We’ve loved digging into the details of the Dufour production line with you during these last brutal weeks of winter. But like all good things, the end of our popular “How the boats are built” series only leads to the beginning of an even better one…How these sexy Dufour Yachts sail. So be sure to check back for plenty of reports filled with photos and videos of what it’s like to sail all the new models being built in La Rochelle, France as we speak.
But meanwhile back on the production line, the nearly completed boats continue their steady march toward the trucks at the end of the line that are waiting to take them to destinations all over the world.
The furniture modules have all been lowered into place. The wiring and plumbing has been run. Bulkheads have been tabbed in place. Fixtures are installed. And the boat is really starting to look like what you’ll see on the water in a couple weeks.
Everything on the completed deck is checked and double checked before the hull is bonded with the deck with both chemical adhesive and mechanical fasteners to form an incredibly strong seal.
And no boat proceeds off the line until it passes a strict regimen of quality control tests including….
After passing all quality control tests–both inside and outside–each Dufour is then prepped for transportation to happy owners all over the world on these custom-built cradles. The cradles are designed to work on trucks and also on container ships and to make sure the boats make it to their destinations in the bristol condition they leave the factory in.
The 560 is so big it needs an escort on the roads. But needless to say, it’s more than self-sufficient on the water.
If you’re in the market for a new yacht and want to see the process firsthand, please let us know. We’d love to arrange a tour so you can see how we live 50 years of yachting passion every single day.