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Fuga in Turkey, by Bill Pogson, 2008

We are sadly thinking we should part with Fuga in order to move on ourselves. She is currently being marketed through Waterside and JR Yachts who will shortly publish her updated specifications.

If you are interested in a sailing boat for long term cruising or living aboard, then a Dehler 41DS fits the bill, and if you are really serious then please get in touch with us.

An ideal liveaboard sailing boat

Fuga is a Dehler 41DS, built by Dehler in Germany in 1995 under the supervision of Germanischer Lloyd, and is classified as 100 A5. She was the 19th built (Build No. 39). Over 120 41 DS's were built (to Jan 2005). In 1998, the boat came top of Cruising World's 'Cruising Boat of the Year, and top of their 'full size' category. As with all Dehlers of that vintage, she is strongly constructed to a high standard and is bearing her years well.

The Dehler 41DS makes a very good liveaboard sailing boat. We particularly like the boat for its performance, yet very easy handling, and down below the deck saloon layout provides plenty of room, air and light. Stowage is extensive, both above and below decks, and at the risk of losing sight of our waterline, we use it well.

There are many differentiating features that make Fuga particularly good value, and suitable for a life afloat, or for longer term cruising. These have been installed by John and Mo during their ownership. We found some of the original design features impractical, for example the anchoring arrangements, and have worked to overcome these.

Things do go wrong on boats: they are complex systems, or maybe they simply wear out. We have worked hard to keep the boat in sound condition, and have updated or replaced her equipment as we have felt it necessary. It is a fact that boats that are continuously in use are generally better looked after than those used only casually.

When we bought Fuga in September 2003 she had been relatively lightly used, and was near her original condition. We have worked hard to keep her that way. She had been owned from new by the Bursens family of Knokke-Heist in Belgium, and was berthed at her home port of Breskens just over the border in Holland.

John and Mo have fitted her out with a view to providing them with a degree of cruising comfort and safety.

Thoughts about the Dehler now:


We are delighted above all else with the light, bright accomodation, and roominess of the boat, that makes living aboard a pleasure.