DEHLER 38SQ - Speed & Quality

The stunning new Dehler 38SQ is lighter, faster and even more comfortable than it’s award-winning predecessor. With a focus on lighter weight, a taller rig and cutting edge technology upgrades, the yacht has exhilirating sailing characteristics and modern design. This new boat has been given a new colour and light concept, a more varied interior layout, as well as powerful improvements to the rig and cockpit – all while keeping the boat as simple to use and as fun as ever.

Fold-out footrests at the helm provide a comfortable and safe foothold when sailing to windward. The new bathing platform is lighter and easier to operate with an integrated bathing ladder that features a fold-out handrail and large steps for comfortable bathing fun. In addition, the 38SQ can be further upgraded with sporty designer wheels at the helm, self-tailing race winches and a removable throttle.

The bowsprit has an integrated anchor arm and non-slip surface, making it safer to climb on and off the boat when moored bow-to, and provides an advanced tack point for gennaker or Code 0 sails. Dehler offers a square-head mainsail as an option. With its greater efficiency, better trim and less heeling moment, this pro sail is also ideal for cruising. The backstays for the square-head rig can be easily trimmed by winch, courtesy of the flip-flop blocks. The flush-mounted traveller running the entire width of the cockpit allows for greater control of the mainsail.

For more natural light below deck, the hull windows have been enlarged and two additional windows cut into the coachroof. New worktop colours and a more modern seating area complete the sense of greater space in the saloon. The shower cabin has also been upgraded with a clear, high-gloss design that is easy to clean and maintain. The interior configuration options are also new: two versions are available for the forward section, saloon and aft. Whether a luxurious island bed, chart table or a second guest cabin, the interior design of the Dehler 38SQ is more flexible for the customer than ever before. What unites all cabins and the saloon is the much brighter atmosphere.

With the optional filter systems for freshwater and greywater, drinking water quality and sustainability can be combined. While the drinking water filter guarantees the highest quality and eliminates the need for plastic bottles on board, the greywater filter system ensures only clean wastewater leaves the ship. Both filter systems even remove microplastics and can be monitored using the MyDehler Safety Cloud.

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Every line conveys perfection. The coachroof sweeps aerodynamically above the deck, with an additional saloon window on each side. An eye catcher is also the bathing platform: with the flush-mounted bathing ladder, the ergonomic steps and the handrail, it confidently combines aesthetics with comfort. Retractable footrests at both helm stations have been flush-mounted just as elegantly into the cockpit floor.

The joy of sailing. Here, everything is in the right place. Ergonomically shaped, thought out to the last detail. Built in such a high quality that you can rely on material such as equipment at all times. And designed in a style that perfectly finishes the expressive appearance of the yacht.


A unique ambience awaits you below deck. With our exclusive equipment options you elegantly emphasise your individual lifestyle. The interior is lined in a stylish ivory tone, and perfectly complements all our choices of furniture wood. Handrails in rich black add a pleasing highlight.


The interior of the new Dehler 38SQ fits your taste perfectly. Decide on your preferred interior design from the variety of available cabin layouts. Choose an island bed in the owner’s cabin or perhaps opt for a second guest cabin aft. Your personal taste defines the character of your Dehler yacht.



Ric Hawkins chats to Above and Beyond Boating about the Dehler 38 and performance cruising.

Make sure you don’t miss:
0:50 – What is a Performance Cruiser?
1:45 – What features define a good Performance Cruising boat?
4:10 – Do hesitant partners enjoy the experience of owning a boat?
7:30 – Setting up your sail plan for cruising and racing…


“For this reviewer, who spent most of his sailing days racing stripped-out Grand Prix yachts the opportunity to test Dehler’s reputation for designing comfortable yachts that also hold their own on the race course was made the more inviting as we were testing the performance version of the D38 – sporting all-carbon spars, a longer keel, a performance rudder, North Sails 3Di sails and up-specced Harken winches and clutches, amongst other racing goodies”

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Dehler has demonstrated their passion for creating cutting-edge performance yachts… guaranteed to turn heads and satisfy sailors looking for the whole package in a 38 footer.


We love this video of the Dehler 38 racing in the Whitsundays. Fabulous aqua-blue water, perfect sailing conditions and a dream boat… what more could a sailor want?


The smile on Franco Pieri’s face says it all – he loves Dehlers and especially his Dehler 38 ‘Medusa’. 79 years young, he was born in Venice with boating in his blood and races twice a week out of Fremantle Sailing Club. Last year ‘Medusa’ won a race series. This year she took the trifecta!

Franco and Medusa won the first race series at beginning of the season (7 races) and then went on to win the second series (15 races). Plus the trophy for “Overall Series Winner – Spring and Summer” for consistency.

In Franco’s words, “I chose the Dehler because it’s strong and well built for these waters. I’ve got the basic model and a shallow keel because when I’m not racing I like to cruise around Rottnest Island.”

The next stop is the Dalmation Coast in Croatia where Franco will spend the European summer cruising on an older model Dehler before he returns in September to defend his title!


“As we’ve now sailed Renegade in a wide variety of wind conditions, I thought I’d give you some feedback on the boat. I can confidently say I’m 100% happy with just about every aspect of the Dehler 38.

She’s just a dream to sail hard up wind and then off the wind with the Code 0 up she literally takes off – my regular weekly sailing mates can’t believe how well she sails on just about every sailing angle and how easy she is to sail.

We use the code 0 virtually every time we go out and it always brings a smile to every one’s face as we roar up and down the harbour as you see in this great photo!”


“The new Dehler 38 from Germany has a versatile cockpit and keen racing configuration. That makes her slick and sleek, with plenty of speed.

The marketing literature promotes the new Dehler 38 as a cruiser-racer, but reversing the term is far more accurate. This is a seriously-fast production boat – best suited to those passionate about white-knuckle racing, and the occasional bit of fast cruising.

The German marque has been around for decades and carries a highly-respected reputation for production-built speedsters. Dehler’s fortunes suffered a serious setback following the 2008 Global Financial Crisis. It was saved from oblivion when Hanse, another German boatbuilder, bought it.

Aerodynamically, the boat presents a sleek, slippery profile.”

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“In a very gusty winter south-westerly in bright sunshine on Pittwater, the boat was a delight to sail and helm as we put the D38 through her paces.

The renowned Jefa steering gear gave a very light touch and it was not hard to find the groove as we headed upwind, even in the erratic conditions.”

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