Bavaria Ocean 40 - competent, well-engineered yacht
This was regarded as a competent, conservative and well-engineered yacht at her launch in 2001, although the finish and interior build quality was fairly basic. But at under £100,000 she was astonishingly good value.
The Ocean model had a centre-cockpit, but a conventional aft-cockpit was also offered and sold in larger numbers, largely for charter. The overall interior design was practical and spacious for two couples but designed more for in-harbour use than offshore.
The woodwork is a little dark but there were plenty of windows and good ventilation. The deck layout was good and handling straightforward. She tacked extremely quickly and was very responsive to the helm. Performance was average to good. The Ocean models tend to command higher prices than the aft-cockpit versions.