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post #4 of Old 06-27-2002
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Bavaria Yachts

I chartered the Holiday 35 which is a predecesor to the Bav 34, and the Bavaria 32 5 or 6 times over an 8 year timeframe and sailed them in the Gulf Islands and SanJuans.

The Bavaria 32 was a wonderful boat: fast, fun, well laid out and really great to sail: we had it in the Georgia Strait in 30 knot winds on a reach in 6'' seas, it balanced well with partial jib and 1 reef in the main. I found the aft berth was squeezy for two and the veeberth a tad short. The salon berths were the best. Fit and finish were the best, in my limited experience.

The Volvo needs glowplug help even in the middle of summer but ran well.

The Bavaria 35 was the ladies choice: posh finish below, tonnes of stowage space, and since it is a tubby boat, good double aft berths and veeberth. the boat was severely hampered in its chance to perform by an unbattened inmast furling main and the ubiquitous furling headsail: go with Dutchman reefing and fullbattened main or else it takes 15 knots to have any fun. In unfair conditions for a charterboat of 40 knots requiring furler reduced headsail and partial main, it did not make any attempt at all to go to wind, just beam reached and rolled like an oiled pig. the boat has high freeboard = lots of headroom below and a dry ride . On a reach out in the chuck with full main and 100% jib it was well behaved, alot less of a rodeo-ride than the 32, so the passengers liked it better.

The boats have some euro quirks, like reverse propwalk, that take a second to get past, but overall I think they''re great boats. Service in the Seattle to Vancouver BC area is pretty good.

One thing we loved were the admiring looks and comments every time we came into a marina. Life is too short to spend it with an ugly boat.
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