Fast and fuel efficient, thanks to the space saving benefits of stern drives the Bavaria R40 packs a lot into 40 foot
Flybridge boats the size of the new Bavaria R40 invariably used to be powered by shaft drive.
Then along came pod drives like IPS and Zeus, which allowed designers to move the engines a long way back and provide more accommodation forward, albeit at the expense of the lazarette. Stern drives do the same thing but more so, and this is what Bavaria has plumped for.
The result is two good ensuite cabins in a hull that is just 38ft 5in long. However, that is not unheard of; the real surprise is just how good and workable the full beam midships owner’s cabin is, given that it lies tucked almost entirely beneath the saloon. Headroom is unavoidably restricted around the big double berth, but when you first step into the cabin it is very good indeed.
Two of the highlights of the R40 are the starboard side door and its opposite number in the form of a sliding window big enough to step through with ease. This pair transform the workings of the R40; communication, ventilation, and movement around the boat all improve significantly
The R40 charmed us with its maneuverability and simplicity of its Volvo Penta joystick maneuvering system. Powered by two 370-HP Volvo Penta D6-370/DP, the R40 reaches 36 knots of top speed, and cruises at 25-27 knots.
Bavaria R40 Engine Options
VOLVO PENTA DIESEL ENGINES
2 x D6-330 EVC (2 x 330 PS/mhp, 2 x 243kW )
2 x D6-370 EVC (2 x 370 PS/mhp, 2 x 272kW )
AQUAMATIC JOYSTICK (incl. electric steering)
(DPH for Volvo D6 twin engines)
THE BAVARIA ENHANCED STANDARD ( Included Upgrades )
Transom-Shower for hot and cold water
4 fender holders in anchor locker
Adjustable helm seat, port side nav seat
Water heater 40 l
Fresh water large electric toilet with holding tank
Venetian blinds to all windows
Patio door with curtain
Volvo Glass Cockpit incl. 10 “MDF on upper helm “
Volvo Glass Cockpit incl. 10
MDF on lower helm
Board battery (2 x 140Ah)