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In the never ending quest for a boat that rocks our world, the admiral and I went and looked at a couple of used boats yesterday. One of them was Dehler 39 with the 5'6" draft, which I believe is the shoal draft model. We would much prefer a deep draft for the NW cruising we want to do, but were blown away by what a fine looking boat this was. It looks like a nice compromise between racer and cruiser. We really don't have a lot of interest in racing, but do want to have something a bit speedy for those frequent light wind days on the Sound in the Summer.

I know Jeff posted positively about seeing the 39 at a show, but other than that I can't find much about the boat. If anyone has any experience sailing this boat we would love to hear about it.

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What do you want to know???

Probably the best boat (of those we can afford - so bellow Swans etc..)....in the World...

1500 % better than beneteau, a real fast boat, very well built in Old Germany, not the Eastern part...

Sail's around any old shoe....inside is "zeher Deutsch"...if you like it...BEST BOAT EVER...

yoiu can afford it?? BUY IT.....its not comaparable with Beneteau/JEanneau/Catalina/Hunter/Dufour, etc...and defenately 180deg away from the old shoes..not saying names here..but you should know what I call the old shoes..

It's up there with Halberg and Moddy...but faster....

Points like a whore after a rich customer, built strong, sails downwind like a charm...almost as fast as an IMS...
 

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So Alex,

Why say how you really feel about said boat!

Micheal,

Are you looking at the sexy red one that SailNW has, or the one I have not seen at Elliot bay?

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Hi Marty, We are looking at the one at Elliot Bay. The one at Sail NW is way out of our price range.

It looks like a rocket, nicely detailed down below, not luxury quality but very nice. The Admiral loves it. We are out of Seattle for a few days, so will probably go see it again next week when we get back, and take a more critical look at systems and equipment.

Alex, have you aboard one ? Which keel model if so?

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Dehler 39

You can contact Karl Peterson/Norfolk, Va. Karl races his boat regularly at Hampton YC. Sailnet won't let me post email address, ?, pm me back with alternate contact info and I will forward you his address. Leroi
 

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llissenden,

With two posts, you can not post some links, nor can one send a PM because of the less 10 posts. BUT, you could post an email this way, which i safer than the actual posing of one
example
blt2ski at hotmail dot com

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Are the 36s in the same class as the 39? Could an experienced sailor take the 36 out by himself for a day or two?

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I have own a dehler 39 for 11 year

I have had some boat before but I can realy say that this boat is one of the top sailing boat create the last decay.
I started one project 1999 and my goal was winning Microsoft Gotland Around. I search for a sailingboat who has the ability to be one of the best in racing in thes competition. I chose Dehler 39 in a field of X boat, First, Arcona, J-boats, Grand Solei, and Dehler. The choised was wery good.
We von Lidingö around and was 2:nd in gotland around. And our place was top 3 in the mayor of the race this year.
:D
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Original poster here. We bought the D39 27 months ago and love it. It is quick and has great cruising interior. Our D39 is the predecessor to the SQ , very similar. We really like the aft sheeting of of main sheet, and big wheel. We like other D39 owners wish our traveler was longer. Even with the shoal draft keel this boat points very high. It is easy to trim close hauled, with the stock 104 headsail, and locks into the groove easily. We sail faster than the theoretical hull speed on a regular basis even with well used sails. With the gennaker on the sprit, the boat is a missle with any wind at all.

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doubleeboy,

Were you guys at opening day at SYC going thru the parade? Beltane? if so, I took some pics if you did not get any from other folks. PM me with an email addy if you want what I took. Not sure how good vs others.......

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Rock,

That one looks a lot like the one Micheal bought IIRC, and based on what I think is his boat a few weekends ago.

That shoal draft will make it work better on the east coast, but as Micheal said earlier, here in Puget SOund, 7-8' of draft on a boat is not a big deal.

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Hey Marty,

Frankly I didn't know about Dehler until I read this post. Did some search and i like what I read. She is at the high side what I plan to pay, but if for the right boat; I don't mind.

I have been considering a 1987 HR352. She is well maintained but her teak deck worries me. Cursing in Caribbean with a teak deck may a pain. D39 seems to be a good alternative and much newer than 87.

Hope some of you know more about Dehler and shed more light on this. Thanks.
 

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Unfortunately Dehlers are a very rare breed in Australia but for me they are one beautiful boat. I've only ever been on board a few but I've loved what I've seen. Its not going to happen but I'd be a happy chappy to own one.
 

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Rock,

You will probably find generally speaking, a dehler to be nicer than a Jeanneau since that seems to be what you have been sailing. Price point is also a bit higher when comparing equal sized boats. speed wise.....I'd give a slight edge to dehler, unless you fins say an older SF35 or 37, ie the taller mast, deeper keel version of the SO you have been sailing. Then the Jeanneau may have a slight edge.

"IF" this one you linked is a floor plan you like, like other parts about it. buy it, you will NOT go wrong with this boat brand. They do not sell as many over on this side of the pond. But they are a step or two up from a Jeanneau. BUT, we are not talking major up grade, maybe chevy vs an olds, ferd vs lincon type thing.

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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:D 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:

http://www.sailnet.com/forums/boat-review-purchase-forum/62341-interesting-sailboats-117.html

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Hey Paulo, who designed the D39 ? I'm thinking Judel/Vrolijk, surely its not one of the Dehler Van de Stadts.
 
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