First Look: Dufour 350 Grand Large

KV-nVcR0geQJAuEc-qF77eLTM_QoHnEIC2FnqgxHYEoAll the time and energy we spend designing and building boats during the long, cold winter pays off as soon as the sails are set, and the tell-tales start streaming straight back, the light, stiff hull heels slightly to weather and then just takes off like a rocket. And that’s most certainly the case with the Dufour 350 Grand Large. It’s one of our newest models. And that’s saying something because quite frankly, they’re all new.

The entire Dufour line has been completely reinvigorated in the last two years. And people are really starting to notice. The 560 is winning awards around the world. The 500 is fast becoming the gold-standard in the 50-foot range. And the 410 is redefining what you should expect from a 41-footer.

But there’s really something special about the 350. As you can see in the photos and video, every inch of this design has been studied, and tweaked, and optimized, and maximized to be much more than just comfortable.

PJQv9yhnAvmspO-hkBP7mo5EBcLBTlh3clcnUDtICy8The 350 stands out for several reasons including the large cockpit, sexy, low-slung coachroof, low freeboard and wide side-decks. But it’s the twin wheels, clever retractable helm seats, and super-yacht inspired drop-down swim platform that catch most people’s attention. And the cool thing about all these design elements (as with every Dufour we build) is that they serve their purpose both skilfully and elegantly.

EqpDPSgWXZSKXJZKxcFak8pA_ggIa_mNvGufE7pbbR0Don’t you want to go for a sail right now? We do. And the twin wheels not only provide excellent visibility under sail, they, make a fully functional, easy-to-walk-through transom a reality too.

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The sophisticated lighting and the good-sized galley and wide-open double doors into the forward cabin have a unity (and utility) of design that’s equally refreshing and effective.

YECgQUrBuSKnv_pA40mlYQbp6AU6y6j6NBMYl6CxUpYEvery inch of storage space is maximized beautifully. Here the fixed saloon table provides copious bottle storage and even a silverware tray that can be easily slid out of way when you’re ready for another bottle of fine French wine.

cpeMm0MnzuGv146JZSPv9R2OxpZ4dKsiM8BLLiPYksEAnd since we’ve already spent a good chunk of time explaining how these boats are built, we’ll just leave you with this shot of attention to detail that goes into every boat we build. So, if you’re in the market for a mid-sized boat with some very big features should really check the new 350 out for yourself. In fact, you should check out the 350 if you’re in the market for a boat of any size. It’s a whole new reality.