Best Boats 2012 Nominee: Bavaria 40
Farr Yacht Design gave the Bavaria 40 a fine entry and truncated ends in the interest of maximizing sailing length and speed under sail. Like the rest of Bavaria’s Cruiser line, the 40 offers tremendous volume belowdecks for accommodations. Twin helm stations and a split backstay provide easy access to a flip-down swim platform in the transom. bavariayachts.com
LOA: 40ft, 6in
LWL: 35ft, 4in
Draft: 5ft, 5in
Sail area: 883sq ft.