For all the diversity in this category, the Cruising World judges found common ground in announcing their clear winner. The Bavaria Open 40 was their unsurpassed choice as the Best Multihull Cruiser for 2016.
Built in France at the Nautitech yard — in collaboration with Germany’s Bavaria Yachts, which recently purchased the French company, and Horizon Yacht Charters — the 40-footer did just about everything remarkably well. Murphy summed up the panel’s collective opinion: “Most everyone building cats speaks about an ‘open’ concept, but the design of the Bavaria Open 40 was so simple and elegant that it really excelled with this feature. Bavaria’s solution is a closed forward bridgedeck that connects the indoor space and the outdoor space with soft covers around the aft cockpit so you can make one continuous open area.
“The way they integrated the working space with the social space was terrific. There are two helm positions outboard at the aft end of the hulls. Initially we thought those might be exposed spots, but once we were sailing, the visibility was outstanding, better than many monohulls we tested and certainly the best of all the catamarans. There’s exemplary connectedness between the people running the boat and the people socializing on the boat. Those things added up to the Bavaria Open 40 standing out in the category.”
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