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  1. #11
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    Default Re: Dehler 34 VdS vs ??? - performance cruising

    Pity your budget would not run to an X yacht. very similar performance and underwater shape to the Finngulf 33 which is slightly more cruising biased but not cheap enough.

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    Default Re: Dehler 34 VdS vs ??? - performance cruising

    First 33.7?

    https://m.apolloduck.com/boats.phtml...mi=2004&rid=gb

    X99 has runners etc I think, not ideal 2 up

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    Default Re: Dehler 34 VdS vs ??? - performance cruising

    Beneteau First 33.7

  4. #14
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    Default Re: Dehler 34 VdS vs ??? - performance cruising

    A Sigma 33,36,362?
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  5. #15
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    Default Re: Dehler 34 VdS vs ??? - performance cruising

    D34s good to windward and have relatively flat bottom so go well off the wind as well. Main competition were Sigma 33 and X boats-X boats a bit faster but not by as much as you would think. Elan 33 was also good fun to race against. D34s have been used in the Fastnet race and done well in the RIR and club racing so pretty decent fast boats with a good pedigree.

    Main issues are woodwork is a bit light compared to some contemporary UK designs, not got much height in the saloon if 6ft+ and interior volume is not a patch on a modern 34 with high topsides. They are very pretty though, easy to single/double hand, handle nicely under power, light to helm and responsive to sail. We use ours for fast cruising and it is great for a couple or small family.

    Should get a decent one for 25 to 30k. Hope this helps.

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    Default Re: Dehler 34 VdS vs ??? - performance cruising

    X99 needs four or five bods on the rail to keep upright .

    Similar for early D34. The later ones have an upside down keel with much more weight lower down.

    The flat forefoot slams something chronic if you are motoring into a choppy sea.
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  7. #17
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    Default Re: Dehler 34 VdS vs ??? - performance cruising

    Thanks Robbie, Toma, thats very helpful and reassuring.
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