Bavaria 37

by George Day

Blue Water Sailing
September 2006


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The new Bavaria 37, on the other hand, is a boat that is capable of more extensive cruising, whether on long coastal passages or island hopping to the Caribbean or Mexico.

With 12 feet, six inches of beam on a 32- foot waterline, the 37 has a lot of beam and a lot of initial stability. Displacing 12,650 pounds and with 4,180 pounds of ballast in the keel, the boat is moderately light for extended offshore work but has a robust and easy-to-use rig, so sailing under reduced mainsail and rolled-up genoa as the wind picks up will help the crew keep the 37 sailing easily and comfortably. Standard boom vang and backstay adjusters enable the crew to power-up or de-power sails as conditions dictate.

Like the rest of the Bavaria line, the 37 is equipped with well-known brands of gear, equipment and electronics. The decks are well laid out for sail handling. The cockpit is large enough for six adults to enjoy sundowners while at anchor, but small enough to be a good seagoing cockpit. The cockpit seats and after lockers offer plenty of deck storage.

Under the water, the 37 has a large, balanced spade rudder and a bulb-fin keel. The 37 is offered in shoal and deep-draft versions. For offshore work, the deep-draft model will provide an easier ride arrangements, with a large master cabin forward and quarter cabins with double berths aft. The saloon has an L-shaped settee and drop- leaf table to starboard with stowage beneath and behind the seat. The galley lies to port with ample counter space, lockers for provisions and stainless steel sinks. Navigators will like the nav table, which has room to mount assorted electronics.

The Bavaria 37 is a complete package right out of the box since the company provides so much gear and equipment in the standard package. Like its little sister, the 30 Cruiser, the Bavaria 37 is a good boat with a lot of cruising potential at a very fair price.

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