Boat builders are currently paying much attention to the sub 35ft level, with a number of the big companies having launched new models in the past six months. Dehler has joined the fray with a sporty fast cruiser that celebrates many of the qualities for which the company’s first 34-footer won great acclaim when it was launched 30 years ago.
The Judel / Vrolijk design has retained sporty sailing characteristics, with a hull shape that promotes higher maximum speeds. Karl Dehler, chief developer of Dehler, says: “The new Dehler 34 was developed as a luxurious performance cruiser, with an incredible amount of space, headroom and tank volume. Performance oriented sailors can upgrade the 34 with everything – and I mean absolutely everything – that leads to more performance.”
The boat was conceived with a wide range of options that enable it to be configured to owners’ exact requirements. For instance, you can choose tiller steering or twin wheels and three keel types are available: a competition T-keel with 2.10 m draught and two L-shaped keels with 1.95 m and 1.55 m draught. Other external options include a bathing platform and a fixed bowsprit.
The interior offers two large cabins, while the salon has two comfortable settees, a spacious L-shape galley and a navigation table. The heads compartment is equipped with Dehler’s Uni-Door concept in which one door separates three areas, providing maximum privacy when space is limited. Interior options include a semi open plan forepeak in lieu of the standard separate cabin and weight saving furniture.
The floor structure is reinforced with uni-directional carbon fibre at strategic points, creating what the company calls a “carbon cage”. It’s claimed this increases the rigidity of the floor structure by 20 per cent and the mast base by an impressive 50 per cent. The first boat is currently in build, with completion scheduled for August 2016. The base price is €108,500 ex works and excluding VAT.
– Overall length 10.70m
– Waterline length 9.60m
– Beam 3.60m
– Draught 1.55m (shoal keel)
1.95m (standard keel)
– 2.10m (deep T bulb keel)
– Sail area 65sq m (standard rig)
– or 71sq m (tall carbon rig).
– Engine Volvo Penta 18hp diesel