Flagships: Bavaria Cruiser 45

For over 30 years Bavaria Yachts has been producing good sailing designs at a very affordable price, helped in part by automated production facilities and unit volumes that have exceeded 3,000 a year. The latest model from the Bavaria design crew is this 45-footer with a three-cabin layout that includes an owner’s cabin forward and two cabins aft of the saloon. The owner’s cabin has a large centerline berth, plenty of storage space and an attached head and shower.

A dual helm arrangement and twin rudders —the standard draft is 7 feet although there’s also a shoal draft version that comes in at just under 6 feet—help produce good tracking and maneuvering ability.

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