Liv­ing be­low

Yachting Monthly - - NEW BOAT TEST -

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’

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