our boat

woolamai - 1999 bavaria ocean 38

Our home is sold!

Why Bavaria Ocean?

Our main criteria when looking for our dream boat was safety in offshore seas, and comfort while living aboard.

Bavaria’s have a long and reputable brand history, but most people don’t know that the “Ocean” series Centre Cockpit range are the toughest boats they built. Only a handful of these Scandinavian style cruisers were made by Bavaria for a faction of the investment, therefore delivering superb value. The Bavaria Ocean 38 is certified with Germanischer Lloyd A5 certificate for offshore sailing. The hull is strong, extra thick and kevlar reinforced in critical areas, and the keel is a deep draft made from lead. We fell in love with the centre cockpit design, where we stay dry and safely secured during even the biggest sea states. Paired with a furling main sail, there is no need to leave the cockpit for any manoeuvres or sail changes. Additionally, we have fitted out the boat with the correct safety gear to make Woolamai compliant to the ARC rally safety requirements.

Comfort on board for a crew of 2 with regular guests is a luxury on this Ocean 38. The rear cabin has a queen size bed at its widest, with easy access on both sides. The V berth is comfortable for 2 with plenty of additional storage. The boat 38 has a single head, but importantly is accessible from both the rear cabin and the saloon which is great for larger crews or guests. The shower is a separate full height shower, keeping the rest of the head dry. One of our most loved features of this boat is the rear deck space and transom steps which makes it a really comfortable boat for days at anchor.

Length: 11.75m

Beam: 3.99m

Draft: 1.95m

Why Woolamai?

Woolamai is one of the best examples available on the market for an affordable centre cockpit cruiser. She may be built over 20 years ago, but this was a time when Bavaria built tough, heavy and incredibly safe boats. On top of that, we have done a complete refit, and have maintained her to the highest levels while sailing and living on board ourselves for the last 2 years. As they say, if you want a boat that is well maintained, buy from someone who has lived on board. 

The sails are in great condition, with main and Genoa new in late 2020. The rigging was renewed in late 2021. A worry free synthetic deck has been installed, as most teak decks on a boat this age will have many problems. The electrical system is brand new, and installed to the highest standard. The solar and lithium combination has been a game changer for us as we never have to enter a marina to charge the batteries. Woolamai comes with all of the safety, navigation and communication equipment you need as a live aboard, from satellite phones and trackers to AIS and EPIRBS. There is nothing you would need to add to safely cross oceans immediately. And on top of all of this, we have made Woolamai feel like a home. New comfortable mattresses, cushions, electric macerating toilet, fridge/freezer, and a completely renewed and sterile water system. Also EU VAT paid.

She is a beautiful boat, our dream boat, and ready for a new buyer to immediately continue the adventure.

How will the sale work? What does the buyer get?

Woolamai remains our dream boat, we have no plans to sell her for something different… we for personal reasons need to return to land life. 

However, we do intend to have one last adventure with her while we look for the perfect buyer. She is in Aruba for hurricane season, a perfect opportunity to come and see it, and then we will sail north to the Bahamas and surrounding areas. We will be ready (but sad) to say goodbye to Woolamai starting from April of 2023.

Since we believe this is a perfect live aboard boat, we have decided to advertise early and without a broker (for now). We are offering a complete package for someone looking to upgrade, or to start this lifestyle from scratch. Our wish is to offer Woolamai with all of the equipment and gear that we have needed for our adventure – items like the spinnaker, the EPIRBs and MOB sensors, lifejackets,  satellite phones and more. More importantly, our wish is to offer to spend time with the buyer to show them how Woolamai ticks… how the systems works, how to maintain her and how she sails. 

We believe this is a great opportunity to kickstart your adventure, and for a seamless introduction to live aboard life, and how to handle Woolamai… something we wished we had when we began our adventure!


If you are keen but would like to discuss the timeline, cost, location or inclusions then please get in touch. We are flexible!

Interested ? Please get in touch via our contact page. 

key features & upgrades

Rigging & Sails

Rig & sails < 2 years old

Spinnaker included

Electrical System

New Victron electrical system, incl. solar and lithium batteries

Hull & Exterior

Synthetic deck & arch

New Antifouling

Canvas & cushions renewed

Navigation & Safety

Fitted out to ARC standards

Iridium phone & tracker


Upholstery & mattresses renewed

Electric toilet 

Detailed information

Engine – Strong reliable engine well maintained

  • Volvo Penta MD22L BT
  • Volvo Penta Sail Drive 120S-E
  • Regular maintenance done according to Volvo manual
  • Fuel filters changed – Sep 2022
  • Oil & filter change – Sep 2022
  • Water pump impeller service – Sep 2022
  • Sail drive oil change – Sep 2022
  • Sail drive shaft seals replaced – Sep 2022
  • Diesel Tank 220L

Hull – No work required by new owner

  • Anti-fouling new – Sep 2022
  • All sea-cocks and thru-hulls replaced with new – Aug 2020
  • Gelcoat complete polish – May 2021
  • Osmosis check completed by survey – Mar 2020

Sails – Sail condition as new

  • Main sail (Material high performance lightweight CDX, Tri-radial cut) – New Nov 2020
  • Genoa (Material Dacron) – New Nov 2020
  • Selden whisker pole with mast cart (vertical storage)
  • Assymetric Spinnaker / Gennaker (with new sock/snuffer) – Year unknown but very little usage, fabric in good condition

Rigging – New rig, well maintained

  • Rigging replaced new – Sep 2021
  • Professional tuning & tension check – Jan 2022
  • Running rigging replaced completely over the last 2 years
  • Furling gear complete servicing – Sep 2021
  • Winches clean and rebuild – Jan 2022

Safety – Boat is fitted out to ARC standards

  • 6 person liferaft with grab bag – New May 2021
  • 1 x EPIRB (Ocean Signal)
  • 3 x MOB AIS sensors (Ocean Signal)
  • Safety rescue sling & Life Buoy
  • Inflatable Dan buoy 
  • Jack straps
  • 3 x tethers
  • 3 x automatic inflatable lifejackets
  • Flares, bungs and other safety gear
  • Fire extinguishers in all cabins and fire blanket in galley

Ground Tackle – Oversized anchor, new windlass

  • Rocna Vulcan 25kg galvanised anchor – new Sep 2020
  • 75m of 8mm high tensile galvanised chain – new July 2020
  • Lofrans 1000W anchor windlass – new Sep 2020
  • 2 x anchor snubbers

Deck / Outdoor – New deck, solar arch, canvas in good condition

  • PlasDeck synthetic decking – new May 2021, professionally installed
  • Bimini covering – new 2019
  • Dodger covering – new 2019
  • Forward sun shade – new 2019
  • Rear sun shade – new 2022
  • Cushions for cockpit seats – new Aug 2020
  • Stainless Steel solar arch – custom built new May 2021
  • Rear LED floodlight operated via remote
  • Navigation lights and anchor/steaming light all LED

Navigation Equipment – Reliable Raymarine navigation

  • Raymarine Axiom 7 Multi Function Display with external GPS antenna – New May 2021
  • Raymarine ST60 Wind, Depth and Log/Speed
  • Raymarine ST6000+ Autopilot control – with Spare 
  • Raymarine AIS700 Transceiver with external GPS antenna – New March 2020

Steering System – Steering system renewed

  • Stainless steel steering cables replaced – new Jan 2022
  • Whitlock autopilot overhaul – August 2022

Communications – Satellite gear included

  • Ship Radio iCom IC-M323 with DSC and GPS antenna
  • 2 x Handheld radios – iCom and Cobra with charging docks
  • Mast head VHF antenna and VHF cable replaced with new – July 2021
  • IridiumGO Satellite phone – New Sep 2021
  • Iridium YB3i satellite position tracking antenna – New July 2020

Electrical System – Complete new Lithium & Victron professional setup, 5 year warranty

  • All boat electronics overhauled in Aug 2020
  • All new fuses/circuit breakers, terminal blocks and switch boards
  • 4 x 100Ah ReLion LIFEPO4 batteries (400Ah at 12V) – New Aug 2020
  • Victron Energy Battery protection, monitoring, charging and inverter system
    • Victron Multiplus Inverter/Charger 12/1600/70 – New Aug 2020
    • Victron Smart Battery Protect – New Aug 2020
    • Victron Smart Shunt – New Aug 2020
    • Victron Venus GX – New Aug 2020
    • Victron Smart Orion TR DC-DC Charger – New Dec 2021
    • Victron Smart Solar MPPT – New Aug 2020
  • 4 x 120W (480W total) mono crystalline solid solar panels
  • 2 x 70Ah AGM engine start batteries – New Jan 2022
  • Engine Alternator replaced – New Dec 2021
  • AC shore power plug and wiring replaced July 2020

Water System – Clean drinking water tanks

  • Both water tanks (Front 170L & Rear 220L) sanitised and used for drinking water
  • All plumbing lines replaced – new July 2020
  • Water pump – new July 2020
  • Water pressure accumulator – new July 2020
  • Head & galley taps – new July 2020
  • Water heater unit replaced with larger capacity electric unit – new July 2020
  • Salt water tap and electric pump installed in galley – June 2021

Head – Electric toilet, clean head

  • Electric toilet Dometic Masterflush – new July 2020
  • Holding tank regularly maintained
  • Shower hardware replaced July 2020

Galley & Saloon – Refreshed interior

  • Fridge serviced & re-gassed – Feb 2022
  • 3 x Camping Gaz bottles
  • Spare induction cook top (works with inverter from batteries)
  • Portable 12V Dometic fridge/freezer installed under companionway – new July 2020
  • Upholstery replaced – new Aug 2020
  • All ceiling lights replaced with LED – new July 2020
  • Bluetooth stereo with built in Blaupunkt speakers

Cabins – Comfortable cabins

  • Mattresses replaced with custom IKEA – new July 2020
  • All ceiling lights replaced with LED – new July 2020
  • Upholstery replaced – new May 2021
  • Bedside USB-A and USB-C chargers

Dinghy – Great sized dinghy & engine for cruising

  • Honwave 270 inflatable floor dinghy – new 2018
  • Suzuki DF6a 6hp 4 stroke – new 2018
  • 20L external fuel tank