I certainly don't want to rain on your parade but due to a bunch of stuff I read, along with photos, a couple of years back I'd want to carefully check the keel mounting details on any Bavaria.
They built a fleet of production style high performance boats - 38' to 40' IIRC - for a charter outfit in the Adriatic. They were intended for charter regatta racing. The keels fell off, actually ripped off along with some of the hull on all or most of them due to the ridiculously light mounting system.
Bavaria had not put proper backing plates on the keel studs - little more than small square washers. The hulls were very lightly built for performance and the combination of no stress distribution and light hull scantlings meant the keels could be wiggled by hand when the boats were in the slings. In use, this wiggling and flexing resulted in the keels tearing the "backing plates" right through the bottom of the boats.
Needless to say, sinkings and lawsuits resulted.
This sort of situation is certainly not unique to Bavaria - it has become almost commonplace in recent years but it is something to closely check before spending a few years pay.
Believe me I know very well of what I am talking about. One keel fell off and all the Match 42 were reinforces under warranty at that particular hull point. I had a Bavaria at that time and IO have followed all that with concern.Sorry Paulo but that doesn't fit with what I read and saw photographic evidence of.
To the best of my knowledge I was sure and I only recommended checking the engineering out, not to avoid buying one but I'll take your word for it and remove the post.Believe me I know very well of what I am talking about. One keel fell off and all the Match 42 were reinforces under warranty at that particular hull point. I had a Bavaria at that time and IO have followed all that with concern.
If you search the net you can find all the story and will find that the problem was only with the Match 42. All were reinforced after but only one keel feel off. There is no other problem with a keel on a Bavaria and none on the "normal" line, the cruiser line.
Since Bavaria makes for here more than a 1000 boats, we are talking about 15000 boats in the last 15 years. That's a lot of boats and the same way we knew of that particular problem, if more problems had happened we would know of.
You should not make that kind of statements without being sure.
Thanks for the confidence. At the time I was posting in this forum and in this thread the subject was thoroughly debated:To the best of my knowledge I was sure and I only recommended checking the engineering out, not to avoid buying one but I'll take your word for it and remove the post.