Bavaria 32

Bavaria Yachts builds over 1,000 boats each year, and the company's fine-tuned mass-production techniques contribute to the Bavaria 32's great price. But the 32 offers more than excellent value for money. We chose it because it has a sweet helm, clean lines, comfortable accommodations, and reasonable systems, all of which make it an enticing package.Good headroom and well-sized berths will
Author:
Publish date:
Updated on

Bavaria Yachts builds over 1,000 boats each year, and the company's fine-tuned mass-production techniques contribute to the Bavaria 32's great price. But the 32 offers more than excellent value for money. We chose it because it has a sweet helm, clean lines, comfortable accommodations, and reasonable systems, all of which make it an enticing package.

Good headroom and well-sized berths will comfortably accommodate two couples or a small family, and there's plenty of stowage for coastal cruising. A dedicated wet locker for foul-weather gear next to the companionway steps--exactly where you need it--is a welcome feature. Cabinets and bulkheads are sheathed in attractive varnished mahogany veneers, and the systems are well suited to the boat's intended purpose.

Bavaria2

We realized, as we took turns behind the wheel in 10 to 12 knots of wind and flat water, that helm feel and responsiveness are not necessarily proportional to price. The helm was silky smooth, the wake was clean, and the hull (drawn by J&J Design) was easily driven. The 32 lacks the freeboard that would translate into greater volume down below, but the result is aesthetically pleasing and a joy to sail. The sail-handling gear is appropriate for coastal work, the name-brand deck hardware is properly sized, and the cabintop traveler and rigid vang provide sufficient tweak-ability. The cockpit garnered good marks for its high coamings, teak-trimmed seats, and comfortable helm station. The idea that you get what you pay for can be a good thing. With the Bavaria 32 you get a comfortable, attractive, smooth-handling coastal cruiser with a reasonable price tag.

Specifications

Price: $95,200 (base, FOB Annapolis, MD) includes aluminum double-spreader Selden mast, choice of conventional, in-mast furling or full-batten mainsail, roller-furling jib, Harken winches, and Raymarine Tridata (log, speed, and depth) display.

US agent: Bavaria Yachts USA, Annapolis, MD; tel. 410-990-0007, www.bavariayachts.com

Construction: Hull is built of hand-laid fiberglass with Kevlar reinforcement in the bow. Deck is cored and the hull-to-deck joint is bonded and bolted.

LOA 32'6"

LWL 28'

Beam 11'

Draft (deep/shoal) 6'/5'

Ballast 2,330 lbs

Displacement 8,250 lbs

Sail area (100% foretriangle) 483 sq ft

Power 19-hp Volvo

Fuel/water/waste 20/35/15 gal

Displ.-length ratio 168

Sail area-displ. ratio 18.9

Related

01-Lead-show

France’s Annual Multihull Show

If a boat show could be described as intimate, the annual Salon International du Multicoque in La Grande Motte, on France’s Mediterranean coast, is it. Held in the latter part of April, the multihulls-only in-water show is a boon for builders, because the people who attend come ...read more

TOTW_PromoSite

SAIL's Tip of the Week

Presented by Vetus-Maxwell. Got a tip? Send it to sailmail@sailmagazine.com Check the waypoint  Most errors with GPS and paper chart navigation are caused by the operator punching in the wrong numbers or plotting the lat/long incorrectly. The surest way to double-check a ...read more

Furlex-Electric

Gear: Seldén’s Furlex Electric

Furl Power Seldén’s Furlex Electric offers an easy path into the world of sweat-free headsail furling. The compact unit can be retrofitted to an existing manual Furlex unit or installed as a replacement for whatever you’ve got now. Its DC-DC converter accepts your boat’s 12V or ...read more

11_DSC8423Tom-Zydler

Cruising: Nova Scotia

There’s a unique cruising ground that combines access to urban locations with easy escapes to wilderness and nature. Its native people may be the friendliest on the east coast of North America. Its coastline runs 250 nautical miles in a straight line, but that should be ...read more

01-LEAD-shutterstock_727849660

Boat Monitoring System

Boat Oversight In a world where you can track your friends’ locations in real time and stream yourself live on the internet, it should come as no surprise that you can also keep a close eye on your boat from the comfort of home. In fact, not only is there a plethora of options ...read more

pilot_saloon_42-_en_navigation_11

Boat Review: Wauquiez Pilot Saloon 42

Old salts grouse about modern aesthetics. It’s just what they do, and the hard lines and spartan interiors of today’s production boats give them many reasons to complain. French builder Wauquiez, however, seems to consistently be able to marry contemporary elements with ...read more