test - BAVArIA C57
This palace was, so to speak, the nucleus of the living city that is
now Split, despite but also maybe thanks to, its long and turbulent
history: strategically located in the center of the Adriatic, it
rulers changed often. One after another the Romans, Byzantines,
Venetians, as well as Austria and Hungary played a major role
here, not to mention the terrible wars of recent history.
All this is fortunately, as I said, history, but the wonderful location
has remained. In the heart of Dalmatia, with an island paradise
on its doorstep, a real dream. This is the impressive backdrop in
which the equally impressive flagship of the Bavaria fleet makes
its strong appearance. Already in the ACI Marina of Split, where
many large yachts lie, the Bavaria C 57 stands out in a positive
way. A ship with dominant styling, large from the outside, voluminous
on the inside. The berth and the free space for turning in
front of it are narrow, but thanks to the bow and stern thrusters,
the yacht can be maneuvered precisely as well as easily into the
smallest corner of the harbor – in this case assuming that the
water depth is sufficient, because after all, in the standard version,
the 16, 70-meter yacht has a 2.52 draft.
The benefit of this we get to feel outside, before the port
entrance in the bay of Split, after we have set - pardon: rolled
out the sails. This is also a totally relaxed excercise, without
stress or manual effort, thanks to large, cleverly positioned
electric winches. This is one of the core features of this yacht.
Although it is, as I said, a large vessel and also handles like that,
from the very beginning it was designed so that it is really easy to
control and can be handled by only one or two people. Powerfully
dimensioned electric winches and above all the cleverly conceived
deck plan make this possible. All sail handling lines are within
reach of the helmsman, the front part of the cockpit and wide
areas of the deck remain free to relax and sunbathe.
This does not mean, however, that too many trade-offs are
made in terms of sail performance. On the contrary. As a
cruising yacht, this vessel is fast and lively, despite the
pronounced luxury below deck, and even more so, despite
the ease of operation. This is thanks to the "sleek" lines of
the hull, which are harmonious and ballanced and offer little
resistance to the water. The deep, effective keel with high
ballast ratio. They are from the drawing board of the Italian
star naval architect Maurizio Cossutti, who designed a powerful,
but not too extreme hull, without the now fashionable
chine just above the waterline in the stern of the vessel:
Moderate, harmonious and aesthetic. Thanks to the sophisticated
construction using vacuum infusion technology,
Cossutti was able to design an overall lighter hull with a
high volume and high structural strength.
Another major role in the sailing characteristics can be attributed
to the exceptional good sail wardrobe from Elvstrøm
Sails, which are included in the standard specification: the inmast
roller furling mainsail, with vertical battons and a build
The historic old town of Split is as impressive as it is worth visiting.
It is full of palaces and grand city houses, winding alleys
and monuments from different eras and styles. As you stroll
through the old town, you get a taste of the often dramatic moments
in history that have taken place here over the centuries,
starting with the Roman Emperor Diocletian, who built a palace
here as a retirement home 1700 years ago.