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Nautitech Open 40 – 2016 Best Boat!

November 20, 2015

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The Nautitech Open 40 by Bavaria Catamarans is Sail Magazine’s 2016 best boat in the Cruising Multihull (31-40ft) class!

Here is what Sail Magazine had to say:

Known for its monohulls, Bavaria recently acquired French catamaran builder Nautitech and enters the multihull market with the new Open 40, a boat that has been making some serious waves at the many boat shows where it appeared this year.

Naval architect Marc Lombard has created a high-freeboard design with narrow hulls and fixed keels. The reverse bows hint at good performance, and the hard chines running from bow to stern both help part the water to keep the decks dry and provide a bit of extra interior volume while permitting waterline beam to be kept narrow. At 17,000lb, the boat is fairly light, with solid glass below the waterline and a cored, infused laminate above.

With those narrow hulls, the Open 40 sails like a witch, more than holding her own upwind—not a favorite angle of sail for most cats. Bavaria has also changed up a few options recently and added engine controls at the helms on both sides, which makes docking on either port or starboard a breeze. The interior finish is somewhat dark, which contrasts well with the boat’s white paneling, and a small shelf was added between the galley and the settee to provide a dish and cup rack.

The real story behind this boat is suggested by her name: the “Open 40.” On most cats, the saloon and galley are spread over about two thirds of the available main deck space, leaving the cockpit with the remaining third. However, aboard the Bavaria Open, this ratio has been reversed, with the idea that the cockpit is the area where cruising crews spend most of their time, making this Bavaria indeed much more “open.” The flow is excellent from the interior, past the starboard-side dinette and all the way to the transoms. Protection from the sun and rain is provided by a hardtop that extends all the way aft and also serves as the anchor for the mainsheet traveler.

Visibility forward from the helms is excellent overall, and even reasonable to the opposing forward corner through the ports. Best of all, this boat is as fun to sail off the wind as it is on a beat, providing a good turn of speed even at lower wind speeds, and will not disappoint in either private ownership or on charter.

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September 9, 2015


The success story of the BAVARIA YACHTS CRUISER 51 continues! Numerous features including:
  • Large bathing platform
  • Farr yacht design lines with fast and safe sailing hull
  • Biggest cockpit of its class
  • Luxurious single cabins
  • Separate shower cabins
  • Breakfast bar

and many more have been key to the success of this yacht.

And now, for those who appreciate independence and luxury on the water, the luxurious equipment STYLE package will be available for the CRUISER 51 from October 2015. A new galley layout, high-grade stainless steel fridge and freezer are all part of the new STYLE package of the CRUISER 51. Other features include a high-quality culinary worktop, newly designed wall cupboards, material-covered bulkheads, adjustable dining room table and sumptuous lounge upholstery. The CRUISER 51 STYLE package new interior design has a rich Sipo interior wood from the successful VISION line.
Pure luxury is found in the owner’s suite. To Starboard there is a full-size dressing-room with stowage and even the option to install a washing machine (ex shipyard). The BAVARIA YACHTS CRUISER 51 with STYLE package also features a Kingsize bed, a separate shower and large bathroom to further increase luxury in the owner-cabin on the 3-Cabin version.
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Multihull Boat Show and new NAUTITECH OPEN 46

April 22, 2015

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BAVARIA CATAMARANS surprised visitors and the trade press at the international Multihull Boat Show in La Grande Motte with first drawings of the new NAUTITECH OPEN 46. The 14 meter long catamaran convinces, like the NAUTITECH OPEN 40 before, with an open cockpit and enormous space in the salon and in the cabins. The first NAUTITECH OPEN 46 will leave the yard in Rochefort in France at the beginning of next year. The international Boat Show in La Grande Motte closed with new orders and many new customer contacts on Sunday after five trade fair days (15-19 April).


Exactly 13,79 meters long and 7,46 meters wide- that are the new dimensions of the new NAUTITECH OPEN 46 of BAVARIA CATAMARANS. Visitors and representatives of the trade press studied the first drawings of the new catamaran at the international Multihull Boat Show in La Grande Motte in Southern France. Like the successful NAUTITECH OPEN 40 the new catamaran has a unique cockpit, which connects the salon with life in the salon seamlessly. Below deck customers can decide between a 3-cabin version with a luxurious owner´s cabin at port hull and two guest cabins at star board and a 4-cabin version. On deck owners can choose between two options. The standard version of the NAUTITECH OPEN 46 has two steering positions and additionally this new catamaran will also be available with a fly bridge.


“After the huge success of the NAUTITECH OPEN 40 it was the logical step to develop a catamaran with around 46 feet now. However we have to ensure, that we are able to double the production capacity of NAUTITECH YACHTS in France in the next months. This happens now and we just started with the preliminary work on the mould of the NAUTITECH OPEN 46”, Daniel Kohl explains, not only the head of Product Management and of Marketing, but also responsible for the new Catamaran-Line with the Logo of BAVARIA CATAMARANS.


Bruno Voisard, CEO of NAUTITCH YACHTS, was very satisfied with the course of the international Multihull Boat Show in La Grande Motte. The NAUTITECH 541 and the NAUTITECH 542 tower above competitors in the port of La Grande Motte with their mast and attracted interest of many visitors. “We talked concretely with many customers about the NAUTITECH 541 and the NAUTITECH 542 and I am sure that this results in some further orders. The audience of the fair is very international and there were customers from Australia, USA and whole Europe. We are very satisfied”, Bruno Voisard reports, who was represent with his international dealer-team in La Grande Motte.


You can download some designs of the new yacht here: DOWNLOAD.
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BAVARIA at the Boot in Düsseldorf

January 22, 2015

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BAVARIA already had plenty of positive news to announce at mid-week of the Boot Düsseldorf 2015. The CRUISER 46 won the coveted “European Yacht of the Year” award for sailing yachts, the SPORT 450 celebrated its world premiere with a large baptism, and the new service system BAVARIA+ attracted the attention of visitors and the press.

On the first Saturday of the boat show in the Düsseldorf, the CRUISER 46 was awarded the most coveted title in the yacht building industry, winning the “European Yacht of the Year” award. A total of 25 yachts were nominated in 5 categories and were extensively tested by the jury of 12 chief editors of the leading European magazines, before ultimately crowning the winner. The CRUISER 46 received this important award on behalf of the entire new cruiser line of BAVARIA, as a member of the jury said in her speech: “In a highly competitive class the CRUISER 46 won in the end against many strong candidates because it is the boat with the highest solidity and robustness. She sails very well balanced with lots of space, and sets new standards in workmanship and features. Much respect!”

“Winning the “European Yacht of the Year” award is something all employees and our global network of BAVARIA partners can be really proud of it. It is the reward for all the hard work and commitment invested by BAVARIA, and from our dealer network in recent years, in continuous improvement of our products, and it is great motivation for us to continue on our path,” Constantin von Bülow said after the ceremony.

Additionally, the introduction of the NAUTITECH OPEN 40 catamaran attracted the attention of visitors.“It’s the first time that BAVARIA in hall 16 has exhibited this catamaran together with the CRUISER- and VISION-line on one stand and we are delighted that the NAUTITECH OPEN 40 by BAVARIA CATAMARANS is being so well received by the audience in Düsseldorf,” explains Daniel Kohl, Head of Product Development for BAVARIA, including its new catamaran line.


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Bavaria Nautitech Open 40 Factory visit and test sail Report

November 17, 2014

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After a recent trip to the Nautitech catamaran factory, Andrew Thompson, Director of Horizon Yacht Charters and Sales, was able to make his own opinion of the latest Nautitech catamaran, the Nautitech Open 40.

“Visiting the factory in Rochefort, near La Rochelle in France, I was fortunate to have a guided tour of the factory and the production process by Bruno Voisard, the founder and visionary behind this quality catamaran builder. His enthusiasm and passion for catamarans is contagious.”

Mr. Voisard has recently sold his yard to the yacht building giant Bavaria, but Mr. Voisard is staying at the helm as CEO, excited at the possibilities that Bavarias financial clout brings to the development of Nautitech.

The yard is spotlessly clean, production is efficient, which is reflected in the value for money in these quality built cats and the production level is evidently buoyant. Currently building 40 yachts per year, this is expected to double and beyond as the factory has plenty of room for expansion at its present site, and Mr.Voisard appears to have inexhaustible ideas and energy to drive it.

The construction is first class, different density foam cores are used, in combination with specific laminate specifications depending on the application and loading in different parts of the structure. Throughout the infusion process, skilled workers monitor the vacuum pressure, temperature, and resin flow, which ensures very tight weight tolerances, and very thorough wetting out, along with precise resin to mat ratios. Not only are all bulkheads glassed into the hulls, but all interior framing and furniture is built in the boat, (not built in modules and then lifted in and glued in place as with some builders), but built in and glassed in. You end up with a very stiff, very strong boat, very quiet boat. A nice by product of resin infused foam is that the yacht is designed to be unsinkable.

By laying up the hull in 4 sections, Nautitech are able to produce much finer hull shapes than their competition, who are often building a hull-bridge-hull mold in one. There is an outward “ step” in the topsides of the Nautitech 40, a hard chine, which means you benefit from a fineness of hull ratio below the waterline which translates directly into speed, but the volume above sea level for excellent accommodation is unaffected. Bruno Voisard and Marc Lombard, the Naval architect are very focused on weight, and by using foam composite lay up , over the balsa cores of the competition, they are saving half a ton of weight in the 40. They save another 200kg by not running all lights back to wall mounted switches, but by having switches on many of the fittings themselves….it all adds up, the Open 40 comes in at 17,200 lbs, the immediate competition are over 22,500 lbs. A difference of 2.5 metric tonnes, 2.75 US tons. A huge amount. This weight saving, in combination with the hull and foil shapes means the Nautitech Open  40 is fast and fun to sail. However, it is also important to note , that a fast catamaran is a safe catamaran, as it can outsail a broach in a following sea, not to mention making a safe haven ahead of deteriorating conditions.

When comparing a typical coach roof helm position versus  the Nautitech outboard helm position, the following should be considered: with twin helms on the hulls, (with a bimini as standard over the starboard helm on the Horizon spec, and an optional one on the port side), you are driving the boat from a position where you have good visibility forward and aft, and you are able to see all four corners of the boat. You can see the mainsail and the jib with ease, the jib sheet, mainsheet and traveller are all to hand. The topsides are very adequate at the aft quarter, so you do not feel exposed in anyway, and being at deck level, rather than elevated at a coach roof position, makes you feel more secure, and more in touch with the conditions and crew. Of course, the suite of Garmin electronics in harmony with the Garmin autopilot will drive for you, if you wish to move to the cockpit or saloon. The Nautitech helm position, combined with relatively high aspect hydrodynamic rudder foils, gives feel and feedback on the helm that is often sadly lacking on a cruising cat. (A comparison of rudder and keel shapes in cruising cats makes the Nautitech 40 shine below the water, as much as above). The Nautitech 40 has fine entry, sacrificial keels, giving a draft of 4ft 5 inches. As an entirely separate molding that is bonded to the hull, it is possible to completely wreck a keel, without compromising the integrity of the hull in any way. The yacht also has watertight crash bulkheads forward. Effectively there are four, as the bow is divided each side horizontally and vertically, forward of the forward double berths.

The “Open” 40 name relates to the Voisard- Lombard vision of a sailing/living space unlike any other. The saloon has a forward facing galley, twin drawer fridge, and a saloon table to seat 6, with integrated navigation station. Two large coach roof hatches provide ventilation at anchor (along with two fans, and air conditioning as standard on the Horizon spec). Moving aft, there are no steps up or down, just a level cockpit that opens up the saloon into a huge al fresco living area, protected from the elements, but with fabulous visibility forward and aft, which you just do not get on any other 40ft cat. A cockpit table comfortable seats 8, and a long bench seat on the port side raises like a deck chair at one end to give a  comfortable  reading recliner.

Ingeniously, the cat has drop down side panels to the cockpit, so that if the rain is driving in a cross breeze, water does not enter the cockpit, but runs off the gently angled  side decks and into the scuppers. Should you find yourself in rather warmer conditions, there is a drop down sun shade, which is very welcome late in the day when swinging on an anchor to the Easterly Caribbean trade winds, with the sun beaming down over the stern of the boat, setting in the West. Imagine then, being able to drop the aft cockpit curtain, turn the air conditioning on, to cool not only the saloon, but the cockpit area as well. Only the French could achieve this with such style.  The Horizon version has a cockpit fridge, and a freezer in the starboard hull. These are all quality, water cooled units, which are capable of performing in tropical conditions very well indeed. There is a 3 double cabin owners layout, and a 4 double cabin version, both with twin head and showers. The double berths are a good size, with good firm mattresses and good storage. The Horizon version has a single berth in the port bow as well as ample storage in the starboard bow. With an upgraded AGM battery bank, twin 115A alternators ( fitted on Yanmar 30 horsepower engines, capable of cruising at 8 knots), 400 watt solar panels, and LED lights throughout, there is ample power supply. An 100 Amp battery charger/ 2000 watt inverter and 8kw Generator ensures all your 110 Volt requirements are catered for, whether you are  plugged in, or offshore.

( All fore mentioned  items are included in the Horizon package).

Then you go sailing.  A fathead main ( which does not have to be clipped and unclipped from the track) is hoisted effortlessly with the ( standard Horizon spec) electric winch, and as you bear off, the solent jib is unfurled and sets beautifully on its self tacking track. In 7.5 knots of wind, single handed, without touching a sheet, the cat tacks through 105 degrees and never drops below 3.6 knots boat speed. There is an option for a bow sprit and roller furling gennaker. In 7.5 knots true wind, unfurl and set the gennaker in a minute or less, and sail at 7.5 knots in 7.5 knots true wind at 70 degrees apparent. Class beating bridge deck clearance means no slapping when the sea state does increase.

One has to conclude that the Nautitech open 40 is a very well thought-out catamaran, with a turn of speed, handling to match, and layout options to make her very appealing to private purchasers and charter management alike. This is a yacht to get truly excited about.”

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Peter Holmberg September 2014 Report

September 17, 2014

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I have just returned from three good events.  First was Cowes Week in early August, sailing the IRC52 Cape Fling.  Huge event, 1000 boats, 36 classes, and some great tidal racing in the Solent.  We had a good week, wining IRC Class 0.
Next up at the end of August was the Newport Bucket on the Briand 125 Superyacht P2.  Light to moderate conditions, some good upgrades to the boat, and plenty challenging with 36 crew!  We sailed a good regatta and came away with a first in class and fleet.
Last event was the Rolex Maxi Worlds in Sardinia in early September on the Richael-Pugh 82 Highland Fling.  Some great racing around the islands and rocks on a really fast boat.  And another solid win, so a successful trip!
Next up for me in late September is the Regatta Royal in Cannes, followed by Voiles de St. Tropez, both on the restored 1930 Fife designed 6 meter NADA.  Quite a change from the carbon speedsters, but a great experience to sail amongst hundreds of beautifully restored yachts in what is as much a celebration of sailing, as it is a regatta.
Following this in late October I have the Caribbean Sailing Association’s Annual Conference where I serve as President and help lead our annual gathering of all the regions regatta directors, handicap measurers, youth sailing programs, and sailing associations as we all come together to focus on sailing.  A good cause that allows me to give back to this great sport, and the region I love.
Then in November my last overseas event for the year, the IRC Nationals in Cape Town, SA on the IRC 52 Cape Fling.

Read more about Peter’s professional sailing activities here.

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September 10, 2014


Since late summer, BAVARIA Yachtbau GmbH has been working closely with the French manufacturer of catamarans NAUTITECH CATAMARANS. BAVARIA who build motor and sailing yachts from 29 to 56 feet is today one of the largest shipyards in this segment in the world.
“Since 2012 it has been on BAVARIA’s agenda to enter into in the market for catamarans over 35 feet. They have been investigating various strategies and negotiating with several potential partners. The first contact with NAUTITECH CATAMARANS and its founder Bruno Voisard was exactly one year ago at the fair in Cannes. And in March of this year we were able to sail the first prototypes of the new OPEN 40 and were immediately excited, “said Daniel Kohl, CPO at BAVARIA who will be responsible for the NAUTITECH CATAMARANS brand. In addition to the perfect sailing performance, the management of BAVARIA were impressed with the high build quality of the NAUTITECH catamarans as well as the exterior and interior concepts that meet both the needs of private owners but also that of the charter market.
Founded in 2004 by Bruno Voisard, NAUTITECH CATAMARANS based in Rochefort on the French Atlantic coast have made an impressive growth in the past ten years. In addition to the series production of six models from 40 to 54 feet in length, NAUTITECH CATAMARANS has the Voyager-line with catamarans more than 50 feet for the tourism industry.
The latest model from the highly professional production at NAUTITECH CATAMARANS is the OPEN 40, designed by Marc Lombard and was developed together with the accomplished and experienced team run by Bruno Voisard.
NAUTITECH CATAMARANS will integrate into the product portfolio at BAVARIA and for Bruno Voisard it is a logical step: “Since the establishment of NAUTITECH CATAMARANS ten years ago we were able to achieve rapid growth before we came up against our growth boundaries. As a company, in conjunction with BAVARIA we can now invest in the development of new models and continue to join forces when developing the world’s great dealer network at BAVARIA” says Bruno Voisard, who will drive developments of the NAUTITECH CATAMARAN brand further along with Daniel Kohl. A third model range under the brand NAUTITECH CATAMARANS will see motor boat catamarans from 40 feet.
“We are actively working on a power catamaran in the size 40 feet. The target market we are after is owners and charter customers, which is not a high top speed, but the comfort and great living space available on a catamaran at its heart “, Daniel Kohl states and adds: “catamarans from BAVARIA will continue with NAUTITECH CATAMARANS as its brand name. We are now ONE company and we will make that clear in the communication and of course with BAVARIA logo on each catamaran. “
Also, the BAVARIA network of dealers traditionally strong position in the market for sailing and motor yachts for owners and the charter market, welcome NAUTITECH CATAMARANS as a new brand in the house. “Catamarans complement our product portfolio perfectly and we look forward to working with then in our network at BAVARIA. We are also pleased in addition to be working with the dealer network at NAUTITECH CATAMARANS “says Lessig Meik in discussing the future joint sales strategy.
Press and Media Contact Bavaria Yachts
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About BAVARIA Yachtbau GmbH
Since 1978 Bavaria Yachtbau GmbH has represented high standard quality, stable product value and a great price-performance ratio. More than 1.500 motor and sailing yachts are delivered each year making BAVARIA one of the largest, most successful and most efficient shipyards in the world. BAVARIA continuously develops new motor and sailing yachts ranging in size from the SPORT 29 motor yacht up to the CRUISER 56 sailing yacht. Yachts are only produced on order, which offers each client personalized individuality and in turn makes Bavaria yacht ownership even more special. Furthermore the worldwide network of partners offers each and every client of Bavaria Yachts the option to have their yacht delivered or serviced throughout the world.
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BVI Festival schedule announced!

April 2, 2014

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BAVARIA supports the fleet “hope for children in need”

March 28, 2014

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BAVARIA Yachts will support this year’s sunshine4kids initiative and presents a BAVARIA yacht for the cruise with the young people which is available in July.

The initiative sunshine4kids, has made its task to give children and young people who are in a difficult life situation some free lessons through sailing. This will aid their zest for life and give some used perspectives. BAVARIA will support this initiative this year for the first time and presents a yacht for the planned summer cruise – the so-called “hope fleet”. From the 18th to 27th July the hope fleet sails from Fehmarn to Travemünde.

The plan is to start with 100 children and young people on 30 boats. The 125th Anniversary of the Travemünde Week is also on between the 25 – 26th July in Travemünde and there on the big stage will be the band Schandmaul who will perform the sunshine4kids musical. “We think it’s great to see what sunshine4kids is doing for children and young people, which have had to experience a heavy blow or experience in their family. To enable these young people to participate in the hope fleet is a little escape from their difficult daily lives, we think BAVARIA’s contribution is very important and we very much support the sunshine4kids initiative”, explains Meik Lessig, Head of Sales at BAVARIA.

About BAVARIA Yachtbau GmbH

Since 1978 Bavaria Yachtbau GmbH has represented high standard quality, stable product value and a great price-performance ratio. More than 1500 motor and sailing yachts are delivered each year making BAVARIA one of the largest, most successful and most efficient shipyards in the world. BAVARIA continuously develops used motor and sailing yachts ranging in size from the SPORT 29 motor yacht up to the CRUISER 56 sailing yacht. Yachts are only produced on order, which offers each client personalized individuality and in turn makes Bavaria yacht ownership even more special. Furthermore the worldwide network of partners offers each and every client of Bavaria Yachts the option to have their yacht delivered or serviced throughout the world.

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