|Rob Williams Reviews|
The new Hanse 315 is an amazing yacht for her size. The innovative thought that has gone into the yacht has resulted in a boat with good sailing performance, an elegant and sporty appearance and the ability to set her up for uses dictated by the owner's wishes. The forward cabin has three "versions" that cater for different uses and deck gear than can be optioned to facilitate either performance or easy singlehanded sailing. Her high aspect rig has a large mainsail and self-tacking headsail, which provide generous sail area. Her positive deck line increases headroom below without raising the coach-roof and the modern vertical bow and stern optimize waterline length increasing ultimate speed. The chamfer at the hull deck joint and continuous bulwark are both structural and eye-catching, as are the multi-angle cockpit coamings.
Below she has good natural light, ample headroom with a 1.91m salon near the companionway steps, which are at the optimum 50o and sleeping for up to 5 in her 2m long berths. The forward cabin options allow the owner to set this cabin for either adults or children and it has an optional door. The set-up can be as either a double berth, a single berth, forward sleeping with seat and standing up room in front of berth, or a child's berth with seat and standing up room in front of the berth. The saloon gives a spacious feel with a surprisingly large bathroom to port and galley to starboard. The aft cabin features a large lateral berth. The saloon, galley and cabins have good storage.
Boasting the largest cockpit in her class, the H315 comes standard with tiller steering and optional double wheels with secured fixed helmsmen seats. The optional mainsheet set-ups, from an on floor traveller to the "easy sailing" with main and jib sheets leading to the helmsman, enable the owner to choose the most appropriate for their use.
Two instrument locations are provided, a pod on the cabin and space on the aft face of the coamings. The partly open stern is closeable with an optional GRP bathing platform. B&G instruments are standard. The wide variety of options and addons available enable each owner to customize the boat to best suit their requirements. Her base boat price ex-factory is €59,900 and a very highly spec'd with options that would increase by around €30,000.
The Dehler legend progresses further with the new Dehler 42. The traditional Dehler elegance, comfort and quality remain as performance continues to grow, as does the ability to customize the boat for your intended use. She can be either set-up for comfortable touring or competitive racing, or somewhere in between, by choosing the appropriate options.
Broadly you have a choice of fore and aft cabin and saloon set-ups, a choice of three keels, two rudders, rigs from conventional to carbon, instrument levels, props and sails. Designed for low maintenance, a lot of care has been taken with material selection to ensure durability and reliability.
The D42s' optimized Judel/Vrolijk design has less wetted area and superior hydro graphics than earlier designs. Light weight construction using vacuum infusion for the hull lamination, vinyl-ester resin and foam core give a significant weight reduction while the rig loads are optimally absorbed and distributed over the entire carbon fibre reinforced floor structure, making her a very rigid boat.
She has the "Dehler" hull/deck joint with a solid toe rail and the option of a composite bow sprit. These in combination with her relatively high sail area, carefully chosen interior materials and performance deck gear all result in a healthy power to weight ratio and sparkling performance.
With twin wheels aft, the cockpit is ergonomically designed and provides a comfortable seating area with good back support and integrated footrests for the crew. The open stern of the cockpit can be closed with a bathing platform. Below decks the design features harmonious shapes and modern accents which create a light and airy atmosphere.
The saloon impresses with a large U-shaped sofa, a generous Lshaped galley and a navigation table. The patented "Uni Door" is used in the rear wet area – one door can either separate the entire WC area from the saloon, or swivel to separate the washbasin area from the toilet and the shower creating a separate shower area in the wet area. The cabins are equipped with generous berths and impressive storage space. The Dehler 42 is priced base boat at Euro169,900 exfactory and after that the price depends which options you choose from the huge number on offer.