New Boats: Dehler 42, Bavaria 34, Seawind 1600

Author:
Publish date:
Updated on
Dehler 42

Dehler 42

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.

Bavaria 34

Bavaria 34

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

Bavaria 34

Seawind 1600

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.

CONTACTS

Dehler Yachts dehler.com

Bavaria Yachts bavariayachts.com

Seawind Catamarans seawindcats.com

March 2016

Related

20190614_131026

Kiwi Spirit Takes Line Honors in Bermuda

Mark Riley’s Farr 63 Kiwi Spirit secured line honors yesterday in the Marion to Bermuda race, finishing off St. David’s Lighthouse at 0227 local time. Francis Seldorff’s Kinship, a Baltic 52, was second in the 40-boat fleet, crossing the line at around 0500. With 18-year-old ...read more

TOTW_PromoSite

SAIL's Tip of the Week

Presented by Vetus-Maxwell. Got a tip? Send it to sailmail@sailmagazine.com No cracked skulls please Modern boats with aft bathing ladders offer a big advantage when it comes to rescuing crew who have fallen overboard. Not all casualties are basket cases unable to help ...read more

01-Lead-show

France’s Annual Multihull Show

If a boat show could be described as intimate, the annual Salon International du Multicoque in La Grande Motte, on France’s Mediterranean coast, is it. Held in the latter part of April, the multihulls-only in-water show is a boon for builders, because the people who attend come ...read more

Furlex-Electric

Gear: Seldén’s Furlex Electric

Furl Power Seldén’s Furlex Electric offers an easy path into the world of sweat-free headsail furling. The compact unit can be retrofitted to an existing manual Furlex unit or installed as a replacement for whatever you’ve got now. Its DC-DC converter accepts your boat’s 12V or ...read more

11_DSC8423Tom-Zydler

Cruising: Nova Scotia

There’s a unique cruising ground that combines access to urban locations with easy escapes to wilderness and nature. Its native people may be the friendliest on the east coast of North America. Its coastline runs 250 nautical miles in a straight line, but that should be ...read more

01-LEAD-shutterstock_727849660

Boat Monitoring System

Boat Oversight In a world where you can track your friends’ locations in real time and stream yourself live on the internet, it should come as no surprise that you can also keep a close eye on your boat from the comfort of home. In fact, not only is there a plethora of options ...read more