The Bavaria Match 42 Sailboat
Specs & Key Performance Indicators

The Bavaria Match 42, a light-displacement aft-cockpit sloop, was designed by Doug Peterson and built in Germany by Bavaria Yachts.

A Bavaria Match 42 sailboat prepares to weigh anchorA Bavaria Match 42

Published Specification for the Bavaria Match 42

Underwater Profile: Bulb fin keel & spade rudder

Hull Material: GRP (Fibreglass)

Length Overall: 41'2" (12.6m)

Waterline Length: 36'1" (11.0m)

Beam: 12'3" (3.7m)

Draft: 7'1" (2.2m)*

Rig Type: Fractional sloop

Displacement: 16,280lb (7,384kg)

Designer: Doug Peterson

Builder: Bavaria Yachts (Germany)

Year First Built: 2004

Year Last Built: 2006

* A shallow draft version is available with a draft of 6'1" (1.85m).

Published Design Ratios for the Bavaria Match 42

1. Sail Area/Displacement Ratio: 30.7

2. Ballast/Displacement Ratio: 34.5

3. Displacement/Length Ratio: 155

4. Comfort Ratio: 23.8

5. Capsize Screening Formula: 1.9

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Summary Analysis of the Design Ratios for the Bavaria Match 42

1. A Sail Area/Displacement Ratio of 30.7 suggests that, in the right hands, the Bavaria Match 42 will have enough performance to leave most other sailboats of similar waterline length well astern. 

2. A Ballast/Displacement Ratio of 34.5 would usually mean that the Bavaria Match 42 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 fin keel, she's likely to be considerably stiffer than her published Ballast/Displacement Ratio might suggest.

3. A Displacement/Length Ratio of 155, tells us the Bavaria Match 42 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 23.8 suggests that crew comfort of a Bavaria Match 42 in a seaway is similar to what you would associate with the motion of a coastal cruiser with moderate stability, which is not encouraging news for anyone prone to seasickness. 

5. The Capsize Screening Formula (CSF) of 1.9 indicates that a Bavaria Match 42 would be a safer choice of sailboat for an ocean passage than one with a CSF of more than 2.0. 

More about the Bavaria 42 Match...

The Bavaria Match 42 is a fast and agile sailboat designed by Doug Peterson and J&J Design and built by Bavaria Yachts between 2004 and 2006. It is a light-displacement fractional sloop that combines performance, comfort and style.

Bavaria Match 42 accommodation planAccommodation plan


The Bavaria Match 42 has a bright and cozy interior that offers ample living space and storage. It has a three-cabin layout that includes:

  • A forward cabin with a double berth, a hanging locker, shelves and an opening hatch;
  • Two aft cabins with double berths, hanging lockers, shelves and opening portlights;
  • A head compartment with a marine toilet, a sink, a shower, cabinets and an opening portlight at the foot of the companionway on the starboard side.

The Bavaria Match 42 also has a functional and stylish saloon that features:

  • A U-shaped dinette with a folding table on the starboard side that can seat up to six people;
  • A navigation station on the starboard side aft of the settee that has a chart table, an instrument panel, a seat and drawers;
  • A galley on the starboard side aft of the dinette that has a two-burner stove, an oven, a sink, a refrigerator, cabinets and countertops.

The Bavaria Match 42 has an attractive and modern design that features mahogany woodwork, white upholstery, blue curtains and cushions, stainless steel fittings and halogen lights.

Hull and Deck
The Bavaria Match 42 has a strong and durable hull and deck that are made of fiberglass reinforced plastic (GRP) with sandwich construction. 

The Bavaria Match 42 has a high-quality finish that includes:

  • A white gelcoat on the hull and deck with blue stripes;
  • A non-slip surface on the deck;
  • A teak veneer on the cockpit seats, floor and swim platform;
  • An aluminum toe rail on the deck edge;
  • A stainless steel bow pulpit, stern pushpit, stanchions, lifelines, cleats, handrails, winches, fairleads and chainplates.

The Bavaria Match 42 has an efficient and versatile sail plan that includes:

  • A mainsail with two reefs, full battens and lazy jacks;
  • A furling genoa with UV protection;
  • A spinnaker with pole and gear;
  • An adjustable backstay
  • A rigid boom vang;
  • A roller furling system on the forestay;
  • A traveler on the coachroof;
  • Four self-tailing winches on the cockpit coaming;
  • Eight rope clutches on the cabin top.

The Bavaria Match 42 has a reliable and powerful engine that provides:

  • A Volvo Penta D2-55 diesel engine with 55 hp and saildrive;
  • A folding propeller;
  • A 150 L (40 gal) fuel tank;
  • A 300 L (79 gal) water tank;
  • A 40 L (11 gal) holding tank;
  • A 12 V electrical system with a battery charger, a shore power connection and an inverter;
  • A hot water system with a calorifier and an immersion heater;
  • A bilge pump, a fire extinguisher, a gas detector and a horn.

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