Bavaria 31 & 40 Cruiser

2008 BOATS

The latest European yachts show an impressive increase in specifications, from starter boats to exciting cruisers, and many will be destined for our shores during the year, reports Kevin Green.

Bavaria's new and improved 31 footer replaces the 30ft model. It has a new hull, redesigned interior and a modified deck layout with an elongated cockpit, a feature throughout the new range. A new mainsheet traveller system complements six winches on deck as standard equipment. The cockpit has plenty of room to work and to sit comfortably for relaxed sailing. A handy feature is the electric transom hatch that lowers to become a bathing platform and is also useful for stepping off on to the marina.

Other features include a new coachroof which aims for a bright interior with two deck hatches and natural wood used is throughout. The chart table has also a new design. The aft cabin and the enlarged head provide more storage space and improved ventilation. The 40 has had a similar upgrade with the extra room that makes liveaboard cruising comfortable.

LOA: 9.76 m
Beam: 3.38 m
Height of mast above waterline: approx. 14.10 m
Draught standard: approx. 1.87 m
Draught option: approx. 1.43 m
Unladen weight: approx. 4.700 kg
Mainsail & Genoa: approx. 50.9 sqm
Engine: Volvo-Penta D1-20, 13.3 kW/18 hp
Cabins / Berths: 2/4

Australian distributor: North South Yachting (Aust) Pty Ltd, 1856 Pittwater Rd, Church Point, NSW 2105; Tel, (612) 9998 9600; fax, (612) 9979 3244

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:Bénéteau Oceanis 31

Beneteau's established cruising range, Oceanis, has been bolstered by the new Oceanis 31. Designed by Finot Conq and Nauta, it follows the same recipe for success as applied to the well-established Oceanis 39, with similar features including the patented companionway hatch and cockpit liferaft locker with sea hatch. The keel has a lead bulb and comes in either 1.30m or 1.80m draught.
Living space is given priority with the company claiming the galley is the best in its class. The Océanis 31 is offered in a two-cabin and head compartment version with the option of an upgraded interior available.

LOA: 9.66 m
Hull length: 9.30 m
Hull beam: max 3.39 m
Displacement: 4052 kg
Sail area: 47.4 sqm
Max Engine Power: 20 CV
Engine: 20 HP Yanmar
Fuel tank capacity: 130 L
Designer: Finot/Conq
Interior layout and design: Nauta Design

Australian distributor: Vicsail Pty Ltd, D'Albora Marinas, New Beach Rd, Rushcutters Bay, NSW 2027; Tel. (612) 9327 2088; fax, (612) 9362 4516



:Comet 52 RS

Voted European Yacht of the Year 2008 at the Düsseldorf boat show (14m plus category), the Italian-built Comet 52 RS is designed as a long-distance cruiser. The Roman yard has just announced its distribution into Australia after an agreement reached with Performance Boating in Pittwater. The company's Ron Jacobs visited the yard and said he was very impressed with the build quality. “It's a niche market yacht and is customisable, so it?s a step up from many production boats,” said Ron.

This latest version of the Italian-built 52 comes with a new layout: three cabins, two of them abaft with one head, large saloon with dining area, which can offer two extra berths; a separated galley towards the bow, accessible by two steps, with a double-height fridge, double sink, and large stowage spaces. Also up front is the owner's cabin with head and shower. The RS (raised saloon) allows the deck to be low profiled which complements the performance-built hull for fast cruising.

LOA: 15.90 m
Hull length: 15.45 m
Length waterline: 12.97 m
Beam: 4.60 m
Draft: 2.35 / 2.60 m
Displacement: 14.50 m
Mainsail: 75 sqm
Furling Genoa: 55 sqm
Gennaker: 170 sqm

Australian distributor: Performance Boating Sales, Gibson Marina, 1710 Pittwater Rd, Bayview, NSW 2104; Tel. (612) 9979 9755; fax. (612) 9979 9780

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:Dehler 34

The 34 follows on from the 2007 award-winning Dehler 44. The latest Simonis & Voogd design is aimed at regatta sailing but also intended to have plenty of comforts below deck.
The deck is clean, with standard flush hatches giving space on the side and fore decks. The cockpit, with teak as standard and the possibility to install a recessed cockpit table, has an open transom to give a racy and modern look to the Dehler 34 but with the option of a utility box for useful cruising storage. The two-cabin interior has teak furniture as standard. Designed to be a lighter weight boat with large sail area, the new Dehler 34 is expected to have good performance characteristics.

LOA: 10.51 m
Beam: 3.49 m
Draft: 1.95 m
Displacement: 5110 kg
Ballast: 0 kg
Mastheight: 15.61 m
Main Sail Area: 42 sqm
Jib Area: 33 m2
Spinnaker Area: 100 sqm
Engine: Volvo Penta
Designer: Simonis & Voogd

Australian distributor: Maurice Drent Boating Services, PO Box 340 Avalon, NSW 2107; Tel. (612) 9918 6170; fax, (612) 9918 0370

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: Delphia 26 Sport

The latest boat from the Polish yard, the Delphia 26 Sport, is designed to be an economical fast cruiser and comes with a twin-keel option – good for shoal waters or drying out. With portability a major attraction if you choose the lifting keel version, an optional mast lowering kit is available. The 26 also comes with a standard fin keel. Looks like a good starter boat with the possibility of lower running costs. The yard has also brought out modified versions of the Delphia 29.2 and 40.2. (Vacuum-infused hull with new deck mould and interior changes.)

Australian distributor: Delphia Yachts (Aust) Pty Ltd, The Spit, Mosman, NSW 2088
Australia. Tel. (612) 99692144, Fax: (612) 9969 4191



Delphia 26 – Swing keel version
Hull length: 7.79 m
Beam: 2.85 m
Draft (keel up/down) : 0.33/ 1.40 m
Displacement: 2190 kg
Ballast: 775 kg
Mainsail: 18 sqm
Genoa: 13.50 sqm
Engine: outboard

Australian distributor: Delphia Yachts (Aust) Pty Ltd, The Spit, Mosman, NSW 2088
Australia. Tel. (612) 99692144, Fax: (612) 9969 4191


: Elan 450

Designed by Humphreys Yacht Design, the Elan 450 is aimed at short-handed performance sailing. It comes with twin rudders, a retractable bowsprit and tall fractional rig. A deep lead keel keeps things upright and a rudder on each side takes care of straight line stability when well-heeled As part of the redesigned Elan performance range, it features an open transom, flush hatches on the coachroof, lines below deck, maximum waterline length and a spacious interior with three cabins. The forecabin has a large island double berth and ensuite head and shower. A four-cabin layout is also available.

: Technical specifications


13.60 m

Hull length

13.60 m

Length at waterline

12.52 m


4.37 m


2.05 / 2.60 m


approx. 11300 kg


4180 kg

Water capacity

444 l

Fuel capacity

203 l


55 / 75 HP


61.4 sqm


63 sqm


201.36 sqm

Boat design category CE



Rob Humphreys

Australian importer: Navsail, Gibson Marina, 1710 Pittwater Rd, Bayview, NSW 2104; Tel. (612) 9999 6730

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: Hanse 320 and Hanse 350

The German yard recently introduced two entry-level models in terms of size to its growing range. The Judel/Vrolijk designs come with “modern T speed keels” and the company's trademark self-tacking jib setup, with a single-line reefing system and simplified mainsail handling, with coachroof-mounted sheeting. All good features for an entry-level model. Interiors have also been reworked on these smaller boats with the 350 head in the bow area, to maximise space, with separate entrance to the saloon. The 350 also has more beam and waterline than the 342 predecessor.

:Specifications Hanse 320
LOA: 9.63 m
Beam: 3.30 m
Draft: 1.75 m or 1.40 m
Displacement: 4.7 t
Sail area: 51.35 sqm
Engine: 21hp
Steering: tiller, optional wheel steering
Design: Judel / Vrolijk & co

Australian distributor: Windcraft Australia Pty Ltd, Suite 2, Bayview Anchorage Marina, 1714 Pittwater Rd, Bayview, NSW 2104; Tel (612) 9979 1709

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######CAPTION: The Hanse 320 is a good entry level boat.

######CAPTION: The Hanse 350.

:Jeanneau Sunfast 3200

Voted European Yacht of the Year 2008 at the Düsseldorf boat show (under10 metres), the Sunfast 3200 looks destined to be a popular class racer. The Daniel Andrieu design is built using vacuum resin infusion moulding which makes it light-weight for both racing and cruising sailors. The 9.8m design makes it suitable for one-design races with IRC handicap ratings. The company reported that 15 Sun Fast 3200s have already been ordered for the next Transquadra ocean race, leaving France in July 2008.

Australian distributor: Performance Boating Sales, Gibson Marina, 1710 Pittwater Rd, Bayview, NSW 2104; Tel. (612) 9979 9755; fax. (612) 9979 9780

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:Jeanneau Sun Odysseys 50 DS

Launched at the Dusseldorf boat show, the Sun Odyssey 50DS is the latest model in the French company's deck saloon range. It shows good cruising credentials with standard equipment that includes in-mast furling system for the mainsail, a large Harken traveller located on the coachroof, a double anchor roller in stainless steel along with a windlass and a deep sail locker forward. There is also a dedicated cockpit compartment for the liferaft. Other features include dedicated spaces for optional equipment such as a generator, air conditioning and a washing machines as well as television. Two other upgraded Odysseys, the 45DS and 49i, have also been rolled out from the French yard.
Distributor Performance Boating plans to have one here in early July.

Overall length ………………………..15.07 m
Shoal keel draught ……………………….1.69 m
Hull length……………………………….14.75 m
Engine power ……………………………… 75 Hp /55 Kw
Waterline length……………………..13.12 m
Sail area ………………………….. 102.2 sqm
Beam …………………………………………..4.49m
Water capacity ……………………….615 l
Displacement …………………… 13400 kg
Fuel capacity …………………………….240 l
Deep keel weight ………………….3750 kg
Cabins ……………………………………………………………… 3
Deep keel draught…………………….. 2.15 m
Category (in progress) ……………………………….A-10
Shoal keel weight 4100 kg / 9039 lbs
Design Philippe Briand / Garroni Designers /Jeanneau Design

Australian distributor: Performance Boating Sales, Gibson Marina, 1710 Pittwater Rd, Bayview, NSW 2104; Tel. (612) 9979 9755; fax. (612) 9979 9780

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#########CAPTION: The revamped Odyssey 45DS.

:Sly 42

Voted European Yacht of the Year 2008 at the Düsseldorf boat show (under 14m category), the Sly 42 is a fast cruiser with racer performance. Also intended as a double-handed sailing boat, the generous sail plan and lighter displacement is aimed at making the most of light wind areas, often a characteristic of the Mediterranean. Mast, spreaders, boom and bowsprit are all in carbon fibre, the rigging is in intermittent rod, the backstay in Kevlar is PVC-coated and the furling genoa is inbuilt below deck. Steering is via one large helm wheel or two smaller wheels. It has a narrow, streamlined coachroof with long side ports, an unmistakeable characteristic of all Sly Yachts. The hull and deck are in recessed mould sandwich with glass and carbon fibre surfacing, and frame in PVC and epoxy resin. Infusion is performed via the vacuum bag process. Also available in a race-dedicated version, constructed entirely in carbon fibre. The interior is fully fitted and is customisable on request.

LOA: 12.80 m
Waterline length: 11.15 m
Beam: 3.80 m
Draught: 2.50 m
Displacement: 6.900 kg
Ballast: 2.450 kg
Mainsail: 64 sqm
Jib 108%: 47 sqm
Gennaker: 180-220 sqm
Engine: 40 Hp
Diesel tank: 120 l
Water tank: 320 l



: Sunbeam 34

This sturdy cruiser was voted European Yacht of the Year 2008 at the Düsseldorf boat show (under 12m category). This Austrian-built brand, which is coming to Australia soon, finds its niche in the market with attention to detail and customisable quality, with many boats built to order. A strongly built hull with both longitudinal and diagonal bracing makes for a particularly stable structure and topside; the decks are flush with weight-saving materials used. As you expect on a cruising boat, all lines and controls run to the cockpit and deck space is generous. Below decks, teak is used in the saloon with the main cabin forward and a wet locker is included.

LOA: 10.60 m
Length waterline: 10.50 m
Beam: 3.35 m
Draft: 1.90/1.48 m
Displacement: approx. 6 t
Ballast: approx. 2 t
Mainsail: 35.0 sqm
Genoa: 28.0 sqm
Spinnaker: 75.0 sqm
Motor: 29 PS
Freshwater tank: approx. 290 l
Fuel tank: approx. 110 l
Design: Nissen/Schöchl

Distributor: Westhead Marine, 16 Princes Street, Newport, NSW. Tel. (612) 9999 6518

: Wauquiez Pilot Saloon 55

This new flagship boat in the Beneteau-owned Wauquiez range is intended to be a prestigious blue-water cruiser. The pilot saloon concept allows plenty of space and light, ideal when sitting in tro

LOA: 17.70 m
LWL: 15.42 m
Beam Max: 4.95 m
Draft: 2.40 m Shoal keel draft 2.10 m
Displacement: 19.5 T
Keel ballast (standard): 6,6 T
Fuel capacity: 415 l
Fresh water capacity: 800 l
Engine power: 150 CV max
Sail Area: 1488 sqm
Designer Berret/Racoupeau Yacht Design
Interior styling Couedel / Hugon design

Australian distributor: Vicsail Pty Ltd, D'Albora Marinas, New Beach Rd, Rushcutters Bay, NSW 2027; Tel. (612) 9327 2088; fax, (612) 9362 4516


: X 34

The X-34 is the smallest in the performance cruiser range. The Danish brand is known for its high quality craftsmanship. Key features include: galvanised steel keel girders laminated into the hull, rudderstock in refined aluminium, with self-aligning needle bearings, batteries and tanks located centrally. All add to stability, strength and safety.
Its role as a family cruiser is helped with its high stability rating yet the dual-purpose boat is also designed to be competitive under IRC and IMS. Standard sail layout is for a non-overlapping headsail with its furler drum recessed below deck. Discontinuous rod rigging is standard and the main sheet is led under the deck. Accommodation comprises two double cabins and mahogany is used in the saloon which has an L-shaped galley.


Hull length



Draft – standard

Draft – shallow

Ballast ? standard

Displacement ? light

Engine diesel ? standard

Engine diesel ? optional


Genoa 1 · 106%

Furling Genoa

Spinnaker – All purpose

Australian distributor: Quays Marina, 1856 Pittwater Road, Church Point
NSW 2105. Tel: (612) 9998 9600

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