Fast and fuel efficient, thanks to the space saving benefits of sterndrives the Bavaria R40 packs a lot into 40 foot
Then along came pod drives like IPS and Zeus, which allowed designers to move the engines a long way back and provide more accommodation forward, albeit at the expense of the lazarette. Sterndrives do the same thing but more so, and this is what Bavaria has plumped for.
The result is two good ensuite cabins in a hull that is just 38ft 5in (11.72m) long. However, that is not unheard of; the real surprise is just how good and workable the full beam midships owner’s cabin is, given that it lies tucked almost entirely beneath the saloon. Headroom is unavoidably restricted around the big double berth, but when you first step into the cabin it is very good indeed.
Two of the highlights of the R40 are the starboard side door and its opposite number in the form of a sliding window big enough to step through with ease. This pair transform the workings of the R40; communication, ventilation, and movement around the boat all improve significantly.
That roomy midships cabin pushes the cabin/engineroom bulkhead a long way aft. Consequently, engineroom access is down a vertical ladder into a cramped area with (surprisingly) no soundproofing whatsoever.
Our boat was one of three very rushed pre-production prototypes, so that might explain the untidy nature of the wiring and the plumbing installation. However, we’ve been assured that production R40 will be better, and that some engineroom soundproofing will be added.