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Old 09-12-2002
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Dufour vs Dehler

I was at Dusseldorf Boat Show when Dehler 34 was introduced for the first time.I spent a considerable amount of time looking at this boat.It is a lot more cruising oriented than performance oriented big brothers 36 and 39 altough it has a very similar layout to 36.
It is rated "A" which means unlimited oceans in European standarts.The tankage (water and fuel)is a little bit limited and also storage space is not enough for extended offshore cruising.However if you are looking for a fast and very well built boat for extended coastal sailingand occasional club racing you can not find a better boat for the money.
Dufour has been bought by Grand Soleil(quality Italian yacht maker)and they are re-designing their whole line so the new 34 probably will be a better than avarage boat like their new 40,but Dehler Boats are head and shoulders above Dufour in terms of build and parts quality.If money is no object I would definitely would go for Dehler...
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