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           A brace of
                                     beauties




           34 July 2005 AUSTRALIAN YACHTING
34-37 On Test   10/6/05    10:42 AM      Page 35




                                                                                                 ON TEST/BAVARIA 30CR AND 39CR




           Simon Kent went to Palma de Majorca in Spain to test sail the two
           latest offerings from Bavaria’s expanding range of dedicated cruisers.




                                                                                                                                                          ALL PICTURES BY SIMON KENT
           WHEN THE PEOPLE at Bavaria call and
           offer a test sail, it’s a very brave editor
           indeed who says no. Especially when the
           sailing is to be done on the beautiful,
           warm waters that surround the island of
           Majorca in Spain.
               So, thanks to the wonders of modern air
           travel, within weeks of the call being made
           I’m standing dockside in Palma and looking
           at two gleaming, new Bavaria’s.
               One is a 32-footer and the other a 39-
           footer. Both are from the Bavaria Cruiser
           range, a distinct variation from the more
           racy offerings that come from the Bavaria
           Match series.
               What the two lines do share, however,
           is excellence in build and fitout. Bavaria
           has made a name for itself around the
           world with the quality of its build and
           these two boats are good examples.
               Bavaria uses only sophisticated
           GFK-technology for building their yachts.
           Therefore, the construction is far better       The 39CR has a wide beam that’s carried from the shrouds all the way to the transom.
           than required by classification compa-          This makes for a cavernous space below decks.
           nies, even at critical parts. This benefits
           the passive safety on sea, improves the         a traditional Bavaria: plenty of beam, a        via a simple block-and-tackle arrangement.
           stability of value and makes living on          medium sized rig, clear transom entry,          Mainsail and headsail furling gear is top
           board comfortable.                              good reefing systems and a fine entry           quality and efficient.
               Bavaria builds according to the sport       forward. Maximum beam comes in at                    Looking forward from the steering
           boats directive 94/25 of the European           around the shrouds and carries through          wheel and the view is clear. Neither the
           Union, under the supervision of classifi-       to the stern.                                   high topsides nor coach house roof act as
           cation companies.                                   Step aboard and the traditional feeling     a deterrent.
               After testing the prototype the super-      continues. The main sheet system is dead             The side deck and coach roof come
           vision is made on the hull, the engine,         simple and carries on either side of the        complete with anti-slide fittings while teak
           the electric supply and on the fastening        companionway. Backstay tension comes            is standard on seat thwarts in the cockpit.
           equipment.
               The J&J Design office, established by
           Jernej and Japec Jakopin in 1983, is spe-        Bavaria 30CR specifications                     Bavaria 39CR specifications
           cialised in the production of sailing            Length overall 9.45 m                           Length overall 12.14 m
           yachts and motorboats. By using the              Length hull 9.32 m                              Length hull 11.93 m
           latest technical means and highest level
                                                            Length waterline 8.25 m                         Length waterline 10.71 m
           of experience and affection for ship-
                                                            Beam 3.29 m                                     Beam 3.97 m
           building, some of the best and most
                                                            Draught Standard ca. 1.85 m                     Draught Standard ca. 1.85 m
           beautiful yachts of the world are designed
                                                            Draught Option ca. 1.40 m                       Draught Option ca. 2.00 m
           for Bavaria at this successful design office.
                                                            Displacement ca. 4.400 kg                       Displacement ca. 8.300 kg
           Compact entry                                    Ballast ca. 1.100 kg                            Ballast ca. 2.500 kg
           But what about the 30 and 39? The former         Engine Volvo-Penta MD 2020, 14 kW/19 PS (hp)    Engine Volvo Penta MD 2030 21 kW/29 PS (HP)
           is a compact entry to the cruising market.       Water tank ca. 150 l                            Water tank ca. 360 l
           From afar it holds all the design virtues of     Fuel tank ca. 90 l                              Fuel tank ca. 210 l
                                                            Cabins/Berths 2/4                               Cabins/Berths 3/6
                                                            Mainsail & Genoa ca. 48,60 sqm                  Mainsail & Genoa ca. 82.70 sqm
           OPPOSITE: Flat, calm seas and a light breeze     Height of mast ca. 14.10 m                      Height of mast ca. 17.45 m
           enabled both models to show their wares.

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           There are two self-tailing working winches
           and two self-tailing genoa winches. Ten-
                                                            Below deck fitout
           sioners and lines are led aft to the cockpit
           where they’re easily grabbed.
               There is a self-draining anchor locker,
           single locker seat in the cockpit with a
           cockpit shower and boarding ladder the
           perfect combination for cruisers.
               The sail wardrobe is basic but func-
           tional. Mainsail is based on a conventional
           rig while the genoa is matched to standard
           foresail roller reefing gear.

           Style
           Bavaria has always been aware of the
           importance of making their products
           different in the marketplace. This can be
           done in subtle ways such as providing
           the steering wheel with standard leather
           cover and the steering pedestal comes with
           instruments console in a good position.
               Below decks there are two cabins              Bavaria Yachts were once synonymous with              line with a 2-component varnish and additional
           with four berths plus saloon. The latter          heavy, wooded interiors. This styling is popular      UV drying. Furniture modules are designed for easy
           has a comfortable settee and luxuri-              in Europe yet here in Australia and elsewhere         production and service so that the hull/deck joint
           ously styled saloon table. Sideboards             in the Pacific it’s seen as a somewhat dated          is accessible from every position.
           with stowage space and lockers are                finish. Bavaria has listened to its buyers and now      Checking out the finish below decks of the
           ample, so too the chart table with large
                                                             all interiors of its Cruiser line come complete       30CR and 39CR it’s very hard to see any variation
           compartment for charts and navigation
                                                             with a lighter wooden panelling best suited to        between vessels. Both boats are light, open and
           instruments. Beneath the chart table is a
                                                             hotter climes.                                        airy with plenty of the American Cherrywood to
           handy seat, just the place for everything
                                                               This is all milled in-house at Bavaria to exact     go around.
           from binoculars to dry storage or other
           assorted victuals.                                specifications as demanded by CNC systems.              Here we see a navigation area (left) and main
               In the galley is a cooker with oven and       Millings, drilling and groove tasks are carried out   settee looking forward. Not the headlining in both
           insulated cooling box with refrigerator           precisely. All wooden parts are given a uniform       is discreet with good headroom a remarkably
           unit DC. The sink is stainless steel. The         multi-layered varnish in an automated varnishing      consistant Bavaria virtue.
           storage spaces come with drawers and
           hinged covers while the marine head has
           smart, easy-care synthetic surfaces.                  Another vital factor for sailors in the           a good addition.
               The pump toilet with holding tank (dis-       heat of the Antipodes is water. Not the                   How does it get around when not
           posal via seacock) is of standard design.         stuff floating by the outside of the hull             under sail? Easy. A Volvo-Penta MD 2020,
               The circulation of air below decks            but the capacity for onboard storage. The             14 kW / 19 HP with sail drive and fixed
           comes via two main opening hatches and            Bavaria 30 has a tank with 150l capacity              prop gives some grunt. There is dual
           six side windows that open as well. There         with water level indicator. The electric              circuit cooling with seawater filter and
           are three fire extinguishers.                     pressure water pump with pump filter is               engine hours counter and rev-counter.
                                                                                                                   Although the engine compartment is
                                                                                                                   isolated from the rest of the cabin, it has
                                                                                                                   incredibly easy access points.
                                                                                                                       The same arrangement is standard
                                                                                                                   on the big sister boat.




                                                                                                                   “Bavaria has
                                                                                                                   listened to its buyers
                                                                                                                   and now all interiors
                                                                                                                   of its Cruiser line
                                                                                                                   come complete with
                                                                                                                   a lighter wooden
                                                                                                                   panelling best suited
                                                                                                                   to hotter climes.”
           The 30CR is the smallest in the Bavaria Cruiser line but it’s still a good sized boat for
           family daysailing and overnighter’s.

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                                                                                                   ON TEST/BAVARIA 30CR AND 39CR


           Big cruiser
           The 39 is a big cruiser. In an era where         Bavaria 39CR optional extras
           big is better when it comes to providing         Bavaria is accutely aware that going cruising        • Spinnaker-liftsystem
           live aboard facilities, the Bavaria 39 CR        doesn’t mean you go without comfort or speed.        • Spinnaker winches, self-tailing
           is right in line with customer expectations.
                                                            To that end the company offers a vast array of       • Additional disposal via deck suction,
                The 39 comes with three cabins with
                                                            optional extras to help owners customise               for holding tank
           six berths plus saloon settee. The side-
                                                            their boat.                                          • Hot-air heating, Webasto Air Top 3500,
           boards are ample with stowage space
                                                            Some of the items listed here are also available       fuel supply from engine diesel tank,
           and lockers. The chart table comes with
           an extra large compartment for nautical          on the 30 CR. Together they make an impressive         opening in saloon and foreship
           charts and navigation instruments.               list of upgrade possibilities.                       • Battery charger 45 Ah (instead of 25 Ah),
                In the galley there is a cooker with        • Teak on side deck and coach roof                     for AC-shore supply
           oven. Insulated cooling box with electrical      • Autopilot, Raymarine ST 6001                       • Add. battery 140 Ah
           refrigeration unit and sink of stainless         • Raymarine Raychart C 70, with GPS                  • VHF cabeling, incl. antenna,
           steel. When there’s a crowd aboard it is         • Rodkick with gas pressure spring                     installed in mast to chart table
           handy to know that there are two marine          • Fully battened mainsail, (82.7 qm)                 • Stereo-radio, FM, AM, with CD player,
           heads with easy-care synthetic surfaces.           incl. MDS and lazyjacks; reefing genoa               speakers in saloon,
           There is a good-sized shower in both             • High-tech sailset (86.1 qm)                          antenna at backstay
           marine heads.                                      for battened main and reefing genoa,               • Electric windlass inclusive base slab
                In keeping with the 30 CR the 39 CR           cut and surface optimized;                         • Volvo-Penta D2-55 (instead of MD 2030),
           has ample light and air below decks. This          sandwich/laminate cloth;                             41 kW/55 HP with sail-drive
           comes via the six hatches coupled with six
                                                              battended main incl. MDS & lazyjacks, bi-radial;   • Plough anchor, zinc coated, 17 kg,
           side windows and two panorama windows
                                                              reefing genoa with e-foam, tri-optimal               with lock at bow fitting and chain guard
           in the saloon. Set into the hull between
                                                            • Mainsail-furling system (77.7 qm)                  • Anchor chain, zinc coated, ø 8 mm,
           the waterline and the toerail are six hull
                                                              with mainsail and reefing genoa                      50 m length
           windows that are non-opening.
                On deck a new feature is the hide-          • High-tech sailset (83.6 qm)                        • Bow thrust drive SP 55, electric
           away dodger. It folds forward and flat into        for mainsail-furling system; furling main,         • Life-saving collar with holding device
           the deck leaving the top of the coachouse          EMS-system, Dacron;                                  and life line, attached to pushpit
           uncluttered.                                       reefing genoa with e-foam, tri-optimal,            • LFS-safety package, Life-safety system
                                                              cut and surface opimized                           • Lead keel with antimony as deep keel
           Sailing                                          • Electric genoa winches, two-speed                    (draught 2,00 m)
           As the pictures on these pages show,             • Spinnaker gear complete with spinnaker             • Rail opening on both sides
           while Bavaria is extremely generous in             boom & holding device;                             • Aluminium spring cleats midships
           getting journalists across to the other side       Downhaul with separate chain plate.                • Stainless steel clamps (four pieces)
           of the world for a sail, they cannot control       Excenter cleats for halyard and topping lift,      • Spring cleats, stainless steel
           the weather.                                       stopper for downhauls, leading blocks at             (only in connection with stainless
               I had several beautiful days to take
                                                              mast and rail stanchions, leading blocks             steel clamps).
           both the 30 and 39 onto the water, how-
           ever the wind rarely ghosted above five
           knots – if that.
               I’d love to be able to say that these
           yachts are true world cruisers with long
           distance sea keeping qualities. Alas,
           with flat seas and no wind, that isn’t
           possible.
               What I can say is that Bavaria has
           turned out two immaculate additions
           to its cruiser line. They are well built,
           beautifully finished and come from a
           design house with a global reputation
           for excellence.
               Either one would be a pleasure to own
           and a thing to be proud of whether it is
           swinging off a mooring or parked in a pen
           in front of the yacht club.




            CONTACT POINT:
            North South Yachting
            Quays Marina, 1856 Pittwater Road
            Church Point NSW 2105
            Ph: 02 9998 9600                              Queensland legend Bob Robertson came                   Bavaria takes pride in its fitout and uses
            www.northsouthyachting.com.au                 along for the test and showed his stuff                nothing but the best from the world
                                                          behind the wheel.                                      of sail.

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