Each month we take a detailed look at a particular yacht on the Nisos Yacht Charter Ionian bareboat fleet.  This month we are focusing on our lovely Bavaria 45 Cruiser "Amelie".

She was purchased new in 2011 and delivered down to Lefkada (Lefkas) in the Ionian in March 2011 from Izola in Slovenia.  She was one of the first of this new design of yachts from the Bavaria factory, with contemporary looks and many new features, such as the powered swim deck, flush hatches and a wide beam carried further forward and aft, which in turn creates a massive amount of living space internally and externally.

Amelie has 4 double cabins.  Each cabin is suitable for 2 adults, making her ideal for a group of 8 people.  Her saloon table also drops down to create a large double berth fo rthose wishing to spread out.  She is licenced for 10, but 8 is her comfortable level.

Ventilation down below is excellent in the saloon area and in all cabins, with plenty of opening hatches and an electric fan in each cabin.

With 3 good sized heads and a seperate shower room she caters for the most demanding clients.  Each head has a waste holding tank, wc, basin and shower.

Amelie is a very easy boat to handle and an experienced couple can handle her no problem.  Her Selden inmast furling configuration is simple to use and when the wind blows she gets up to about 8 knots without any drama.  She can handle her full sails, close hauled up to about 20 knots of wind, after which reefing the sails calms things down a bit.  Her genoa does most of the work and she will quite happily sail on her genoa alone if you wish.

 

She has a bow thruster fitted to help with the stern to mooring and 80m of anchor chain and an excellent ROCNA anchor which really does dig in and hold well. Her Garmin electronics are clear, well integrated and easy to use and understand.  She has a large colour chart plotter in the cockpit and full instrumentation displaying your boat speed, wind speed and direction and water depth beneath the keel.  She has the shallow draft keel option, which means you can go pretty much anywhere in her in the Ionian region without having to worry about the depth.

The children in particular enjoy the large, powered swim deck at the stern.  It makes swimming off the boat very easy and creates extra deck space when anchored up in those crystal clear bays.

As with all yachts operated by Nisos Yacht Charter, Amelie undergoes a full mechanical and cosmetic refit each winter.  For the 2017 season, we have just fitted a new bimini and sprayhood in dark blue colour as the original grey items were looking a little tired and difficult to keep clean when the red rain arrives!  The winter refit includes a full internal varnishing programme so down below she looks like a new yacht.  

 

Full specification and more photos/videos can be found here:  Amelie - Bavaria 45 Cruiser