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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