Fresh from a makeover at the hands of Farr Yacht Design and BMW, Bavaria presents its new 32ft cruiser. Chris Beeson puts her through her paces

Product Overview

Overall rating:



Bavaria 32


Price as reviewed:


The quality of life below, while moored at least, has improved hugely in 40 years – the heads is fantastic. She’s quick and lively off the wind but lacks the displacement to match her forebears upwind in a breeze.

Main features:

 – Boom-end mainsheeting gives much better mainsail control and the non-overlapping jib means she’ll tack easily upwind

 – Coamings are a good height forward, but shorter aft and stop short of the transom, which will dampen the helmsman

 – The folding transom is an excellent idea, improving bathing facilities and making the cockpit even bigger

 – Cockpit seats are over 7ft long, with good bracing but the tiny winches are out of the helmsman’s reach

 – Grabrails start just outside the cockpit but end well short of the mast, where the coachroof jib track begins


 Full gallery

 Full screen 360s of every cabin


Draught:1.95m (6ft 5in)
Displacement:5,200kg (11,464 lb)
LWL:8.85m (29ft)
Beam:3.42m (11ft 3in)
Price Guide:£75,280
LOA:9.99m (32ft 9in)