I just purchased a DE 32 in Everett, WA. I sailed (and motored) it up to Homer, Alaska
. Crossing the Gulf of Alaska
(Elfin Cove to Seward) and around the Kenai Peninsula, reaffirmed what a fine and solid design the DE 32 has. She handled the largest headwinds and snottiest seas (up to 10 feet) with ease.
Dolphin is a late 1977 with the fold-up table. We had a crew of three, plus me and had enough room in the beamy 11 foot saloon
. Overall, I could not think of a finer boat--so many times, as the article about the DE 32 states, I was asked how big she was--most thinking in the upper thirties or forties.
The only flaw in the earlier boats is the mast
is not keel-stepped; it does not have a block between the compression
post and the keel
. But, it is simple to remedy--I put a 3X3 block below the CP and keel