ma. nov 29th, 2021


The new Dehler 34 is BOAT OF THE YEAR 2017

After numerous nominations, the new Dehler 34 now received not only her first award, but also one of the most prestigious awards in sailing. The new Dehler 34 won against the Alerion Sport 30, Elan E4 and J/112E and was thus elected as boat of the year 2017 by the American “Cruising World magazine”, one of the world’s largest sailing magazines.


Dehler 34c auf dem Strelersund
Dehler 34c auf dem Strelersund

In the category “Best Performance Cruiser” we had to find a “performance-oriented sailboat that is competitive on the racecourse, laid out for vacation cruises, and ideally suited to pleasant day sails.” The yacht should be a fast, fun, and compact boat “that was crafted for the purest of reasons: the simple joy of sailing.”

After all the nominated performance cruisers were tested, the head of the jury stated: “I think in terms of the category, trying to find a nice crossover between cruising accommodations and a boat that you can take sailing, it just hit its mark.” With that, the panel named the Dehler 34 this year’s “Best Performance Cruiser”.

The team around Karl Dehler can be proud of their new development. “The new Dehler 34 was designed according to the principles of the old Dehler 34 from the 80s, the world’s first performance cruiser. Together with judel / vrolijk & co, we have developed a yacht which sails fast, agile and is simply fun. At the same time, we have designed an elegant and friendly interior to enjoy highest comfort on long journeys, “says Karl Dehler.

The new Dehler 34 will be exhibited together with the Dehler 38, 42 and 46 at the boot in Düsseldorf (Hall 16, stand 16C18).

2017 Cruising World Boat of the Year Nominees:

Full-Size Cruiser Under 50 Feet

  • Hallberg-Rassy 40 MkII
  • Catalina 42
  • Elan Impression 45
  • X-Yachts X4
  • Dufour 460 Grand Large

Full-Size Cruiser Over 50 Feet

  • Jeanneau 58
  • Beneteau Oceanis Yacht 62
  • Solaris 50

Performance Cruisers

  • Alerion 30 Sport
  • Elan E4
  • J/112E
  • Dehler 34

Cruising Catamarans Over 50 Feet

  • St. Francis 50 Mk II
  • Balance 526
  • Royal Cape Catamarans Majestic 530
  • Xquisite X5

Cruising Catamarans Under 50 Feet

  • Lagoon 42
  • Lagoon 450 S
  • Fountaine-Pajot Lucia 40
  • Seawind 1190

Charter Catamarans

  • Gemini Freestyle
  • Bali 4.0 Lounge
  • Bavaria Nautitech Fly 46
  • Leopard 45