Delphia 37

by George Day

Blue Water Sailing
September 2006


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From roughly the same region of Europe as Bavaria, Delphia yachts - built in Poland, not Germany - made a splash in the U.S. last year with the introduction of the Delphia 37 and 40. What we observers noted first was the amount of boat that was being offered at what appeared to be very favorable pricing.

On second look we found that the Delphia boats are high-quality cruising machines of modern design that are built by expert production craftsmen who have been building boats in Poland for more than 15 years. Buyers of Delphia yachts just happen to benefit from a favorable cost base in Poland that allows the company and its dealers to pass on savings to consumers.

The Delphia 37 is a fin-keel, spade-rudder sloop with a 9/10 rig. Designed to sail well and close to the wind, the 37 is also a cruising boat that can be easily handled by a couple. With an 11- foot, nine-inch beam (moderately narrow), and an almost 50-percent ballast-to-displacement ratio (high), the hull has a lot of stability built in, yet will also be quite easily driven in a wide range of conditions.

The deck layout has all halyards and control lines running aft to winches in the cockpit on either side of the companionway so that the crew won't have to venture forward to adjust sails or tie in a reef. Four self-tailing winches are provided in the cockpit for handling both the rolling headsail and a larger downwind sail. The cockpit is large and comfortable and offers plenty of storage for deck gear, sails and cruising toys.

Down below, the 37 can be had with either two large cabins aft and a smaller V-berth forward, or a single aft cabin and a larger aft head. The two-cabin layout provides a lot more storage in the sail locker to port that replaces a sleeping cabin.

The saloon has a good seagoing galley to starboard and a large nav table to port. An L-shaped settee and table form a dinette to starboard with a bench settee to port. With the drop leaves on the table up, five or six adults can eat around the table.

The Delphia 37 is a very complete package that comes at a good price. Throughout the boat the builders have used top-of-the- line gear and equipment and finished the boat to a high degree of detail. Built for cruisers who are seeking a comfortable boat that sails well, the 37 will turn a lot more heads as the brand becomes better known.

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