Well, this one is for you Marty!
The Bavaria 40 looked very nice on the first drawings, but I have to say that the real thing is another story. The boat looks a bit fat and the interior is just plain ugly. Take a look:
I thought that there was some confusion with the weight but it seems that the boat really weights 9T and that is a lot for a 40ft. I have read the test from the "Yacht " magazine and the performance is disappointing, even for a cruiser. I don't understand the guys from Bavaria. The boat may be a Farr design but seems slower than the previous model and it is not nicer.
On other hand I have said that the designs from the interior saloon of the new Jeanneau 409 seemed to me the best designed I had ever seen in a 40ft cruiser boat, but that I wanted to confirm that with real photos and a visit to the boat.
I have already saw the photos and they look as good as the drawings. I will be at the Paris boat show ( 3 weeks from now) to look at the real thing
Take a look at the interior (360ºpicture):
I had said also that, from the photos, the boat looked a bit too "pretty" meaning too feminine, if you know what I mean
No, the boat is just beautiful. These movies
give us a better idea:
Neustart mit der Sun Odyssey 409 - YACHT: YACHT tv
Sun Odyssey 409 â€“ A special recipe for beauty! - Jeanneau Yard
Sun Odyssey 409
Sun Odyssey 409
I have said that probably the new 40 Bavaria was faster: No way. They announced a performance version with 93 Sqm of sail for 7.5T. This numbers on a Philip Brian design (First 45 and 50) can only mean that this is a really fast cruiser.
The boat has also a remarkable tankage for a 40ft: 530L of water and 200L of fuel.
The only thing I really don't like is what seems the impossibility of mounting two extra side winches to have the boom control near the wheel (German sheeting).