Originally Posted by ME Salty
Thanks so much Bill4. We chartered a Bahia about 4 years ago and I don't recall the feel of the headroom. So far in my boat shopping
I haven't been aboard a Bahia and I won't rule
it out until I get on one again. Do you have any comments, positive or negative, about the Bahia?
We haven't owned ours for very long so take everything that follows in that context but from our perspective here are the Bahia 46 pros and cons:
* Excellent compromise between performance, comfort and price
. It took us seven years of searching to find the best compromise for us in a Bahia 46.
* Really good bridgedeck clearance - amongst the very best for this size range. I can easily get our 3.8 meter rib
with 20HP outboard
under with room to spare.
* Solid glass and foam core
for the hulls, deck
and bridgedeck - no balsa core
anywhere (a key criteria for me).
rooms completely separate from the main hulls.
* Keels laminated separately and fixed into recesses in the hulls. Damaging a keel
should not result in any water
* Foam buoyancy compartments fore and aft are a bonus but wouldn't have stopped us buying
if this wasn't a feature.
* Generous sail area and SA/D (watch that weight!)
* Tons of storage
space with lots of good sized lockers.
* 4 cabin
/ 4 head
models offer good value and provides the option to convert 2 heads into a dedicated shower
room and laundry
* Rounded seating in saloon
not to everyone's taste and not the most practical. Having said that, we're getting used to it and have no plans to try to change it.
is a generous size overall with good storage
but poor use of worktop space with fridge and freezer
under main area of work surface. We are considering changing this at some point.
* Aft cabin
athwart-ship berths mean one person has to climb over the other if getting out of bed
first. We might consider changing this at some point to a fore-aft berth - similar to the owner's version - if we decide we can't live with it long term.
* Too much storage space! Temptation is to use it and slow the boat down. I am considering sealing up several lockers so my partner can't put 'stuff' in there [joke].
Whilst accepting that there is no such thing as a perfect boat our Bahia 46 is the perfect compromise for us.
Hope that helps. There are several other Bahia 46 owners on Cruisers Forum and they may be able to add a 'long term owner' perspective to the above, if they read this...
Any questions, feel free to ask. We love our Bahia!