The Boat


Sway is a Bavaria 40/3, meaning 40 feet and 3-cabin version. Year of build is 2002. I am the 3rd owner. The choice for a Bavaria was not so easily made at first, but while searching for suitable vessels, i decided that one of the most important features should be the state of maintenance. For Sway (formerly called Bali Hai) that was the case. The previous owners (from Belgium) had the boat on the hard every winter and kept everything in good working order. There was very little added to the instruments and interior, which made it practical for me to further upgrade her where necessary for the future plans ahead.

The basics of the boat are good, solid, German craftsmanship. It has had a full inspection and has been found fit and sound on inspection. Nevertheless, in 2019 all standing rigging has been replaced with a stronger version by CS Rigging, in 2018 the saildrive was serviced to last at least another 8 to 10 years, the keel was treated with a new system to prevent corrosion.

To save energy for the longer trips, a new Hydrovane Self-steering installions was added to the boat. This provides at the same time an auxiliary rudder in case the main rudder gets damaged. In the forward cabin an extra storage locker was made overhead, to provide more storage space.

To charge the batteries in daytime I installed two 180 Wh solar panels, which should be enough for the expected energy consumptions of the refrigerator and instruments.

The design of this Bavaria was based on a good balance between providing comfort and living space and also fine sailing qualities. This was done at the expense of storage storage possibilities. The challenge for me is therefore to minimalise, on stuff that needs to be stored. Positive side of this is that it will prevent a total clutter of items which would otherwise be saved up and never used. 🙂

Everything has it’s designated place which makes it easy for everyone on board to find what is needed (life jackets, sails, tools, food, drinks, safety items etc).


For safety on board there are:

  • lifejackets
  • lifelines
  • safety raft
  • epirb
  • rescue line
  • rescue buoy plus light
  • flares
  • waterproof handheld VHF
  • CO2 fire extinguishers in every cabin and on deck
  • fire blankets
  • First Aid kit


  • Length: 12.2 m (40′)
  • Draft: 1.65 m (5″5″)
  • Height: 17.5 m (57′ 5″)
  • Width: 4 m (13′)
  • Weight: 8 tonnes
  • Water tanks: 2x 150 litres
  • Diesel tank: 1x 150 litres (plus 2x 20 l jerrycans)
  • Cabins: 3 (double beds= 6 sleeping places)
  • Sails: Furling Mainsail, Furling Jib
  • Outrigger (1)
  • Hydrovane windvane
  • Outside shower
  • Heads (2) (one with shower)
  • Instruments: plotter, gps, radar, AIS receiver, VHF (with extra control near the steering wheel), handheld VHF, compass, binoculars
  • Bow thruster
  • Volvo Penta 55 HP with saildrive
  • Electrics: 1 start battery, 1 bow thruster battery (= also backup), 1 general household battery, solar panels 360 Wh, converter 12 V DC -> 230 V AC
  • Dinghy (inflatable) + Outboard engine (on unleaded petrol)
  • Inflatable Kajak
  • Roof rack of tropical hardwood, suited to carry life raft, folded dinghy etc.