By Chris Kourtakis
Boat Test #1652
The all new VIDA 33 is the newest day cruiser from Bavaria and can be found only minutes from Montreal Quebec, Toronto Ontario and Lake Champlain. Bavaria Yachts is a 100% German made boat located in Giebelstadt, Germany and started their boat building traditions back in 1978 with sail and then in 2001 introduced powerboats to their line-up.
The VIDA 33 offers you flexibility while not settling for just elegance.  Available in two versions, the VIDA 33 comes either in an open version or with a hard top and choice of two bow configurations.  The sporty hull design with recessed hull windows creates an elegant silhouette on the water. Powered by twin Mercury 300 Verodos, the VIDA 33 should get up and go, while being easy to dock with the joystick controls.
The cockpit layout is spacious and open.  The u-shaped seating to the starboard side wraps around the hydraulic stainless steel pedestal table that easily folds for access to any seat.  The port side is home to the wet bar entertainment center that is perfect for serving your favorite wine and cheese.  The hard top has an easy to open canvas sunroof for those of us that love the sun.  The rear bench is on tracks and can slide forward so that you can drop the backrests and create a small, but functional sun pad.
The helm has ample room for an electronic configuration while all of the switches are easily accessible and labeled.  A stainless steel grab handle and two stainless steel cup holders can be found on the port side of the helm and in front of the triple bolster seat layout that remind you of performance high back bolsters.  The custom tilt steering wheel is positioned like you would expect to see on a performance boat.  The throttles and joystick are immediately to the right of the wheel.
The cabin is small but functional for a weekender. The v-berth can convert into a bed for two.  The compact head is located on the starboard side of the cabin and has everything that you need and would expect on a weekender. There is no galley below, which allows for the cabin design to be expanded creating a larger berth.
One thing that really separates this boat from others in its class is the attention to detail. The hand stitch upholstery is gorgeous and plush.  All of the seats are functional and are made with stainless steel hardware for long lasting functionality.
Bavaria has developed a hydraulic swim platform configuration that wraps around the engines, so you have access to the water from behind the motors. It can be raised up for easy planing when taking off or lowered into the water to provide even easier access to the water.
Engine options for the Vida 33 are twin Mercury outboards that come in a variety of options. This would make a great performance weekender boat.


Specifications
Length overall: 11,08 m
Length hull:      9,93 m
Beam overall:  3,43 m
Fuel tank (approx.):      2 x 350l
Water tank (approx.):  200l
Cabins – Bathrooms:    1/1
Berths: 2
MSRP: approx. $425,000 CAD
For more information: www.bavariayachts.com