The last several years the German boat builder Bavaria has been working hard to improve its powerboat line and its credo calls for more room, utility and value. The 39 Sport is a good case in point of just how Bavaria is going about achieving those objectives. The latest model has two staterooms with a galley and salon down and seating for 12 people on deck. She is powered by twin Volvo Penta 260-hp D4 diesel sterndrives with options up to twin 370-hp D6s. She is also available with twin MerCruiser gas engines. As one might expect with Bavaria, she has over 6'6'' (2.1 m) of headroom in her salon below
Max cube below
Dark or light wood interior
Bavaria Sport 39 (2014-) Specifications
38' 8'' 11.8 m
18,040 lbs. 8,200 kg
13' 1'' 3.99 m
3' 6'' 1.05 m
190 gal. 720 L
66 gal. 250 L
6' 6'' 2.10 m
10' 9'' 3.33 m
Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.
Bavaria Sport 39 (2014-)Engine options
Currently no test numbers
2 x 320-hp MerCruiser 377 MAG DTS Bravo III 2 x 260-hp Volvo Penta D4-260 EVC 2 x 300-hp Volvo Penta D4-300 EVC 2 x 330-hp Volvo Penta D6-330 EVC 2 x 370-hp Volvo Penta D6-370 EVC
The Bavaria 39 Sport has an LOA of 38'8" (11.80), a beam of 13'1" (3.99 m) and a draft of 3'6" (1.05 m) with the gear down. Displacement is 18,040 lbs. (8,200 kg.) dry.
The Mission of the Bavaria 39 Sport
Bavaria builds 11 powerboat models in 9 different sizes from 32' to 49' and the 39 Sport falls roughly in the middle. As such, she is clearly intended for a family on its way up, one that wants max room below for spending cozy evenings aboard. She is also intended to be a good boat to entertain on, and to that end 12 people can be accommodated in the cockpit when she is used as a day boat.
Looking aft we can see the boat seats 12 people, eight at the table and four elsewhere.
●High Freeboard. The Bavaria 39 probably has one of the highest freeboards in class which makes her dry, able to buck into short, steep seas without being intimidated, and gives her lots of headroom below.
●Headroom Galore. The headroom below ranges from 6'10-1/2" (7.10 m) to 7'1" (2.18 m).
●Max Cube Below. Whether one calculates in cubic feet or cubic meters, the 39 Sport is big below. Without putting too fine a point on it, the 39 Sport's accommodations area is about 44 cubic meters or 1574 cubic feet.
●Dark or Light Wood Interior. Only a few builders give consumers of a choice or interior woods and Bavaria is one of them. The traditionalists will probably opt for the dark wood and the rest will want the optional brighter wood which is light oak.
Accommodations layout for both the 39 Sport and 39 HT.
Major Advantage of the 39 Sport
Staying Dry. We say when selecting a boat, just like picking trump in bridge, go for the long suit. In this case it is the boat's sea-keeping ability thanks to her high freeboard combined with her room below which is as much or more than any boat this size.
It is not surprising that a German boat builder would design a boat to handle the English Channel, North Sea and bodies of water like the Skagerrak between Denmark and Norway that can be sloppy when the wind is howling out of the west. Her high freeboard should keep her cockpit dry in all but the worse conditions.
The forward stateroom as seen by a slightly wide-angle lens. There is a bulkhead and door between this cabin and the salon.
CE "B" Rating. Meets European requirements for a "B" rating, which means she should be able to handle offshore conditions up to, and including, wind force 8 and wave height up to, and including, 13.0 ft.
The optional camper cover will greatly increase the utility of the boat. The bow thruster is optional, too.
Buttoned Up. Cruising canvas is an option for the 39 Sport, and northern Europeans intending to cruise the Baltic, the Coast of Norway, or the British isles would do well to consider this inexpensive way to add living space to the boat and stay cozy as well.
For boaters elsewhere in the world, even in places like Florida and the tropics, cruising canvas comes in handy when piloting the boat offshore when caught in a rain storm. In the morning there is often a chill in the air and this option makes the cockpit cozy.
A/C Option. The 39 Sport is not just for northern latitudes. She is just as seaworthy in the Med or the Caribbean where seas can be just as challenging as anywhere else. Bavaria offers a 10,000 BTU A/C (not reverse cycle) system to cool the boat below. Duct work is directed to both the salon/galley below and the mid cabin.
Looking from the head of the twin beds in the mid cabin toward the entrance. The access door is to the right in the background. Note the notch in the overhead in the background which gives this cabin 7' (2.14 m) headroom at the foot of the bed and entranceway.
Major Standard Equipment
●GRP radar arch
●6 opening deck hatches
●Teak on the swim platform
●Cockpit wet bar with sink
●Pump out toilet with holding tank and Y valve
Bavaria knows that virtually every owner will want to use the boat for a slightly different purpose so it offers an extensive options list. Further, just like the car companies, it offers "packages" of options for several functions.
The Bavaria 39 HT is following the trend in express cruisers.
Bavaria 39 Hardtop
There is also a 39 Hardtop model available. Essentially it is the same boat below and in the cockpit, with the addition of a fiberglass hardtop with sunroof and side windows with opening ports. The forward windscreen is a single piece of safety glass and the forward mullions of are moderate size. We imagine that this will be a popular model as there seems to be a trend these days toward hardtop express cruisers.
The main salon with the standard mahogany wood treatment on bulkheads and cabinets.
The light oak wood treatment is optional.
The galley comes standard with basic equipment but we suspect that most owners will want to specify their own options.
This is a view of the head compartment. Note that there is a mirror at the left of the picture on the bulkhead. A shower door between the separate stall and the rest of the head is an option.
Bavaria is trying to offer good value for money and it looks to us as if they are doing a pretty good job of it.
We are told that Bavaria is coming to North America this year.
The extended swim platform is an option, see below. The boat's 13' beam is put to good use with two sunpads, table seating for 8 and a double-wide companion seat. We don't recommend using the aft sunpad while under way.
The Bavaria 39 Sport is massive and has a displacement of 18,040 lbs. (8,200 kgs.)
The hydraulic extended swim platform with teak is optional.
Standard and Optional Equipment
Bavaria Sport 39 (2014-) Standard and Optional Equipment
Outlet: 12-Volt Acc
Boats More Than 30 Feet
= Standard = Optional
Bavaria Sport 39 (2014-) Warranty
Bavaria Sport 39 (2014-) Warranty Information
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