BAVARIA C45

Yachting Monthly - - ADVENTURE -

THE TEST VER­DICT

Bavaria re­ally seems to have upped its game with the C45 as far as qual­ity is con­cerned. She feels all to­gether more solid and bet­ter con­structed, and ar­eas like the op­tion of a com­pres­sor in the athwartships ten­der garage, the chart stowage or the huge gal­ley with neat stowage show that much thought has gone into ac­tu­ally us­ing the boat; mak­ing life on board that lit­tle bit less stress­ful. It’s not per­fect; ac­cess un­der the out­board seat­ing of the sa­loon is a bind, as was not be­ing able to swing a winch han­dle on the main­sheet winch. Okay, with elec­tric winches this is less im­por­tant, but man­ual winches are stan­dard.

Space on board was vast, there was stacks of room be­neath the floor, and high head­room above it. Yes, you pay for it with high free­board – which also makes moor­ing port side to more in­ter­est­ing as the en­gine con­trols are to star­board – but it’s a trade off worth mak­ing in my eyes.

WOULD SHE SUIT YOU AND YOUR CREW?

If you’re in the mar­ket for a 45ft yacht, you’re spoilt for choice this year with seven new makes be­ing launched. Sadly at the time of writ­ing many are still com­ing to mar­ket so a com­par­i­son with her main ri­vals isn’t avail­able. That said, her com­peti­tors are go­ing to have to burn the mid­night oil to com­pete with the C45. She is a vast 45 ft yacht, has good ac­com­mo­da­tion, of­fers the op­tions of a ten­der garage and pack­ages and ver­sions for those who want to save, sail or sit back and re­lax.

The oak in­te­rior looks good, and the Naviop sys­tem makes fault find­ing a dod­dle – even if there isn’t a man­ual over­ride.

She han­dled the con­di­tions well, al­beit with a heavy helm, and has a won­der­fully safe and so­cial cock­pit. The helm is where all the ac­tion is so no one else need worry about tweak­ing lines, un­less they want to. Boats like the C45 make me want to go sail­ing – not to cross oceans or seek out re­mote an­chor­age, just to spend time on­board, to en­joy the sea and make the most of it while the weather is good.

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