Blue Oyster Dehler 60 368
Simonis/Voogd Yacht Design’s original office is in South Africa, and as a result, they pride themselves on designing yachts that are fast, bluewater boats. Their latest 60-footer for the German production boat builder, Dehler Yachts, bears all the hallmarks of such a boat.
The Dehler 60 is a second-generation version of a recent design. “We had designed two boats for Dehler, a 44 and a 34, and when we were asked to design their new flagship, we jumped at the opportunity,” says Alex Simonis. “We proposed a 60-footer because at the time we had just completed two successful 60-foot custom sisterships. We got a lot of feedback on the design. In this day and age there’s hardly any time for full-size development and prototyping, and we realized we had a rare opportunity to do back-to-back second-generation development. In that size of production boat, you rarely have the opportunity to build a prototype, go sailing, and take what you learn and use that in boat number three.”
The changes weren’t major, just some structural work below and a new deck to accommodate the Dehler style, and the result is a cockpit designed to accommodate either a shorthanded or a full racing crew, and an easily customized interior.
The Dehler 60 carries a three-spreader carbon mast with an extended masthead crane to accommodate the full-roach main, and an aluminum pocket boom. The backstay is split to allow access to the swim platform. The headsail is non-overlapping and has an electrically powered belowdecks furling system.
A bayonet-style attachment connects the oversized spinnaker pole to the mast to carry the masthead symmetric spinnaker. A manual hydraulic system controls the backstay, outhaul, and vang. The hull, deck, and internal structure are made from epoxy resin and E-glass enclosing a closed-cell foam. Both the hull and deck are laid up in female molds. Under the water is a lead T-bulb supported by a steel fin encapsulated in epoxy. The keel is fitted into a recessed flange in the hull, which is made of solid laminate. The rudder, which is controlled by two wheels on deck, is made from a carbon-fiber sandwich and carbon rudderstock, which is supported with self-aligning needle bearings at the hull and deck level. The cable steering system is driven by a chain-and-sprocket arrangement and aluminum quadrants. A 108-horsepower Volvo diesel powers a folding prop. On deck, the Dehler 60 comes standard with teak decking on the cockpit sole, side decks, and on of the deckhouse.
DSPL 41,888 lbs.
SA (u/d) 1,915/3,737 sq. ft.
Rigging Dehler rod steel