Bavaria B/one: New Sprit-Racer
Germany’s largest production boatbuilder wants a slice of the sportboat market. The B/one is coming, with a price that has many scratching their heads.
Following the spectacular premiere of the Bavaria 46 Vision at the Düsseldorf Boat Show, the guys from Giebelstadt had another blockbuster announcement: With a real 23-foot sportboat, the bustling Franconians now want to tie a younger and sports-minded clientele to their brand. That’s fresh competition for Melges 24 et. al.
The B/one, as the boat is called, was designed by Farr Yacht Design, and is going to be 7 meters long and 2.45 meters wide. The all-up weight will be approximately 1,000 kilos. The slim keel with a lead ballast bulb of 370 kilos, like the rudder blade, is retractable. This feature makes the boat easy to trailer and ramp launchable. The aluminum mast is stepped on deck and can be raised by two people without a hoist.
The sailplan includes a square-top mainsail but does without backstay. The upwind sail area will be 32 square meters, which is more than enough for a boat this size. The chute will be hoisted to 9/10ths of the mast height and will be flown from a retractable bowsprit, which slides back and forth in a recess molded into the deck surface, so there’s no need for an aperture in the hull. Hull and deck will be built from solid fiberglass, while a GRP floor pan with integrated keel box will be laminated to the hull to improve stiffness.
Bavaria product manager Daniel Kohl announced competitive goals for the B/one: At least 25 boats are expected to be produced in the first year, while an international one-design class with an attractive racing circuit is planned for 2012. More boats are scheduled to be distributed to sailing clubs, schools, and to events like match race regattas.
Bavaria also defined the class rules, which stipulate a maximum crew weight of 285 kilos. This means the boats will mostly be sailed by crews of three or four, while the maximum permitted head count is six. The boat also satisfies minimalist expectations for camping comforts, with two pipe berths belowdecks and room for a porta-potty and a small fridge.
The base boat is listed for 22,990 euros, excluding taxes and shipping.
For more information, visit the boat’s dedicated website: B/one by Bavaria.
- Michael Good
- Hull length: 7.00 m.
- LWL: 6.37 m.
- Beam: 2.45 m.
- Draft (keel up/down): 0.34/1.60 m.
- Mainsail: 21 sq. m.
- Jib: 11 sq. m.
- Gennaker: 46 sq. m.
- DSPL (light): 1.050 kg.
- BAL: 370 kg.
- Base price ex VAT & shipping: 22,990 euro
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