New boats: Dehler 46

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The German Dehler 46 cruiser is a sailing hit straight off the plans.

New boats: Dehler 46
The Dehler 46 is proving to be a hit with sailors, with three sold as of December last year.

Only a few months after officially splashing down, it seems Aussie and Kiwi sailors have quickly warmed to new 46 flagship of German yacht marque Dehler: the Dehler 46. As of December last year, Local dealer Team Windcraft reports three orders off-the-plan for the new yacht, two from New Zealand and the other from Australia.

The 14.4m performance cruiser from the design house of Judel/Vrolijk had its world premiere at Cannes in September. Even before hull no.1’s appearance, the three-cabin two-head yacht earned a nomination for the European Yacht of The Year (EYOTY) 2015 awards.

Windcraft said two of the buyers are coming out of Hanse yachts, which apparently "fuelled their appetite for fast sailing".

"The step-up to the sporty Dehler should more than satisfy their need for speed," the distributor adds.

Since 2009, Dehler has been a Hanse Yachts’ brand, now with six models in the range, and fills the high-end performance niche of the builder’s keelboat models. 

As mentioned the D46 has been nominated for EYOTY in the Performance Cruiser category, against the Corsair Cruze 970, Jeanneau Sun Fast 3600, JPK 1080 and Mylius 50. The winner will be announced at Germany’s Dusseldorf boat show next month.

Windcraft said features like vacuum infusion, composite bulkheads, a carbon cage, sufficient tankage, clever performance upgrades and smart interior solutions were among some of the features to catch the eye of the EYOTY jury.

"After the victory of the 38 model in the Performance Cruiser Category this year, the nomination of the Dehler 46 was on the cards," said EYOTY chairman Johen Rieker. "The jury will be asking whether the new model from Greifswald is merely a big sister of the Dehler 38 or whether the shipyard will succeed in developing its successful concept further with a 14.4m hull length."

Hanse, of course, is hoping to mimic the success of the D38 in the D46, the company’s goal to "build the best performance cruiser in its class for years to come".

A construction highlight on the new yacht is a carbon cage bottom structure, which Dehler said results in increased stiffness allowing the 46 to carry more load from the large rig.

"Carbon reinforcements integrated into the GRP bottom structure deliver a light boat with improved overall strength and superb bonding between the hull and keel," the builder explained.

Windcraft is quoting a base price of $545,000 for the D46, the first of expected in NZ mid-January and the Australian order due in May.

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MATERIAL Vacuum infused foam-vinylester sandwich hull

TYPE Sailing keelboat

LENGTH 114.4m overall; 13.95m hull; 12.9m waterline

BEAM 4.35m

DRAFT 2.5m competition keel; 2.25m standard keel; 1.85m shallow keel

WEIGHT 11,500kg shallow (3800kg ballast); 11,200kg standard (3500kg ballast); 10,700kg competition (3200kg ballast)

FUEL 210lt

WATER 450lt

ENGINE HP 53hp Volvo Penta D2-55 standard; 72hp Volvo Penta D2-75 optional

SAIL AREA 121m² competition; 114.1m² standard


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