The Dehler 46 is the new Judel & Vrolijk designed flagship cruiser-racer from the Hanse Yachts-owned Dehler brand and was on show at Cannes Boat Show where reviewer, Dieter Wanke, recorded his first look aboard.




With a wide variety of customisation, the Dehler 46 can be specified as a performance cruiser with teak decking and a swim platform, or as a competitive racing yacht with a complete package of lightweight fittings.

The attention to detail is noticeable with flush hatches, hidden control lines and foot rests built in to the cockpit locker handles. The bathing platform has a built-in ladder and the mast is keel stepped for better performance. The traveller is recessed into the cockpit floor and all from down below, all the cabin windows open individually.

Keel options include a shallow draught 1.85m keel, a competition version 2.50m draught or an L-shaped 2.45m deep-keeler version.

Down below there is a generous forward-facing navigation station, plenty of creative storage and a fixed folding table with an integrated bar. The standard Dehler 46 has a owners cabin with head, a spacious aft cabin starboard and a large accessible stowage on portside which also includes a bunk berth, which can store bicycles and such. However, you can also choose to have a second aft cabin in this location.

For an interesting comparison, see the full-length Contest 42CS review or Dehler 38 review.

Written by: Gael Pawson
Gael Pawson is the editor of Yachts & Yachting Magazine and the founder of Creating Waves. A keen racer, she has sailed all her life, and started writing about the subject whilst studying journalism at university. Dinghies and small keelboats are her first loves, but she has cruised and raced a huge variety of boats in locations across the world.