The Bavaria E34, smaller sibling to last year's E40, will launch in the summer and make its debut at Cannes

The Bavaria E34, an entry-level model in the German yard’s E range, will hit the water this summer and make its international debut at the 2017 Cannes Boat Show.

Like the E40, which MBY tested last year, the 34 is a single shaft, full displacement cruiser available in either Sedan or Flybridge guises.

The key to its appeal is having its two cabins at either end of the boat with the master forward and a comfortable double guest cabin aft beneath the raised cockpit.

This provides excellent privacy on a boat of this size and means both couples enjoy a well-sized double bed and their own bathroom.

The internal helm is positioned centrally well aft in the saloon with what should be excellent views forward thanks to the vast amount of glazing.

As we found on the E40, driving from this far back takes some getting used to but being a displacement cruiser the helm position suits life in the slow lane and makes for a very sociable configuration.

Engine options are from Volvo Penta with either the D3 110hp or D4 220hp motors on offer across both body styles with just the Sedan having the option of a D2 60hp lump for owners that will solely be cruising inland. Even with the 220hp the boat is unlikely to top around 15 knots, so if it’s blistering performance you’re after then look elsewhere.

Both versions of the boat get L-shaped cockpit seating but on the flybridge some space is robbed by the flight of teak steps that lead up to the top deck.

Being that the boat is 33ft 8in (10.3m) long the flybridge isn’t enormous but there is enough room for a helm station and a small wrap of seating on the starboard side. At the very least it’s good to have the option of driving with the wind in your hair.

Value for money is something that the E34 has going for it with both versions coming in at under £200,000 including VAT with the D3 110hp.

More info: Clipper Marine

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