Meticulous in our aim to provide perfect holidays, we needed the ideal yacht. After many months we found her, "Dolcetto", a Bavaria 47 Cruiser, constructed by German craftsmen. Once owned by the World Rally Champion, the late Richard Burns, Dolcetto has been fitted out and maintained to an extremely high standard.

Dolcetto is an Italian word (so the "c" is pronounced "ch") meaning "Little Sweet One". But although she is sweet, she is by no means little! At over 47 feet (14.68 metres) long, and with around ten berths, she sleeps more than the average house. There is also plenty of headroom, the maximum standing height is 2m.

There are four cabins, two forward and two aft. The two forward cabins each have a double berth plus an upper bunk, so can sleep two adults and a child, or three children. The forward cabins share an en-suite WC (a WC is known as a "head") with a shower.

The two aft cabins each have a double berth; one has an en-suite WC with a shower, the other has an attached WC with a larger shower, also open to the main saloon area. The seating in the saloon can be adapted to form a very large double berth which will sleep about six children.

The standard layout allows the skipper to occupy the starboard aft cabin with en-suite, so his accommodation is totally self-contained. If required, the skipper can use a berth in the saloon, thus giving four separate cabins.

Double berth Double berth Double berth (below upper bunk) Double berth (below upper bunk) Single bunk Single bunk Hanging and drawer space Hanging and drawer space Hanging and drawer space Storage space WC basin and shower area (Head) WC basin and shower area (Head) WC basin and shower cubicle (Head) Chart table Kitchen (Galley) Saloon Stairs to deck (Companion way) Starboard aft cabin floor (Skipper's cabin) Port aft cabin floor Port forward cabin floor Starboard forward cabin floor

The saloon features: a chart table next to the skipper's cabin, a large seating area, dining table, fully equipped kitchen (galley) with double sink, cooker and a large fridge.


Forward end of saloon & galley Aft end of saloon: the chart table & VHF radio Aft end of saloon & starboard head Forward port cabin