a great boat for a couple or family to launch their sailing careers.

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