Quick Look: Bavaria 43 Cruiser

Jeremy McGeary reviews this aft cockpit cruiser for the CW 2009 Sailboat Show

Bavaria Yachts continues to flesh out its new cruising line with the aft-cockpit 43 Cruiser, which supercedes the Bavaria 42 Cruiser. It has twin steering wheels, opening up the cockpit for easy access to the large swim platform in the transom. Contoured helm seats add a touch of comfort for the skipper while deep backrests to the cockpit seats lend lumbar support to the crew.

The mast-forward rig ensures nothing blocks the view of the chef, busy in the port-side in-line galley, from the view of the idlers in the U-shaped dining lounge opposite, and effectively partitions off space for a large forward cabin with ensuite head. A second head aft serves the mirror-image cabins under the cockpit.

The mainsail-dominant sail plan keeps the headsail a comfortably manageable size for a boat of this length.