coachroof. The deck has a solid GRP toerail, but there is no grip on top of it. There’s a good deep chain locker forward, which can be used for stowing fenders and warps should you fill the cockpit lockers The first thing to notice in the saloon is the line of roll-top lockers on each side. Dehler supply headrest cushions to go onto these lockers but, at the time of testing, her owner had yet to decide whether or not to fit them. I think I prefer the boat without them. The lockers have an extruded aluminium bottom edge which acts as a handle to open the lockers, but they also have quite sharp corners. The locker doors are held open, and kept closed, by gas struts and have soft closures. Below the aluminium is a strip of black Perspex. This visually breaks up what could easily have been an overwhelming amount of, in this case, American Cherry.
Anodised aluminium grab rails run along at deck level, above are strips of cherry which hide the Oceanair blinds when not required. LED strip lights are recessed behind the lockers and overhead. These are controlled by the touch-panel found on all new Dehler and Hanse yachts.
Under the port side seating and the aft seat to starboard, there is drawer stowage. While these drawers aren’t as large and accommodating as top-access lockers, the ease of access outweighs any loss of stowage. No longer do you have to uproot your guests or sleeping crew to access what lies beneath them.
The saloon table has a roll-top curve aft, but, while pleasing to the eye, it needs a fiddle to stop sauce bottles and cutlery sliding unimpeded onto the laminate sole boards. There’s a neat aft drawer with stowage for four bottles, and the table also has stowage for miscellaneous items in the top. There is also mirror-backed pop-up drinks locker by the forward bulkhead. If you’re less thirsty this unit can conceal a flat screen television instead.
The forward cabin has the option of an en suite heads compartment, but you lose some berth width forward and a locker. On this layout, either end of the 2.06m (6ft 9in) berth could be the head end, as there are a pair of white/red bi-colour lights on stalks at both ends. Sadly though, the bunk doesn’t go to the sides, so at sea you’d need lee cloths to stop yourself falling off the side of the 1.47m (4ft10in) wide berth. There are handy shelves outboard with stylish dark panels above them adding a nice touch of luxury. The heads door can either be used to enclose the toilet/shower compartment, or shut off the whole
‘ Instrument pods form backrests for those sitting near the helm’