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New boat: Dehler 32

2010 March 2

The Dehler brand is known for combining the best of the cruising and racing worlds and continues that theme in its new Dehler 32, introduced at the Düsseldorf boat show in February.

The boat sizes down performance cruising for those not willing or able to enter the 40-foot range where performance cruisers usually reside. Designed by Judel/Vrolijk & Co., the boat is built for speed with its fair share of amenities.

The hull is made of hand-laid GRP-fiberglass and the deck has a balsa core. A two-spreader aluminum rig is the backbone of a large sailplan and roller-furling is standard. Harken winches and tiller steering round out the cockpit. Under the water, a cast iron T-keel with a bulb provides good stability.

Down below a forward V-berth offers sleeping space with storage underneath it and an aft cabin with a double bunk, wardrobe and cupboard. A single head is all that's needed in this smaller package, and joinery is done in mahogany, although teak is optional. A workable galley has a sink, plenty of storage and a two-burner stove with a gas oven. The boat has a dedicated nav station for serious cruising and a saloon table with foldable sides for serious dining.

All of that provides a much bigger boat feel in a smaller, more manageable package. The Dehler 32 manages to pack in much of the comfort of the manufacturer's other boats giving people looking for a smaller boat the opportunity for great cruising and a fun romp around the buoys too.

Dehler 32
LOA 32'2"; Beam 10'7"; Draft 5'8"; Ballast 3,305 lbs.; Displ. 9,500; Sail Area 645 sq. ft.; Auxiliary 21-hp. Yanmar with saildrive; Fuel 21 gal.

Dehler North America
(773) 843-2497