The new Bavaria Cruiser line features fold-down swim platforms that open up the cockpit to create an unusually large and luxurious additional living area. This inspired innovation by Farr Yacht Design and BMW DesignworksUSA departs from the norm by introducing extra practical lounging space when at anchor with seamless access to the sea. On the Cruiser 55, 50 and 45, a small motor lowers (and raises) the aft bulkhead to convert the helmsman’s bench to a swim platform that spans. A mounted ladder makes it safe and easy to climb out of the water. Once the platform is raised, the cockpit is completely enclosed and secure. See the Bavaria Cruiser 2011 series at the United States Sailboat Show in Annapolis from October 6-10, or visit www.bavariayachts.com for more information.