Named the European Power Boat of the Year in 2017 for its freshly designed salon and use of space, the innovative Bavaria 40 Sedan will be on display at the Miami International Boat Show. With two or three cabins, and two heads, the Bavaria 40 features a new layout where the helm is situated a bit farther aft than usual, so that the captain is part of the social interaction in the salon. The boat has large windows all around; the view from the helm is excellent.
What’s also a bit different is that the engine room, with a 300-hp Volvo D4 diesel, is centered under the salon. This means much more privacy for everyone in the accommodation deck, since the master is in the bow and the other staterooms are aft. The master has a double bed that can be converted into two singles. And the head and shower are in separate compartments. The second head with shower is aft.
In the salon, the modern, European style galley is to port and a large seating area with a dining table, is to starboard, forward of the helm. There’s plenty of room all around, and the salon has 6’9” standing head room.
The cockpit has large seating areas, and there’s a large swim platform for water sports. The Bavaria 40 has built-in boarding steps on each side leading up from the swim platform. In the bow, a super-sized sunpad is made for relaxing and lounging.
The boat is designed to be efficient at displacement speeds; it tops out at more than 13 knots with the 300-hp Volvo. It also comes with a 150-hp Volvo, topping out at 10 knots, or a hybrid version with batteries and battery chargers.
Built with German precision in Giebelstadt (in Bavaria, of course, below Würzburg), the Bavaria 40 is a mix of modern technology and old-world craftsmanship; each piece of wood receives at least six coats of varnish.
Specs.: LOA: 40’4:’ Beam: 13’9”; Draft: 3’7”; Disp.: 23,149 lbs.; Fuel 71 gals.; Water: 111 gals.; Power: 1×330-hp Volvo D4 diesel.