With the sunnier season fast approaching, there are a few new players in the sailing world worth mentioning — beginning with a stylish option. Since its start in 1974, Solaris has been best known for building stylish yachts — and the new Javier Soto Acebal-designed Solaris 50 is no exception. Winner of the Performance Cruiser category of the European Yacht of the Year Awards, this 15.4 metre-long yacht offers a clean and flush deck with a tidy cockpit and six berths below deck. Its self-tacking jib and single-point mainsheet allow for easy handling.
Another new sailing yacht to look out for is the Dufour 512 Grand Large. After selling more than 140 units of the Dufour 500 GL, the french brand is hitting the market again with an updated version of the successful model. With an LOA of 15.2 metres, this yacht has elegant lines and sleek features include the new fixed bowsprit, a smartly-placed helmsman console and an inclined boom — all features designed to help with easy manoeuvring. After taking this magnificent Grand Large out for a sail, relax on the exterior galley equipped with a barbecue and sun beds ready to host six to eight guests, depending on the chosen layout configuration of either the three- or four-cabin version of this beautiful model.
And finally, there’s the new take on a classic. Thirty years ago Dehler introduced the groundbreaking Dehler 34, and today — with more than 1,300 units plying the seven seas — it has a new version of the legendary and world championship-winning yacht. Velocity, safety and beauty are the three words that come to mind when talking about the new Dehler 34. Created by the famous yacht designers, judel/vrolijk & co, this masterpiece is ideal as a family boat with its teak deck and bathing platform, or — for the thrill-seekers — the lighter sports version with carbon rig, T-speed keel and deeper rudder is perfect.