Boat of the Year Nominee
Photos by Walter Cooper
During dock inspections of the Bavaria Yachts-built B/One, the Boat of the Year judging panel was impressed with the superb quality of the build from Bavaria Yachts: tight, clean, and absolutely barren inside the boat. Inside is a white-painted cavern that can accept a drop in V-berth module. The layout is straight-forward—really, how else can you make a 20-foot sportboat any different with the control lines?
The B/One shares many similar design traits of the Farr 400; lots of volume from stern to rounded stem, and a nice chine return toward the transom. White, simple, and priced to move at $38,000, the judges wanted to love this boat and hoped it would give the J/70 a run for its money, but in the end, it didn’t blow them away. It felt sticky, they said, and the rudder (a rectangular, aluminum cassette foil) was stiff. “It had the responsiveness of a boat twice its size,” said judge Greg Stewart. But that said, it was very stable and would appeal to the sportboat buyer looking for something a little more forgiving.