Yachting Monthly - - USED BOAT TEST - Dehler 42 – Per­for­mance on test Point of sail Ap­par­ent wind speed

I’ve got to hand it to judel/vrolijk, they have shone with Dehler’s new 42. I love the fine de­tails. For in­stance, the ra­zor-sharp line of the coachroof win­dows forms a stil­letto shape in the coam­ing be­neath, and this shape is mir­rored in the grabrails on the cock­pit ta­ble. What­ever it is I’m all in favour of see­ing more Dehler-es­que boats out sailing on the wa­ter.

Look­ing good is one thing, be­ing good is some­thing else. Dehler is part of the Hanse group, but of­fers a bit more qual­ity in fit out and deck hard­ware than the Hanse brand, and they are also built for a bit more speed and power, while still be­ing able to cruise com­fort­ably. With a max­i­mum wind strength of less than 8 knots’ true strug­gling to ruf­fle the mir­ror-like So­lent, this wasn’t go­ing to be a tax­ing sailing test for the Dehler, or ex­cit­ing for her crew. It was a shame but there was still enough breeze to get some fig­ures and get a feel for her.

I was im­pressed that she could still Close­hauled


Beam reach

Broad reach

Run Ap­par­ent wind an­gle

25-30° 60° 90° 120° 180° 8.5-10 knots

7.2-8.4 knots

4.4-5.5 knots

4.3-4.6 knots

1.2-2.2 knots Speed through the wa­ter

4.1-4.9 knots 4.8-5.7 knots 4.4-5.3 knots 3.6-3.8 knots 3.0-3.2 knots sail to wind­ward in 6 knots of true wind. OK, if we’d had a foul tide or a tidal gate, I would have been itch­ing to start the en­gine. As it was we had nei­ther so en­joyed sailing in con­di­tions we nor­mally wouldn’t. With her genoa sheeted well in­board, she was able to point as high as 24° al­though she was hap­pier in the light con­di­tions to be sailed a lit­tle eas­ier. Go­ing down onto a fetch at 60° off the ap­par­ent wind, she was mak­ing 5 knots with rel­a­tive ease, and with a lit­tle more breeze at times I could feel how much grip her deep spade rud­der was pro­vid­ing. Sailing lower our ap­par­ent wind de­creased so it was less re­veal­ing.

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