Offshore Yachting : February March 2013
NEW YEAR, NEW YACHTS 066 DEHLER / NAVSAIL MODEL Dehler 38 DESIGN Judel / Vrolijk & Co LOA 11.30m BEAM 3.75 m DRAFT standard 2m / deep 2.3m / shallow 1.6m ENGINE Volvo D1-30 28hp saildrive SAIL AREA standard 79.3 m2 / racing 82.4m2 WATER CAPACITY 300 litres FUEL CAPACITY 160 litres DISPLACEMENT standard 7,000kg / race 6,600kg /shallow 7,300kg PRICE $269,900 (for the first 5 boats only) DEHLER 38 With the takeover of the highly respected Dehler yard by Hanse Group in recent years, the market can expect greater economies of scale to aid the resurrection of this quality German-built brand. So far the result has been a raft of new performance-oriented boats and the Dehler 38 is the latest in this line of cruiser-racers. Similar to the 41 it will be available in standard or competition version. The overall profile of this Judel/Vrolijk design shows a low-profile saloon with tall, upright topsides for living space, and owners have an extensive choice of options, including a deep lead keel bulb. A keel-stepped rig is standard. On deck, twin wheels and a large open cockpit distinguish the 38 as a cruiser-racer. The standard sail plan has a conventional genoa with optional asymmetric setup on a 9/10ths rigged alloy mast. A distinguishing feature is extensive rounded mouldings in the interior, which not only look stylish, but also have the practical purpose of not bruising crew in a seaway. The standard layout has a double berth forward with another aft, while the bathroom is portside, ahead of the large lazarette. Cleverly, the chart table has dual access, as has the heads. A three-cabin layout is also available. As we go to press, the first Dehler 38 is being shown at the Düsseldorf Boat Show, so Australian distributor Windcraft should have one here in time for the Sydney International Boat Show in August. The first five yachts are being offered at a special introductory price. www.windcraft.com.au Expect the quality fit-out of the 41 model already in Australia to contin ue with this German cruiser racer's smaller sibling. MODEL Elan 400 DESIGN Humphreys Yacht Design & Elan design team LOA 11.95m BEAM 3.87m DRAFT 2.40m ENGINE 40hp SAIL AREA Mainsail 51.56m2, genoa (107%) 37.60m2, gennaker 135m2 WATER CAPACITY 310 litres FUEL CAPACITY 170 litres DISPLACEMENT 7,500kg PRICE POA ELAN 400 The Elan 400 is the epitome of the modern cruiser- racer thanks to chines, T-keel and twin rudders. Its early siblings are popular race boats in Europe, despite stiff competition, so this mid-sized model should do well here as it hits the in vogue 40-foot IRC cruiser-racer category and has the credentials to challenge the ageing incumbent, the First 40. Designer Rob Humphreys has again opted for twin rudders, which allows the 3.87m beam to be carried aft to the transom, giving greater directional control and stability plus a very large working cockpit. It also allows a wide drop-down swim platform, a definite bonus on this kind of performance boat. Below decks the boat is fully fitted out for cruising with a folding table for the starboard dinette and a sensibly sized navigation station portside. The light wood finish is a complete redesign for the Elan performance range, noticeably the flush-hinged cabin doors with choice of interior wood finishes and soft furnishings. For berths there's a two- or three-cabin layout with one or two heads. The model brings choices of Club, Regatta or Cruising Rigs, Performance 'T' keels for IRC or ORCi and non-overlapping headsails with retractable bowsprit asymmetrics or a spinnaker-pole option for short windward leeward races. The 400 also carries designated life-raft storage in the cockpit sole. Debuting at the January Düsseldorf Boat Show, local distributor Navsail say they have high expectations for this boat on the Australian circuit, and I wouldn't disagree. www.elan-yachts.com Built to hit the 40-foot IRC sweet spot, and be competitive in this hotly contested arena, plus it features a design er interior for cruising families.
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