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Brief Summary

Bavaria’s Virtess line adds an increased level of class and luxury to the lineup and it’s immediately apparent when stepping aboard. The Virtess 420 Fly can be ordered with either a flying bridge or an upper sun pad, both come well-equipped upon delivery. She sleeps six in three private staterooms, including a forward en suite owner’s cabin. With IPS power, she’s efficient and easily maneuvered around the dock. She features many innovations, but the first three were noticed before we even entered the boat. We tested the flying bridge version recently and our full report is ready for viewing.

Key Features

  • Fly deck light package
  • 2 salon stools with flexible backrest
  • Teak swim platform
  • Fusion marine multimedia package
  • Icemaker on fly deck and in salon
  • Bimini
  • Venetian blinds for dimming the hull windows
  • External sun shades for windshield and side windows
  • SE 100 bow thruster with operating battery
  • Specifications

    Length Overall 44’ 8''
    13.61 m
    Beam 13’ 10''
    4.22 m
    Dry Weight 25,132 lbs.
    11,400 kg
    Tested Weight 27,442 lbs.
    12,447 kg
    Draft 3’ 8''
    1.12 m
    - Draft Up N/A
    - Draft Down N/A
    - Air Draft N/A
    Deadrise/Transom N/A
    Max Headroom 6’ 5''
    1.96 m
    Bridge Clearance N/A
    Weight Capacity N/A
    Person Capacity N/A
    Fuel Capacity 317 gal.
    1,200 L
    Water Capacity 108 gal.
    409 L
    Length on Trailer N/A
    Height on Trailer N/A
    Trailer Weight N/A
    Total Weight
    (Trailer, Boat, & Engine)
    N/A

    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.

    Engine Options

    Std. Power 2 x 435-hp Volvo Penta IPS600 in US
    Tested Power 2 x 435-hp Volvo Penta IPS600
    Opt. Power 2 x 400-hp Volvo Penta D6-400 EVC
    2 x 370-hp Volvo Penta D6-370 with Joystick

    Test Results - Change Measurement Unit

    RPM MPH Knots GPH MPG NMPG Stat. Mile NM dBa
    600 5.2 4.5 0.6 8.7 7.5 2473 2150 72
    1000 7.5 6.5 1.6 4.7 4.1 1337 1163 73
    1250 8.9 7.7 3.6 2.5 2.2 705 613 74
    1500 9.8 8.5 6.2 1.6 1.4 451 392 75
    1750 10.8 9.4 10.2 1.1 0.9 302 263 77
    2000 11.7 10.1 17.4 0.7 0.6 191 166 79
    2250 15.0 13.0 22.0 0.7 0.6 194 169 80
    2500 20.0 17.3 25.0 0.8 0.7 228 198 80
    2750 24.1 20.9 29.0 0.8 0.7 237 206 80
    3000 29.1 25.3 31.0 0.9 0.8 267 232 81
    3250 33.5 29.1 38.0 0.9 0.8 252 219 82
    3490 37.3 32.4 44.0 0.9 0.7 242 210 84
    RPMNMKMKPHLPHKPLdBA
    600 2150 3980 8.40 2.27 3.69 72
    1000 1163 2152 12.10 6.06 1.99 73
    1250 613 1135 14.30 13.63 1.05 74
    1500 392 726 15.80 23.47 0.67 75
    1750 263 486 17.40 38.61 0.45 77
    2000 166 307 18.80 65.87 0.28 79
    2250 169 312 24.10 83.28 0.29 80
    2500 198 367 32.20 94.64 0.34 80
    2750 206 381 38.80 109.78 0.35 80
    3000 232 430 46.80 117.35 0.40 81
    3250 219 406 53.90 143.85 0.37 82
    3490 210 389 60.00 166.56 0.36 84

    All fuel consumption numbers are the total for all engines in the boat. Speeds are measured with Stalker ProSports radar gun or GPS. Fuel consumption (gallons per hour) measured with Floscan digital fuel-flow meter or by on-board factory-installed diagnostic instruments. Range is based on 90% of published fuel capacity. Sound levels determined using Radio Shack digital decibel meter on A scale. 68 dBA is the level of normal conversation. Time to plane is measured from start of acceleration to formation of rooster tail behind boat.

    Performance Chart

    Performance Chart

    Acceleration Times & Test Conditions

    Time To Plane 6.9 sec.
    0 to 30 17.6 sec.
    Ratio N/A
    Props T4
    Load 2 persons, 1/2 fuel, full water, 50 lbs. of gear
    Climate 89 deg., 80 humid.; wind: 10-15 mph; seas: calm
    Elevation Sea Level

    Captain's Report

    Bavaria Virtess 420 Fly running shot
    The Bavaria Virtess 420 Fly has a LOA of 44’8” (13.61 m), a beam of 13’10” (4.22 m) and a draft of 3’8” (1.12 m).

    Overview

    Part of what was immediately noticeable in the Virtess 420 Fly was an elevated level of fit-and-finish. Bavaria has what is probably the most automated factory of any yacht builder. This means that there is an attention to detail that does not waver from one day to the next. Where the human element comes in, is in places like trim features around the doors. Flat surfaces are wood laminate, while the trim pieces are actual wood.We also noticed that quality materials are used where necessary, and substituted where it is more appropriate. For example, the overhead in the cabins is a less costly composite material as opposed to being vinyl or leather. This represents a savings that is passed on directly to the buyer.Lastly, savings are most evident by the fact that there is no "dealer base" per se. Anyone purchasing a Bavaria in the United States, does so factory-direct. This eliminates the need for shipping directly to dealers, there is no dealer floor plan, and no dealer insurance payments that have to be absorbed by the end-user. For these reasons, a Bavaria represents a lot of value at a competitive price.

    Bavaria Virtess 420 Fly running shot
    Each stateroom gets hull side windows with opening portlights. The two at midships are for the day head and shower.

    Features Inspection

    Main Deck

    Bavaria Virtess 420 Fly main deck layout
    The main deck shows a salon situated between the galley forward and the aft deck, all on the same level.

    Swim Platform

    Beginning at the swim platform, Bavaria has what has to be the most unique approach we've seen. The retractable boarding ladder is off to the starboard side. A set of grab handles inserts into the surface, and these grab handles are stowed away when not in use. Our test boat had the optional hydraulic swim platform ($27,860) that featured integrated stairs. When the platform is lowered, the steps to the cockpit rise from the surface and are comfortable to use regardless of whether the platform is fully submerged or partially. This is an extremely clever design, and one that we likely will be seeing elsewhere.

    Bavaria Virtess 420 Fly raised platform
    With the platform in the raised position, we see a flush teak surface with removable grab handles to the starboard side.
    Bavaria Virtess 420 Fly lowered platform
    With the platform in the lowered position, the stairs, which were previously recessed into the deck, are now exposed. Notice the top step has a handhold carved into the center.

    The platform can also be used for the launching and retrieval of a PWC. Bavaria recommends limiting the load to 1,323 lbs. (600 kg), a limit imposed strictly due to the bouncing affect of running through chop. Technically speaking, the platform can hold much more.

    Bavaria Virtess 420 Fly platform partially
    Even with the platform partially lowered, the stairs are still comfortable and functional.

    Aft Deck

    Stairs to both port and starboard lead from the swim platform to the aft deck. The aft deck is finished in standard teak and a dual pedestal table is mounted just ahead of a pair of doublewide seats. On our test boat, the seats were in a fixed position but the seats, and table can be on tracks and rails, allowing them to move to different locations throughout the cockpit while still remaining in fixed positions, providing safety and comfort in a sea way. This is another clever feature and one that we are surprised we have not seen from other builders.

    Bavaria Virtess 420 Fly cockpit
    The aft deck in our test boat had the teak table just ahead of a pair of doublewide bench seats.
    Bavaria Virtess 420 Fly furniture
    An option for having the furniture moving on tracks enhances the functionality of the aft deck.

    The cockpit also enjoys protection from the extended overhead of the flybridge deck. Stairs to the port side lead to the flying bridge.

    Salon

    The salon is accessed from doublewide sliding glass doors that can be opened as a single, or double-wide, positioned to the port or starboard side. This is another example of the versatility that we’ve seen throughout the Bavaria lineup. We also appreciate that the salon and aft deck are all in a single level, providing a seamless transition through the space.

    Bavaria Virtess 420 Fly salon doors
    The salon doors can be opened fully to allow a seamless transition from outside to inside.
    Bavaria Virtess 420 Fly doors open
    With the doors fully opened the two gathering areas are joined as one.

    Upon entering the salon, the first impression is that of a wide-open space, completely surrounded by glass, providing excellent views from both the standing and sitting positions. Ceiling height is 6’8” (2.03 m). An L-shaped sofa is to starboard, wrapping around a high/low expandable pedestal table that converts the sofa into a berth, if needed. Additionally, there are two stools that can be moved from this location at the sofa, to the aft deck, if desired. And in keeping with the recurring theme of innovation, these stools easily flip open to convert into chairs, complete with storage underneath.

    Bavaria Virtess 420 Fly salon seating
    Movable stools enhance the comfort level of the salon seating.
    Bavaria Virtess 420 Fly chairs
    The stools easily convert to chairs to add to the available seating. Notice the table is now expanded.
    Bavaria Virtess 420 Fly table
    With the table lowered at the push of a button, the sofa converts to a berth.
    Bavaria Virtess 420 Fly credenza
    To port is a credenza housing a pop-up TV with audio and video components, as well as a standard icemaker and refrigerated drawer, in the cabinet underneath.

    Galley

    Moving forward, Bavaria went with putting the galley on the main deck making it easier to serve anything from hors d'oeuvres to full meals. Located to port, it features plenty of counter space, a two-burner electric stove, double basin sink, refrigerator and microwave below. In a nod to the German people's penchant for recycling, the trash receptacle is compartmentalized. Additional storage is both just before and right above the side windows. Ceiling height at the galley is a remarkable 7’7” (2.31 m).

    Lower Deck

    Bavaria Virtess 420 Fly layout
    The Virtess 420 Fly sleeps six in three separate staterooms. The master gets an en suite head.

    Moving below decks, it’s exceptionally unique to find three staterooms in a vessel this size. But that is exactly what we have in the Virtess 420 Fly. The accommodations deck is accessed from a centerline companionway, and the first of two guest staterooms is immediately to starboard.This stateroom features a pair of single births and a filler cushion can easily convert them into a queen sized berth. Outside windows provide natural light and an opening portlight allows for ventilation. Overhead height runs from 5’6” (1.68 m) down to 4’8” (1.42 m). Over the inboard berth there’s 2’1” (.63 m) of space.

    Bavaria Virtess 420 Fly guest stateroom
    The guest stateroom is to starboard and features plenty of storage, a TV and natural light.

    Master Stateroom

    The master is located fully forward at the bow and as expected, hullside windows to port and starboard flank a queen sized island berth measuring 6’7” (2.01 m) front to rear by 4’10” (1.47 m) side to side. There's plenty of storage to the sides of the stateroom as well as in drawers underneath the berth. Just to the left of the entry door is a small cabinet with drawers and a vanity on top. Headroom at the entrance is 6’6” (2.01 m). The master head is to starboard and features a separate walk-in shower.

    Bavaria Virtess 420 Fly master stateroom
    The master stateroom features a queen-sized island berth.
    Bavaria Virtess 420 Fly master storage
    Storage is under the berth in the form of a pair of drawers. The usual hanging lockers are to the sides.

    To port is another guest stateroom with split berths that can be converted into a single with the use of filler cushions. As with the starboard side berth, this one also benefits from hull side windows. However, the geometry of the main deck above creates an area of lower headroom in this stateroom. Some may view this as a negative, but we do not. In fact, it opens up possibilities.This not only makes an excellent stateroom for the kids, but if this boat were to be operated by a hired captain, this would make an excellent captain's cabin. The hullside berth can be used as a sitting area as it benefits from the more elevated headroom, while the opposite side could be converted into bookshelves and desk space.

    Bavaria Virtess 420 Fly guest stateroom
    Here we see the guest stateroom with the berth converted into a single. Notice the overhead has more space to the outboard side, making the outboard berth functional as a sofa.

    Back out at the companionway, there’s a day head just to port. The stairs themselves can be lifted to reveal a large storage space that can house a top loading combination washer/drier ($1,890).

    Flying Bridge

    Bavaria Virtess 420 Fly flybridge layout
    The flying bridge shows ample seating with a lounger to the forward end and a galley to the aft end.

    In order to save space, the stairs to the flying bridge are at a relatively steep angle. Normally this would be a problem, but Bavaria found a unique way to get around it. Each tread has a full step to one side, while opposite is a recessed area cut out to accommodate the leg as it climbs the stairs. It necessitates starting one's way up the ladder with the correct foot to be sure, but other than that it feels perfectly natural. Had the treads been the same depth all the way across, the shinbone would be hitting the tread of the next step up, making a very difficult transition indeed. This unique approach also allows the rising foot to make it to the next step unobstructed.

    Bavaria Virtess 420 Fly stairs
    The stairs leading to the flybridge have their full depth on alternating sides making them more comfortable to walk up the steep angle.

    Once on the flying bridge, a comfortable entertainment venue is immediately to starboard in the form of a U-shaped settee, wrapping around a teak pedestal table. In the folded position, the table can slide from one side to the other making it easier to get in and out of the settee. Drink holders are built into the stainless steel support frame. With the table unfolded open, there is plenty of seating for six for dining.Aft and to port is an open-air galley with an electric grill ($973), a teak covered sink and an ice maker (or refrigerator) are now standard in the US market.

    Bavaria Virtess 420 Fly sofa
    A large sofa and table lies adjacent to an outdoor entertainment center.
    Bavaria Virtess 420 Fly flybridge table
    The flying bridge table allows for versatility and functionality.
    Bavaria Virtess 420 Fly starboard seat
    Forward and to starboard is a doublewide bench seat allowing guests to enjoy the same view as the operator to port. The seat is fully adjustable to form either a bench seat, chaise lounge, or flat sun pad.

    Flybridge Helm

    The flying bridge helm is mounted to port and the opening for the stairs leading to the cockpit also provides excellent sightlines to the stern when backing into a slip. This also provides for a full view of the port hand side of the boat. Engine controls and joystick still remain to the starboard side of the wheel. A pod type console has ample room for a 12” (30.5 cm) navigation display.

    Lower Helm

    The lower helm is to starboard and provides excellent sightlines all around the boat, and certainly to the entire length of the starboard side. The digital engine controls are located on a flat panel to the starboard side with trim tab controls and the IPS joystick just ahead. The panel itself is a soft tone to eliminate glare. Most notably, however, is the lack of clutter from switches. A touchscreen panel, similar to an iPad, is located to port and is used to control all of the ships 12-V electrical functions and pumps. The 110-V panel is under the seat and to the side. Engine gauges are to either side of a center panel used to house a 10” (25.4 cm) multifunction display. Ahead is a massive single piece windshield with narrow mullions to the side that do little to impede visibility.

    Bavaria Virtess 420 Fly lower helm
    The lower helm is well-laid out with all controls within easy reach.
    Bavaria Virtess 420 Fly touch screen
    A touch screen is used to access all of the ship’s electrical systems and tank information.

    Bow

    There are sidedecks to both port and starboard that can be optioned for teak decking ($8,288). Handrails along the side of the flybridge work in conjunction with the rail height beginning at 24" (61 cm), and increasing to 29” (73.7 cm) at the forward end. All cleats are 14” (35.56 cm). At the bow, a split rail allows for nose in docking. A quick windlass is mounted vertically to the deck. Controls for the windlass are at both helms, not at the bow, however a handheld remote control is included.

    Bavaria Virtess 420 Fly bow
    A standard electric windlass is controlled from the helms or with a handheld remote. A stainless anchor is secured to an all-chain rode.

    Power

    Standard power in the US is a pair of Volvo Penta 435-hp IPS600 engines. A credit is provided for those seeking a smaller engine package. Additional information can be provided by Bavaria Yachts USA.

    Performance

    This is certainly a nice performing boat. The efficiency of the IPS600 engines became clear as even at our full throttle rpm setting of 3490, we were burning a combined 44 gph while running at 32.4 kn. That gave us a range of 210 nautical miles. Certainly there's not much of a fuel penalty for running at full throttle, so in general, the cruise speed can be more dictated by the comfort level. With that being said however, the most economical speed came in at 3000 rpm, the same speed we ended up running at for comfort, and 25.3 kn. That speed reduced the fuel burn to 31.00 gph and increased the range to 232 nautical miles.

    Handling

    Handling was also excellent. We had relatively calm seas during our test off of Fort Lauderdale, but as usual, seas managed to build up as we were exiting the inlet and running through gave us some revealing characteristics. We found that plunging ahead at full throttle will certainly generate some pounding and that is to be expected anytime any vehicle goes this fast over speed bumps. However, with the speed pulled back to a more normal cruise the ride became much more comfortable. Now the bows were able to penetrate the waves rather than oppose them and the Virtess 420 Fly really started to show her true colors.In beam seas she was even more comfortable, remaining on a level keel and simply riding through the troughs with a level of grace that allowed us to pretty much put the throttle setting wherever we chose.Following seas were a little bit different. There was no wandering of the heading from the seas pushing the stern, but what we did experience was the exact opposite from the head sees. This time, when hitting a wave too fast, instead of driving up and over the wave, the narrow entry allowed the Virtess 420 Fly to penetrate through the wave. While there was always enough buoyancy to eliminate any concern for “stuffing” the bow it did have the effect of applying the brakes and reducing speed considerably. What we found, was that the better technique is to slow the boat and allow the bow more time to gain its buoyancy to travel up and over the forward wave. This made for a comfortable ride with the following seas with only a minimal speed penalty.She did seem to lean excessively in turns, but this is a characteristic of most IPS driven boats. They also turn slowly as the pods limit their throw at higher speeds to counter the effects of any heavy-handed captain, and certainly that of a test captain trying to push the parameters of the operational envelope.

    Price of the Boat

    The American edition has a base price of $765,938 delivered to Fort Lauderdale with full dealer prep and a full two-year bow to stern warranty included.The upgrade package includes a 110-V chilled air conditioning system at 55,000 BTU (32,000 BTU is standard), outlets in each cabin and ventilation for the windshield ($19,880).

    Observations

    Bavaria is relatively new to the American marketplace and as such some adaptations had to be made to the German way of thinking. In short, the boat had to be "Americanized". This means that features Americans take for granted are simply not desired in European models and thus, needed to be added as standard. For example, the American version has TVs in the salon and staterooms, air-conditioning throughout, and therefore more of the need for a generator… just to name a few items.With that said however, Americans can still benefit from some of the German engineering that comes with the boat. Remarkably high topsides give way to high ceilings inside the boat. The highly automated construction process results in a boat that exhibits no vibration underway and surprisingly low sound levels ranging from only 72 dB to a maximum of 84 at full throttle in the main salon. And frankly, those sound levels had more to do with the air-conditioning fans than the main engines.Overall, we were quite impressed with this boat from both a comfort level and an operational level. Because she is sold factory direct, to get a hands-on feel one needs to travel either to a boat show where she is being displayed or to the North American offices in Dania Florida. The trade-off, however, is an excellent boat at an exceptional value for the money.

    Test Result Highlights

    • Top speed for the Bavaria Virtess 420 Fly (2016-) is 37.3 mph (60 kph), burning 44.00 gallons per hour (gph) or 166.54 liters per hour (lph).
    • Best cruise for the Bavaria Virtess 420 Fly (2016-) is 29.1 mph (46.8 kph), and the boat gets 0.94 miles per gallon (mpg) or 0.4 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 267 miles (429.69 kilometers).
    • Tested power is 2 x 435-hp Volvo Penta IPS600.

    Standard and Optional Features

    Marine Electronics

    Autopilot Optional
    GPS/Chart Standard
    Radar Standard
    VHF Radio Standard

    Systems

    Air Cond./Heat Standard
    CD Stereo Standard
    Shore Power Standard
    Water Heater Standard
    Windlass Standard

    Galley

    Icemaker Standard
    Refrigerator Standard
    Stove Standard

    Exterior Features

    Outlet: 12-Volt Acc Standard
    Swim Platform Standard

    Canvas

    Bimini Top Standard
    Camper Back Optional

    Boats More Than 30 Feet

    Bow Thruster Standard
    Generator Standard
    Washer/Dryer Optional

    Warranty

    Hull Warranty
    Transferable
    5


    Deck Warranty
    5
    Engine Warranty
    Extendable
    2 Additional 3 years on major components
    Powertrain Warranty

    Extendable
    2

    Additional 3 years on major components
    Gelcoat Warranty

    2


    Blistering Warranty
    5
    Accessories Warranty
    2
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