Dehler 38: Best Crossover 2014, enligt Sailing World i USA.

Sailing World skriver:
The Dehler 38 is one of those boats that will catch you off guard. It blends in at the marina or the mooring field, but on the racecourse, with good sails and a crew on the rail, it will catch the attention and the envy of your club competitors.

The judges agreed after their test sail that this 38-footer, built by Hanse Yachts in Germany, is the perfect crossover package for an owner looking for a boat with which he can do anything. It delivered on aesthetics and performance. With a clean, functional interior, and a reasonable price, the judges deemed it the best of the crossovers and best value of the entire BOTY fleet.

“The interior is amazing,” says Allen. “There’s really good quality throughout the boat, no cheap stuff on it whatsoever. But what really sold me was how well it sails.”

The Judel/Vrolijk team is responsible for the Dehler 38’s slippery shape, and while it’s modern and fast below the waterline, its beam gives substantial volume to the boat, which allows for standing headroom and a three-cabin layout. A few space-saving ideas help, including a nav-station desk that slides fore and aft, and a cabin door to the port side head that can be closed two ways. One way creates an enclosed head and the other creates an aft master stateroom.

“I felt like this is exactly the sort of boat that you could take anywhere and race,” says Stewart, “especially in the local overnight races that are popular these days. It sailed with a really nice groove, and I like the cockpit layout; everything is placed where it should be for a helmsman and his trimmers to do their jobs without getting in each other’s way. It’s wide aft and really clean. The steering system is nice and light, and I could see the telltales well from the helm.”

The competition version comes with a carbon rig and a deeper T-bulb keel. The test boat the judges sailed had the standard keel, and while they were impressed with the performance, they felt the competition model would be even better. “It’s a nice rounded shape that’s not submerged,” says Stewart. “That, combined with its powerful bow profile, makes it a boat that behaves really well.”

Deck hardware is all Harken, and the boat has masthead symmetric spinnaker gear, with the option to mount a sprit for an asymmetric. Either downwind setup will get you around the track quickly, and back to the club to collect your hardware.
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