TEST - BaVaria e40
The helm binnacle is not the only yacht-like feature. The Bavaria
E40 comes with a large, upright steering wheel that looks like it
was supposed to be installed onto the Bavaria yacht that was
next on the production line. Once underway, it all falls into place
perfectly, and you wonder why you haven’t seen something like this
before. Despite the limitations on space that this helm design
brings, there appears to be nothing missing. Having a single engine
does mean you halve the number of instruments you need, and
this leaves adequate space for a decent sized multi-function
display and somewhere convenient to mount your optional bow
and stern thruster controls. In short, it just works.
The port side of the wheelhouse is taken up by the L-shaped galley
unit, which comes with a nice big sink, a smaller sink/drainer, a
double hob, a gas oven and as much storage, in the way of drawers,
cupboards and cubby holes, as you have any right to expect. A small
panel behind the sink hides a lifting flat screen TV.
On this non-flybridge version, the wheelhouse roof has a set of
four glass roof lights across the middle of the roof section that
allow light to flood into the saloon, and a single opening hatch
just above the helm offers additional ventilation to complement
the sliding windows on either side. Behind the helm on the port
side is the door out into the cockpit, and on a nice day the glass
panels behind the helm can be slid open to allow the cockpit and
wheelhouse to blend together.
Just before the rear door there is a companionway down into a
lower lobby area below the helm seat. Here there are four doors,
or rather three and a half to be precise. The half height door facing
forward offers the main access to the engine room and, with the
little Volvo D3 on our test boat, you get plenty of space to get inside
and work on or around the engine.
The door off to starboard leads into the boat’s second toilet
compartment. Again, this is a generous size and combines toilet,
sink and shower with a small storage cupboard and opening port.
Like the forward toilet compartment, the holding tank is located
behind a removable panel above the sink.
The two cabin version of the Bavaria E40 has a single large double
cabin aft of this lower lobby area. This offers an island double berth
with standing room forward and we assume limited headroom
down the sides and over the top of the bed. Our three cabin test
boat came with a pair of double berth cabins in this area, again
not unlike you may find in a yacht. The cabins are very similar to
each other. Both cabins come with one fixed and one opening hull
port and another opening port into the cockpit.
Moving out into the cockpit the Bavaria E40 can accommodate
quite a gathering, with seating for up to around eight or more on
seats on either side. The starboard u-shaped seat is positioned
around a table and a large wheelhouse/flybridge overhang provides
a degree of protection in inclement weather. The cockpit can, of
course, be fully enclosed with a canvas canopy if required and
with this in place, and the partition between cockpit and wheelhouse
fully open, you have in the Bavaria E40 possibly one of the
best party boats for its size I have ever seen, regardless of the
weather. It may only be rated to take up to 14 passengers when
underway, but in port I could imagine you could have 20 onboard,
and it would still not feel overly crowded.
The aft section of the cockpit is open, and this allows quick, onelevel
access to either side deck. At the transom, the Bavaria E40
has another trick up its sleeve, a fold down boarding/bathing
platform. With a simple release of a catch, the whole transom folds
down to reveal two steps that lead you onto the platform. This is
perhaps the easiest way to board the E40 from a pontoon. Should
you be moored alongside, the bathing ladder snugly fits into
special fittings on deck, enabling easy boarding also from low
pontoons. Access from a high quayside is best achieved over the
aft side decks where Bavaria Yachts has provided a safety wire
protected break in the guardrails for this purpose.
Access forward is easy, thanks to the nice large side decks, and
safe too, with full length guard rails and a chunky toerail. Once up
front you will find a large flat working area, the option for a sunpad
on the foredeck and a nice big anchor locker that should easily
swallow up more than enough chain plus a fender or two.
Die Bavaria E40 kann wahlweise eine grosse
Achterkabinen oder zwei Einzelkabinen haben.
The Bavaria E40 can have a single large cabin
aft, or two smaller doubles.