How will this German contender fare in such a competitive market?

Product Overview

Pros:

  • Great hull, masses of space, excellent value.

Cons:

  • Lack of cabin hull windows and don't get carried away with options.

Product:

Bavaria Sport 39

Manufacturer:

With Princess, Sunsekers and Grandezza vying for honours at the top end of the crowded 4-ft sportscruiser market, Bavaria figure there’s room for a boat offering similar pace and space, but in a more down to earch configuration and crucially with a more modest price tag. Costing half the cost of a Sunseeker Portofino 40, Alacati, Turkey, to discover whether it’s also half the boat.

Style-wise, the Sport 39 follows on from the Sport 38 it replaces. High bulky topsides in pale grey are effectively disguised by scalloped sides, elongated hull windows and graphics, while the deck moulding is kept low profile, topped by a long sleek windscreen frame and forward facing radar arch.

As an update of the Sport 38 it’s not at the very cutting edge of boat design, but the overall effect is pleasingly chunky and rather purposeful.

There’s some neat detailing too, stern quarter engine vents in a contrasting darker grey can be backlit while inset pin lights in the deck coamings illuminate the side decks, giving the boat a glamorous look at night.

The massive (and optionally hydraulic) bathing platform provides an easy way of stepping aboard; indeed it’s the only way from the pontoon short of scaling those vertiginous topsides.

Verdict

Spec it right and you'll put a very capable 39-footer on the water for a convincing figure.

Details

Beam:13ft 1in (3.99m)
Engines:Twin Volvo Penta D4-260 D6-370