BAVARIA YACHTS | Under Self-Administration

As we know, speculation and news can run rampant and get out of control very quickly.

If you are reading this, perhaps you’ve already heard or read somewhere that Bavaria Yachts is out of business.

Out of business they are not. In fact, everything is up and running, orders are being filled and boats are being shipped.

If you are interested in knowing more, please read the official link from the yard. It is here that you will find honest, up-to-date information.

As dealers for Bavaria Yachts, we want to assure our customers, both present and future that we are here for you.

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(Vancouver, BC) — The concept and engineering phases have been completed, and now the development of the NAUTITECH 47 POWER is entering a new phase. In BAVARIA CATAMARANS’ shipyard in Rochefort, France, construction now begins on the catamaran, which is 14 metres long and travels at speeds of up 22 knots.

The clear lines and dynamic design reveal the powerful elegance of this catamaran. With a top speed of 22 knots, this catamaran doesn’t just have powerful acceleration, its cruising range of 1000 miles at a speed of nearly 9 knots is also testimony to its endurance. And whether on or below the deck, there is plenty of room for luxury and relaxation.

Sunsets on board are best enjoyed on the foredeck; that’s where one finds an inviting sofa and table with plenty of space for lounging.

The stern of the has multiple uses. The lifting platform between the hulls can be used as a Tenderlift or as a bathing paradise. It easily lifts a Williams Minijet 280 out of the water. In its central position, it links the two hulls to form a flat space which becomes a wonderful area for sunbathing right next to the water. When the platform is completely lowered into the water: voila – you have your own beach in the shallow water.

The day at sea is best spent on the generous flybridge. Enjoy the perfect view of as it gently swishes over the sea. With a bimini or a hardtop offering protection, the slipstream is there to be enjoyed and life can be lived to the full. A barbeque and a wet bar are also at the ready on the flybridge.

Meals are best served at the long dining table in the large cockpit with direct access to the saloon. At BAVARIA CATAMARANS, we call this tried and tested room layout the ‘OPEN concept’. With this clever layout, cockpit and saloon melt into one living space. The perfectly equipped pantry, the exclusive lounge area in the saloon and the generous cockpit all give the impression of a luxurious penthouse apartment.

Driving pleasure is provided by two Volvo Penta D4 motors each with 225 hp. The balance of power and efficiency are particularly impressive: travelling up to 22 knots. Take comfort in long-distance cruising of 1000 miles without stopping.

The NAUTITECH 47 POWER will be unveiled at European boat shows in early 2018.


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For the third year in a row, Pacific Yachting magazine judged and presented The BEST IN SHOW AWARD during the Vancouver International Boat Show. We’re pretty thrilled to let you know that the BAVARIA NAUTITECH OPEN 40 has won the sailboat class. We’re thrilled, because there were a host of new monohulls and catamarans vying for this award: we feel honoured to have had this model chosen as the best of the best.

Comments from the judging panel ranged from, “this boat can really sail”, to “the twin helms with engine controls are great”. They remarked that the outdoor living area is really a delight and we couldn’t agree more. Thank you to Pacific Yachting magazine for this award.

This boat is on display at the Vancouver Internation Boat Show until Sunday, January 22nd. You can then see her at the Seattle Boat Show from January 27 – February 4th.





Read what Zuzana Prochazka had to say in SAIL magazine’s review of this model:

They say good things come in small packages, and the Bavaria Open 40 catamaran is a good example of that. At just 40ft, this cat combines a practical layout with easy sailhandling and a good turn of speed. The result is a boat that is a joy to sail.

Design & Construction

Naval architect Marc Lombard has created a design with high freeboard and narrow hulls with fixed keels, reverse bows and hard chines that run from bow to stern. The latter help part the water and keep the decks dry while also providing a bit of extra interior volume. The boat is fairly light, with solid glass below the waterline and a cored infused laminate above. The Bavaria Open 40’s light-ship displacement is just over 17,000lb, which is about a third less than most other catamarans in this class.

Unlike many cats, the underside of the bridgedeck is not a gullwing shape, but rather a flat section that is high off the water. We did not have the conditions to test whether this shape will pound to weather any more than other catamarans, but it represents an interesting approach.

Nautitech, a formerly French company with 20 years of history, has a reputation for building agile cats that can go the distance. Bavaria recently purchased Nautitech, and the Open 40 is being marketed as the Bavaria Open 40 in the United States. The combination of Nautitech’s multihull expertise and Bavaria’s boatbuilding prowess is a potent one indeed.

On Deck

The most notable aspect of the design is the elongated cockpit, which takes up an almost disproportionate amount of space compared with the compact saloon. However, the cabintop extends all the way aft to the transom, so it provides protection over the entire cockpit, in addition to serving as the attachment point for the mainsheet traveler.

The boat’s twin helms are out on the hulls, making the boat easy to dock and step off of when sailing shorthanded. However, unlike with a mezzanine or full flybridge helm, visibility forward and to the opposite corner of the boat is obscured. Our test boat had its engine controls, electric winch controls and a Garmin MFD display at the starboard helm; optional electronics may be added on the port side. A good autopilot will be key on longer passages in climates that aren’t conducive to spending long hours at the exposed wheels.

Two Lewmar Evo winches help manage the lines at each helm station and integrated steps lead from each wheel up to the deck where handholds along the roof provide good security in a seaway.

The sailplan is simple and reliable, with a VMG aluminum spar and 979ft² of canvas. The self-tacking jib sheets to a track just ahead of the cabinhouse, so singlehanding is easy. For more off-the-wind fun, a gennaker on a continuous-line furler attaches to the bowsprit.


The cockpit is a highlight on most catamarans, but it’s really the star attraction on this model. The dinette table to starboard will seat six to eight people, and there is a straight settee with a section that lifts to form a headrest to port. Yet more bench seating can be found along the aft edge of the cockpit just ahead of the dinghy davits. A sunroof opens overhead for good air circulation, and there are three sizable storage lockers, as well as a dedicated liferaft locker.

A sliding door opens to the saloon, which is necessarily compact given that much of the room usually reserved for this area has been transferred to the cockpit. To port is a combination nav station/dinette, with two small bench seats bookending a table at the head of which is a panel with Garmin electronics. The panel is placed at an awkward angle, but in a world where navigation desks are disappearing altogether, it’s not a bad compromise.

The galley is to starboard and is also pretty compact, though the necessary tools are all there to cook a meal, including twin sinks, an Eno cooktop and two drawers of Frigoboat refrigeration. (A small additional fridge can also be added to the cockpit as an option.) Stowage for provisions and kitchen tools is a bit of an afterthought, but the cook can communicate and hand off meals to the diners in the cockpit via the sliding windows just above the fridges. It’s not a bad sea galley, but it is tight, and the cook will need to dodge any traffic heading up and down to the cabins in the starboard hull.

Visibility in all directions is good, thanks to the wraparound fixed windows and a pair of hatches in the coachroof that bring in yet more light and lots of air. Two layouts are available. The charter version has four cabins and two heads, while the owner version sets aside the entire port hull to serve as a master suite with a head and stall shower forward and a queen-sized berth aft. A small Fischer Panda genset may be fitted as an option in the forward starboard cabin.

For youngsters, there is a small sleeping area in the forepeak of each hull, which can alternatively be used for stowage. The saloon sole is made of Flexiteak synthetic material. Bavaria also offers an upgrade package with wood trim to give the interior a richer feel.

Under Sail

We could not have asked for more perfect conditions during our test sail on Miami’s Biscayne Bay. South of the Rickenbacker Bridge we found a breeze that was hopping while the water of the bay was nearly flat with just a 1ft chop. Our four-person crew had plenty of room to move about, and the boat was in its element. A few tacks under mainsail alone (not an easy maneuver for a catamaran) sent the hulls through the eye of the wind slowly but evenly. Then we put up the small jib, and the fun really started.
At a 130-degree apparent wind angle, with the wind hovering between 16 and 18 knots, we sailed at 7.5 knots. Hardening up, we tacked through 110 degrees and then clicked off 9.1 knots on a beam reach. When the gennaker was unfurled, that same beam reach brought us to just over 10 knots.

Our twin wakes formed rooster tails behind us, and we completely lost track of time, not only because it was a fast sail, but because managing the boat couldn’t have been easier. It’s a pity there was no one around to race.

Under Power

The Bavaria Open 40’s twin optional 29hp Yanmar diesels and saildrives (21hp engines are standard) easily powered us back to the marina at 7 knots. With the throttle wide open at 3,800 rpm we made an impressive 8.1 knots of boatspeed. Fuel capacity is 59 gallons for each engine, giving you a decent range should you ever need to motor through any calms.


Though unconventional, the compact Bavaria Open 40 is practical in its layout, and it works. Being just 40ft long and sporting narrow hulls, there are inevitably some tradeoffs, but Bavaria has done a good job of focusing on a number of key points to create a boat that is all about outdoor living and ease of sailing. If I see one available in charter service, I’ll be sure to claim it as quick as I can for a week of carefree fun.


BAVARIA OPEN DAYS | June 10 – 11, 2016

This June 10th and 11th, BAVARIA YACHTS once again opens their doors to their impressive shipyard in Giebelstadt, Germany where sailing and motor yachts of the highest quality for the whole world are built. An excellent opportunity to take a look behind the scene of one of the world’s production builder.

DAY 1   | June 10

If you haven’t received a personal invitation from us, sign up here for your invitation. Registration is open until June 5th 2016.

  • Visit 14 BAVARIA sailing yachts and motor boats
  • Participate in guided yard tours through the 70,000 square meter production area of BAVARIA (only with pre-registration).
  • Learn more about technical aspects of your BAVARIA during interesting lectures.
  • You can test drive the SPORT 300, the E40 (world premiere) and the R40 (German premiere) on the river Main (only with pre- registration).
    A shuttle service between the shipyard in Giebelstadt and the test center in Marktbreit will be provided

DAY 2 | June 11

Doors of the yard in Giebelstadt between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. A registration for the PUBLIC DAY is not necessary

  • At the huge exhibition you can visit 14 BAVARIA sailing yachts and motor boats
  • Participate in yard tours through the 70,000 square meter production area of BAVARIA
  • Listen to interesting lectures on boating


Here is a sneak peak  of our ad copy that will appear in the June, 2016 issue of Pacific Yachting magazine. Looking for the latest information complete with pictures, pricing and availability? Visit our Pre-Owned page for a listing of all our brokerage and pre-owned boats.





A multi-award winning model. Both Cruising World and Sail magazines voted this model 2016 WINNER in their catamaran categories.

Speed and comfort are the two essential attributes that come to mind when describing catamaran sailing. Excellent sailing performance due to weight and displacement is complemented by a considerable gain in living space for the crew, as well as significantly steadier boat stability and easy handling. The result is reduced travel time, increased distance and sailing pleasure that offers more comfort and relaxation.

The NAUTITECH OPEN 40 is the ideal catamaran for travelling with family and friends. With the unique OPEN concept, the cockpit and the saloon of the NAUTITECH OPEN 40 flow into one shared living space, ideal for an unforgettable day at sea.

PHOTO CREDIT: Greg Eymundson /

ANACORTES BOAT SHOW | April 8 – 10, 2016

Planning on attending the Anacortes Boat Show this April 8 – 10? Make sure you visit us aboard our brand new Nordic Tug 39 (Hull No. 227). The show runs daily from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM at the Cap Sante Marina in Anacortes, WA. Come see us.

Bavaria Yachts News

Looking for some Bavaria news? Check out our latest e-letter: you’ll find information on new Bavaria website, our NO GST SPECIAL and some brokerage features. NO GST SPECIAL EXPIRES JUNE 30th.