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I had saw some photos of this, but in movie is much more fun

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This is a....BAVARIA

It seems Bavaria is going to make an inexpensive racer, a one class racer, the Bavaria B/one.

It will be fast (Farr designed) and inexpensive ( 22 900€ at the factory).

DATA (all preliminary):

Hull Length 7.00 m
Beam 2.49 m
Draft 1.60 m Liftkeel down
Main 21 m2
Jib 11 m2
Gennaker 46 m2
Weight approx. 1020 kg
370 kg Ballast

The boat will also have a cruising kit.

I would say this is an interesting one

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The new Bavaria is going to be lots of fun to sail. Have a look at some kids having fun with a J 80 a boat not very different from the One design Bavaria:


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New boat from Dehler, or at least a new version of the 35 that remains in production, the 35SQ (same hull).

Dehler normaly make a SQ version of their boats when they have already some years to increase sales. SQ means super quality and in this case it means bigger winches, double back-stay, retractable cleats and as an option a closed transom with a folding swim platform.


The bigger difference however is a two wheel set up on the cockpit.

The boat is produced, as the 35, in two versions that they call cruiser and race, with a small difference in draft but with a big difference in quality of construction, weight and price: Epoxy and a plastic core on the race one, normal resins on the cruising one and a balsa core.

Off course the one that they call race is as good or better to cruise as the cruising one, only more expensive. The interior is the same.










Even if I understand the utility I think that the closed transom makes the boat ugly. I would have preferred a bench on the transom, leaving it open behind. That would also be better in what regards water evacuation.

Regarding the other version the two wheel set up certainly have advantages in what regards cruising with a far better passage on the cockpit, however I have to say that I liked that big carbon wheel and it seems obvious to me that even with a good set up the wheel sensibility would always be better with a single wheel (less friction). The two wells setup provides a better storage on the cockpit aft the wheel. Not an easy choice, at least for me even if in what regards sales there is no doubt: almost everybody wants two wheels set-up

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The best movie about the Dusseldorf boat show...is a French one, by voile and voiliers:

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Les chantiers allemands en force à Düsseldorf

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Also on voile and voiliers this great movie about Yvan Bourgnon et Sébastien Roubinet and their incredible 3 days sail around the Horn and the Beagle (450nm) on a Nacra F20 cat with 6.2m.

They got 50 k freezing winds and survived to tell the story.

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Trois jours autour du Horn en cata de sport !

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Hamnen tested the Dragonfly 28 sport. Lovely boat...for a price.

Lots of fun and speed with a great cruising potencial...for the size.

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On the Transquadra that as most now is a solo or duo Transat for amateurs (more than 40 years old) the leading boat is an A31 and several other are among the first. I knew already that a A31 and the Jeanneau SF 32 can make about the same speed (at least on this race) as an A35 and be faster than for instance a First 40.7 or a Opium 39. I know that but I still find it amazing

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The Archambault A 31 is an incredible boat and with JPK the only one that can offer exceptional results on solo or short handed ocean races and on handicap crewed races while offering a decent cruising interior for coastal cruising or in a very spartan way even for offshore cruising.

The Transquadra offers a very interesting study to find boats that can be fast and seaworthy offshore while easy manageable solo or by a duo. The race goes on for many years, the guys that race are amateurs with more than 40 years old but they are experienced sailors, many ex top racers now in its 50's or 60's that come to have fun.

They are very knowledgeable about boats and the information that is gathered by them in what regards the most suitable boats to do this race is very precise.

The boats that go well are the A31, the A35, the JPK 9,6, the JPK 10.10 and the Sunfast 32.

I would say that it is as relevant as the presence of many of these boats on the lead of the race, the total absence of boats that would seem at first glance capable of a good results, like the Elan 350 and the First 30. Why there is no one racing with them? Well, certainly there is a reason and probably they are not competitive with the other mentioned boats.

Let's have a better look at the A31. The boat has a bulbed keel for this race but since on handicap races a non bulbed kell has better rating, they also make it with a non bulbed keel. Stupid ratings, cause the boat is more efficient with a bulbed keel.
























And a new interior they have presented this year at the Paris boat show:



And remember that amazingly this little boat with a good amateur crew on a Transat is faster than a 40ft cruiser racer, even a good fast one very adapted to solo sailing like an Opium 39 and certainly faster than the typical fast 40ft cruiser racer, like a First or a grand Soleil.

Archambault starts to have a well deserved world wide recognition and has dealers everywhere, including United States and Australia.


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From a small one too really big ones

Some of the more radical sailing propositions, most of them with fixed wings and hybrid propulsion (wind and sun):


















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