Originally Posted by willfinch36
Have you ever sailed on one?
Worst boat I've ever sailed is a Bavaria 42 - two different ones. Close-hauled they don't point anywhere near as high as most similar-sized boats, if any of the hull forward of the keel emerged from the water they got blown off big-time and you had to reduce sail before any other boat due to weather-helm.They were a stunning commercial success however due to the generous below-deck accommodation and looked nice and shiny in the marina, but the trade off was compromised sailing ability.
I sailed an old Gibsea 45 (late 80's vintage with knackered sails) across the Straits of Gibraltar from Sotogrande to Morocco and beat a Bavaria 42 by nearly 90 minutes. Give me a yacht rather than a wind-blown caravan any day.