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Dehler 34

by Norris Comer

Dehler 34

The new German-made Dehler 34 is making quite the splash as it racks up recognitions and awards this year, and now this sporty performance cruiser is available in the Pacific Northwest. While the original Dehler 34 debuted in 1984, the design has evolved with many modern features sailors from racing competitors to cruisers will appreciate.

With a 17.02-meter-high competition rig to maximize sail area, a Judel/Vrolijk & Co.-designed performance hull, and an optional deeper racing keel option, the Dehler 34 definitely has an emphasis on speed. The twin helm layout of the cockpit and mainsheet traveler that leads all lines back to the helm are also notable sailing characteristics. What’s fun about the Dehler 34 is that each one has a high level of customization. A lightweight carbon rig may beckon the racer, while the foldable swim step and cockpit teak table may attract the more cruiser-minded.

Dehler 34 SpecsThe interior is quite nice, especially with the generous lighting thanks to large windows and retractable top. A full galley, nav table, foldable seating near the stepped mast, and more features are available. Two cabins, one forward and one aft, have berths for the crew. An enclosed head is also featured.

Thanks to the extensive custom options and the highly versatile design, the 2017 Dehler 34 can fill most roles a sailor could ask of a yacht this size. If you’re interested, contact the local dealer, JK3 Yachts, and check their website, jk3yachts.com, for more information and pricing.

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