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Brief Summary

Key Features

  • Extra large bathing platform
  • Built-in boarding steps
  • Large seating area
  • Foldable cockpit table
  • Steps to the flybridge
  • Built-in radar arch
  • Sunbathing area on the flybridge
  • Flybridge helmstand
  • Sun deck on the bow
  • Anchor bow roller
  • Specifications

    Length Overall 40' 4''
    12.29 m
    Beam 13' 9''
    4.19 m
    Dry Weight 23,149 lbs.
    10,500 kg
    Tested Weight 24,239 lbs.
    10,995 kg
    Draft 3' 7''
    1.09 m
    - Draft Up N/A
    - Draft Down N/A
    - Air Draft N/A
    Deadrise/Transom N/A
    Max Headroom 6' 9''
    2.06 m
    Bridge Clearance N/A
    Weight Capacity N/A
    Person Capacity 8
    Fuel Capacity 71 gal.
    268 L
    Water Capacity 111 gal.
    268 L
    Length on Trailer N/A
    Height on Trailer N/A
    Trailer Weight N/A
    Total Weight
    (Trailer, Boat, & Engine)

    Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.

    Engine Options

    Std. Power Not Available
    Tested Power 1 x 300-hp Volvo Penta D4
    Opt. Power 1 x 75-hp Volvo Penta D2
    1 x 150-hp D3
    1 x 300-hp D4

    Test Results - Change Measurement Unit

    RPM MPH Knots GPH MPG NMPG Stat. Mile NM dBa
    600 4.3 3.7 0.4 10.6 9.2 679 590.4 64
    1000 5.4 4.7 0.6 9.8 8.5 627 545.5 65
    1250 6.5 5.7 0.8 8.7 7.5 554 481.6 67
    1500 7.6 6.6 1.3 6.0 5.3 386 335.6 69
    1750 8.4 7.3 1.8 4.6 4.0 296 257.8 69
    2000 9.3 8.1 2.4 4.0 3.4 253 219.9 70
    2250 10.1 8.8 3.8 2.7 2.3 172 149.7 78
    2500 10.6 9.2 5.3 2.0 1.7 127 110.6 76
    2750 11.3 9.8 6.5 1.7 1.5 111 96.2 78
    3000 11.8 10.3 8.3 1.4 1.2 91 79.0 77
    3250 12.9 11.2 11.0 1.2 1.0 75 65.2 78
    3500 14.0 12.1 13.0 1.1 0.9 69 59.6 80
    3650 16.0 13.9 14.0 1.1 1.0 73 63.5 85
    600 590.4 1093 6.90 1.51 4.51 64
    1000 545.5 1009 8.70 2.27 4.17 65
    1250 481.6 892 10.50 3.03 3.70 67
    1500 335.6 621 12.20 4.92 2.55 69
    1750 257.8 476 13.50 6.81 1.96 69
    2000 219.9 407 15.00 9.08 1.70 70
    2250 149.7 277 16.30 14.38 1.15 78
    2500 110.6 204 17.10 20.06 0.85 76
    2750 96.2 179 18.20 24.61 0.72 78
    3000 79.0 146 19.00 31.42 0.60 77
    3250 65.2 121 20.80 41.64 0.51 78
    3500 59.6 111 22.50 49.21 0.47 80
    3650 63.5 117 25.70 53.00 0.47 85

    All fuel consumption numbers are the total for all engines in the boat. Speeds are measured with Stalker ProSports radar gun or GPS. Fuel consumption (gallons per hour) measured with Floscan digital fuel-flow meter or by on-board factory-installed diagnostic instruments. Range is based on 90% of published fuel capacity. Sound levels determined using Radio Shack digital decibel meter on A scale. 68 dBA is the level of normal conversation. Time to plane is measured from start of acceleration to formation of rooster tail behind boat.

    Performance Chart

    Performance Chart

    Acceleration Times & Test Conditions

    Time To Plane N/A
    0 to 30 N/A
    Ratio N/A
    Props N/A
    Load 4 persons, 3/4 fuel, no water, 50 lbs. of gear
    Climate 55 deg., 45 humid.; wind: 0-5 mph; seas: calm
    Elevation Sea Level

    Captain's Report

    Captain's Report

    Contents of Report

    Bavaria E40 Sedan running
    At 40’3” (12.29 m) LOA, the Bavaria E40 Sedan is big enough for a couple to use her for extended cruising.


    She has an interesting deckhouse layout that places the helm aft on a pedestal so the captain overlooks the galley and dining area. She has clearly been designed for sailors who have decided to switch to power, but like the comfortable feeling of binnacle steering. In many respects, the boat is like a pilothouse motorsailer without the masts and sails.

    The Bavaria E40 Sedan is an efficient, environmentally responsible cruiser providing economical, comfortable displacement-speed cruising for a party of up to six persons. Her hull is designed to be easily driven through the water, and her topsides reflect modern trends in powerboat design, with a plumb stem and a pugnacious profile.

    Bavaria E40 Sedan deck plan
    The E40 Sedan's deck plan.

    Boat Inspection

    The Helm

    A freestanding pedestal set in the aft part of the deckhouse provides a long look over the forward galley and dining area. The helm has a tachometer with a multi-function digital readout in the bottom plus a fuel level gauge and a rudder-position indicator. To starboard is a Garmin GPSMap 7410 chartplotter in clear view above the Lewmar stainless steel steering wheel.

    The boat is available with bow and stern thrusters and the joysticks are placed to port. The digital engine controls are to starboard. Down low to port on the helm pedestal are the battery switches and air conditioning controls. The main electrical panel, stereo and USB and auxiliary ports are on the front of the helm console.

    Bavaria E40 Sedan wheel
    The aspect of the Bavaria E40 Sedan that truly sets it apart from virtually all other boats in class is its binnacle helm located in the cabin.
    Bavaria E40 Sedan helm
    This photo provides a good look at the E40 Sedan’s helm deck layout.
    Bavaria E40 Sedan dash
    The E40 Sedan’s dash has a simple layout but it provides all the engine and navigation information a captain needs.
    Bavaria E40 Sedan controls
    The VHF radio, battery switches, and air conditioning controls are on the port side of the helm pedestal.
    Bavaria E40 Sedan helm lounge
    There’s space on the starboard side of the helm lounge for a companion to join the captain.
    Bavaria E40 Sedan helm lounge
    The front of the helm has the stereo control and auxiliary and USB ports alongside.
    Bavaria E40 Sedan panel
    The main distribution panel is on the front of the helm to make it easy for crew members to use it.
    Bavaria E40 Sedan bow thruster
    Our test boat only had a bow thruster, but bow and stern thrusters are available.

    The Galley

    Forward of the helm, to port, the galley has a sink, two-burner stove and a microwave/convection oven. There’s a small drawer-style freezer and, for extended cruising, a larger refrigerator/freezer behind the cabin stairs. There’s appropriate storage in drawers and cabinets. To starboard, there’s a lounge that wraps around the adjustable-height dinette table. Large windows on each side and the windshield provide excellent views all around.

    Bavaria E40 Sedan galley space
    This overhead photo gives a good feel for the space provided in the galley and dinette.
    Bavaria E40 Sedan galley counter
    The galley counter has removable covers for the sink and wastebasket. Kudos to Bavaria for also providing a fiddle rail (marked by arrow) to contain spills. Sailors are used to fiddles.
    Bavaria E40 Sedan tv
    Here, Captain Steve points out the compartment for the retractable flatscreen TV in the E40 Sedan’s salon. The two-burning gas stove top is under the counter insert.
    Bavaria E40 Sedan microwave
    Below the dual-burner stove there is a microwave/convection oven.
    Bavaria E40 Sedan storage
    Bavaria provides a proper amount of galley storage for long-distance cruising.
    Bavaria E40 Sedan sky lights
    Overhead are numbers of skylight hatches which open to let in the breeze.
    Bavaria E40 Sedan freezer
    This refrigerator/freezer is located beneath the cabin stairs, which are hinged.
    Bavaria E40 Sedan sun roof
    Twin sunroof hatches over the salon open electrically. Note the radar scanner mounted all the way aft, where it's easier to connect with the helm pedestal.


    A glass door opens to the E40 Sedan’s cockpit and the triple-section aft window in the salon slides to starboard to let in plenty of air. The cockpit lounge wraps around a table.

    Bavaria E40 Sedan salon door
    The salon door and aft salon window open to let in fresh air and give guests easy access to the interior.
    Bavaria E40 Sedan cockpit table
    The cockpit table folds to make it easy to slip into the dedicated starboard lounge storage.
    Bavaria E40 Sedan cockpit lounge
    The port and starboard cockpit lounges have raised front cushions to help occupants stay in place.
    Bavaria E40 Sedan stern gates
    Twin stainless steel gates close off the passage to the E40 Sedan’s stern.

    The Swim Platform

    Twin gates close off the passage to the stern where the boat has a hinged swim platform that folds into the transom when not in use. It opens easily with a pull rope and handle that fits into a dedicated spot in the deck. With the platform down, there’s a standard shower, with hot and cold water, to starboard and the utility and shorepower connections are to port. A 500-lb. (227 kg) davit to starboard will come in handy when bringing aboard a tender or outboard motor.

    Bavaria E40 Sedan deployed platform
    To deploy the swim platform, pull the handle out of the deck.
    Bavaria E40 Sedan platform
    The rope lets the platform ease into position.
    Bavaria E40 Sedan swim platform
    With the platform all the way down, the rope and handle fit into this dedicated compartment.
    Bavaria E40 Sedan molded step
    There are molded steps on each side of the platform to make it easier to board and debark.
    Bavaria E40 Sedan utilities
    Shorepower and utility connections are accessible with the swim platform lowered.
    Bavaria E40 Sedan davit
    A retractable telescoping davit can hold up to 500 lbs. (227 kg).
    Bavaria E40 Sedan manual davit
    The davit is extended manually, and needs a block and tackle attached for hoisting. But it will come in handy for lifting an inflatable or an outboard motor.


    From the cockpit, passengers can head forward to the E40 Sedan’s bow in side passageways that measure 1’2” (35.56cm) wide. Rails are 26” (66.04 cm) tall and have cables at about mid height. The bow has a removable cushion that’s large enough to accommodate three sunbathers. In the forepeak, the windlass is recessed beneath the deck.

    Bavaria E40 Sedan side decks
    Sidedecks are 14" (35.56 cm) wide, port and starboard -- wide enough, but just barely, at least for our big feet.
    Bavaria E40 Sedan stanchions
    Stanchions are 26" (66.04 cm) tall, with wire lifelines in sailboat style, more common aboard European- than U.S.-designed powerboats. There's an intermediate wire, hard to see in this picture. Wire lifelines need more attention than welded stainless: They can stretch from folks pulling on them when climbing aboard, and the turnbuckles that keep them taut can loosen or, in the worst case, come unscrewed. Smart skippers keep an eye on them!
    Bavaria E40 Sedan teak seat
    Everybody likes to sit up forward now and then. Bavaria includes a teak seat to make it more comfortable, rather than perching on the pulpit. It's also a handy step when docking bow-in.
    Bavaria E40 Sedan windlass
    The horizontal windlass is mounted inside the anchor well, under a teak-covered hatch, keeping the foredeck clear of ground tackle. A plow-style anchor is standard.
    Bavaria E40 Sedan sun pad
    At 6'7" (2 m) wide, the sun pad can tan three abreast. It's removable.
    Bavaria E40 Sedan head rest
    Foredeck sun pad has upholstered headrests and convenient drink holders (arrow).
    Bavaria E40 Sedan anchor
    When at anchor, this will be one of the most popular spots on the boat.


    Bavaria E40 Sedan floor plans
    Above, this E40 Sedan layout comes with two staterooms. Below, a three-cabin arrangement that share a head aft. The forward bed can be twins or a single large bed in both versions.

    The E40 Sedan is available in a layout with either two or three staterooms. Bavaria considers the forward cabin the master quarters. The V-shaped berth can be closed together or split for two individuals to sleep with space between them. There’s a deck hatch overhead plus side windows and ports that open to let in sea breezes. Our boat had the two-cabin layout with hanging lockers at the aft end of the quarters on each side.

    Bavaria E40 Sedan bow berth
    Here the two halves of the bow berth are pushed together to form a large-sized sleeping area.
    Bavaria E40 Sedan windows
    Each cabin has outboard windows and ports that open.
    Bavaria E40 Sedan twin beds
    The two mattresses in the bow can be separated slightly, adding important versatility to the sleeping arrangements.

    Master Head: The E40 Sedan has separate shower and head compartments. The latter has a full standup shower in a molded fiberglass stall, while the former has the sink and a toilet.

    Bavaria E40 Sedan wash basin
    Bavaria installs a modern faucet, and a below the counter wash basin.
    Bavaria E40 Sedan shower stall
    The separate shower stall has a small bench where a person can sit and is all molded fiberglass so it’s easy to clean.

    Guest Cabin: Our test boat had the two-cabin layout with a spacious guest cabin aft. The island berth measures 6’5" x 5'4" (1.65 m x 1.63 m). There's standing headroom (6'5"/1.96 m) at the foot of the berth, but it drops to 4'3" (1.3 m) alongside the berth and 3' (.91 m) directly above, where it’s designed more for sitting up on the mattress. There are two hanging lockers and the same hullside windows and opening ports we saw in the forward quarters.

    Bavaria E40 Sedan guest cabin
    The guest cabin has a centrally positioned bed with walking space on each side.

    Guest/Day Head: Passengers in the guest cabin need to exit their quarters to use the head. It’s across the passageway and is a “wet” head, which means it has a sink with a pull-up shower and the toilet in the same compartment.

    Bavaria E40 Sedan day head shower
    In the day head, the shower clips in place overhead.


    Bavaria builds the E40 Sedan with a process it calls Vacutec. It’s a vacuum-infusion technology that focuses on optimizing weight and strength. The manufacturer says the fabrication system reduces weight by 20% and emissions from the lamination processes by 80%.

    Power and Performance

    Leisurely cruising doesn't demand a lot of horsepower: The E40 Sedan has a single Volvo Penta diesel in her amidships engine room. Standard power is a 75-hp D2, with 150-hp D3 and 300-hp D4 diesels available. Our test boat carried the D4 option. Estimated test weight was 24,239 lbs. (10,995 kg).

    At full power, she ran 13.9 knots, burning 1 gph -- given the E40's 71-gallon (268 L) fuel tanks, a cruising range at that speed was 63.5 nautical miles, with a 10% reserve. But that's characteristic of a displacement hull driven beyond its efficient speed/length ratio. The boat should be driven there, except in a pinch.

    Hull Speed. The limit of efficient speed of a displacement hull depends on the waterline length, or, more accurately, the square root of LWL. Displacement hulls run most efficiently at speeds, in knots, from 1.1x up to about 1.25 x the square root of LWL.

    The Bavaria E40 measures 37'9" (11.55 m) LWL; the square root of that is 6.14. Multiply that by 1.25 and we get 7.7 kts. Then, her fuel burn will start to increase faster than her speed until she crested the naval architect's "hump" at a speed/length ratio of 1.7 or so.

    Pushing Past Displacement Speeds

    Our test bore this out: At 1500 rpm and 6.6 kts, our test showed a fuel efficiency of 5.3 nmpg and a range of 336 n.m., keeping a 10% reserve as we always do. At 1750 rpm and 7.3 kts., we saw 4.0 nmpg, 258 n.m. range, and at 2000 rpm, 8.1 kts., 3.4 nmpg and 220 n.m. Cracking the throttle open beyond this continued to push speed up, but at the cost of efficiency, until at 3000 rpm and 10.3 kts. her fuel consumption was 1.2 nmpg, range just 79 n.m. From 3000 rpm up to WOT, however, her fuel burn increased only a bit, while her speed increased to 13.9 kts. as she accelerated down the back side of the hump.

    Bavaria E40 Sedan running
    The E40 has a maximum range of 336 nautical miles at 6.6 knots.

    So, E40 owners needing a burst of speed to get home in front of a squall or before nightfall (and who have opted for the Volvo Penta D4 that we tested) can firewall the throttles without too much fuel-burn penalty over just fast cruising — just watch the fuel level. While we don't recommend running a diesel at full speed for long periods of time, a few hours of racing here and there won't hurt.

    Diesel engines like to run at 75 or 80% of their maximum rpm. For the Volvo Penta D4 in our test boat, that's between 2700 and 2900 rpm, roughly. But the best cruising range comes at lower revs.

    We recommend that folks who want long range, and who don't need the extra speed, should consider a smaller diesel, as the added horsepower only is needed when pushing the boat to 10 knots or faster.


    We tested the E40 Sedan in calm conditions so any waves we encountered were the wakes created by our photo boat. She turned predictably and stayed level with her plumb bow carving through head-on waves with ease. We did find that a following sea can cause a little bit of a roll, but the E40 Sedan recovered quickly.

    Bavaria E40 Sedan bow running
    The E40’s plumb bow is designed to carve through waves and maximize interior volume in the boat’s on-deck length.

    Engine Room

    Bavaria E40 Sedan
    Entrance to the E40’s engine room is from the flyer leading to the aft cabin.
    Bavaria E40 Sedan engine room
    At the bottom of the steps is a door that opens to the engine room, with the engine immediately forward.
    Bavaria E40 Sedan
    Captain Steve assesses the engine room from the doorway before crawling in for his inspection.

    Having a single engine means convenient repair and maintenance access. Bavaria separates the batteries on each side of the compartment for proper balance and positions the generator on its own platform to port. We found good access to service items, but would have preferred that the thru-hulls were bonded, something not required by the ABYC standards, but which most builders do.

    Bavaria E40 Sedan generator
    The generator is on a platform to port. Note the stout straps anchoring the batteries in place.
    Bavaria E40 Sedan generator
    One of three generator options, the 8.5 kW Fischer Panda in our test boat seemed adequate to do the job.
    Bavaria E40 Sedan thru hulls
    These three thru-hulls with their ball vale shut-offs are within easy reach. Note that the hoses are double clamped. But there are no bonding wires, something that is not required by the ABYC, only suggested for “consideration.”
    Bavaria E40 Sedan switches
    To the left upon entering the engine room are the switches from the generator to shore power. In the background the 35.5 gallon (135 L) port fuel tank is securely strapped down between supports. The other tank is to starboard.
    Bavaria E40 Sedan fill hose
    Here we see the large fuel fill hose, the fuel pick-ups and return fixtures. We like the clean-out plate. The advantage of these fuel tanks is that they won’t rust or corrode, something that can happen to aluminum tanks.
    Bavaria E40 Sedan heater
    The hot water heater draws water from the ship’s 111 gallon (420 L) fresh water tank. Note that the hot water lines are in red, cold water in blue.

    All Access. The Bavaria Information System, known as BAVIS, provides information at any time for a given boat. Short videos show how on board systems work so owners can find answers to questions quickly using their smart phone or tablet. The manufacturer also has the Bavaria + online service, Academy and an accessories website.

    Bavaria E40 Sedan
    Bavaria’s Bavis system will inform the owner of the details of how to operate the boat.


    The Bavaria E40 Sedan was clearly intended for a couple making the transition from sail to power. Because she has a single inboard and the aft-positioned helm, she’ll feel something like a sailboat under power. And, anyone who has manned the helm of a sailboat when it is raining and cold, knows full-well the advantage of an enclosed helm.

    But the E40 Sedan is also designed for boating on Europe’s canals and river systems. Her height above her waterline is 11’2” (3.4 m) which should clear most of the bridges on major waterways. Here, her enclosed helm, displacement speed, economical operation, and cozy interior lend her well to three season cruising. And very much the same could be said of the ICW and the Great Lakes canal system in the U.S. and Canada.

    She has the space above and below decks for two couples to enjoy an extended cruise. Bavaria smartly used large salon and aft windows that provide excellent views of the outdoors, which enhances the on-water experience.

    Test Result Highlights

    • Top speed for the Bavaria E40 Sedan (2018-) is 16.0 mph (25.7 kph), burning 14.0 gallons per hour (gph) or 52.99 liters per hour (lph).
    • Best cruise for the Bavaria E40 Sedan (2018-) is 10.6 mph (17.1 kph), and the boat gets 2.0 miles per gallon (mpg) or 0.85 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 127 miles (204.39 kilometers).
    • Tested power is 1 x 300-hp Volvo Penta D4.

    Standard and Optional Features


    Battery Charger/Converter Standard
    Head: Fixed Standard
    Shore Power Standard
    Windlass Standard


    Stove Standard

    Exterior Features

    Outlet: 12-Volt Acc Standard
    Swim Ladder Standard
    Transom Shower Standard


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