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34'''' Dehler Optima 101: questions
A dock neighbor had one for several years, and we went sailing a number of times.
Inteligent design and gear layout for the most part. Liked the cockpit. Less thrilled about guests/kids working around the mid cockpit traveler. He upgraded to the Harken windward sheeting traveler, which was nice.
Hull is solid (and thin) but still stiff. High quality fittings. Typical german over-engineering.
comopromises: head extrends across entire cabin w slide out sink-in-a-drawer. Ice box is tiny (imagine lunch on Lake Zurich). There was something strange about the bow roller (don''t think it had one). Toe rail was molded in and a little low for me.
In short steep seas, the motion was a little quick for some people. In flatter water it was fairly quick.