Sails : Sails 25 April May 2014
CRUISER RACERS 049 HANSE Following on from the popular 38, the Dehler 46 promises more of the same discerning cruiser-racer formula in a longer waterline. DEHLER 46 The venerable Dehler yacht brand celebrates its 50th birthday with the release of a similarly sized yacht, the Dehler 46. Since Dehler's takeover by the Hanse Group, the company has had the investment to strongly follow its performance yacht inclinations with the recent 38 and now the new 46 due to be completed in July 2014. Having just won European Yacht of the Year in the performance category, the Dehler 38's DNA should give the 46 plenty of credentials but with a longer waterline more suited for those higher mileages offshore. Dehler's transition to Hanse ownership wasn't without pain as staff layoffs were part of the change that saw the marque being built in the parent Hanse company's modern facilities, but the key inclusion of Karl Dehler in the team ensured the success of the Dehler 38 and Hanse's economies of scale means that all-important bottom line price has shifted downwards. Strong sales in Australia -- with five Dehler 38s already sold -- bode well for the new Dehler 46 says Windcraft director John Cowpe. "Features such as the carbon layup in the substructure and glassed- in bulkheads are really nice to see and lend themselves to strength and stiffness, which gives you confidence at sea," explained Cowpe when we met to discuss the new boat. This new 46 cruiser-racer model has its feet firmly in both sides of the C-R equation, which means owners' can choose two paths to follow with this quality 46 footer -- either standard or competition fit-outs. Designed by Judel/Vrolijk, who also penned the Dehler 41 that I enjoyed racing a couple of years ago, the new 46 promises even more from the Dehler brand's regarded sailing performance. The interior impresses with up to three generously sized cabins and two comfortable heads. The starboard aft cabin is the larger, while the navigation station shares the lounge area to port. The interior design also sensibly features rounded bulkheads and edges for safety at sea. The saloon is equipped with a large U-shaped sofa, a generously sized L-shaped galley and a navigation table. Similar to the 38, the bathroom has an interesting arrangement where a door either separates the entire head from the saloon or swivels to separate the washing basin from the toilet and shower. This creates separate shower areas in both heads. On deck the wide, open transom gives the helsman plenty of room to move between the twin wheels and there are inboard coamings on both to house a large plotter. Only limited information is currently available on the sail controls that will be fitted but the decks are clean with gutters for all lines running aft and a German mainsheet system, with track is anticipated ahead the helms. Winches are by Lewmar, with a 50 specified for the main and 55 for primaries. Rig options for the Dehler 46, include a taller alloy mast for greater sail area, plus there's a separate carbon option -- Hungarian-made Pauger masts as have also been used on the Dehler 38. The Competition spec fit-out comes with about ten percent larger sail area and a bowsprit to fly both kinds of spinnakers, so should make the Dehler 46 a very well equipped regatta boat, especially if you can stretch the budget to a carbon rig and rod shrouds. Hull construction looks good with internals glassed-in to the vacuum-infused sandwich hull and all bulkheads are laminated on with carbon reinforcement used along with a GRP keel grid. A cast iron T-keel is standard but there's a deep lead-bulbed option, which should make the new Dehler 46 an effective upwind weapon on the racecourse. "At present we expect to see the Dehler 46 for the first time at the dealer conference in Germany this August and we anticipate handover of a boat by Christmas," reveals Cowpe. www.windcraft.com.au MODEL Dehler 46 DESIGNER Judel / Vrolijk & Co LOA 14.40 metres HULL LENGTH 13.95 metres BEAM 4.31 metres DRAFT 2.25 metres; 2.70 metres Competition; 1.85 metres shallow DISPLACEMENT 10,700 kg BALLAST 3,500 kg (3,000kg Competition) ENGINE Volvo D2-55 53 HP WATER 450 litres FUEL 220 litres SAIL AREA Mainsail: 64.6m2 (70m2 competition) Jib: 49.7m2 (51m2 competition) PRICE $525,000 including performance sails CLASS AND QUALITY The new Dehler 46 launches in the second half of 2014 and will be available in several versions.
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