The Dehler 39 was one of the boats that have been more time in production, at least in Europe were the live of a model rarely goes beyond 5 years. That was only possible because the boat was really very good. And it is still a fast boat even at Top level sailing. On the last year world ORCi championship one of the contenders was a Dehler 39:
YouTube - Team Redan - ORCi Worlds 2010 - downwind second helmsman Gerard.MOV
They have finished 5th in the beta division. Not bad
for such an "old" hull. We are not talking about club racing but about top racing
And on the offshore long race, raced with stormy weather, on real time, on their division they were only beaten by the Salona 37 and the Finnflyer 36 both very fast boats.
Results: Flensburger Segel-Club
A hell of a boat. Only now Dehler is presenting a new 40 (41) a boat that I hope is going to be as good as the "old" 39. You can have a look at it here: