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Ushaka For Sale - NOW £16,500

1986 Dehler Optima 101/34S

This yacht has a good history when it comes to winning races. If you're after a yacht that is easy to handle that can beat everyone around the cans and offshore, look no further. This yacht won the Royal Escape race overall, was 3rd in class (by 1 second) and 10th overall in the Round the Island Race, 6th in class in the Fastnet Race (having lead overall 100 miles in) and was Sussex yacht club Yacht of the year winning every series entered. Ushaka has been well maintained, updated and cared for taking into account her age, and features a surprisingly spacious and comfortable interior with lots of practical features. A May 2015 survey report is available on request. Whilst she has been optimized for racing (IRC 0.907 2018) we have extensively cruised her as a family, you will not find a better boat that offers the best of both worlds. This boat has been constantly upgraded in current ownership to provide a fast yet easy to sail.

Contact Tim Cork:


  • Vessel name: Ushaka (name to be retained by owner)
  • Builder: Dehler
  • Model: Optima 101 / 34s
  • Year constructed: 1986
  • Cabins: 2
  • Heads: 1
  • No. of engines: 1
  • Engine model: Yanmar
  • Price: Reduced further to £16,500


  • Length overall 10.09 metres
  • Beam 3.38 metres
  • Draft 1.73 metres
  • Hull Polyester Monohull Keel Fixed Keel
  • Location Shoreham, United Kingdom


  • Engine Inboard Diesel YANMAR 2GM20 20 HP
  • Propeller 2 Blade folding
  • Fuel Diesel
  • Fuel capacity 38 litres
  • Maximum speed 7.5 knots
  • Cruising speed 6 knots


Sleeps 7, in 2 double cabins, one forward, one aft in main saloon, one single and one twin berth, L-shaped galley with double sink, pumped fresh water, 12volt refrigerator new 2015, 2 burner gimballed cooker with oven, Heads replaced 2016, Large storage area in hanging locker opposite. Main saloon with fold-up table & central drinks locker. Plenty of stowage, under seating & sliding lockers port and starboard. Upholstery in green. All lighting has been upgraded to LED throughout.


  • 1 x Heavy No1 (Carbon, Westaway 2016)
  • 1 x Light No1 (Carbon, Westaway 2015)
  • 1 x Club racing / Cruising No1
  • 1 x No3 (Black Kevlar, Westaway 2016)
  • 1 x Club racing / Cruising No3 1 x Offshore Main (Carbon, Westaway 2016 2 reef lines)
  • 1 x Inshore Main (Carbon, Westaway. 2015 no reefs)
  • 1 x Club racing / Cruising (bullet proof Dacron 2016 2 reefs)
  • 1 x Fully Battened Main
  • 1 x Racing Spinnaker (1.5oz Westaway, 2016)
  • 1 x Racing Spinnaker (0.9oz, Hyde, 2014)
  • 1 x Club racing / Cruising Spinnaker 1.5oz
  • 1 x Club racing / Cruising Spinnaker 0.9oz
  • 1 x Club racing / Cruising Spinnaker 0.5oz

All the above sails are in good condition. Various other older sails will come with the boat of various.


  • 2 x Harken ST40 Genoa Sheet winches
  • 2 x Harken ST32 Halyard winches


The Dehler Optima 101/34S is powered by a Yanmar 2GM 20 three cylinder 20hp diesel engine, shaft drive to a two-bladed folding propeller. Single lever controls new 2017. Engine last serviced winter 2017. Alternator fully refurbished Feb 2018.


  • 2 x 12 volt batteries charging from the engine alternator & Mains battery charger.
  • 240v ring main installed 2015 with all lights internal and external replaced with LED 2015.


  • 2 x Fire extinguishers
  • Fire Blanket
  • Harness eyes
  • 2 x Lifebuoys
  • 2 x Bilge pump (manual to comply with ORC Cat 2 regulations)


  • DSC VHF Radio
  • Echo sounder
  • Tacktic Log/Speed
  • Tacktic Windspeed
  • Tacktic GPS Repeater
  • Clipper 2 x Compasses (Bulkhead)
  • GPS Garmin
  • Autopilot
  • LED Navigation lights
  • LED Masthead Tricolour


  • Radio AM/FM with blue tooth connectivity)
  • 6 Speakers (4 internal, 2 Deck)


  • 2 x Anchors, Chain & warp
  • Main Sail cover (Blue)
  • Sprayhood (Blue)
  • Swim ladder
  • 2 x Mooring warps
  • 4 x Fenders


Fin Keel with spade rudder, with tiller steering.


Dehler Optima 101/34S built in 1986 by Dehler Yachtbau GmbH, Germany to a Van de Stadt design. White GRP hull with blue styling stripe – superstructure white, with grey kiwi grip non-slip deck surfaces. Cast iron fin keel. Tiller steering to spade rudder. Self-draining cockpit.