The brand new Dehler 42, a racer/cruiser from a subsidiary of the Hanse Group, has much in common with the successful Dehler 38. It’s intended to offer a blend of vice-free, fast sailing—along with comfortable and sophisticated accommodation.
Hull construction is of vacuum-infused foam sandwich. Vinylester resin is used with the first layer of glass and in highly stressed areas that are reinforced with woven rovings or unidirectional fibers. The deck is a balsa sandwich, while the carbon-reinforced inner hull structure is said to be 25 percent stiffer than standard arrangements and has been engineered to withstand the huge loads generated in grounding incidents.
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Dehler has a long-standing reputation for innovative interior styling and layouts and the new 42 doesn’t disappoint in this respect. The spacious and striking saloon has natural light from overhead hatches, coachroof windows, and hull ports, along with distinctive roll-top lockers along each side. Nevertheless, the practicalities necessary for a serious sailing yacht have not been forgotten. Decent grab handles, for instance, are built into each side of the overhead.
Accommodation layouts include two or three cabin options, both of which are offered with either one or two head compartments. All variants share the same spacious saloon, galley, and navigation station. Dehler makes a big point about the benefits of its patented “uni-door,” which divides the saloon from the spacious head and also acts as a lockable door for the shower.
The forecabin can be laid out with either a pedestal berth plus generous hanging lockers each side of the standing area, or with a more conventional double v-berth and en suite head compartments. Boats with the two-cabin arrangement benefit from a huge walk-in stowage area aft of the main head compartment, which will certainly appeal to those planning long-distance voyages. The large galley has good worktop space, along with twin sinks, a two-burner gas stove and oven, plus an extra-large top-and-front-loading refrigerator.
On deck and performance
The Judel/Vrolijk-designed hull has a high righting moment, thanks to both form stability and a choice of low center-of-gravity keels. The boat is offered in both standard and competition varieties, the former having a 7’1” T-bulb keel, or a 6’5” shoal-draft option. The competition model has a deeper 7’10” T-bulb keel with proportionately less ballast, which reduces displacement by almost two-thirds of a ton. In turn, this is allied to a rig that’s approximately six percent larger than that of the standard model.
The generous sail area is set from a 9/10ths fractional keel-stepped aluminum mast with two pairs of spreaders. There’s an optional composite bowsprit which incorporates an anchor roller, and there’s a comprehensive set of performance deck gear that will make the boat’s power easier to tame than that of more ostensibly cruising-oriented yachts.
Deck gear is of a high standard, including Dyneema main and headsail halyards and an under-deck headsail furling system. As standard, the sails supplied are from the Elvstrom FCL performance range with a tri-radial cut.
There are so many different potential variants of keel, rig and accommodation layout that it’s easy to imagine no two Dehler 42s being exactly alike. But that doesn’t mean that the standard boat is poorly equipped–instead it’s a reflection that Dehler owners tend to be very experienced and knowledgeable, and the company goes out of its way to ensure they can create exactly the right boat for their particular needs. It may not the cheapest way to build boats, but it’s a great route to obtaining exactly the boat you want.
If the main criterion on which you judge a yacht is the ratio of accommodation volume to price, then this boat probably won’t be your first choice. However, if you value the extra money spent on the efficient deck layout and hardware, along with the benefits of the lead ballast, the slippery hull shape, and the many different configuration options, then the Dehler 42 has a lot to offer.
Other Choices: Interested shopper may also look at the Salona 41, another racer/cruiser that offers a choice of either two or three cabins. If cruising comfort is more of a concern than performance, the Bavaria Vision 42 might be of interest.
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|Sail Area||1,001/1,135 sq. ft.|
|Fuel capacity||42 gal.|
|Water capacity||83 gal.|