Bavaria 46

by George Day

Blue Water Sailing
September 2006


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Another new offshore cruiser from Bavaria in Germany is the Bavaria 46. A moderate-dis- placement, fractional-rig sloop, the 46 combines a conservative fin-keel, spade- rudder underbody with a very full and beamy hull. The net result is a sloop that has a lot of initial stability and plenty of interior volume. With 14-feet, three-inches of maximum beam that is then carried well aft, the 46 will have a lot of power on a reach and has tons of space below deck for large quarter cabins.

The simple sloop rig has options for in-mast or standard furling mainsails. With a boat of this size, many owners will opt for the in-mast mainsail so they will be able to reef and furl the sail from the cockpit. A 130-percent overlapping genoa is standard, and this can be fitted on a Furlex roller-furling system. All lines and sheets run aft to the cockpit where a crewmember can effect trim and sail reductions.

Down below you will find three or four large sleeping cabins, depending on the layout, and a huge saloon with the galley along the port side and a dinette for eight to starboard. Two heads are specified and both have their own shower stalls. Like her smaller sisters, the Bavaria 46 is finished below deck in African mahogany.

A lot of boat at a very good value, the new Bavaria 46 will make a fine family cruising boat. And with the four-cabin version available, you may find quite a lot of the 46s in charter fleets around the world.

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