I have a 2008 Bavaria
50 Vision and have had a 2005 Bavaria
39 Cruiser. Both fantastic yachts with great gear
- all Lewmar
and Selden, two of the leaders in their field. The 50 Vision outperforms any similar offering from the French due to it's deep heavy keel
giving it a 37% ballast/displacement ratio and it also carries a lot more sail than it's French competition. I love the quality of the hull's and as for the interior
, it's a fresh change to see solid timber in a lot of other places that others use veneers. Love the plastic wood
used for the nav table instrument mounting personally. I've done ocean races in both yachts including in the far south off Tasmania. These are stiff seaworthy
yachts and I constantly laugh at the comments I see form rank amateurs with clear ill-informed biases. I would highly recommend a Bavaria to anybody. As far as keel
failures go , yes the very small number of Match series (42 and 38) had too narrow keel mating surface for the hull
thickness and are ENTIRELY different build to the remainder of the Bav fleet. Look no further than the Bene First 40 keel losses over the years to see that the others (inc Jene) also have these issues. Sadly a lot more people have lost
their lives on Beneteau's from keel looses than Bavarias.
All yachts have some issues and many issues are created by the owners themselves. CArs have issues and being a 3 decade pilot and aircraft owner, be assured that aircraft (even big ones) have far more issues that any yacht I've ever seen.