Dufour Insider: Wood is Good


Different interior woods provide distinctly different “feels.” Our standard Moabi finish is pictured here.

Dufour is well-known for building a solid boat with superior sailing qualities, but for us, it’s not enough to stop there. We also strive to create beautiful interiors and a spectacular living environment to enhance the on-board experience.  Of course, the majority of our interiors are made of wood. But did you know that all “wood” is not created equal?


The optional light oak finish is slightly more contemporary.

Like most modern boatbuilders, we build our interior furniture using a marine grade plywood covered with a visually appealing veneer. What separates Dufour from many other builders is that the veneer we use is actually a carefully selected and finished real wood. While a more challenging material to work with because of the natural variations in the grain pattern, real wood gives each boat a warm, rich feel with unique character that is easy to maintain and repair if needed. Notice how Dufour craftsmen match up the grain across a row of cabinets.


Notice how the grain matches?

To cut costs, some other builders have taken to using plastic laminate panels or processed wood products, but we still believe that only real wood can provide the warmth, beauty and character to make each Dufour interior truly special.


Marine grade plywood is critical

The days of building a yacht interior completely out of solid wood ended long ago, but Dufour uses no ordinary plywood for the furniture and cabinetry. We use marine grade plywood because it has minimal gaps between the individual layers for strength, and a high-grade waterproof glue to resist the destructive effects of moisture.


Dufour interior combine solid wood and veneers beautifully.

Soild wood is still used for door frames, fiddles, and corners. Other builders may cut costs by squaring off door frames to avoid the complex curves, or eliminate the hardwood trim altogether. But Dufour respects the elegant look that can only be achieved by shaping natural wood.

What’s the difference between Moabi and Oak woodwork?


Traditional dark Moabi is warm and luscious.

The standard interior is built using Moabi wood that has a rich, traditional look that’s complimented by white side paneling and Corian countertops to offset the darker color. The tremendous amount of natural light supplied by numerous deck windows helps keep the Moabi interior feeling open and bright.


Lighter oak finishes are becoming increasingly more popular.

As lighter woods have become more popular in recent years, Dufour has sourced a beautiful Canadian Oak with a lighter, more modern look. Although this elegant material comes at a slightly higher price, more customers are expressing a preference for it, with 70% of our current production shifting to Oak in recent years. The light Oak wood is paired with a “Clay” colored Corian and natural oak side panels for a more uniform appearance.

So whichever interior look you choose for your new Dufour, you’ll be getting the highest quality REAL wood materials are used to achieve the warmth, individual character and detailed finish that will be treasured by your family and guests for years to come.

Come see a brand new Dufour for yourself.

Dufour Insider: Style Matters

Cannes, 01/09/2015. Photoshoot new Dufour Yachts model, Dufour 460, Photo © Jean Marie Liot / Dufour Yachts

I believe that style: in sailboats, or clothes, or houses, or even…minivans…matters. This became crystal clear after the birth of our second daughter when my wife demanded a minivan! And if you stick with me, you might see your next boat purchase in a whole new light.

My wife had been an avowed minivan hater for as long as I’d known her, so her newfound love for minivans came as a mildly disturbing surprise. But with the addition of the second car seat, stroller, and all the other stuff that comes with a growing family, the Nissan Pathfinder of our youth just wasn’t cutting it anymore. She was intoxicated by the magic of automatic side opening doors, extra storage space and a built in entertainment system. Her conversion was complete.


Dufour interiors are timelessly clean and modern.

So the shopping process began. Two models quickly rose to the top. The Honda Odyssey and, by way of brand loyalty, the Nissan Quest. They both had most of the features we were looking for, were within our price range and had good reputations for reliability. The Nissan seemed to have a little more interior volume and was about $5,000 cheaper. But to me, the look of the thing came up a bit short. It wasn’t that bad and I would not go so far as to call the Honda a beautiful vehicle, but it looked a lot more balanced in the profile and it somehow seemed to add a certain “coolness” to the parent factor. So while the concept of saving $5,000 was very tempting, we bucked our brand loyalty and went with the Honda.


This cockpit will never go out of style.

It’s been a fantastic vehicle for us and in a parental kind of way, I still really like the way it looks. Occasionally I’ll see one of those Nissan Quests on the road and to me, they are just plain ugly. Although we paid more for the Honda, several years later I know we made the right choice and bought something that, at least in the realm of mini-vans, looked good and felt right.

So what does this have to do with Dufour sailboats? Well, some say that the current styling trends of some other sailboat brands—boxy shapes, angular lines, slab sides, high freeboard and top heavy profiles—will fall out of fashion and are going to look pretty dated in a few years.

DUFOUR_YACHTS_PLAN_MOYEN_27Sure we’re biased because our boats aren’t styled according to the latest “trends,” but we aren’t making up the customer feedback that comes through at the boat shows either. People are going out of their way to tell us how much better we look. They mention how clean our lines are, how sleek and sexy the profile of the whole range is, and how everything just “works”.

From the inside you can see that the Dufour style is clean and modern but not trendy. World renowned designer Umberto Felci and our in-house design team always go for looks that merge form and function without sacrificing either one. We always strive to to achieve a certain elegance above and below decks. And the results speak for themselves

So while shopping for your next boat, picture what it’s going to look like 5 years from now.

Will you still look forward to stepping on board every time?

Will you look back at it with pride as you leave it on its mooring?

Dufour owners we talk to say “YES!.”

Do yourself a favor and don’t be stuck with a boat that’s going to look dated in a few years.

Timeless elegance never goes out of style.

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PS Dufour Yachts will ALWAYS be cooler and more stylish than our minivan (pictured below), but you get the drift!