Dehler 41DS

This yacht, from 1995, was

Dehler’s first flirtation with

deck-saloon cruising and in

many ways she was ahead of her

time. Unsurprisingly, given the

German yard’s predilection for

low, narrow and slippery hulls,

she features a sleek, graceful,

modern-looking wheelhouse

on a Kevlar-reinforced hull with

relatively modest beam. Below

the boot-top she has fine lines,

a balanced waterplane and a

cast-iron keel with an ‘upside-

down’ profile. Looking aloft, the

standard sailplan comprises a

small, self-tacking jib and a beefy,

fully-battened mainsail set on a

tall, 7/8 fractional rig. The cockpit

is designed for effortless short-

handed sailing, with two electric

winches operated via push-buttons on the wheel pedestal. Under way she is

surprisingly weatherly – boasting a tacking angle of 75° – and undemanding

on long passages. But her narrow waterline beam gives less form stability

than tubbier yachts, resulting in a more pronounced angle of heel when

sailing on the wind.

Down below, the 41DS is spacious and solidly fitted out in light ash joinery,

with ample stowage and two big double sleeping cabins, fore and aft of the

central saloon. The wheelhouse has a novel fold-out helm position, with

joystick steering and fly-by-wire engine controls.

LOA 12.45m (40ft 10in) LWL 11.05m (36ft 3in) Beam 3.9m (12ft 9in) Draught 1.95m(6ft 5in) Displacement 8,300kg (18,260 lb) YM test report May 1995

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