The Bavaria 32 Sailboat
Specs & Key Performance Indicators

The Bavaria 32, a light displacement fractional sloop, was designed by J&J Design and built in Germany by Bavaria Yachts.

A Bavaria 32 sailboat moored in the River Tamar in southwest EnglandA Bavaria 32 Sailboat

Published Specification for the Bavaria 32

Underwater Profile: Bulb fin keel & spade rudder

Hull Material: GRP (Fibreglass)

Length Overall: 33'9" (10.3m)

Waterline Length: 27'10" (8.5m)

Beam: 10'11" (3.3m)

Draft: 5'10" (1.8m)

Rig Type: Fractional sloop

Displacement: 8,267lb (3,750kg)

Ballast: 2,337lb (1,060kg)

Designer: J&J Design

Builder: Bavaria Yachts (Germany)

Year First Built: 2000


Published Design Ratios for the Bavaria 32

1. Sail Area/Displacement Ratio: 17.0

  • Less than 16 would be considered under-powered;
  • 16 to 20 would indicate reasonably good performance;
  • Over 20 suggests relatively high performance.

2. Ballast/Displacement Ratio: 28.3

  • Under 40: less stiff, less powerful
  • Over 40: stiffer, more powerful

3. Displacement/Length Ratio: 171

  • Under 100: Ultralight
  • 100 to 200: Light
  • 200 to 275: Moderate
  • 275 to 350: Heavy
  • Over 350: Ultraheavy

4. Comfort Ratio: 17.9

  • Under 20 indicates a lightweight racing boat
  • 20 to 30 indicates a coastal cruiser
  • 30 to 40 indicates a moderate offshore cruising boat
  • 40 to 50 indicates a heavy offshore boat
  • Over 50 indicates an extremely heavy offshore boat

5. Capsize Screening Formula: 2.2

  • Under 2.0 (the lower the better): Better suited for ocean passages
  • Over 2.0: Less suited for ocean passages

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Summary Analysis of the Design Ratios for the Bavaria 32

1. A Sail Area/Displacement Ratio of 17.0 suggests that the Bavaria 32 will, in the right conditions, approach her maximum hull speed readily and satisfy the sailing performance expectations of most cruising sailors.

2. A Ballast/Displacement Ratio of 28.3 would usually mean that the Bavaria 32 would have a tendency to heel uncomfortably in a gust, and need to be reefed early to keep her sailing upright in a moderate breeze.

However, as she has much of her ballast concentrated in a bulb at the foot of her keel, she's likely to be considerably stiffer than her published Ballast/Displacement Ratio might suggest.

3. A Displacement/Length Ratio of 171, tells us the Bavaria 32 is clearly a light displacement sailboat. If she's loaded with too much heavy cruising gear her performance will suffer to a degree.

4. Ted Brewer's Comfort Ratio of 17.9 suggests that the Bavaria 32 will have the motion underway to that of a lightweight racing boat. Crew comfort will often be memorable for all the wrong reasons. Upwind in lively conditions the Sadler 32 will slam enough to shake your fillings out with a motion that most cruising sailors have no desire to get used to.

5. The Capsize Screening Formula of 2.2 tells us that a Bavaria 32 would not be as good a choice of sailboat for ocean passage-making, owing to the increased risk of capsize in strong winds and heavy seas when compared to a sailboat with a CSF of less than 2.0.

Other sailboats in the Bavaria product range include:

A Bavaria 31 Cruiser moored on the River Tamar in the southwest of EnglandThe Bavaria 31

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