Bavaria 38 (2002)
By 2002 Bavaria’s annual production had soared to well over 2,000 boats a year and its reputation for offering a lot of boat for little money was well established. The headline price of this J&J design was just £62,863 – significantly less than the opposition, although the standard specification was sketchy. Sailing performance was better than some early Bavarias but still not in the sporty class. She was easy to handle, though, and reasonably comfortable in a seaway. Below decks, the décor remained quite heavy but stylish and there was plenty of living room (legroom in the saloon was, however, criticised). The dinette was to starboard with the large, longitudinal galley to port. Two aftercabins and a forecabin provided three double bunks. The chart table was adequate and the single heads large. Stowage was good.
LOA 12.30m (40ft 4in), LWL 10.25m (33ft 8in), Beam 3.87m (12ft 8in), Draught 1.70m (5ft 7in), Displacement 7,000kg (15,431 lb). Price guide: £55,000 to £80,000. YM Test Report December 2002.