Quick Look: Bavaria 31 Cruiser

Cruising World 2008 New Boat Showcase

Bavaria

Alone among the mega builders, Bavaria this year beefs up its range of smaller boats. The Bavaria 31 Cruiser wraps the company's new styling around a beamy but straightforward and seaworthy package of essential cruising amenities: head aft, with integral wet locker; large chart desk; compact galley, straight saloon with facing settees; double cabins fore and aft. Three deck hatches on centerline illuminate and ventilate the forward cabin and saloon.

On deck, a wide cockpit opens aft where the upper part of the transom hinges down to create a platform one step below sole level. A molded recess that conceals the folded dodger and a seahood molding that covers the control lines led from the mast add to the tidy look of the coachroof. The mast is well forward and, counter to the trend followed by many current designs, the sail plan compensates with a large ovelapping genoa.
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Bavaria 31 Cruiser Specs

LOA: 32' 1"
LWL: 27' 4"
Beam: 11' 1"
Draft: 6' 2"/4' 8"
Sail Area 540
Displacement: 10,364
Water: 41 gal
Fuel: 24 gal
Engine: Volvo D1020 18 hp
Designer: J&J Design
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