Starting life as the Dehler SQ25, the Tide 25 offers a fair amount of boat for its small list-price. Theo Stocker reports
The Tide 25, built by MFH in north Germany – began its life as a Dehler SQ25, but the mould was sold off when that company hit hard times. Plumb bows and stern with a long hull chine, bevelled deck edge and twin rudders put her on trend, and maximise performance under sail and accommodation on board.
On deck, she has a large cockpit with benches forward and four decent lockers. Under the cockpit sole there’s access to what would be engine space for a diesel inboard, now housing batteries for the electric motors.
Opt for the sport version, and you’ll get beefed up deck hardware and a minimalist fit out, with the mainsheet traveller across the transom, while the comfort version has a smaller main with the mainsheet coming to a fixed point on the cockpit sole forward of the helm. The rig has aft-swept spreaders and no backstay.
Lines are led aft to coachroof windows, with genoa cars on the coachroof, or a self-tacking jib in the comfort version. On the foreck a removable bowsprit will project offwind sails well forward and there’s an anchor locker offset to port so that it opens while the bowsprit is still rigged.
Propulsion is from twin electric pods ahead of each rudder, which promises great manoeuvrability, although on the show boat one throttle on each side would be less convenient to control simultaneously.
The standard keel draws 1.60m, with a shoal option of 1.10m, and an external swing keel is being developed to reduce draught to 0.75m in harbour and 1.80m underway.
Accommodation on the sport version offers saloon seating a double berth forward and a pilot berth aft on starboard side, giving sleep space for two parents and three children, or four adults. The comfort version would add a galley port aft in the saloon and an enclosed heads starboard aft, but reducing berths to three.
Starting at €75,000 inc VAT base price this is a reasonable amount of boat for your money
Tide 25 specifications
LOA: 7.5m/ 24ft 7in
LWL: 6.74m / 22ft 1in
Hull length: 7.5m/24ft 7in
Beam: 2.49m / 8ft 2in
Draught: 1.60m / 5ft 3in
Shoal draught: 1.10m / 3ft 7in
Lifting draught: 0.75m/2ft 6in – 1.80m / 5ft 11in
Sail area: 35m2 / 377 sq ft
Displacement: 1,850kg / 4079 lbs
Base price: €60,750 ex VAT
Sailaway price: €101,250 ex VAT (ca. £108,000 inc VAT UK)
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