Top 5 posts of the year

We’re celebrating the one year anniversary of launching this blog by calling out the top 5 posts of the year. And the cool thing we’ve discovered by going back and seeing what the most popular posts were is that we have readers (and contributors) from all over the world. In fact, our most popular post included a video that Alvaro Bermudez, one of our South American Dealers, shot during an offshore passage on a Dufour 410.

#1 Dufour Lifestyle: Sailing Transatlantic on a Dufour 410

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Alvaro, inspired us with this story of sailing a new Dufour 410 from the factory in La Rochelle all the way across the Atlantic (and the Equator) to his home in Uruguay.

Click here for the full story

#2 Dufour Insider: How the boats are built

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All Dufour Yachts are built in our facility in La Rochelle, France and our “How-the-boats-are built” series was a big hit.  These stories show how all Dufours combine fine hand craftsmanship with innovative high-tech construction techniques. And this is how we do it.

Click here for part 1 of this 5 part series.

#3 Dufour Difference: 50 years of history

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Dufour Yachts was born when Michel Dufour was working at a factory that manufactured parts for locomotives near La Rochelle, France in 1964. At the time, he was in charge of the workshop that fabricated parts out of a new and revolutionary material—fiberglass. The factory was building parts that were used on the front of trains as well as for door and window frames. But since Dufour was also a passionate and successful racing sailor, it didn’t take long for him to realize that fiberglass could be the ideal building material for boats.

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#4 Dufour Insider: Keels

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It’s obvious to see that you get a sexy, well-built hull, and a spacious and finely crafted interior, when you buy a Dufour, but it’s also important to note that we take just as much pride in how our boats look and perform below the waterline as they do above. And nothing makes a bigger impact on both speed and stability underway than the keel.

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#5 Summer is here: Get in the cockpit and grill! 

The Dufour 560 and many other Dufour models have several features that similar sized performance cruisers just don’t have. And as you can see in the photo above, the enormous cockpit of the 560 that doubles as super-stylish portable sun deck at anchor is just one of them.

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But what really sets Dufour’s apart is the ingenious built-in cockpit “galley” that’s integrated into the stern area of the 560 and other models. Hot and cold pressure water is available in the sink, the cook top is big enough to cook a gourmet meal, and there’s counter space and storage space too. Why would you ever want to cook anywhere else?

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Do you have a favorite post? Please share it with us below. Or better yet, come to the US Sailboat Show in Annapolis, Maryland next week and tell us in person (and check out all our new models too)!

Dufour 382 Grand Large North American Debut

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The Dufour 382 Grand Large is a 37-footer that has the soul of a much bigger boat because Umberto Felci and the Dufour design team have come up with innovative solutions to insure this good-looking performance cruiser is available in a wide range of configurations that you don’t usually see on boats in the 30-foot range.

TIiJFgSOGUgTOqjn0vzwv-aeMGZYcSAFLeLTpIDs9f8And the choices are much more than the usual optional equipment. The interior is available in with six different floor plans. There are two possible galley positions, two or three cabin versions, and it’s also possible to add a second head.

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The boat that will be on display in Annapolis has two cabins, one head and an “L” shaped galley. It also has a huge cockpit locker on the port side. m5t7ZKYJHJ7z1DABUgamkkS3ZnjfWY1PRiWefvvZFhsA set of double doors opening to the enclosed forward cabin open up the saloon to provide a spacious social area that’s bright and airy thanks to two big deck windows and several opening hatches.

The sailplan offers the same flexibility and can be configured to suit your sailing preferences and prevailing weather. You can order a new 382 with: a standard or tall mast, self-tacking jib or overlapping genoa, classic mainsail or in-mast furling.  A fixed sprit can also be added to accommodate a gennaker or furling Code Zero sail as well.

The huge cockpit, large, drop-down transom, dual helms, and clever helm seats are additional examples of how the Dufour design team looked to maximize every inch of space on deck. And it works beautifully.

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So, if you’re in the market for a mid-sized performance cruiser that’s way bigger and sexier that you’d imagine, check out this complete walk through tour for the complete story!

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Dufour Yachts names new Australian importer

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Sydney’s famous Opera House is the perfect backdrop for testing the full range of Dufour Yachts that are now being imported to Australia by PCY.

Dufour Yachts is pleased to announce that Performance Cruising Yachts has been named the exclusive agent and importer for Dufour Yachts in Australia.

Performance Cruising Yachts is headed up by Ex-Olympic yacht racer Matt Hayes. PCY is located in exclusive marina facilities at Sydney’s Darling Harbour, and features a staff of 15 that includes service technicians, maintenance personnel, professional skippers and administrative support. It’s also the sister company to successful yacht charter business Sydney by Sail that was established in 2003.

Dufour CEO Salvatore Servio and PCY's Matt Hayes celebrate their new partnership.

Dufour CEO Salvatore Serio and PCY’s Matt Hayes celebrate their new partnership.

Dufour CEO, Salvatore Serio said, “We are thrilled to confirm our decision to work with Matt Hayes and his extremely talented team at Performance Cruising Yachts. The spectacular location in downtown Sydney is the perfect setting to display our range of modern cruising yachts. Over the past 20 years, Mr. Hayes has developed a proven formula for success and attracted an immense customer following perfectly suited to our products.”

Performance Cruising Yachts’ Matt Hayes said: “Dufour Yachts products are a perfect fit for our broad base of active sailing clients. The outstanding stability and sailing qualities, cruising comforts and high quality finish stand a cut above the other offerings in our marketplace. My recent visit to the Dufour Shipyard in La Rochelle showed me how impressive Dufour is on all levels. I was able to see firsthand how their experienced boat builders are able to take high quality materials and efficiently transform them into exceptional cruising yachts using highly refined processes.”

The partnership started off at the hugely successful Sydney Boat Show last month.

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PCY hosted a celebratory cocktail reception that was attended by more than 80 Dufour owners and prospects. And the response to the new models they had on display—310 and 382—and PYC was fantastic.

And this is only the beginning. Stay tuned.