Visually appealing and built in Rochefort, France, by Bavaria Yachts, the Nautitech 40 couples solid mechanical specs with an interior that offers a sense of space. Experienced sailors can see its potential as an ocean cruiser or charter boat, while the less ambitious can downsize it from a four-cabin configuration to three cabins for lazy live-aboard summer afternoons.

  • 2015 Bavaria Nautitech Open 40
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    Diesel, Saildrive
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2015 Bavaria Nautitech Open 40 Exterior
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Seaworthiness and Overall Quality

2015 Bavaria Nautitech Open 40 Exterior
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Selected as a competitor for the 2015 European Yacht of the Year award, where award criteria includes comfort, performance, seaworthiness and overall quality, the boat isn’t spit and tissue paper. The builder describes the hand-built Nautitech 40’s composite hull as using “advanced infusion technology.” The hull’s high freeboard means the decks are more likely to stay dry. The nearly 200 square yards of available sail features easy accessibility from the steering stations. Coupled with the lightweight hull, it appears the 11- to 14-knot speed touted on the Nautitech website is within reach of most sailors.

Described by Bavaria as “open,” the Nautitech 40 combines it galley and saloon with its cockpit under a single hardtop to take maximum advantage of the space available aboard. This large open space presents those aboard with 360-degree visibility, one of the Nautitech 40’s chief bragging points. The same space-conscious arrangement prevails below decks, as well. Dual control stations, located at the stern of each hull, mean you have the opportunity to move to the steering position that offers the best perspective for any maneuver.

Creature Comforts

2015 Bavaria Nautitech Open 40 Interior
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A sliding window separates the galley from the salon, giving anyone in the galley a feeling of inclusion in activities in the salon. The galley appears suitable for light snacks – sandwiches and such. Not meant to cook large meals for a large number of guests, the two-burner stove appears suitable for small groups, with planning. Likewise, galley storage seems more of an afterthought, suited for day sailors, rather than extended cruising. The cabins, whether you choose the three- or four-cabin arrangement, have queen-size berths stationed athwartships for a comfortable ride, a settee and desk and closet space. Forward of the cabins is one of the two heads. The second head is aft, for those using the salon-cockpit area.

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

• The steering stations are exposed, at the stern-end of each hull. That’s something to think about if you live in an area where autumn requires more than a sweater.
• Although you can close off the salon somewhat, that “open” design doesn’t contribute much during less temperate times, particularly for those in more northerly, less tropical climes.
• You might request a the builder install a steering station in the small, enclosed part of the galley, but the lack of an enclosed wheelhouse can limit the boat’s suitability as a long-range cruiser.
• Before you plunk down the asking price for this bespoke yacht, you need to settle on whether you want the three-cabin owner’s version or the suitable-for-charter four-cabin version. If you’ve a large family or plan to charter the boat out, go with the four-cabin. Otherwise, use the extra interior room a three-cabin version allows.
• The Nautitech 40 is billed as a family cruiser. Given the apparent ease of handling and the rig, it shouldn’t be difficult for any who’ve ever taken the tiller or wheel on a sailboat.


2015 Bavaria Nautitech Open 40 Exterior
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If you select the right options and ask the right questions when you commission the Nautitech 40’s construction and attend to the required maintenance, you’ll have a boat that may serve for more than one generation.

2015 Nautitech 40 Manufacturer’s Specifications


• Hull colour white
• 6 hull windows
• Colored stripe on hull, grey
• GRP keel (only glued)
• Steering pedestal
• 2 helm stands with compass and steering wheel/s Instrument console in steering pedestal
• Cup holder
• Winch handle pockets and winch handles
• 2 x helmsman seat Emergency tiller
• Anodised aluminium forward traverse
• Polyester safety net laced to hull and front beam 2 x Forward pulpits with seats in teak
• Bow anchor locker and storage area
• 1000W electric windlass with wired remote, bridle and cleat
• 6 mooring cleats, aluminium
• 6 deck hatches
• Guardrail
• 2 x handrail on the coach roof
• Furling jib
• Mainsheet traveller on the roof
• Self-tacking Jib track on the foredeck
Aft deck and stern platform
• Aft pushpits with flag-staff holder
• 2 cleats for tender
• 2 x stainless steel hand rails
• Cockpit shower with hot/cold water on stb.
• 2 x hatch to engine compartment, 81 cm wide Bathing ladder stainless steel on starboard
Open Space Cockpit
• 10 person GRP dining table, 1.73 m x 0,79 m Adjustable backrest on port bench
• GRP storage locker with wood decor (optional fridge) Teak grating over cockpit drainage
• 4 large cockpit lockers
• Life raft locker (80 x 30 x 52 cm)
• Cockpit side covers, port and stb.
Standing / running gear
• Deck stepped mast in anodised aluminium with two spreaders
• Snatch block for reef line return
• Boom topping lift with stopper
• Lazy-bag and lazy-jacks with cleats
• Anodised aluminium boom with
• 3 reef lines
• 63 m2 full batten mainsail
• Self-tacking Solent jib 28 m2 with UV protection
• 2 winch handle pockets and winch handles
• 1 x Lewmar Evo aluminium winch on mast, 2-gear, self-tailing
• 3 x Lewmar Evo aluminium winches in aft cockpit, 2-gear, self-tailing


Forward cabins (4 cabin version)
• Double bed, 155 x 190 cm Mattress with washable cover Hanging locker
• Storage space under bed Blinds & curtains
• One opening porthole
• LED lighting in the ceiling
Aft cabins (4 cabin version)
• Double bed, 157 x 200 cm approx., island access Mattress with washable cover
• Hanging locker
• Storage space under bed
• One opening porthole
• Opening porthole above the headboard Blinds & curtains
• LED lighting in the ceiling
Owner version (replaces forward and aft cabin in port hull)
• Double bed, 157 x 200 cm
• Mattress with washable cover
• Large locker with three doors
• Large head with separate shower cabin
• 6 lockers and three mirrors in head
• One opening porthole
• One opening porthole above the headboard Blinds & curtains
• Fold-down desk with seat
• Separate shower cabin
• Pump-toilet, disposal via seacock
Heads (4 cabin version)
• LED lighting
• Shower with mixer tab and support Towel rail
• Pump-toilet, disposal via seacock
Passage way
• Storage cupboard/hanging locker Volume 660 l (optional: washing machine or freezer 60 l) portside only Handrail at staircase
• Counter-moulded deck head lining with spotlights and LED backlighting
• Floor style Flexiteek (Synthetic-Teak)
• Large panoramic windows 360° view
• 2 deck opening hatches
• Double sliding doors with lock Dinette/Navigation table
• Electrical panel at staircase
• Gauges for freshwater + diesel Master switch for service battery bank Storage under the seats
• Storage cabinets
• 3 drawers
• Inox sink with mixer tap
• 2 burner stove with separate oven Waste bin
• Refrigerator 115 l, 12 V (2 drawers) Bottle locker
Water System – Bilge system
• 2 x 215 l freshwater tanks
• Warm water boiler via engine-cooling, 40 l
• Pressurised water system
• Electric and manual bilge pumps in both hulls
• Electric bilge pumps en both engine compartments


• Soundproofing in engine compartments
• 2 x 21 hp diesel engines with Saildrive (optional 30 hp)
• 2 x alternators 115 Ah
• 2 x two-blade folding propellers
Electrical system
• 3 x 12 V 107 Ah services gel batteries (no maintenance)
• 2 x 12 V 90 Ah engine batteries (no maintenance)
• Power panel (switch batteries, circuit breakers)
• in aft cabin on portside
• LED navigation lights and anchor light
• CE-Certification Category A (10 pers.)
• CE-Certification Category B (10 pers.)
• CE-Certification Category C (22 pers.)
• CE-Certification Category D (22 pers.)


Length overall 11,98 m
Length waterline 11,94 m
Beam overall 6,91 m
Draught 1,35 m
Unloaded weight (approx.) 7.800 kg
Engine, drive Diesel, Saildrive
Engine power 2 x 20 hp
Fuel tank (approx.) 2 x 225 l
Water tank (approx.) 2 x 225 l
Cabins – heads, standard 4 - 2
Berths, standard version 8
Mainsail, standard (approx.) 63 m2
Self-tacking jib, standard (approx.) 28 m2
Height of mast above water line (approx.) 20,05 m
No. of cabins - heads 3/4 - 2
Berths 6/8 (+ 2)
Heads 2
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