The multi award winning* Dehler 38 is a cool and dare we say sexy boat. The groundbreaking Judel/Vroliijk design delivers a sleek, slippery profile and a sensational helming experience. “Fun to sail and sublimely responsive” are a couple of the reasons Team Windcraft’s MD Anthony Bishop owns one.
The helm position gives perfect visibility whether behind the wheel or sitting on the side. There are plenty of sail controls to play with… and you will feel the effect of every teak. The cockpit is secure and sailors enjoy passage speeds of over 7 knots in most conditions.
(*Awards include Cruising World Boat of the Year, Sailing World and Voile Magazine Boat of the Year and European Yacht of the Year)
The dynamic design of the Dehler 38 sends a message of cool superiority. The tapered side windows make a bold statement alongside the sleek and uncluttered decks. The steep stem and short stern overhang create a long water line and allows maximum speeds. And even the standard model is reinforced with the Dehler Carbon Cage giving 20% more rigidity and better upwind sailing performance.
– Cool and sleek hull deck design – Flush mounted mainsheet traveller in deck floor – Continuous side windows for better visibility and light – Spacious open cockpit – Innovative modern interior styling – Customised interior material options – Large multifunction bathroom
Judel/Vrolijk have taken interiors up a notch with this ultra modern retro design. The curved lockers give a soft welcoming feel with an abundance of timber adding warmth. The galley has plenty of storage, a top and front access fridge and cool touches like the splash guard behind the sink.
– Continuous side windows for more light and visibility – Newly designed saloon locker – Multifunctional bathroom – 2 or 3 cabin layout options – Customised interior options offering Mahogony, Italian Oak and Teak
Ric Hawkins chats to Above and Beyond Boating about the Dehler 38 and performance cruising.
Make sure you don’t miss:
0:50 – What is a Performance Cruiser?
1:45 – What features define a good Performance Cruising boat?
4:10 – Do hesitant partners enjoy the experience of owning a boat?
7:30 – Setting up your sail plan for cruising and racing…
“For this reviewer, who spent most of his sailing days racing stripped-out Grand Prix yachts the opportunity to test Dehler’s reputation for designing comfortable yachts that also hold their own on the race course was made the more inviting as we were testing the performance version of the D38 – sporting all-carbon spars, a longer keel, a performance rudder, North Sails 3Di sails and up-specced Harken winches and clutches, amongst other racing goodies”
Dehler has demonstrated their passion for creating cutting-edge performance yachts… guaranteed to turn heads and satisfy sailors looking for the whole package in a 38 footer.
We love this video of the Dehler 38 racing in the Whitsundays. Fabulous aqua-blue water, perfect sailing conditions and a dream boat… what more could a sailor want?
“As we’ve now sailed Renegade in a wide variety of wind conditions, I thought I’d give you some feedback on the boat. I can confidently say I’m 100% happy with just about every aspect of the Dehler 38.
She’s just a dream to sail hard up wind and then off the wind with the Code 0 up she literally takes off – my regular weekly sailing mates can’t believe how well she sails on just about every sailing angle and how easy she is to sail.
We use the code 0 virtually every time we go out and it always brings a smile to every one’s face as we roar up and down the harbour as you see in this great photo!”
“The new Dehler 38 from Germany has a versatile cockpit and keen racing configuration. That makes her slick and sleek, with plenty of speed.
The marketing literature promotes the new Dehler 38 as a cruiser-racer, but reversing the term is far more accurate. This is a seriously-fast production boat – best suited to those passionate about white-knuckle racing, and the occasional bit of fast cruising.
The German marque has been around for decades and carries a highly-respected reputation for production-built speedsters. Dehler’s fortunes suffered a serious setback following the 2008 Global Financial Crisis. It was saved from oblivion when Hanse, another German boatbuilder, bought it.
Aerodynamically, the boat presents a sleek, slippery profile.”
“In a very gusty winter south-westerly in bright sunshine on Pittwater, the boat was a delight to sail and helm as we put the D38 through her paces.
The renowned Jefa steering gear gave a very light touch and it was not hard to find the groove as we headed upwind, even in the erratic conditions.”
For our test sail, we were joined by Karl Dehler, the man who almost single-handedly drove the concept of the 38. He undoubtedly still demonstrates a passion for the company his father created 50 years ago.
“It’s been very important form me to keep the Dehler aspects apart from Hanse,” he declares.
“Details like the hull to deck join fitted under the toerail, integrated cockpit bench drains, full sandwich (balsa and vinylester) hull and deck, keel-stepped mast. etc.
This is a sailor’s boat.” Karl Dehler maintains.