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  • Manufacturer: Bavaria
  • Price: £53,750
  • Location: Chatham
  • Year: 1999
  • LOA: 38'8" (11.79m)
  • Berths: 6
  • Draft: 1.85
  • Keel: Fin keel
  • ID no.: 38246
  • Cabins: 3
  • Heating: Yes
  • Heads: 2
  • Showers: 2
  • Watertank Size: 300 Litres
  • Engine Make: Volvo
  • Horsepower: 40hp
  • Drive Type: Saildrive
  • Fuel Type: Diesel
  • Fuel Tank Size: 150 Litres

Broker Remarks

1999 Bavaria 38 Exclusive £53,750
From an era, before Bavaria was known for mass production yacht building the Bavaria 38 Exclusive is of a different breed and widely acknowledged as a good sturdy cruising boat. This yacht is built to a high standard using good quality materials in a practical seaworthy design which is typical of this range in the late '90s. This yacht offers 6 berths in two cabins and the saloon with two head with 6ft headroom in the saloon. Last out of the water over the winter of 2018/19 when she was also antifouled. This is an excellent opportunity to acquire a very tidy 38' yacht at a very reasonable price, we recommend early viewing to avoid disappointment.


Below decks, the finish on this Bavaria 38 Exclusive is excellent and in first-class condition. The internal joinery work is solid and robust, constructed from solid mahogany and mahogany faced plywood; all finished in a satin effect varnish.

The blue saloon upholstery works well in contrast with the finish of the wood, opening up the cabin space adding to the warm and cosy feel of the boat below decks. Use of a hard-wearing laminated sole board material finished in a non-slip plastic removes the requirement for varnishing of the sole and as a result, the boards appear to have had little wear.

Fitted out as the owner’s cabin, with En-suite heads compartment the forepeak provides a large double V-bunk with over 6ft in length and a sizable standing area for changing etc. A large selection of storage options is provided throughout the cabin in various shelved and under-bunk lockers. The En-suite heads are of a reasonable size with sea toilet, sink, vanity unit and shower all neatly contained in a white moulded finish space for easy cleaning. 

The saloon is of a good size for a boat of 38' with the passageway forward slightly offset to starboard and a centrally positioned drop leaf table. A conventional bench style settee runs along the starboard side with a U-shaped settee fitting around the table to port. The saloon provides storage throughout again in a selection of overhead and under settee lockers; both settees, Heated throughout via an Eberspaecher diesel heater.

A full-sized chart table is positioned to starboard at the aft end of the saloon with a shaped seat with storage provided beneath, ideal for use at sea. Ships switch panels and navigation equipment are all easily accessible from the seating position. A large chart locker is provided within the table along with a bosun's drawer and locker.  To port, the L-shaped galley provides all equipment and generous storage required to cater for a full crew with two-burner and oven gas cooker, double stainless-steel sink with freshwater filtration system fitted, and sizable top opening fridge.

Immediately aft of the galley is a good-sized, well laid out aft cabin again providing a generous double berth with over 6' of length and practical standing area for getting changed. A good variety of shelving and hanging space lockers are provided with a further under-seat locker provided. 

The main heads to the starboard side of the companionway is of a generous size for any boat with a sizable dedicated wet hanging locker area sited at the aft end. The heads provide a practically sized shower area with sea toilet, sink and vanity unit all finished in an easy-clean white moulding.

The cockpit is of sufficient size to safely accommodate a full crew when on a passage in comfort with sufficient additional space for alfresco entertaining of guests when at anchor. The wheel is positioned centrally at the aft end of the cockpit space with a full-width bench seat provided for the helmsman. All engine and navigation instrumentation/controls are contained within the binnacle. A large full depth cockpit locker to starboard provides a huge amount of storage for the boat gear with additional dedicated gas lockers provided within the helmsman's seat. 

Mechanical and Rigging

Spars and Sails

This yacht has a Bermudan Fractional sloop rig with Selden silver anodised aluminium deck stepped mast and Seldon boom. Stainless steel standing rigging that was replaced in 2015 and Terylene running rigging that has been replaced as and when required. Slab reefing 80% battened mainsail with stackpack and lazy jacks and furling genoa.


  • 2 x Harken self-tailing sheet winches
  • 2 x Harken self-tailing halyard winches
  • 2 x Harden self-tailing spinnaker winches


  • 1 x Mainsail, Dacron, Kemp, 2011 condition good, last valeted 2012
  • 1 x Genoa, Dacron, Kemp, 2011 condition good, last valeted 2012
  • 1 x Cruising chute, Dacron, Crusader, age unknown, condition good,
  • 1 x Storm Jib, Dacron, Crusader, age unknown, condition good
Mechanical Systems

Located under the companionway steps is a Volvo Penta 40HP 1999 3 cylinder 40HP diesel engine that is freshwater cooled via a heat exchanger. Saildrive to a 2 blade fixed prop with a rope cutter. Saildrive seal was last changed in approximately 2015/2016. Morse controls mounted on the cockpit steering binnacle. The engine has been serviced annually by the owner, who has also part finished replacing the engine sound proofing. The yacht will cruise at 6 knots under engine and has a maximum speed of 7 knots.

Electrical Systems

2 x 12V 140AH domestic batteries, approximately 8 years old. 1 x 12V 55AH engine battery age unknown. All charged from engine alternator and 240V battery charger via the 240V shore power ring main system which also has a hot water immersion heater attached,


Deck Equipment
  • 1 x Delta Stainless steel anchor with 30m of stainless steel chain
  • 1 x Simpson Lawrence electric anchor windlass
  • Lifeline gates
  • Mainsail cover
  • Sprayhood
  • Cockpit enclosure
  • Binnacle cover
  • Halyard bags
  • Bathing platform
  • Boarding ladder
  • 10 x Fenders
  • 10 x Warps
  • Ribeye aluminium rigid bottom dinghy (available by seperate negotiation)
  • Mariner outboard
  • Davits
  • Winter cradle (available by separate negotiation)
Navigation Equipment
  • Compass – Shunto
  • Depth – Raymarine ST60
  • Speed/Log – Raymarine ST60
  • Wind system – Raymarine ST60
  • VHF Radio – ICOM
  • Handheld VHF Radio – ICOM
  • GPS – Raymarine
  • Chart plotter – Raymarine with C-Map Charts
  • Radar – Raymarine
  • Autopilot – Raymarine
  • Navigation lights – Deck level Aqua signal
  • Navigation lights – Masthead Aqua signal
  • Clock and Barometer
Safety Equipment
  • Fire Extinguishers
  • 1 x Fire Blanket
  • 1 x CO2 Detector
  • 1 x Smoke detector
  • Jackstays
  • Cockpit harness points
  • Deck light
  • Spotlight
  • Horseshoe lifebuoy
  • Danbuoy
  • Liferaft – Plastimo 6 man – last serviced 2011
  • Emergency tiller
  • 1 x Manual bilge pump
  • 1 x Electric bilge pump
  • First Aid kit
  • Radar Reflector

Cast iron deep fin keel with balance rudder and wheel steering


Built before Bavaria entered the mass, high volume boat production market the 38 Exclusive was built in a traditional manner. Heavy hand laid GRP hull and deck mouldings finished in a white gel coat with blue style stripes. “Last Chance” has laid teak decks and cockpit. The large open foredeck is clear from obstructions with a sizable anchor locker containing the electric windlass and associated controls as well as providing ample storage for the 80m of chain and fenders when not in use. Easy passage aft from the foredeck can be made along the very wide side decks which again are clear of obstruction with plenty of grab handles. Stanchions support sturdy guard wires running the full length of the boat with gates on both port and starboard sides for easy access when alongside. With all lines lead aft to the cockpit the requirements for crew going forward when on passage should be limited. Sensibly stainless-steel guards are fitted over coachroof dorade vents to provide protection from flailing sheets. Stout cleats are provided forward, midships and aft for securing of mooring warps, the midships cleat being particularly useful if coming alongside shorthanded.

Broker/Owners Comments

The Bavaria 38 Exclusive is a great yacht both from an accommodation point of view with two heads and a good sized cockpit but also from its sailing performance.

Last Chance is a great sailing yacht, performance wise, but also excellent for entertaining. Very lightly used over the last 2 years.

This yacht has been owned by the current owner for the last 10 years and been sailed on the East and South Coasts of the UK, across to France and down to the Channel Islands. She has only had three previous owners.

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