New Boats: Dehler 42, Bavaria 34, Seawind 1600
Germany’s renowned Dehler brand underwent some serious rejuvenation therapy after it was acquired by Hanse Yachts a few years ago. Production was moved to Hanse’s Greifswald facility in the former East Germany and much-needed development cash was injected into the brand. The first result of the union was the Dehler 38, closely followed by the 46. Latest in the line is the Dehler 42.
There are no surprises in this Judel/Vrolijk design, whose hull lines, styling and deck layout closely follow those of its siblings, but it has a number of options that allow buyers to tailor the boat to suit their sailing styles. The tapered aluminum mast, for example, can be replaced with a carbon-fiber version, and there are three keel choices and two rudder options. Belowdecks, a two-cabin, one-head layout is standard, with an optional three-cabin, two-head layout.
The polar diagrams show a respectable turn of speed—again, no surprises here. This looks to be a hot new contender in the midsize sport cruiser stakes.
Big cruisers might get more publicity, but the market for sub-35ft boats remains strong. The new Bavaria 34 is yet another Farr design for the German company, and if it sails as well as its larger sisters its success should be assured. It looks a well-thought-out boat, with the generous hull volume divided into a roomy saloon, an L-shaped galley, three double cabins and a spacious heads/shower.
On deck, the twin-wheel cockpit configuration is opened up by a large drop-down swim platform. The fractional rig, sporting a 110 percent jib, is easy to handle, and there is a choice of shoal or deep-draft keels. All up, this looks a welcome addition to a hotly contested market segment that’s already stocked with fine boats from Hanse, Jeanneau and others.
I’ve long been a fan of Seawind catamarans, whose sub-40ft designs not only display some clever, user-friendly thinking but also perform well. The boats are now being built in Vietnam, at the combined Seawind and Corsair trimaran facility in Ho Chi Minh City, where several new models are under development
The biggest of these is the Seawind 1600, a handsome, sporty Reichel Pugh design with twin helms, daggerboards and lifting rudders that reduce draft to a little under 2ft—ideal for gunkholing. Weight savings have been made wherever possible without sacrificing comfort, as evidenced by the soft-top cockpit sunroof. The 52ft boat is available with three or four cabins and a large heads/shower in each hull.
Dehler Yachts dehler.com
Bavaria Yachts bavariayachts.com
Seawind Catamarans seawindcats.com