Bavaria SR36, for a perfect day

It can be a day cruiser, or a family cruiser – the German yard’s latest boat offers a number of possibilities in terms of set-up

by Niccolò Volpati

Bavaria’s SR36 was one of the very few new debutants at the Boat Show in Palma de Mallorca at the end of April. It should have been presented at Düsseldorf in January 2021, but that event was cancelled and so the German yard decided to take the first occasion to put it on show.

The dining area and cockpit are essentially a single space which incorporates everything you need: chairs, table, kitchen and sun pad.

Accompanying me on board was Marcus Schlichting, head of marketing at the yard, who – with a wealth of detail – started to tell me all of the outfitting options available on the boat. That got me thinking about the issue of customisation versus mass production. Personalisation is essential nowadays, but a yard, which builds production-boat finds it difficult to ensure buyers get a tailor-made boat for them, like a suit. Bavaria blends these two approaches. It doesn’t allow a buyer to say they want something else here rather than that, but it does give them a wide enough choice so it feels as if the SR36 were a custom-made boat. The numerous options are planned, so buyers can configure their boat how they like, without affecting the rules of industrial-scale production which, by definition keeps the number of variants as low as possible. The options also involve structural elements, starting with the roof. Hard top, soft top or open top versions are available, manually or electrically operated. To the stern, you can have a hydraulic platform as an optional and this, like the entire deck surface, is made in teak or Esthec.

THERE ARE MANY OPTIONS AVAILABLE, AND THIS MEANS THAT THE REQUIREMENTS OF A GREAT RANGE OF BUYERS CAN BE MET. YOU CAN EVEN CHOOSE STRUCTURAL ELEMENTS OR CONSTRUCTION TECHNIQUES SUCH AS A FOAM SANDWICH FOR THE DECK.

Another element that is not structural, but certainly vital, is the choice of engines. Volvo or MerCruiser, diesel or petrol, 2×300 or 2×350 horsepower. And that is just a taste, because as you can imagine, as you go into specifics about how the area on deck and below is fitted out, in terms of fabrics and colours, the variety on offer is wider still.

What I was able to see at the Palma Boat Show is the most Mediterranean version, because there is also, to be clear, also a more “Nordic” model in which the dinette is closed off by a sliding glass door. I found this Mediterranean version convincing because in the dinette area it incorporates nearly everything that you need, apart from cabins. In a single area, there is the galley, the sun pad, the bridge and controls, and the L-shaped couch which surrounds the dining table. Finally, the sofa that looks out onto the stern platform, which is similar to others on other recent Bavaria models, is unusual. It has a table that can be lowered, so it can be used as a lunch area looking onto the sea, or as a stern sun pad.

Below decks, as well as the two cabins (with the master cabin in the bow), there is a small dinette which is perfect for breakfast. That is a great solution, given that it doesn’t duplicate the kitchen that is on the main deck, but a further service area. Bearing in mind that we are talking about a boat that is less than eleven metres in length, the headroom is enough, even in the stern cabin, which is of course under the cockpit.

THE SLEEPING AREA IS LARGE ENOUGH TO SLEEP FOUR PEOPLE
ON A CRUISE, WITHOUT ANY CONCERN ABOUT NOT HAVING ENOUGH ROOM AVAILABLE.

The bed in the master cabin is larger than a small double. It is trapezoidal, so it can make the most of every last inch of width. The stern cabin features two single beds, each 200×80 cm. I liked the way that they have been placed across the beam, so one of them is closer to the cabin door, and there is also greater headroom. The second of the two is necessarily a bit more cramped since it is right under the cockpit. But the design works because if the beds were both placed along the stern-bow axis, both of them would have been compromised. And finally, what you can appreciate in the dinette, and also in the cabin area, is the natural light. There are portholes or window spaces just about everywhere, some of them are small but enough to light up the rooms.

BAVARIA YACHTS
www.bavariayachts.com

PROJECT
Bavaria Yachts 

HULL
LOA 11.44m • LOA including the platform 12.28m • Length 10.87m • Maximum beam 3,85m • Draft 0.97m • Dry displacement 7,900 kg • Fuel tank volume 500 l • Water tank volume 250 l 

MAIN PROPULSION
With a pair of Volvo D4s each turning out 300 hp, it can do thirty knots, using 120 litres per hour, and at 25 knots it just needs 100 litres per hour

EC CLASSIFICATION
CAT B

(Bavaria SR36, for a perfect day – Barchemagazine.com – August 2022)