Did find this owners review on Yachting and Boaters World site from a few years ago.
I've got a 22. The first thing to bear in mind is they are mostly twenty years old now. I think they were nearly all home finished from assorted option packs, so standard of finish is largely down to the skills & wallet size of the first owner.
They are well made, but you really should have a survey
regardless. Its bound to find things you do not spot. They sail brilliantly being superbly balanced and quite exciting upwind. With the water ballast and lightly ballasted drop keel you do have to sail them a bit flatter than a deep keel, but you soon get the hang. The cockpit
is quite small, and this can be a problem as the main traveller has savaged my wife's knees a couple of times.
As most of them are/were lake sailed in Germany
they usually have a nice big genny and the rig is quite tall, so there is plenty of power to play with, and perhaps a tad too much when it get blowy..but then you roll up the genny and put in a reef.
You do need to check if the keel has had an overhaul
. This is a job for the professionals, but on the other hand I overhauled the water ballast valve myself in an afternoon.
can be obtained from Marina Grossenbrode in Germany
. They do speak a little English
, but most documentation
is in German, so it helps to have at least a greeting available in their mother tongue when you speak.
There are four reasonably good sized berths, but its very cosy, so its probably not a prospect for four for longer than a weekend unless you are very good friends or have small kids
. For two its a perfect pocket rocket.
I was really hunting for a Parker 21 (Parkers are local to me), but prices seemed a bit higher than I wanted to pay, and with the money
burning a hole in my pocket I probably jumped quicker than I should and bought the Dehler. No regrets, its a very nice little thorougbred, and I come from a racing dinghy
background, so I did not want a sailing slug anyway [img]/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]