Well, it is a good thing they're making their boats heavier, since they had killed a few people with their earlier boats. The 42 and the 38 had keel attachment issues, where the hull laminate wasn't strong enough to support the keel properly and keels fell off, resulting in some people dying.
Some clarification and some questions.
About 9 years ago Bavaria add a new line of cruising racers to their line of cruising boats. That line, that lasted few years, was called Match. They were very light and fast boats.
I have no knowledge of any keel problem (ever) with the cruising line of Bavarias, and we are talking of many thousands of boats, many subjected to charter abuse that include some hard groundings.
I have no knowledge that resulted in "some
people dying". I have knowledge of a single incident
in Croatia where a Match 42 lost a keel that resulted in one
Several boats, 42 and 38 Match, after inspection showed signs of future problems on the area of the keel attachment and Bavaria gave instructions to dealers for reinforcements on the area and bigger backing plates. After those modifications I have no knowledge of further problems. Bavaria stopped production of the Match series a short time after that incident.
Perhaps you can enlighten me about those people that died and the boats that were involved. As I have said I know only about one boat incident and one dead.
When I was talking that Bavaria was making heavier and in their judgement, stronger boats, I was not talking about the Match series, but about the Cruising series, boats that never had problems with the keels, or to my knowledge, any structural problem. To give you an idea, the 2003 Bavaria 36 that I had owned weighted about 5.7T. The new Bavaria 36 weights about 7T. That's a huge difference, the materials are the same. They say that they are opting for stronger boats and I cannot see any other justification for that difference in weight.