Join Date: Dec 2004
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Re: What is your opinion of Bavaria's?
"Good enough" perhaps, but still, not "Done Right"... (grin)
Yes, I agree with you and would like to give an advice to all that buy new mass production boats, Bavarias or any other brand.
As Jon said the rig tunning is very important. I would say that modern boats rigs are well designed to the loads of the rig but everything is mounted by the dealer...and that can be a very dangerous thing. I have heard some astonishing stories about the way some rigs are mounted and tuned by dealers.
So a word of advise: Chose a big dealer that have a lot of experience with the boat. Try to be there when they mount the rig and talk with the rigger to see if he does not put some boy doing the work and check properly the work done.
If not, before doing some serious sailing with the boat go to a "official" rigger from the brand of your mast (warranty issues) and ask him to tun the rig. You are going to be surprised with the quantity of work needed and with what he is going to say about the ones that had rigged the mast
...at least that was what happened to me