Located in Giebelstadt, Germany, Bavaria Yachtbau GmbH is the single, largest yacht production facility in Europe and has been producing sailing yachts since 1978. All Bavaria yachts are produced at this single location, to ensure consistently excellent construction standards, maximized economies of scale, producing an outstanding yacht, with outstanding value.
At Bavaria, knowledge built up over more than three decades is combined with cutting-edge production techniques. The shipyard has one of the most state-of-the-art production facilities for sailing boat manufacture in the world, with high precision robots and CAD/CAM programs working seamlessly together with skilled craftsmanship over the six-kilometer assembly line.
Efficient production does not only mean superior cost-effectiveness but also better quality. A high degree of automation, carefully monitored by skilled employees, guarantees consistently high quality standards. Examples of this are the lamination halls with permanent humidity and temperature control, laser assisted accuracy for CNC milling machines as well as an automated varnishing line.
Quality engineering and construction are the key forces at Bavaria. All Bavaria yachts are built to Ocean category “A” – the highest European standard CE certification as well as the even more exacting Germanischer Lloyd certification. This additional certification requires independent surveying at all stages of the yacht building process.
The new Bavaria Cruiser range sensibly continues to have a solid, hand laid glass hull, for strength and impact resistance below the waterline, and a divinicell foam core sandwich above the waterline, and on deck, to give the stiffness required, without the weight of solid glass. An additional benefit of the divinicell foam core, over balsa used by other manufacturers, is that in the event of an impact, the foam absorbs the impact and the damage remains localized, eliminating the migrating delamination which can occur along a balsa core.
The new Cruiser range has larger framing, glassed into the hull with generous glass tabbing. Bulkheads are similarly tabbed into the frames and deck-head making for a very stiff and strong yacht. The increased internal framing combined with the Cruiser range’s larger beams, topsides, keels and mast sections obviously generate extra displacement. Any detriment to performance that one might expect from the extra weight, has been offset by Farr optimising hull and appendage hydrodynamics and the moderate displacement increase affords superb sea-keeping qualities when offshore.
Farr Yacht Design is known throughout the world as a premier naval architect company. In collaboration with BMW Designworks USA, the Bavaria shipyard has produced a stunning new range of luxury sailing yachts that play to the strength of the company – namely strong engineering prowess, efficient state-of-the-art production techniques and time honored skilled craftsmanship – a winning combination.