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Bavaria Cruiser 37

2014 December 1

A strong deck design makes Bavaria's latest boat a sailor's cruiser


This new model from Bavaria was designed by the Farr office in partnership with Design Unlimited. I’m not exactly sure who designed what but I think it’s safe to assume that the hull, appendages and rig are straight out of the Farr office while the deck and interior were probably designed by Design Unlimited. I think it’s more satisfying to control all the design elements but we live in a time of specialization. 

There are two interior layouts for the 37. You can have three double berths with double quarter cabins. Or you can have one quarter cabin. If you go with one quarter cabin, the head slides aft and gains a hanging locker. This makes room for a small nav station to port. If you go for the two quarter cabin model you give up the nav station. If you have two aft cabins you sacrifice the lazarette. The fo’c’sle is tiny so you won’t stow much there. I think stowage space is critical for cruising. There are no chines on this hull, for a change. Farr has given the transom a tiny bit of rake and a slight change in angle near the top of the stern is not as brutally truncated as some. There is even a hint of spring to the sheer. There is a shoal draft of 5 feet 4 inches and a deep keel with a 6-feet 9-inch draft, and a single rudder. The L/B of 3.02 is not excessively beamy, but the ends appear quite full in the plan view. The D/L is 201, so this is not a light boat, but displacement means volume and in the quest for the greatest interior volume for the given LOA, displacement can help. 

The boom is mid-sheeted without a traveler and there is a rigid vang. A short removable bowsprit gets the tack of the cruising chute away from the headstay. The SA/D is 18.06. That’s modest, but the good news is that you will not be quickly over powered. The mainsail shows about 4 inches of overlap on the split backstays. I don’t think the roach will hang up in light air. 

If there is one area where the designs have really improved in my opinion it is deck designs. Of course, having copious amounts of beam  and stretching that beam all the way to the transom sure helps when designing a cockpit. But look how clean and tidy the sidedecks are on this model. The jib tracks are on the house top. Genoas are pretty much a thing of the past these days so you don’t need long genoa tracks on the deck. Chainplates are outboard. There is really nothing cluttering this deck. Six winches are shown, and I like that. Sometimes two primaries in the cockpit are not enough. There are twin wheels, a fold-down transom and a big centerline drop-leaf table. Hatches on the cabintrunk are flush.

LOA 37’1”; LWL 32’ 6”; Beam 12’3” Draft 5’4”; Displ. 15,432 lbs.; Sail area 700 sq. ft.; SA/D 18.06; D/L 201; L/B 3.02; Auxiliary Volvo-Penta 27-hp saildrive; Fuel 40 gal.; Water 96 gal.

Bavaria Yachts USA

303 Second St., Annapolis, MD 21403



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