I looked very closely at the Dean at last years La Rochelle show and spent a lot of time talking to Peter Dean.
The good points are that when you buy a Dean you sort of join a family
, they send you maintenance
reminders every month and the service
is very personalised rather than just being a Hull
number. The interior
finish is superb (in my opinion, as good as Privilege) and the layout can be adapted to whatever you require. If you want a workshop and only 2 cabins they can accomodate you. The price
is very competitive for a boat of this quality.
The reason I didn't buy one, as mentioned above, the very small tramps, access around the boat isn't as wide and flat as others, at one point during the show there was around 12 people on board and the bottom step of the sugarscoop was underwater, it is not a very fast boat and is not sold as such but as a comfortable cruiser.
I think the Dean is a fine boat that will cross oceans and be very comfortable at anchor
, just not for me.