Most sailors in the UK are very aware of the hugely popular Bavaria Yachts brand, with its reputation being built over many decades, to become one of the most successful yacht builders in the world. Built in the heart of Germany since 1978, Bavaria Yachts have developed into one of the largest manufacturers of sailing and motor cruisers in Europe, building up to 4000 boats a year for customers worldwide.
As you would expect from German manufacturing, the Bavaria factory is one of the most modern in the industry, consistently building high quality craft through a highly mechanised process, employing state of the art machinery, throughout the whole build process, from lamination to joinery. The factory is remarkably clean and tidy and more resembles a modern car plant rather than a traditional boatyard; this is key to understanding why Bavaria build the highest quality craft at such competitive prices. Prominent naval architects such as Bruce Farr Yacht Design and Design Unlimited, a British internal design company, put Bavaria at the forefront of contemporary boat development. Manufacturing techniques have advanced over the last decade and Bavaria have embraced these changes to create perhaps one of the most efficient boat building factories in the world. All the boats are built in the one facility, sharing the same assembly line, that splits between power and sail for final fit out.
Bavaria have the ability to react to market desires quickly, as has been clearly demonstrated in the last two years, with the entire sailing boat range being refreshed over an 18 month period and new product lines being added with the Vision and B/One ranges. No other manufacturer has shown this ability, in recent years and in dialogue with its owners and dealers, Bavaria is developing trendsetting sailing and motor yachts which provide performance, comfort and outstanding value. The new Vision range took just a year from conception to production, using a lot of feedback from owners and dealers, to create the right layout and features for the new range.
Bavaria recently launched their first flybridge motor cruiser, the Virtess 420, to complement their well-established sports boat line. Indeed the new Virtess 420 won the European and UK Motorboat of the Year awards on its first attempt, a testament to the Bavaria factory’s desire to develop new and exciting models for its clients.
Bavaria have always worked with key manufacturers to provide the best equipment on its boats and do not make false economies by using cheap components. This is very evident when walking around the boats where you will see abundant use of real solid woods (indeed, you can see sliced trees in the wood store) in its joinery and main manufacturer equipment such as: Selden rigs, Lemwar deck equipment, Jefa steering systems, Volvo engines, Elvstrom sails, Garmin electronics etc.
All Bavaria’s are known for their ease of handling, several rig options are available on the sailing boats which can make them very easy to handle for one or two people with inmast, electric jib tacking and winches, to catering for the more technically minded with fully battened mainsails, spinnakers and cruising chutes. The motorboats are also easy to handle forthey are not easily blown about by the wind, have wide and safe side decks and are equipped with powerful bow thrusters and optional joystick control systems.
Bavaria Sailing Yachts are also one of the most favoured brands amongst charter companies for their reliability, robust build, space and sailing characteristics; many clients come back year after year to enjoy their sailing holidays.
Clipper Marine is the world’s largest Bavaria dealer with 8 offices across the UK & Spain, with a permanent display of new and used boats available for customers to view.