Bavaria launches the new Cruiser 55 in Palma
The first Bavaria Cruiser 55 was launched at the recent Palma International Boat Show.
This newest sailing yacht from Bavaria, created in close cooperation with Farr Yacht Design and BMW Group Designworks USA, a subsidiary of the BMW Group, has been available for test sailing in Palma de Mallorca this week where dealers and international sailing press have been getting to know Bavaria’s new flagship.
´It was very important for us not only to present the Cruiser 55, but also to give dealers and representatives from the international trade press the opportunity to test this fantastic and innovative sailing yacht,´ says Andres Cardenas, CEO Bavaria Yachts. ´Especially with a boat such as the Cruiser 55 it is important to get a feel and an insight and we are pleased that in the yacht´s young days it has received such great feedback.´
The test boat featured a hull in optional satin grey and was displaying many striking new features. Of particular note: The bow has a five meter flush sundeck with recessed hatches and a large sail locker. Aft is a very spacious cockpit with an adjustable bench seat alternating as helm seat, additional social seating or rotating to become a boarding gangway. Below the cockpit lies the dinghy garage capable of housing a three meter rigid inflatable with outboard. Access to the dinghy garage is through the cockpit floor or by opening the aft transom door which folds down to become an enormous swim platform and launch ramp.
Sailing capability and performance is enhanced with a variety of attributes. Twin rudders make for optimal water flow and minimal drag as well as being entirely redundant for safety. Sailing options include: German mainsheet system; headsail options of 135% performance-cut Genoa, self-tacking jib and Code Zero; mainsail options of fully-battened mainsail or roller-furling mainsail with full vertical battens.
Internally, the Cruiser 55 presents with modern style and functionality. The test yacht was showing one of three optional interior finishes (Light Oak) with grey upholstery and dark flooring. With three, four or five cabin options, separated shower room forward, a huge galley with island unit, full-sized fridge and freezer and ice box, spacious saloon seating and dedicated chart desk, the Cruiser 55 is adaptable, accommodating and luxurious in appointment.
Since 1978 Bavaria yachts have been synonymous with premium quality, solid and lasting values as well as an outstanding price-performance ratio. More than 3000 sailing and motor yachts are produced each year ranking the shipyard among the world’s largest and most successful yacht manufacturers. The Bavaria shipyard has one of the most state-of-the-art series production facilities for sailing yachts worldwide.
Bavaria applies rigorous standards to production complying with the GL (Germanischer Lloyd) Yacht Plus Certification, a voluntary yet strict certification process that far exceeds EU requirements offering an even greater degree of security.
The Cruiser 55 is available in Australia with a limited introductory base price of $720,000. New brochures are now available for distribution.