Bavaria’s long-running 46 footer gets a facelift to improve comfort, stowage and efficiency.

The latest model in this German manufacturer's mid-40ft bracket is a development of the Bavaria Cruiser 45 that was first launched in 2010 to a Farr International/ BMW Design Works design. It was then renamed the Cruiser 46 in the winter of 2012/3, following a facelift by UK studio Design Unlimited. This included larger coachroof side windows and softer interior styling.

Take a look at our First Look Video of the Bavaria Cruiser 46 Style below.


The new Style designation takes this a stage further, improving both the on board amenities and increasing the sense of comfort. The big L-shape galley on the port side of the saloon in particular has been improved, with the addition of a tower unit that includes a further fridge/freezer drawer, plus dishwasher and wine storage. The original galley had a huge amount of worktop space, so the modest reduction in this will not be a problem.
The dining/lounging area is on the starboard side of the saloon, arranged around a substantial table that can be lowered at the touch of a button to create a giant day bed.

Bavaria Cruiser 46 Style saloon and galley

The spacious saloon and galley gain extra stowage and an electrically operated daybed.

The forward owner’s cabin is larger than that of many bigger boats – a measure of the space here is that the standard Cruiser 46 model is offered with the option of having this area split into two separate double cabins. The two well proportioned quarter cabins also have en suite facilities.

Bavaria Cruiser 46 Style owners cabin

The forward owners cabin is well appointed and has ample space.

While many of these improvements may initially sound quite modest, they incorporate the kind of attention to detail that will make life on board the Bavaria Cruiser 46 Style more efficient and civilised. Improved stowage, for example, costs money to implement, so is often skimped on boats where the price is pared down to the lowest level possible.

On deck

Changes on deck with the Style model include improvements to the upholstery in the cockpit, plus composite wheels in place of the previous stainless steel ones. The biggest change by far is the large fold-down bathing platform for easy swimming and dinghy access.

Bavaria Cruiser 46 Style cockpit and bathing platform.

The cockpit and big fold-down bathing platform.

This model retains the conservative fractional rig with double swept-back spreaders and adjustable backstay of the original design. Below the waterline are twin rudders plus a low centre of gravity keel, with a shoal draught option. The cockpit is arranged such that most sail handling operations can be carried out at the aft end, close to the helm stations, leaving the forward area clear for guests.

Alternative boats

This model strengthens Bavaria’s hand in the sector, helping the company to compete against models such as the Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 479 and Hanse 455. For more information visit Bavaria Yachts.

Bavaria Cruiser 46 Style specifications

Length overall 14.27 m
Hull length 13.60 m
Length waterline 12.74 m
Beam 4.35 m
Draught (standard) 2.10 m
Draught (shallow keel) 1.73 m
Light displacement 12,600 kg
Ballast (approx) 3,490 kg
Engine 55hpdiesel
Fuel tank 210 litres
Water tank 360 litres
Upwind sail area 108sq m

Written by: Rupert Holmes
Rupert Holmes has more than 70,000 miles of offshore cruising and racing experience, in waters ranging from the North Sea to the Southern Ocean and Cape Horn. He writes about all aspects of boat ownership and marine travel, including destinations, seamanship and maintenance, as well as undertaking regular new boat and gear tests. He currently sails around 5,000 miles per year and in the past couple of seasons has cruised from the UK to the Azores, as well as winning his class in the 2014 two-handed Round Britain and Ireland Race. He also owns two yachts, one based in the Mediterranean and the other in the UK.