Originally Posted by boggie
Can you give me opnions about these boats?
OK - personal opinions below. Others will no doubt vary....
I've never sailed a Dehler, but I've recently had a close look at them at a boat show
and I did not really like them. They seemed to lack the forethought that went into the Beneteaus, Catalinas, Jeanneaus, Hunters, etc. etc... For instance the access to the underfloor areas on the Jeanneaus and Beneteaus was via a small "clip" that you could trigger easily and then lift
. On the Dehler you need a screwdriver. Now it's a small point and will you ever need "fast" access to that area? But to my mind it showed a difference of approach in the design and I wondered what else was going to be made more difficult to access? What if I lost
The internal finish was, IMO, poorer than I expected and access through the boat was not as good. The woods used were much darker than the other boats which made it feel cramped and the layout did not seem to be as pleasant. SWMBO give it the thumbs-down very quickly so if you're planning to take the Missus with you then get her to have a look. The ladies seem to like the bright, airy feel.
To be fair to Dehler, this was a brand new boat so there was actually nothing wrong with it, but the Beneteaus and the Catalina
375 just felt so much nicer, more pleasant and comfortable. I cannot put my finger on it any better than that. I did not actually expect much from Beneteau
or the Catalina
before I went to the show, but I was mightily impressed by both makes.
For me, the absolute bottom of the show was the Island Packet
with the new internal layout with no V-berth.