If you've got a budget of £50-70K and you've been thinking of looking at second-hand cruisers, take a look at this Bavaria Easy 9.7 video first – you might be surprised. The new Easy 9.7 is a pared down version of the Bavaria 33 Cruiser (see Bavaria Cruiser 33: curvy and smooth). It made its world debut at the Southampton Boat Show.
And why "Easy"? Because, apparently, it's easy to sail and easy to buy: the 9.7 is a cheaper version of the earlier model, saving approximately £20,000 off the price. Much of the boat remains the same, but there are a few features missing.
For example, the Easy 9.7 does away with the swim platform as well as the fold-down tables in the cockpit and in the saloon. Hardly things you will miss massively. In other areas cost savings have been made by simple down-specing - one example being the interior trim. The biggest compromises are undoubtedly in the galley, a non-gimballed two-burner hob won't be much use underway, while the front opening fridge is likely to be a drain on the battery and also a bit of a hazard if you were to use it at any angle of heel.
What we like is that this is a cheaper boat, and where the money has been saved is obvious. You'll have just as much fun as in the more expensive model, but for a fraction of the price! Read more about the boat in Rupert Holmes' Bavaria Easy 9.7 review: a quality attraction.
For a close look at some of the other Bavaria models, see Bavaria Vision 42: a nice update and Bavaria Vision 46: a new breed of deck saloon cruiser.