We witnessed the launch of the Bavaria R40 in Cannes earlier this year, a fairly conventional flybridge cruiser (see Bavaria R40 video: first look). Bavaria has also launched a new 'E Series'. The Bavaria E40 is the first of these.
We got a first look at the new 2017 Bavaria E40 at Southampton Boat Show as you can see in the Bavaria E40 video tour below.
The Bavaria E40 is a boat of many firsts for the marque. It's the first to use a shaft drive, the first to include an aft cabin, and the first to use a sailing boat-inspired helm at the centre of the main deck.
The helm puts the skipper right at the heart of all the action from the dining station the bench and the cockpit. However, at night when there's a party going on you may need to exile yourself upstairs for a better view.
The shaft drive splits the accommodation into two separate sections. In the bow you have the master suite with a separate heads and shower. Aft, you have a full beam double cabin that can be configured for two separate guests.
The Bavaria E40 is available with or without the flybridge and with engine options ranging from 75-300hp as well as hybrid propulsion. With a 150D3 it has a range in excess of 700 nautical miles, which makes is a very easy, low octane family cruising experience.