The Dehler 38, a light-displacement fractional sloop, was designed by EG Van de Stadt and built in Germany by Dehler Yachts.
The Dehler 38 can perform well on the race course and offer comfort and convenience for cruising. It was designed by the renowned Dutch naval architect E. G. Van de Stadt and built by Dehler Yachts, a German company known for its innovative and quality products. The Dehler 38 was launched in 1987 and quickly gained popularity among recreational sailors who appreciated its speed, handling and versatility
The Dehler 38 was available with different options for racing or cruising, such as taller mast, or a deeper keel, and different interior layouts. The boat also featured an integrated alloy space frame and Kevlar reinforcement in the hull to increase strength and reduce weight.
The Dehler 38 can accommodate up to six people in three separate cabins: a forward cabin with a V-berth, a main cabin with two settees that can convert to berths, and an aft cabin with a double berth. The boat has one head with a shower located aft to starboard. The galley is located to port and has a two-burner stove, an oven, a sink, and a refrigerator. The navigation station is opposite the galley and has a chart table, an instrument panel, and a seat. The dining area is in the main cabin and has a folding table that can seat six people.
The interior of the Dehler 38 is bright and spacious, thanks to the large windows, hatches, and skylights. The boat has ample storage space in lockers, drawers, and shelves throughout.
Hull and Deck
The hull of the Dehler 38 is made of fiberglass with Kevlar reinforcement in high-stress areas. The hull shape is optimized for performance under the IOR rating system, with a relatively beamy midsection and generous overhangs.
The deck of the Dehler 38 is also made of fiberglass with an integrated alloy space frame for stiffness and rigidity. The deck has a non-skid surface and teak trim on the cockpit seats and coamings. The deck layout is designed for easy handling and safety, with wide side decks, sturdy handrails, and well-placed cleats and winches.
The cockpit of the Dehler 38 is spacious and comfortable with wheel steerin. The cockpit has an aft locker for storage, a folding swim ladder on the transom, and an emergency tiller access hatch on the cockpit floor. The cockpit also has an instrument console above the companionway that displays speed, depth, wind, compass, GPS, VHF radio, autopilot, and stereo controls.
The Dehler 38 has a well-balanced sail plan that allows the boat to sail fast and close to the wind in various conditions. The boat also has good stability and maneuverability thanks to its fin keel and spade rudder.
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