Under the name Project DA10, Bavaria is planning a bold new move in leisure boating – and it’s apparently an attempt not just to “set new benchmarks in the powerboat market” but to introduce an “absolutely new concept in motoryachts”.
So what’s this self-styled revolution all about? Well as far as we can currently discern, it’s about eschewing the demands of outright speed and aiming instead for real world leisure imperatives like comfort, spatial intelligance, surefooted handling and economical running costs. To that end, this “classic contemporary” semi-displacement, 40-foot motoryacht is designed to blend the best of the power and sailing worlds on a single platform.
One of the most radical manifestations of that approach is the use of a central steering position, which is orbited on all sides by communal living spaces. Ahead is a long port galley looking across to a starboard dining station; while directly aft, beyond the sliding doors is an expansive seating area that spans virtually the full beam of the boat.
Down below, the forward owner’s suite comes with large windows and hatches for plenty of natural light, plus a King-sized bed and an ensuite bathroom – and there is versatility factored into this Vripack-inspired design too. The new craft will be available with either a two or three-cabin layout and in either a Fly version or as a lower-profile Sedan.
Fabio Marcellino, Product Manager at Bavaria Yachts and the man responsible for Project DA10, explains: “It’s fantastic to develop a super efficient yacht, which opens new possibilities for owners and charter customers. Our design ideas are as classical on the one hand as they are revolutionary on the other.”
The actual name of the new boat will be revealed at the end of the Dusseldorf Boat Show in January and the first prototype is due to set sail in the spring of 2016. In the mean time, you can find out more about Project DA10 by visiting the official Facebook page - www.facebook.com/projectda10.
Of course, blistering speed has never been the be-all-end-all for cruising boats. Take a look at our review of Five great European Cruisers or a more detailed look at one of the five in this Broom 430 aft cabin cruiser video.