The newly announced R40 from Bavaria Yachts aims to put passenger comfort right at the top of the priority list. To that end, it features an ergonomically arranged helm with three individual seats and a Skipper’s lateral door, plus a smooth, single-level deck from saloon to cockpit and a full-length galley with large worktops. It also features the option of a foredeck sunpad with integrated bimini, a cockpit fridge, a transom mini galley and a bathing platform with lifting capacity for a 250kg tender.
Down below, the base configuration provides two ensuite double cabins – a full-beam master suite amidships and a VIP guest cabin in the V of the bow. Both come with electric freshwater toilets and separate showers and the owner’s cabin also features a king size bed with starboard chaise longue and oversized hull windows. The forward VIP meanwhile can be rigged either with a standard double or with optional scissor berths.
The R40 is also built upon a new hull, which employs “progressive tapered S-chines” allied to a deep forward V for greater softness of ride. Electric steering and trim system both come as standard, as do a pair of Volvo Penta D6-370 engines for a very serviceable top end of 35 knots. But for extra performance, the R40 can also be specced with twin D6-400s. However, in this case, it’s the construction methods that are particularly interesting...
For the first time, this German builder will employ a sandwich-cored hull and an internal floorpan, deck and flybridge that benefit from resin infusion technology for greater consistency of lay up and increased stiffness. The R40 will also use a new construction approach, whereby the lower internal section (including the headlinings, wiring and services) is constructed externally and then dropped into the hull in its entirety. Again, the idea is to improve build quality while simplifying servicing and maintenance.
Bavaria customers will have the chance to get previews of the boat in May, but sadly the rest of us will have to wait a bit. The R40 Fly model will enjoy a world debut at the Cannes International Boat Show in September, with the sportier Coupe craft to follow before the end of the year.
For more Bavaria power innovation, see: Bavaria aims high with Project DA10 or Bavaria 44 HT Highline review: flagship sports cruiser.