Bavaria's E40: E Is For Everything

The Bavaria E40 is a hybrid-power design that moves the helm to the yacht’s social center.

Bavaira E40 Yacht
Power options: 75 hp Volvo Penta D2 (top end, 7.5 knots); 150 hp Volvo Penta D3 (10 knots); or 300 hp Volvo D4 (13 knots).Courtesy Bavaria

Bavaria's E40 is a cruising yacht with many faces. She comes in sedan and flybridge versions, with two or three staterooms and with three Volvo Penta engine choices, all with optional hybrid power. Product manager Fabio Marcellino says the E can stand for efficient, economic, ecological, exploring and electric.

Working with Bavaria, Vripack, the Dutch firm known for its superyachts, designed the E40’s helm in the center of the salon. “Usually the owner is alone up against the windshield,” Marcellino says. “Now he’s in the middle of the action. The pilot bench is a sofa for four.”

Vripack addressed sight-line challenges by raising the helm seat and optimizing hull trim for 360-degree views. “We used clear glass and anti-reflection surfaces to keep the best visibility in all conditions,” Marcellino says. “The boat has a powerful defogging system, strong windshield wipers and even removable curtains.”

The result is 270 square feet of open space in the combined salon and cockpit, lighted by windows and skylights. “The layout is the maximum balance between social areas, guest accommodations and storage spaces,” Marcellino says.

Bavaira E40 Yacht
Optional hybrid power lets the E40 run in diesel mode, electric mode or a combination.Courtesy Bavaria