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Ah, those Dehlers are beautiful boats aren''t they?
I ordered a 115 this Fall, having been a fan of their new boats for a few years. I spent a long time talking with one of their engineers, and got to go over a 110 with him and ask about every little detail on the boat. I''m impressed with their build quality - they have a keen interest in making the boat as stiff, strong, and light as possible. They make good use of advanced materials like epoxy hulls, carbon fiber masts and resin-infused decks. Fit and finish looked excellent, and I saw quality hardware everywhere I looked. Racing is hard on boats, and they appear to build a boat well-suited for it. I spent a lot of time sitting on a J109 also, and it just didn''t have the quality interior that the C&C had - it felt a little stripped down. The Dehler 36 was simply amazing - if I could get the Dehler layout with the C&C interior I would.
I haven''t sailed on one of the new C&Cs yet, but I''ve heard that they are fast and fun, especially the C&C 99, which is sort of a mini version of the 115. I hope to go sailing soon on a 99 here in the PNW and will let you know what I think. I''ll also be visiting the factory to inspect hull #1 or #2 in January or February.
Of course, nothing is perfect - I heard a few QC problem stories, the worst was a tank that wasn''t attached properly and came loose on the test sail. Others were nits and picks. Get a good dealer, and go over the boat carefully during commissioning. Hold some money back if you really want some leverage. The C&C engineer I spoke with seemed very interested in resolving any quality issues.
The 115 isn''t the perfect design for me, but it''s awfully close. I prefer perforated aluminum toe rails, or the cool molded toe rails of the new Dehlers, and I suspect the 60-inch wheel is going to be interesting to maneuver around in rough weather. I''m also a little nervous that the settee''s may be a bit on the short side for sea berths.
C&C/Fairport must be doing something right - they have double-digit annual growth, and they are moving to a larger facility next year.
I''ll report back more after my visit.