Constructed in Giebelstadt, Germany, the Bavaria S45 Coupe enjoys the meticulous benefits of German engineering and assembly techniques. With an optional two or three cabin configuration, her mission is to offer a thrilling day on the water and in the sun, from either her forward or aft sun pads, while providing overnight accommodations for her owner and guests at anchor or a visiting marina.
The unusual storage area beneath her aft cockpit sun pad provides copious storage for a small tender and an array of water toys, making this an express cruiser with a hydraulic swim platform that is suitably configured for just about any in-water activity, such as diving or snorkeling.
Cockpit Sun Pad and Dinghy Garage. The S45 Coupe incorporates an interior and exterior cockpit separated by a retractable glass partition and glass door. The open aft section of the cockpit combines the companionway forward, where a deck hatch provides access to the engine compartment, with a full sized sun pad on the port side.
The sun pad can be opened, where inside lies space for a small tender and gear, which can be placed on the hydraulic swim platform and lowered into the water.
Hydraulic Swim Platform. Appointed in teak joinery, the swim platform encompasses the full-beam of the transom and extends fully into the water to the full depth of the hull. The platform has an electric/hydraulic lowering capability, allowing the boat's operator ease and flexibility in tender launch and retrieval. Convenient access for swimmers into and out of the water provides a place that everyone aboard can enjoy when it is partially submerged. The swim ladder retracts from within the platform on the starboard side.
Electric Sunroof. The electrically operated sunroof extends its full length aft when opened, allowing air to flow freely through the cockpit of the S45 Coupe while both at anchor and underway. As an added measure of safe operation, one will find that during high-speed turns it is often beneficial to have the roof retracted for increased visibility.
Two or Three Stateroom Layout. The S45 Coupe comes available in two interior layouts which offer two or three berth compartments (the model initially being built for the U.S. is the two berth version, with a larger salon, full-beam master cabin, and VIP suite forward). The two stateroom layout actually offers two master cabins. The master is really up to the master – both staterooms are very similar in appointments.
The two stateroom plan provides en suite heads in each berth and a large U-shaped settee to starboard with a telescoping pedestal table, allowing a third berth if necessary. The galley is to port with the companionway to the cockpit located on the centerline.
The three stateroom model offers mirror imaged berth compartments aft, partitioned at the centerline with the second head located in the salon. This layout thus reduces the size of the galley and settee in exchange for the added berth space.
Features Inspection and Walkthrough
The Bavaria S45 Coupe is easily accessed from the dock by her swim platform, which due to its size allows unimpeded and sure footed movement to go aboard. One step on the port side leads up to the aft cockpit, with a swinging transom gate which encloses the cockpit from the platform while underway.
The Cockpit and Foredeck. As seen in the photos above and below, the cockpit contains the full-sized, semi-reclined sun pad, which is large enough to comfortably accommodate a couple, with a fold-down cup holder between the two headrests. Beneath lies the dinghy garage and storage locker. The picture window which partitions the cockpit from the interior is nearly the width of the sun pad and opens fully.
The foredeck can be accessed along either the port or starboard sidedeck with numerous grab rails along the way. However, it is more easily accessed to starboard due to the location of the sun pad being offset to port. Once on the foredeck, there is another large sun pad, encompassing the majority of the space, with skylight hatches for the cabin placed just aft between the pad and the windshield. The foredeck area is clean and uncluttered and makes for an accommodating space for enjoying the day while at anchor.
Bavaria's attention to detail in providing the teak deck across the traffic areas both forward and aft is a well thought out touch and an aesthetic complement to the S45 Coupe's visual appeal. The teak cockpit and swim platform are standard in the U.S. and teak side decks are optional.
The Interior. From the starboard companionway adjacent to the cockpit sun pad, the interior is accessed through a sliding glass door, where the U-shaped settee is arranged to port, and its layout and design is tailored for enjoyment and relaxation. The settee can seat eight to ten people for dining. To starboard, behind the helm station is a wet bar, which can be upgraded to include a grill, a freezer and a refrigerator.
The helm station has all displays and controls positioned logically and in keeping with the longstanding reputation for efficient German engineering and design. Adding to that is what Bavaria touts as exceptional 360-degree visibility, which taking into consideration the expanse of the windscreens, the height of the side windows and the picture window aft, seems to fall into place with the expectations the builder has created.
The navigational display is a Garmin, set to the left of the helm, with throttles, joystick and bow thruster control to the right. The captain's chair can comfortably seat two and is adjustable.
With the sunroof retracted and the aft picture window open, the S45 Coupe's interior can feel more like that of an open air boat, and when the weather or heat do not permit, the interior cockpit can be completely sealed and its climate control system will keep everyone comfortable.
The Cabin, Galley and Berth. The galley is positioned to port. In the two stateroom model, the galley is L-shaped and U-shaped in the three (as shown below), with hard surface countertops, appliances, a refrigerator, freezer, and a stainless steel sink. Next to the refrigerator are three cupboards for utensils and provisions and there are cupboards above the countertops for storage and space for a microwave oven. An overhead hatch, as well as an opening porthole, allows for ventilation in the galley area.
The salon boasts a settee and table to starboard, which can be lowered to provide an additional berth, with storage cupboards above. Upholstery, cushions and wood are coordinated in three options: mahogany, oak or teak combinations. The salon space is light and airy, with overhead lighting, a skylight hatch and side windows, along with fresh colors that give a contemporary and ergonomic feel. The salon, settee and galley are arranged with efficiency in mind, and offer space in function.
As mentioned, the S45 Coupe comes with the option of two or three staterooms. The forward owner's cabin, however, is laid out identically in both models, boasting a king-sized bed, a water closet and a separate shower. With its en suite head, the owner's cabin is stand alone, offering unfettered privacy. There is accent lighting throughout, as well as the hull-side windows, which run nearly the length of the cabin.
Aft of the galley are the quarter berths in the three cabin version, which are set up in mirror image, or the single cabin, which has its own en suite head. The aft cabins consist of twin berths, hull side windows, accent lighting and reading lamps.
Engines. The standard S45 Coupe comes powered by 435 horsepower Volvo Penta IPS600 diesel engines, with an option to reduce the power to dual D6 400 or D6 370 horsepower engines for a credit. She also comes standard with a 12 kW generator in the US market.
Performance and Handling
With the twin 435-hp Volvo Penta IPS600 engines spooled up to full power, we found ourselves running at 31.8 knots. However, dialed back to 2750 rpm we were at best economic cruise with a speed of 21.2 knots and a 26 gph fuel burn. That translates into a range of 290.8 nm while still holding back a 10% reserve.
Now with that said, the IPS600 is so well matched to the S45 Coupe that there’s really only a marginal difference in mpg for 2250 rpm and 13.1 knots and full speed, only wavering from .7 to .8 nmpg throughout. So this is more of a boat that one would set the speed based on the prevailing conditions rather than the fuel concerns.
As for handling, it’s consistent with the rest of the Bavaria lineup, which is to say that she’s a solid riding boat with excellent sea keeping characteristics. We felt a solid ride and feel with no creaking or vibrations coming from anywhere. German engineering plays a big part of that solid feel, as does the result of the most automated factory in the industry. She rides through waves quite well, with only a slight hull slap at full speed. Dialed back even slightly mitigated that and she rides quite comfortable in all but the worst conditions. She was most comfortable in beam seas, riding on an even keel during transitions. In following seas she’ll slice cleanly through the forward wave rather than plow into it.
The Bavaria S45 Coupe comes at a well-equipped price of $775,000.
This is the first time a Coupe version is being built as the largest motoryacht from Bavaria and she is the new flagship of the motoryacht fleet. With the attention to detail and quality design of German engineering and construction, this sport cruiser is designed for function, enjoyment, and appeal, with a level of ergonomic fit-and-finish one would expect in a boat of this caliber. Many of the mechanical and cosmetic features of the S45 Coupe harken as much to an aeronautical theme as a nautical one. From the design and layout of the helm, to the function of the access and accommodation of the storage beneath the aft cockpit sun pad, to the layout and features of the interior cockpit, the Bavaria S45 Coupe is as much designed for comfort for a full weekend, or more, on the water, as it is the thrill of operating over it.
The Bavaria S45 Coupe will be on display at the Palm Beach Boat Show from March 17 to 20, 2016.