The celebration of the Bavaria Yachts’ 40th anniversary as well as the official presentation of the major achievements and future planes of the German boatyard at Boot Dusseldorf came not as surprise.
More specifically, the major players of the event were the two latest creations of the Germany company: the fly version of the Bavaria E34, which succeeds the already successful Sedan version, and the all-new Bavaria R55 which, announced at the same boat show last year, represents an important step in entering the exclusive world of luxury motor yachts.
The strengths of the Bavaria E34 had already emerged in the Sedan model, where the shipyard focused attention in how large closed indoor spaces or a well-sheltered cockpit were not the expression of a boat exclusively designed to sail northern seas but also a great opportunity to enjoy the sunny Mediterranean. Spacious volumes, moderate engine options and wide outer spaces indeed contribute to make the E34 Fly the perfect boat to enjoy family holidays and quiet cruises in full contact with the sea.
On deck, the Bavaria E34 Fly offers clear lines and unencumbered spaces. The cockpit is intended to provide guests with a comfortable outdoor lounge, well-protected by the flybridge. The L-shaped sofa, the wide bathing platform at the stern and the generous bow sun pad offer a lot of space for outdoor activities. Moreover, the exterior pilot station and the enveloping sofa positioned on the starboard side along with a dedicated table complete the inclination of this boat to offer a full contact with marine environment.
Interiors include a bright saloon, completely enveloped by a 360-degree window, and sleeping quarters below. More specifically, the raised pilot station is centrally located while the saloon and toilets develop around it. The galley is located on the left while a table and a small sofa are positioned forward, benefiting from a clever arrangement of spaces where nothing is left to chance.
Sleeping quarters consist of two cabins, both with en-suite bathrooms. The master cabin can be equipped with a separate shower compartment or an additional storage room.
Power comes from Volvo Penta engines, available in 110hp and 220hp versions with moderate changes in purchase price as well as the possibility to choose between fully electric and eco-friendly diesel-electric hybrid drive.
Completely different are the inclinations, and the expectations of the German giant, for the new flagship: the Bavaria R55 (in the opening picture). Announced last year and destined to mark an important turning point for the motor division of the boatyard, the boat was presented in Dusseldorf in the Fly version. The sleek lines of the new creation testify a considerable design effort and the desire to “go further” in the field of motorboats.
Designed by J&J Design, who were already responsible for the successful Bavaria R40, the R55 features streamlined lines and enveloping huge windows in sleeping quarters and the saloon. The special design of the underwater section with a deep V-design and a flat stern section maximizes the performance and efficiency of the boat.
The deck layout features sober clear lines, with a large bathing platform at the stern which facilitates the tender launch while offering instant access to the sea. A small staircase on the left leads to the cockpit. Well-sheltered from the flybridge, the latter is furnished with a large sofa, a table and a wide glass door and it represents the natural extension of the indoor saloon. The bow section consists of a spacious sunbed and a comfortable couch.
Accessible from a well-protected staircase, the flybridge offers a fully-equipped driving console with double pilot and co-pilot’s seat. Opposite to it, a spacious sunbed is flanked by a C-shaped sofa and a table on the left while, opposite, a cabinet hides toilets.
Side windows on board the Bavaria R55 are spectacular and literally flood interiors with a great amount of natural light. The first environment offered by interiors is a full-beam galley with counter-posed pieces of furniture. Two steps lead to the lounge which replicates the same décor thanks to two counter-posed leather sofas. The table is “enveloped” by the left sofa while, behind the right one, a large pop-up tv cabinet completes the convivial area.
The driving console with its enveloping grey-leather pilot seats has been moved to starboard in order to leave room for a ladder leading to interiors. Here, luxury yet not exaggerated design finds its highest expression, with the master cabin occupying the whole central portion of the hull and equipped with en-suite bathroom. The guest suite is located at the bow while a third twin-bedded cabin is positioned on the starboard side. Both cabins feature en-suite bathrooms. Furniture is offered in two different versions of wood: black walnut and clear durmast. Lighting architecture, exquisite fabrics and leather details shape a highly sophisticated environment.
The Bavaria R55 is powered by an IPS propulsion system with either two 600hp or two 725hp engines.