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post #2 of Old 12-20-2009
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The Bavaria 40 was an attempt from Bavaria (2003) to have a go on the ocean cruiser market. The Ocean range was quickly discontinued. They found that the charter market was a lot more profitable.

The boat had the same hull as the 40 cruiser, weighted more 400 kg and had an identical keel with more 50kgs, to compensate for the extra weight. The proportion weight/ballast was good (compared to the actual norm on mass production cruiser sail boats) and the boat had a central cockpit that permitted a better boom control.

It carried more 80L of water (380) and more 80L (230) of fuel than the cruiser version and had a bigger engine (55hp). It could come with a furling main (31,7m2) or with a battened mainsail (36,4m2) and a 41,4m2 genoa. That would make it a reasonably fast cruising boat, if compared with Halberg-Rassys and the like, but slower than the cruising version, that had about the same sail area and was lighter.

The boat was not a commercial success (was more expensive than the cruiser) but has a high second hand value and it is rare to find one for sale.


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