Adrenaline in the blood. The gennaker fills in the gusts and the log jumps to between 9 and 14 knots. A smile tugs at your lips as you anticipate crossing the line. Later, put your feet up with a cold drink in hand and go back over the day in comfort with the crew. Good for both comfort and adventure – that’s the Dehler 30 one design. It’s the European Yacht of the Year 2020 cruiser/racer – master of both worlds.
Switch from regatta mode to cruising mode in just a few simple steps. Whether it’s competing shorthanded in a series, doing the Sydney – Hobart, or even the Melbourne to Osaka, perhaps it’s the thrill of fast paced regattas like Hamilton Island Race Week or relaxed sailing in your local twilight with friends. From the very first glance, it becomes clear that the Dehler 30 one design sets a new, uncompromising course. It is designed for maximum performance with the simplest handling – and yet unmistakably a Dehler.
A well-thought-out package that leaves nothing to be desired and raises the bar in this class of boat. From the Dehler Carbon Cage, carbon mast, bowsprit and twin rudders, to the composite T-keel and the Dehler Stealth Drive – even the standard equipment makes for blistering performance. When you can’t wipe that smile from your face – that is what it’s all about.
What began in 1977 as a gesture of defiance was decisive for German boatbuilding. It laid the foundation for a decade-long history in serial one-design production, ‘Made in Germany’. Even then, founder Willi Dehler did not accept that race boats should have just one purpose – to sail regattas – he had more in mind. His vision was race boats with creature comforts.
It started with the legendary Sprinta Sport. A small cabin cruiser with real regatta ambitions, she was considered the first of a new cruiser-racer class, which became successful in the Quarter Tonne division of the IOR system. Through the use of the latest materials and high-strength components, more common on larger boats, Dehler already positioned itself as a pioneer in production boatbuilding. Some 500 boats were built and sailed intensively.
Naturally, Dehler followed up on this success with bigger one designs. The db1 came out in 1980 – a serial Three-Quarter tonner. It was already clear that Dehlers not only sailed very well, but also offered comfortable living. Dehler finally won a world championship title with the db2.
After a long interlude, the new Dehler 30 one design marks a return to the original idea behind her successful predecessors – to create a performance boat that is also suitable for cruising. She embodies an unprecedented combination of function and comfort. Every detail of the boat is geared towards maximum performance, but without sacrificing comfort. From cruiser-racer to racer-cruiser.
Ric Hawkins, Windcraft’s Dehler Brand Manager
Ric says that “this will be an ideal boat for East Coast regattas such as the Sydney Harbour Regatta, Sail Port Stephens, Airlie Beach Week & Hamilton Island. The boat is at a very accessible price point, ready to sail right away and will attract sailors looking to downsize in terms of crew”
Read What Sails magazine has to say about the new Dehler 30 here
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