I was owner of 34 foot Bavaria for almost 6 years, but have chartered also many different types up to 50 ft.
My opinion is they are no worse than any other type of boat, from high-thru put factories. If you mantain the boat well, it will look nice and clean even after 15 years.
It is often heard that "Bavaria's" look tired soon! Sure they do, if you do not do the maintenance
, polishing and stuff.
About 10 years ago the company had some issues with the swinging keels (and some were eventually lost
at sea), but this is happening even at Beneteau
where this did not came into public as wild as with the Bavaria. I would really like to know why...
So this miss-conseption of people that Bavaria is not a good brand is still in the mind of customers, what you will notice when you will be selling your boat! I was selling mine in better than perfect condition for over 2 years with only 2 buyers overal! You can hear often, I would buy any well priced boat except Bavaria ...The first one bought another cheaper one, the 2nd one bought it ...
I am sure B46 vision is perfectly capable of ocean cruising (i.e. World ARC) and is a great boat.
Though I like HR's I heard by now from several sources these boats are over-priced and the final curtain fall when I read the test report of HR 64 several months back in Yacthing World magazine where the new young CEO was brave enough to claim something like this (as a result of several repairs
needed to the boat during the seatrials with YM journalists; At such a large boat, it is not possible that all the systems works all the time, it is normal things do fail, that is why all the major systems are backed-up!
The only thing which do bother me with the new Bavarias is the relatively high price
- for an empty boat.