Tim Murphy was equally attuned to the Dehler 46. "This is a production boat built in a high-production yard," he said, noting that the vessel is manufactured in Germany's Hanse facility. "Yet it doesn't feel like the furniture just came off a CNC machine, cut out of flat pieces. There are some shapely design features down below that are really quite nice. The boat sailed pretty well, especially considering we tested it in light air. It was very satisfying to make 6.5 knots in not much more wind. It was another one of the boats that felt terrific to sail. We sailed some other yachts in the same conditions, and it was frustrating to try and get them moving. But the Dehler was sort of an 'Ah, that's better' experience."
When it came to the Grand Soleil 43, it was Ed Sherman's turn to sing the praises. "We had a really good light-air sail, and the helm was smooth as glass," he said. "It made a very good overall impression. I liked the interior a little better than some of the other yachts in this group, but that's a subjective matter. I really enjoyed everything about this one."