Dufour 36P: An insider’s look on deck

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Those that made it to the Newport International Boat Show recently, have already had a glimpse of the Dufour 36P. But for those you that might be waiting to see the 36P, and all the other new Dufour models in person at the Annapolis Sailboat Show early next month, here’s a little taste of what this sporty performance cruiser is like. It’s as fast as it looks, and as you’ll see on in the video intro below, it’s has plenty of cruising comforts as well.

The dual helm stations are ideal for both racing and cruising. And this shot also shows how wide open the cockpit is when you remove and stow the table that easily fits into the circular fittings on the sole in front of the companionway.

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And check out this sweet control line arrangement. Everything–the double ended main, jib sheets, the traveller and even the back stay–can be trimmed and adjusted from each helm.

Screen Shot 2014-09-22 at 3.48.10 PMThe wide-open transom and the large retractable swim platform is one of several features Dufour is known for. This shot also shows that each helm area has solid teak wedges that all helmsmen need when you’re steering up wind for any period of time.

Screen Shot 2014-09-22 at 3.47.05 PMThe stern area also sports copious stowage for fenders, lines, and even a roll up inflatable dinghy.

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Another clever feature is the removable cockpit seats/deck boxes. Leave them in place when you’re cruising and store the heavy stuff in them on the dock when you’re racing.

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And the 36P combines racing and cruising features beautifully up at the bow as well.

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The anchor locker is enormous. The windlass is recessed to keep it protected (and from catching a stray sheet). But the anchor roller is also easily removable for racing.

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And the retractable sprit makes it easy to handle an asymmetrical spinnaker.

And that’s just what’s happening on deck. Be sure to check back for our “insiders look” at the accommodations plan (as well as some of the other models you’ll be able to see for yourself in Annapolis).

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