Dehler 39

This yacht, launched in 2000, marked a sea
change in Dehler’s design philosophy. With
the 39, Dehler moved to a more conventional,
but altogether more sporty concept.
Performance under sail is exhilarating. She
is long and narrow on the waterline with an
almost plumb stem and carries her beam
a long way aft to broad, powerful stern
sections. The rig comprises a large mainsail
and blade jib with vertical battens, set on
a tall, three-spreader mast, which enables
her to tack through a close-winded 80°.
The downside is that she’s quite a wet boat
when going to windward. The 39’s interior
design is also a far cry from the brash styling
of earlier boats – bland to the point of being
mainstream – but the standard of fi t-out is
high. The saloon is light and airy, if a little stark
and short on stowage, and the chart table is
small, but the L-shaped galley and heads are
excellent, the forecabin is wonderfully roomy
and the port-side aft cabin is large, too.


LOA 11.8m (38ft 9in) LWL 10.7m (35ft 1in) Beam 3.82m (12ft 8in)
Draught 1.95m (6ft 5in) Displacement 7,000kg (15,432lb)
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