Bavaria Cruiser 55
The term "flagship" gets thrown around a lot in the auto biz, but this time the term really fits the mold. Styled by the the automaker's design firm, the BMW DesignworksUSA Bavaria Cruiser 55 became the largest vessel in Bavaria's fleet.
The silhouette of the Cruiser 55 was created at the Munich studio of DesignworksUSA in close collaboration with the engineering office and the shipyard. The Yacht magazine, one of Europe's leading trade journals, sums up: "The Cruiser 55 presents itself in a discreet form, totally avoiding superficial effects, but nevertheless – or perhaps for this very reason – radiating more class and finesse than any design produced during the last ten to fifteen years."
Of particular note: The bow has a five meter flush sundeck with recessed hatches and a large sail locker. Aft is a very spacious cockpit with an adjustable bench seat alternating as helm seat, additional social seating or rotating to become a boarding gangway. Below the cockpit lies the dinghy garage capable of housing a three meter rigid inflatable with outboard. Access to the dinghy garage is through the cockpit floor or by opening the aft transom door which folds down to become an enormous swim platform and launch ramp.
Sailing capability and performance is enhanced with a variety of attributes. Twin rudders make for optimal water flow and minimal drag as well as being entirely redundant for safety. Sailing options include: German mainsheet system; headsail options of 135% performance-cut Genoa, self-tacking jib and Code Zero; mainsail options of fully-battened mainsail or roller-furling mainsail with full vertical battens.
Internally, the Cruiser 55 presents with modern style and functionality. With three, four or five cabin options, separated shower room forward, a huge galley with island unit, full-sized fridge and freezer and ice box, spacious saloon seating and dedicated chart desk, the Cruiser 55 is adaptable, accommodating and luxurious in appointment.
Length overall (approx.) 16,75 m
Length hull (approx.) 16,16 m
Length waterline (approx.) 14,96 m
Beam overall (approx.) 4,87 m
Draught standard (cast iron keel) (approx.) 2,35 m
Draught option (cast iron keel as shallow keel) (approx.) 1,90 m
Unloaden weight (approx.) 17.200 kg
Ballast (approx.) 5.500 kg
Engine, Yanmar Shaftdrive 4JH4-HTE
Engine power 81 kW/110 hp
Fuel tank (approx.) 300 l
Water tank (approx.) 700 l
Cabins - Heads, standard 3-3
Height in salon (approx.) 2,06 m
Mainsail (battened) and fore sail, standard; (approx.) 145 m²Height of mast above waterline (approx.) 23,25 m