I myself have had my eye on a new bavaria for some time, that was however just until I had a chance to look them through and compare them to other boats in the same class, at Hanseboot 2015.
I must say, I was very disappointed with the craftmanship. Just small details like how the tables are held up on their brand new models (by locking it in place with a piece of wood on a hinge? lol?). Even when locked in place, it is still kind of wobbly (looks+feels cheap). Other stuff was alright but a lot of stuff isnt..
The same goes for the brand new Beneteau
35 that was displayed. It just sort of felt cheap
. It looks great, no doubt. But once you go inside and close up, the whole thing just felt cheap
. I did not care much for the interior
layout either. Might be fine for a weekend, but the layout really lacks some proper sitting space if you're more than 2 people. Otherwise very "open / modern".
What really surprised me was Hanse. I did not find many of the same quality issues I had with the Bavaria range. The brand new 455 is a stunner, inside & out. Really great space below and the master suite is enormous. I'm not a fan of the charttable + folding-seat though.
For my price-range I was looking at the new 315 and 345. The standing headroom
throughout in the 345, as well as the HUGE shower+head in the 2-cabin version convinced me and my girl.
If I was lucky enough to get a 4x-footer, I would seriously consider the Hanse 455. The price
is definitely right when compared to other production boats.
We also had the chance to go aboard the new Hallberg-Rassy 40. Great great boat. Great cockpit
, great helm
and quality superb throughout. The price
A shame that Hanse/Bavaria/Beneteau aren't building center-cockpit boats as well.