What’s she like to sail?

Yachting Monthly - - NEW BOAT TEST -

With the ap­par­ent wind top­ping out at 10 knots I’ll never know how she would cope in a blow, but even a pon­toon sails in 25 knots and the Dehler would be a lot quicker and more fun. How­ever I found the helm to be light (no sur­prises there) but re­spon­sive too. On the wind she made al­most 5 knots, which in 6 knots true, isn’t too bad. Also, thanks to her nar­row sheet­ing an­gle, she was able to point quite high. We freed her off a lit­tle and the log shot up to al­most 6 knots in less than 8.5 knots ap­par­ent, all very re­spectable, more so be­cause the only other boats on the wa­ter on our test day were en­gine-as­sisted.

There’s no seat­ing aft of the helm but the side decks around the wheel are spa­cious enough to sit be­hind, astride or in front of the wheel, with the in­stru­ment pods to hand ahead of you. Slide for­ward and the main­sheet winches for the Ger­man main­sheet sys­tem are within reach.

For the rest of the crew the cock­pit is com­fort­able, and the in­stru­ment pods make a curved back­rest those sat aft. There is a cut­away on the in­board edge of the cock­pit seats, which al­lows those sit­ting on the coam­ing to brace them­selves with their heels.

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