Dehler 28

Slim, low and pretty – most definitely a sailing boat, not a floating caravan – this design from 1988 suffered from a lack of headroom, a rudimentary galley and a cramped chart table. However, her performance and handling were outstanding and she was very popular, clocking up 1,100 sales. She has a weatherly and efficient rig with an easily handled self-tacking jib as standard and was one of the first production boats to feature a fully-battened mainsail with a self-stacking cover system. Build quality is high, with particularly fair GRP mouldings. She is commendably stiff under sail despite her shallow draught and can carry full canvas up to Force 5. The interior layout comprises a double aft cabin, galley to port and heads to starboard abaft the companionway, a semi-circular dinette around a table supported by the mast compression post, and a vee-berth in the forepeak. She sleeps four comfortably, or six at a push.

LOA 8.50m (27ft 9in), LWL 7.40m (24ft 3in), beam 2.80m (9ft 2in), draught 1.35m (4ft 3in),
displacement 2,600kg (5,720lb). Price guide: £20,000 to £30,000. YM Test Report May 1989.