By Michael Good, YACHT magazine.
No time to take a breather for Germany’s largest production boat builder. Just as soon as they finished the updates to their Cruiser line, the bustling builders in Gieblestadt are starting all over. The new Cruiser 33 is the first model, and will replace the existing 32. The dimensions will remain the same, but otherwise there will be significant changes in all areas. With length and beam essentially unaltered, Farr Yacht Design reshaped the hull and modified the position of rig, keel, and rudder. The keel moves a tad forward, which should help balance the boat better.
The most distinctive changes will be found in the cockpit of Bavaria’s entry-level yacht. The long coamings of her predecessor were shortened noticeably and the thwarts were cut some more around the steering pedestal to create a free passage without detours over the seats. This should also put the helm into a better position and provide better visibility when steering. Ambitious sailors can have a larger wheel installed so they can sit on the high side while driving the boat. The mainsheet continues to be rigged on a stainless-steel bracket that’s anchored on the fixed cockpit table, which proved to be effective during the tests. The large swim platform on the stern, which re-defined the standard for this class of boats when it was first introduced with the previous Cruiser 32 in 2009, also remains in place.
The new cockpit is matched by a new deck design. The old and small ports were replaced with a long line of windows, which look much better on the ouside and admit more light on the inside, thus creating a feeling of spaciousness belowdecks. Compared to the competition, Bavaria’s smallest model is collecting bonus points with a large aft cabin and a lavatory that is roomy beyond the usual. The boat will be priced at 74,850 euros, which is 8,000 euros more than her predecessor. Bavaria will take orders now, but the new Cruiser 33 will be introduced at the fall boat shows.
For more information, visit Bavaria Yachts.
- LOA: 9.75 m
- LWL: 8.85 m
- Beam: 3.42 m
- Draft deep/shallow: 1.95 m / 1.50 m
- Weight: 5.2 t
- Ballast: 1.3 t / 25%
- Sail area upwind: 51 sq. m
- Fuel capacity: 150 l
- Fresh water: 150 l
This story was originally published in YACHT Magazine.
Translated by Dieter Loibner, de.boats.com