The arrival of the Dale Classic 45, in 2003, was welcomed with open arms – with the UK market already awash with Princess, Sunseeker and Fairline. This was a British built yacht with a difference – oozing with style and class. Dale Yachts, located in Milford Haven, found great success with their Dale Nelson 38 and were under pressure from their clients to build a larger yacht, while maintaining its legendary seakeeping of which it made its name. The modest straight lines, distinguishing rounded quarters and bow flare, will leave you in astonishment of just how stunningly beautiful the Dale Classic 45 really is.
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A quick look from bow to stern speaks to you that this yacht was built to go to sea and not to just be admired. At 48ft long and weighing in around 15 tonnes, the ride in a force-7 head sea is an unbelievably comfortable experience. The semi-displacement hull tops out at around 30knots, however in the high teens she will be most efficient with a range of around 350 nautical miles. The keeled hull has the fuel tanks built in to keep the centre of gravity low down and has 4ft of draft underneath the waterline!
This example, light-heartedly named “LITTLE TOY”, was built in 2007 and has lived in Ireland, England and Scotland in her three previous ownerships.
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She is offered with an impressive specification that includes bow and stern thrusters for easy handling. American cherry joinery is complimented with warm red and cream leathers that has a calming influence.
The Dale Classic 45 is a versatile yacht that will be just as memorable for a day out on the water with the family, as it would be cruising to the Baltic in a head sea. In my opinion, few yacht builders have managed to marry such qualities as the Dale Classic 45.