NEW BOATS: DEHLER 46
The Dehler 46 flagship sailboat is just about to hit the waves.
A year on since launching the multi-award winning Dehler 38, the german sailboat maker has completed its six-model range with the introduction of the flagship Dehler 46 cruiser-racer.
The first hull of the new Dehler 46 is expected to splashdown in July and borrows several design cues from the 38, this year’s recently crowned Euro Yacht of the Year in the Performance Cruiser category.
With hull design by Judel/Vrolijk, the Dehler 46 has a total length of 14.4m, a waterline of 12.9m and a 4.35m beam. Three keel versions are available: a standard T-keel with 2.25m draft, a competition 2.7m T-keel and a 1.85m draft L-shape short keel. The boat also features two steering wheels and one rudder.
As mentioned the 46 adopts a number of details from the 38, such as the rounded roof structure, windows topped with an aluminium strip and the hull shape with a steep and wide stern.
Dehler said a wide range of options assist in transforming the yacht from a comfortable cruiser version to a competitive raceboat.
"The sporty attitude is underlined with a two-spreader mast positioned on the keel, absorbing the occurring loads optimally and distributing them over the entire bottom structure," said Dehler. "The bottom structure is reinforced with carbon fibre, achieving an extremely high rigidity."
Cockpit highlights include rounded design forms to the cockpit coaming achieving an ergonomic shape and good back support, while the open stern can be closed with a swimplatform and topped with a further option of a transom bench seat that doubles as a passerelle.
Below deck, the layout includes up to three "generously sized" cabins – including a 1.6m wide island berth in the forepeak – and two heads, the saloon equipped with a large U-shaped sofa, L-pantry and a navigation table.
One new design innovation of note is the use of the door in the two bathrooms. As can be seen in the photos hereabouts, it can either separate the entire head from the saloon or just close off the toilet and shower.
The 50-year-old Dehler brand, now a part of the Hanse Group, is quoting an introductory base price of Euro 219,000 for the Dehler 26 for boats ordered before June 30, after which it will jump to Euro 229,000.
For more info, visit windcraft.com.au.
DEHLER 46 SPECIFICATIONS
LENGTH 14.4m total; 13.95m hull; 12.9m waterline
DRAFT 2.25m std; 2.7m competition; 1.85m shallow
WEIGHT 11,200kg std; 10,700kg competition ENGINE 53hp Volvo D2-55
SAIL AREA 64.4m² standard main; 70m² competition main; 49.7m² standard jib (105%); 51m² competition jib (105%)
Originally published in Trade-A-Boat #450, March / April 2014. Why not subscribe today?
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