The Bavaria C57 marks a change of design, styling and engineering partnerships for Bavaria and therefore represents a bigger step than most new yacht launches. Maurizio Cossutti and Alessandro Ganz are responsible for the hull lines and sail plan, while Leo Curin of Puls Yachts took charge of interior design. See a First Look Video of the boat below.
Key attributes of the C57
Overall there’s a 35 per cent increase in external hull and deck surface areas compared to the Cruiser 56, the model the Bavaria C57 replaces. Bavaria 's business development manager, Luca Meffle, says: “We knew from talking to existing owners that relaxing was absolutely the number one priority, so there are four sun bathing locations, as well as a huge amount of light below decks.”
In order to keep weight in check – a necessity for the improved light airs performance – the boat is built of VAC infusion, which creates a lighter and stiffer structure. In addition, the keel was optimised to minimise wetted surface area.
The interior has a fresh new style that will gradually be introduced to the entire Bavaria range as new models are rolled out. The aim with the Bavaria C57 has been to produce what would only a few years ago have been seen as a superyacht style and volume. The saloon has 270 degree windows, although the forward ones are narrower than might appear from outside, plus generous overhead hatches and two hull windows each side. There are separate lounging, dining and navigation areas, while the impressive full-width galley is forward of the saloon and one step lower.
The soundproofed owners cabin is forward and is well appointed, with a small dresser, plus separate head and shower. In charter versions two smaller double cabins can be provided in this area.
Interior finishes include a dark walnut, mahogany or light oak. Solid wood cappings in high wear areas will help to withstand knocks and bumps (and allow for easy repairs if the worst should happen). Neat touches include USB charging ports built into each of the many reading lights.
The furniture is not structural, so there’s plenty of scope for changes to suit owners’ demands. In addition, this approach allows for a modular approach in building, with the interior built outside the hull to reduce both build time and manufacturing costs, while access has been maintained for routine servicing and maintenance.
On deck and performance
The new design needed to have clearly defined and separate working, sunbathing and social areas on deck, while the brief was to optimise performance in lighter airs, as are often found in the Mediterranean. In addition, Bavaria set out to provide what the company terms, “the biggest terrace of by the sea of any boat in its class, plus space for a tender garage with space for a Williams Minijet, tender.”
The ‘modular’ sunbathing cushions can be moved for sunbathing in different locations on deck, while recessed hatches and concealed lines contribute to a crisp and clean layout that’s more usually associated with significantly more expensive brands.
At the very back of the cockpit there’s a pop-up outdoor galley and wet bar, including a gas barbeque and sink. Underway this area is a substantial area of additional seating, which helps give a secure feel to this part of the cockpit. There are easy steps up from the aft terrace to the cockpit – there’s no clambering over ladders on this yacht. Equally, there’s an easy walk forward between the twin helm positions and tow cockpit tables to the reach the companionway. Each table can be lowered to form a giant daybed/sunbathing platform.
The hull has a contemporary wide transom, with twin rudders but without chines. The standard keel is a plain fin without a bulb with a draught of 2.52m. Ballast ratio for this keel is just 31 per cent – a low figure for yacht with no bulb. There’s also a shallow draught option with a bulb keel giving a draught of 1.99m. The performance deep keel alternative is both heavier and has a substantial lead bulb and so will offer significantly more stability.
Equipment and options
The Bavaria C57 is offered in Style and Holiday trim options and can be optimised in many ways to the needs and tastes of individual owners. Similarly, a variety of sail plans are possible, including a self-tacking jib or 106 per cent furling jib. Either tunnel or retractable bow thrusters can be specified, as can a stern thruster. Air conditioning is available to three different specifications, with three, four or five units, each individually controlled from the cabins. All heads have 70 litre holding tanks, and optional grey water tanks can be installed below the saloon floor. In all the basic options list stretches to four pages and it would clearly be possible to spend a significant of the base price on fitting the boat out to your own specifications.
This is a boat that will accommodate a large party in comfort and style. It offers many separate socialising areas and, recognising that most European yachts of this size end up in the Mediterranean, makes the most of the possibilities for outside living.
Bavaria has to be commended in offering a wide range of rig and sail plan options so that owners can select the most appropriate for their intended operation. However, this is not a boat that’s optimised for extended voyaging with extended periods of days or weeks spent non-stop at sea.
The Bavaria C57 is the largest boat in the company’s current range, the mainstay of which consists of five models from 34-51ft. There are also deck saloon models at 42 and 46ft in the Vision line, plus the lower-cost Easy 9.7 as an entry-level model. For the future, a larger model in a similar style to the C57 is in the pipeline.
Over the past 18 months there have been a number of significant new launches by volume boat builders in this part of the market. The Jeanneau 57 is an obvious contender, particularly given its emphasis on outside living. Equally the Hanse 588 is a clear alternative, as is the Beneteau Oceanis 55. Another Beneteau, the Sense 57 offers an almost unique blending of interior and exterior spaces akin to a multihull, although it offers less accommodation volume.
Bavaria C57 specifications
Hull length: 16.16m
Waterline length: 15.50m
Draught: standard cast iron keel: 2.52m; shallow keel: 1.99m; performance iron/lead keel: 2.8m
Ballast: shallow keel: 5,390kg; deep keel: 5,785 kg
Fuel tank (approx.): 500 litres
Water tank (approx.): 650 litres
Self tacking jib: 56.5sq m
Mainsail: 80sq m
Genoa: 69sq m
Gennaker: 232sq m
Code 0: 123sq m
Air draught: 24.26m