Yachting Monthly visit Boot 16 in Düsseldorf, Europe’s largest boat show, to see the new Dehler 42
Dehler has expanded its range of sporty performance cruisers in the shape of its new Dehler 42. Her sleek styling gives her a clean look, although all is not quite what it seems when down below – but more on that later. The sharp window line is mirrored in the grab handle on the cockpit table and the lines in the cockpit coaming. If she sails as fast as she looks she’ll give her owners a wonderful sleigh ride. The cockpit is well laid out with Lewmar R+ 50ST winches for the mainsheet on the coaming in front of the helm position. The R+ 55ST for the genoa are mid-way along the coaming. The twin wheels sit on isolated pedestals enabling the helm to sit outboard astride the wheel and use the pedestal as a foot brace, and also tend the main sheet if required. There are nice instrument pods forward of the helm, protected from the mainsheet by a stainless steel handrail. The table has a neat pop up light for cockpit activities after dusk.
Below it’s impossible to miss the curved topped veneered lockers that run down each side. These do make the interior feel a little narrow, and on this show boat the dark blue upholstery did help matters. There a small L-shaped galley with a good, high splash back and both top and front opening fridges. Stowage is found under the curved-topped lockers outboard, which although look good don’t make the most of the space available for stowage.
To port the fore/aft sliding chart table has a neat Dehler logo on its lid and the same curved top lockers. Here though they make more sense as while the chart table is in use the lids can remain open, but in port the chart table can be slid aft and the saloon returns to a teak-clad snug. There are antimacassar style headrests on the lockers and above, there are two letterbox height hull windows. The saloon is set well forward in the boat, and unfortunately those lovely sharp windows that go forward aren’t seen from inside – a real shame. The heads is to port aft of which is one double aft cabin which is accessed through the heads the toilet hidden behind the dual-position door.
Forward is a spacious forward cabin which is nicely laid out and with its black fabric panels has a seductively moody feel about it.
Who would she suit?
A couple of cruising friends or families who like to travel swiftly with style
Price from €203,080 inc VAT (Around £155,403 inc VAT)
LOA 12.84m 42ft 2in
LWL 11.50m 37ft 9in
Beam 3.91m 12ft 10in
Draught 2.15m 7ft 1in
Displacement 9100kg 20,062lbs
Contact Dehler Yachts UK (Inspiration Marine Group Ltd)
Tel +44 (0)2380 457008