Bavaria Vida 33 first look: German giant adds outboard-powered dayboat to its line-up

Bavaria Yachts had a glaring gap in their line-up in the shape of an outboard-powered dayboat, but not anymore. We explain the origins of the Bavaria Vida 33...

No, your eyes are not deceiving you, this does look a lot like the Greenline NEO and that’s because it is, or was. Earlier this year, Bavaria acquired the rights to construct the NEO after Greenline felt the outboard-powered sportsboat wasn’t entirely aligned with its eco-friendly message.

The boat, now dubbed the Vida 33, fits neatly into Bavaria’s portfolio which, up until now, has lacked an outboard day boat.

Something that dogged the NEO was its pricing but the Vida is available in Open form with twin 150hp Mercury outboards for under £150,000 inc VAT. Not bad when you consider it has a decent cabin below decks and separate shower room.

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Performance won’t be electric with the standard 150s but for a £20,000 premium you can upgrade to the top of the range twin V8 300s for a top speed north of 40 knots.

Bavaria has dropped the fully enclosed coupé version from the range, leaving the Open and HT models. Most will go for the latter as, thanks to its sunroof, it offers the best balance of shelter from, and exposure to, the elements.

The main deck is brilliantly suited to sunny days on the water, with flexible seating that converts into a sun pad opposite a wet bar that includes a grill, sink, fridge and some counter space to prepare food.

The foredeck has two layouts; a double sun pad with walkaround or – our preference – C-shaped seating with a table in the middle.

We always liked the NEO and hopefully, under Bavaria as the Vida 33, it will have the success its clever design warrants.

Specification

LOA: 36ft 1in (11.01m)
Beam: 11ft 3in (3.43m)
Engines: Twin Mercury outboards up to 300hp
Top speed: 45 knots
Starting price: £149,454 (inc. VAT)