Last weekend saw the first launch of our new Dale 40. The launch saw the culmination of 18 months of hard work from a fabulous team from design, to tooling and then into the build. The purpose of the trial was to test the systems and record engine data for propeller optimisation. This boat is fitted with a pair of Volvo Penta D6 370 HP engines with Volvo Penta glass cockpit system, Interceptor System and integrated with CZone digital switching system. The boat handles brilliantly and was so responsive to both steering and throttle commands. Mike Reynolds, MD, likened it to driving a sports car and those that know him know he’s difficult to please! The boat reached a top speed of 23.5 knots with this configuration. For thrill seekers, higher speeds can be obtained by fitting the Volvo Penta D6 435 or the D8 600 for those brave enough! Joystick docking is also an option for those less confident or short handed. Fuel capacity is 2300 lts giving a comfortable cruising speed range of over 400 miles with plenty to spare.
She is now back in our workshops for completion and getting her ready to hand over to a very lucky owner. Motor Boat and Yachting magazine will also be carrying our a test report for their publication. We’ll keep you updated with when it is likely to feature.
Getting her out in natural light also gave us the opportunity to get a proper sense of the internal space. For those that want even more natural light, a panoramic sunroof is a designed in option. The boat feels so spacious, headroom is in abundance (6’9″ in some areas) and the beam and layout combine to give a feeling of volume and space. She has two vast ensuite heads (with separate built in shower areas), large hanging spaces in each of the cabins and plenty of storage areas. The wheelhouse has the same electric sliding seat that worked so well on our Dale Classic 45 giving over an extra foot of seating area whilst in harbour.
With the weather on the weekend it was a luxury to be able to drive from the exterior helm (although it won’t be so windy when the exterior screen is fitted! ) when the sun was or pop back in to helm from inside.
There’s plenty of images below, there are a few things to finish off that you may spot (missing screen among other things)
If you have any questions, please get in touch or keep watching or website for more updates.
We will also shortly be launching a brand new website which we’re very excited about!