BAVARIA YACHTS | Under NEW Ownership

  • A private equity fund advised by the German investment company CMP Capital Management-Partners will continue Bavaria Yachtbau GmbH.
  • The subsidiary Bavaria Catamarans SAS is also being acquired.
  • All 800 employees working in Giebelstadt, Germany and Rochefort, France will transfer to the purchaser.

A private equity fund advised by the Berlin-based investment company CMP Capital Management-Partners will acquire the entire business of Bavaria Yachtbau GmbH and continue its operations. It will also acquire all shares in French subsidiary Bavaria Catamarans SAS. All 550 employees of BAVARIA YACHTS in Giebelstadt and all 250 employees of BAVARIA CATAMARANS in Rochefort will transfer to the purchaser. A corresponding purchase contract between the management of Bavaria Yachtbau GmbH and CMP was concluded and notarized today. The creditors’ committee gave its approval, as did the administrator of Bavaria Yachtbau GmbH, Dr. Hubert Ampferl. The purchase will be completed after merger control clearance by the German Federal Cartel Office, which is expected in a couple of weeks. The parties have agreed not to disclose the purchase price.

CMP Capital Management-Partners is a German investment company that has specialized in the acquisition of companies in distress in Germany, Austria and Switzerland since its foundation in 2000. CMP’s private equity funds are advised by Berlin-based CMP Capital Management-Partners. With the investment in a company, CMP employees assume operative management responsibilities on site. In the case of Bavaria, Dr. Ralph Kudla, restructuring expert and partner at CMP, will join the executive board.

Kai Brandes, Managing Director of CMP Capital Management-Partners explains: “We are convinced of Bavaria’s global market potential and will sustainably develop the company. The restructuring measures will focus on regaining market share and improving production costs.”

Restructuring expert Dr. Tobias Brinkmann, Managing Director of Bavaria Yachtbau since insolvency proceedings began in April 2018 states: “Bavaria is an outstanding company with a strong brand, compelling products and a highly dedicated team. We are pleased to have found a well-known and experienced buyer in CMP who will lead Bavaria into the future. The entire management would like to thank our employees, yacht dealers, customers and suppliers. They have all supported Bavaria Yachtbau during the insolvency proceedings. The fact that Bavaria has been able to successfully build and deliver 220 yachts during the last five months shows how committed and reliable our staff is.”


Giebelstadt / Rochefort, 15 September 2018

NEW! Dufour 430 Grand Large

After the recent announcement of the new Dufour 390 Grand Large, Dufour Yachts keeps innovating and surprising the nautic industry with the launch of a second Grand Large Unit for 2019, the Dufour 430 Grand Large. The Dufour 430 also completes, without replacing, the actual models of the Dufour Grand Large range composed by D310 – D360 – D382 – D390 – D412 – D430 – D460 – D520.  The D430 is a brand new project, with a new hull generation, a new roof design, and the integration of high-end equipment and new onboard technology. The complementary and flexible interior layouts options, as well adapted to the owners market as to the charters market, fits perfectly to the range.

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.

Click here for information from the yard.

SEATTLE BOAT SHOW January 26 – February 3, 2018

Heading to the Seattle Boat Show this January 26 – February 3rd? Step aboard our brand new BAVARIA 46 STYLE and DUFOUR 46 GRAND LARGE at the Lake Union venue.

Weekdays: 11 – 5

Weekends: 10 – 5

Come see us!




Calling all Bavaria owners and enthusiasts. If you have ever wanted to visit the Bavaria yard, here’s your chance. For two days only, we invite you to join us at Germany’s largest shipbuilder of sail and motor yachts. They’re opening their doors to give you front-and-center experience at their state-of-the-art facility.



June 23 VIP day | MUST pre-register for this day

* Participate in guided yard tours. Small groups makes for intimate and personal attention.

*Learn more about the interesting aspects about Bavaria Yachts

*Visit vendors and suppliers to Bavaria


June 24 PUBLIC day | No registration is required for this day

*Participate in yard tours

*Listen to interesting lectures

*Visit vendors and suppliers to Bavaria



View Cruiser, Vision and S-Line yachts including:


Cruiser 34

Cruiser 37

Cruiser 41

Cruiser 46 Style

Cruiser 51 Style

Vision 42

Vision 46



S33 HT

S36 HT

Sport 400 Coupe

S45 HT

Virtess 420 Fly

Bavaria E34


Order a new boat with us during OPEN DAYS and be rewarded with attractive offers and savings including flight credit (up to $3,000) and free Bavaria swag!

The Yacht Sales West team will be at your service during the event:

Len Baronit, Dave Bonar, Mike Carkeek, Simon Cox and Richard Hargreaves


Have a good time. Eat and be merry the German way.  Prosit!

Bavaria Yachts is near Wurzburg; a charming Bavarian city

Taking a canal tour with Bavaria Yachts Germany


What’s the big deal about the number 63? Last year, we sold 63 boats. That’s 63 buyers and sellers that entrusted us to facilitate their boat purchase.

A professional yacht brokerage that strives in a team oriented environment with your interest in mind. That’s who we are.

Not only do we represent leading new boat brands, we are knowledgeable in all facets of helping you navigate through the aspects of brokerage sales. Whatever it is that makes your heart sing, we are here to help.

When it is time to buy or sell, choosing the right yacht brokerage does make a difference. With our team on your side, you’re in good hands.

Call us. We love to talk boats!
Vancouver: 604 488 1202
Sidney: 250 656 6644


In 1998, SAIL magazine came calling. They wanted to do an onboard test of the Bavaria 46 Exclusive that we had recently brought into North America. Not only were we a young brokerage company, we had just become the sole representative for Bavaria Yachts of Germany throughout US and Canada.  They sent a reviewer up to check it out.  Boy, were we nervous and excited. This was a pretty big deal for us and depending on what the reviewer thought of the boat, it could help or hinder our marketing efforts.  Not only did they like the boat and the builder, they liked us too! Since then, we’ve imported over 200 Bavaria’s into North America. We have many owners who still write to us and tell us how much they continue to love their boat. This makes us feel really proud.

SEATTLE BOAT SHOW | What’s on Display?

Shopping for a new boat the Seattle Boat Show (Jan 27 – Feb 4)? Make sure that you stop by our display of sailboats.

A virtual tour sampling for you:

Dufour Grand Large 460

Nautitech Open 40

Bavaria Vision 42

Bavaria Cruiser 37




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.


SEATTLE BOAT SHOW | January 27 – February 4, 2017

Visit us at the LAKE UNION venue during the Seattle Boat Show this January 27 – February 4th. We’ll have NEW DUFOUR, BAVARIA and NAUTITECH CATAMARANS on display.


Lake Union Show Hours:

Weekdays | 11 AM to 5 PM

Weekends | 10 AM to 5 PM

Tickets go on sale December 1, 2016