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post #3926 of Old 03-06-2013
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Re: Dehler 38

Originally Posted by PCP View Post
First movie with the Dehler 38 on the water. It looks good even if that large closed transom looks a bit visually heavy to me.

It looks like a nice boat and having sailed older Dehlers extensively, I trust performace is once again better than average.

But I also don't like this trend of bathing platforms that double as a closed transom. I don't think it is any safer and an open transom gives the best possible acces to the sea anyway.

The interior looks very nice and clever, except for the chart table .

These hinged panels hiding the instruments have sharp edges and are very vulnerable when opened. In anything but calm seas, the navigator is going to get hurt by these panels or the panels will be destroyed by the navigator, probably both .

I'm afraid this is a growing trend: designs that look well at boat shows, work well at port or at anchor, but are not seaworthy. It's a pity even a reputated brand such as Dehler seems to pay more attention marketeers than to NA's .

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