VIDEO: Bavaria E40 review

The full displacement, aft cabin Bavaria E40 is a totally new concept for the German yard but what is it like on the water?


Our test boat had the 150hp version of the Volvo D3 and it was fine for the inland work we were doing on test. It was quite a noisy experience, especially at the top end of the rev range, but Bavaria has since added soundproofing and a seal to the engineroom door that will doubtlessly improve things.

The cabin layout of the E40 sees a double cabin in the bow with a split shower room and toilet either side of the companionway. This is a great touch that means two people can use the bathroom(s) at once, though the high sills on the doorframes take some getting used to.

Aft, the test boat had two near identical double cabins but if it were my boat I would spec the full-beam aft cabin to use as a master suite.

It’s a brave move by the German yard but a smart one. Ex-sailors are going to love it and there aren’t many brands with a bigger sailing following than the prolific yacht builder that is Bavaria. If you’re a motor boater that fancies slackening the pace a little and enjoying the journey as much as the destination it makes a lot of sense, too. Jack Haines

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Length 40ft 3in (12.29m)
Beam 13ft 8in (4.2m)
Engines Single Volvo Penta 75hp-300hp
Top speed on test 10 knots
Price from £231,300 inc UK VAT

Bavaria R40 review

Fast and fuel efficient, thanks to the space saving benefits of sterndrives the Bavaria R40 packs a lot into 40


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