Dufour on display at Spring Boat Shows 2018

Still looking for the perfect new yacht to enjoy the summer sailing season? Our North American dealers are active in these local shows with current model inventory available for you to sail away!

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Newport Beach, California: April 19-22:

Newport Boat Show: Lido Marina Village. Denison Yacht Sales will display Cruising World Magazine 2018 Boat of the Year Dufour 520GL… and the Dufour 460GL

Annapolis Spring Show

Annapolis, Maryland: April 20-22:

Annapolis Spring Boat Show: Annapolis Harbor. Dream Yacht Sales will display the New Dufour 360GL , Dufour 412GL Dufour 460 GL and Cruising World Magazines 2018 Boat of the Year Dufour 520.

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Port Sydney, British Columbia: May 3-6

BC Boat Show: Port of Sydney Marina. Yacht Sales West will display Cruising World Magazines 2016 Boat of the Year, Dufour 382GL and the Dufour 460 GL.

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Essex, Connecticut: May 4-6.

Connecticut Spring Boat Show: Brewer Essex Island Marina. Northstar Yacht Sales will display the Dufour 412 and a fresh 2017 Dufour 512 Trade-in.

Thinking ahead to 2019?

Strong demand for Dufour Yachts have extended new order delivery times nearly into 2019. Click here to contact your local dealer for a quote on a 2019 model, built to your exact specification.

New D-360 To Make North American Debut

The new Dufour 360 Grand Large is coming to North America this spring!  Despite it’s smaller size, this exciting model fully delivers in the Dufour tradition, successfully balancing exceptional sailing qualities with abundant living space and creature comforts for your cruising pleasure.

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Wider aft sections create more space both on deck and down below. The expanded cockpit has more seating options, a larger swim platform and our trademark exterior galley to maximize the enjoyment of life at sea.

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Below decks, you’ll find a bright and open interior, expertly crafted in real wood with plentiful storage capacity.

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The 360 Grand Large was launched at the Paris Boat Show in December, where Dufour Yachts Marketing and Communications Director, Paolo Serio hosted a complete guided tour of all the new features. Have a look at the video here..

Of course, you can  find more details about the 360 and our entire range at  www.dufour-yachts.com.

Want to step aboard for a closer look?  The new 360 will be on display in North America for the first time at the Annapolis Spring Boat Show, April 20-22. Click here to contact your local Dufour dealer for show details or here to receive a detailed price quote.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Cruising World Magazine Honors 520 GL

PrintCruising World Magazine has once again honored Dufour Yachts by crowning the new 520 Grand Large as the “Best Full Size Cruiser” of 2018. The expert Boat of the Year judging panel praised many of the boats innovative features including the cockpit flexibility,  interior floorplan and abundant creature comforts. Veteran judge Tim Murphy noted the 520 “..offered the most pleasurable sailing experience in the class.” In addition to outshining the competition on features and sailing performance, the panel also noted that the 520 was the least expensive boat in the category. Read the full report here.

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The entire team at Dufour Yachts is thrilled and honored to be recognized again in this prestigious event, a pleasure we’ve had 8 times since 2009. In fact, over the past 10 years, Dufour has produced more Boat of the Year Winners than any other sailboat brand.

The expert judges at Cruising World Magazine have declared the 520 a winner and we hope you will too. Click HERE to contact your local dealer and set up a viewing appointment to see the 520 for yourself.

Cruising Report: Caffè Latte

We first met this infectiously vibrant couple from Montréal, Yolène & Jean, at the 2012 Annapolis Sailboat show during their search for a 40’ish foot boat to realize their cruising dreams. Since taking delivery of Caffè Latte in the spring of 2013, they have been busy! We recently received this cruising report from their current location in Grenada..

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“We purchased the Grand Large 410 in 2013 in view of our project: doing the ARC Carib 1500, sailing the Caribbean and eventually crossing the Atlantic to get into the Med. We had chosen the tall mast, deep keel, off shore sails and inner forestay options. In July 2016, we left Lake Champlain and motored our way through the Champlain Canal all the way to the Hudson river. With the mast in place, we spend sometime in the NYC area and sailed all summer in the Long Island Sound, Block Island and Martha’s Vineyard. In September, we sailed from Sandy Hook to Cape May and then up the Delaware Bay through the C&D Canal and in to the Cheasapeake Bay.

We found the boat behaved really well in the moderate seas we encountered that summer. In October we sailed down the Cheasapeake to Portsmouth, VA to get ready for the ARC Carib 1500. We departed on November 5th and were in Tortola, BVI after a 10 day passage. Again,the boat behaved beautifully.

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Since November we have been cruising the Caribbean Islands and truly appreciate the boat’s sailing ability and live-ability. Life on board is sweet! We are a couple on board and there is ample space. To fully prepare the boat for cruising life we added; a watermaker, 500 W of solar panels, a 300 W hydrogenerator, an arch, a full wardrobe of sails, a whisker pole, bow sprit and of course all the required ARC safety equipment.”

You can follow the adventures of Caffè Latte via their cruising blog.  Thanks to Yolène & Jean for checking in!

We wish you fair winds and following seas on your dream cruise!

Hardware From The Heineken Regatta

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Every year in early March the spectacular Caribbean island of St. Maartin plays host to  the largest warm water regatta in the world. This legendary sailing event offers a great combination of four days of challenging races and fantastic parties; living up to the event’s motto of “Serious Fun”!

No strangers to “Serious Fun”, Neil Harvey and Mike Cannon chartered a Dufour 455 from Kiriacoulis Charters for the regatta and sent in this report…

“Four of us crew stayed aboard the boat docked at Palapa​ Marina, including 2016 Rio Paralympic silver medalist (in the 3 man Sonar boat) Brad Kendell.

The boat was very well laid out, even in a Charter configuration, and was enjoyable to stay upon.

The Dufour 455 was very easy to steer in the trying upwind conditions beating up the Anguilla passage in the Round The Island Race. Despite there being many larger boats in the Bareboat fleet, we took home the trophy for not only best corrected time in fleet, but also fastest elapsed time Around The Island !

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It was quite a windy weekend of racing, which found us at times, furling the jib up with as many as 4 rolls upwind, and playing the traveler constantly.

We finished 1st in class & 1st in fleet in all 3 races completed, to take home the Overall Bareboat trophy despite having a few elderly gentlemen in the crew.”

Congratulations to the entire team of KHS & S Contractors! In the true spirit of the Dufour brand, they fully enjoyed both the comfort and the performance built into every model.

If you’re considering a new yacht, connect with one of our local dealers here and discover the amazing qualities of the Dufour brand for yourself!

Thanks to Neil Harvey for sending in the report!

A Dufour in the America’s Cup?

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Well not this time around! But did you know that Dufour Yachts did build the 12 Meter France III for Marcel Bich’s fourth America’s Cup challenge back in 1980?

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The incredible foiling catamarans of 35th Americas Cup have proven that AC racing has come a very long way since the days of the 12’s. Like everything else, yachting in general was much different back then and at the time, Dufour Yachts was owned by “Baron” Marcel Bich. That’s “Bich” as in the Bic family of products, ballpoint pens, lighters, razors etc.

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Baron Bich was a loyal patron for high-level sailing competition and always favored the individuality and entrepreneurial spi­rit exemplified by Michel Dufour. In early 1976, while preparing his third challenge for the America’s Cup, Bich joined the company as an investor. After a few months, he created two new production sites, one specializing in aluminium with the first yacht out the door being none other than the France 3, the 12 Meter challenger from France for the America’s Cup.

The message was clear. The Dufour shipyard was capable of building yachts among the worlds highest performers.

France III beat the UK Challenger Lionheart that year to move into the challenger finals, but was ultimately bested by Alan Bond’s Australia.

While we didn’t build any contenders for this 35th America’s Cup, our passion for sailing performance is still evident today.  The new Dufour 63 Exclusive is a recent example, but the entire line of 11 luxurious cruising models across 3 ranges are all leading performers in their respective classes. Visit our website for more details.

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Dufour 382: An Interior Layout For Everyone

Some like long galleys.

Multiple interior layouts make the Dufour 382 the “flexible innovator.”

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Ever since the company was founded, we at Dufour have always taken pride in our ability to design and build fast, stylish, and super comfortable performance cruisers in the mid-30 foot range. These “mid-sized” yachts have always been popular, and even today, the 35-40 foot range is considered the “heart” of the new boat market.

And some like L-shaped.

Some like an L-shaped galley..

So, when we looked to refresh our 30-foot designs, we looked at what worked in the past and what our competition was doing before drawing a single line. And while the desired exterior features were easy to articulate (modern lines, flush decks, comfortable cockpits, etc), the feedback on what makes a good interior layout was harder to pin down because…

…Some customers like their galley along the side of the saloon and others prefer an “L” shape galley layout. Private owners typically want more storage space while charter companies want to maximize sleeping capacity.

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And some like a long galley.

So we rose to the challenge and figured out how to design and build several different interior layouts. And what started out as a fairly routine redesign of our mid-size range become a much larger project.

Screen Shot 2016-05-31 at 10.34.33 AMAs a result, the Dufour design team worked to develop many as six interior layouts on the new 382. In fact, we call our 382 the “flexible innovator.” As you can see, the available variations are not just basic equipment differences but are instead real floor plan alternatives.

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The final result has been nothing short of remarkable. In addition to the superior sailing qualities inherent in the hull and rig platform, the possibility for our customers to have their ideal layout has made the 382 a smashing success. In just 18 months of production, sales have already exceeded the full 4 year production run of the previous model.

So, have you been looking for a “customizable” 30+footer with a production boat price? Your search is over.

Click here to find a dealer in your area.

Dufour 382: A sailplan for all situations

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The new Umberto Felci-designed Dufour 382 has a hyper-efficient hull form that slips through the water. And it has modern interior that’s stylish, spacious, and practical. But one of the many features that sets this new model apart from other boats in this size range is the wide range of rig and sail plan options that are available.

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In fact, every new 382 can be optimized for racing and/or cruising, windy and/or light winds, daysailing and/or offshore cruising, ultra-high performance or ultra-high ease-of-use. So, if you’re in the market for a modern performance cruiser that’s truly optimized for your style of sailing and the conditions you experience, here’s what you need to know.

Standard or tall mast?

A standard mast will be perfect for sailors who may sail in windy areas while the tall mast option is best for those who may sail in areas known for lighter winds. Tall masts are usually favored by racers and other high-performance sailors because of the increased sail area tall masts make possible.

In-mast furling or classic mainsail with lazyjacks?

The same general rule-of-thumb applies here. Sailors in windy areas, and especially folks who value ease-of-handling almost always opt for in-mast furling masts. Racers and high-performance-oriented cruisers don’t mind the extra effort required to furl and reef a traditional mainsail in light of the better sail shape and increased sail area (and power) a traditional, often fully-battened mainsail provides.

Self-tacking jib or overlapping genoa?

Are you seeing a pattern? The available self-tacking jib is the ultimate “ease-of-use” and “singlehanded” sail (especially up-wind when you really want things to be easy) because you often don’t even need to touch the sheet when tacking upwind. But, like in-mast furling, a self-tacking jib will often have less sail area and performance potential than a conventional jib. Self-tacking jibs have fewer controls that make them harder to “fine-tune” in light winds.

Code 0 or Gennaker?

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We’ve already covered this in a recent post but here’s the gist again. Conventional cruising gennakers that get tacked on to a fixed point on the bow are a bit less complicated and don’t require a cumbersome spinnaker pole, but they still can be a handful to set, douse, and gybe (even with a sock) and these are the sails that scare most sailors enough to keep them belowdecks even in the best of conditions.

That’s why every Dufour model is optimized for flying asymmetrical reaching and downwind sails that get tacked on to a fixed bowsprit , that can be easily and safely furled and unfurled (pretty much like a conventional furling jib). 

We’ve found a good combination for most cruisers in light to moderate conditions is a tall mast, self-tacking jib and Code 0. Unless you need maximum performance upwind in light air, the convenience of self tacking is very nice to have while the Code 0 makes for a fun ride off the wind. But the cool thing is there truly is a sail plan for everyone.

Check with your dealer for more info. Or better yet, take a 382 out for a test sail so you can see just how awesome this new model is for yourself!

All Dufours Excel Downwind

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As anyone who’d trimmed a spinnaker in a good breeze will tell you, blast reaching under a well-trimmed spinnaker is well…a blast.

But chances are, those very same people will also be able to share a few “blooper” stories of the times when sailing with a spinnaker was much more humbling than fun. And while there’s no shame in dealing with an occasional “hour glass” set, or worse, dropping a spinnaker in the water, those humbling experiences can sometimes scare people to keeping their downwind sails below decks and in their bags. And to us here are Dufour, that IS a shame.

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We say this because we’re sailors too and we take great pride in building performance cruisers that sail as good as they look. And not only do we believe that blast reaching under a well trimmed spinnaker is a…blast… we also believe it should be easy enough to never be scary.

That’s why all of our models feature large powerful main sails, and non-overlapping jibs. This set-up is super powerful and easy to handle upwind, and thanks to the fixed sprits on most of our models and some clever advancements in spinnaker tech, Dufour yachts can be even more powerful, yet just easy to handle off the wind as well. Let me explain…

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We’re all familiar with symmetrical spinnakers. These are the big, colorful lightweight nylon sails that require spinnaker poles to be rigged to the mast and all sorts of control lines to keep things in check. They’re pretty versatile and great for sailing almost dead downwind but…they usually require lots of crew who know what they are doing, and can be a handful to deal with even with a “sock” that keeps the kite from filling with it’s being set or doused.

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The same can also be said of conventional cruising gennakers that get tacked on to a fixed point on the bow. Sure they’re a bit less complicated and don’t require a cumbersome spinnaker pole, but they still can be a handful to set, douse, and gybe (even with a sock) and these are the sails that scare most sailors enough to keep them belowdecks even in the best of conditions.

That’s why all Dufours are available with (and optimized for) a fixed sprit. Our designers understand that the better, faster, easier way to get off-wind performance is to use asymmetrical reaching and downwind sails that get tacked on to a fixed point on the bow, that can be easily and safely furled and unfurled (pretty much like a conventional furling jib), rather than requiring a sock.

But don’t just take our work for it. Check out this video. It’s easy, right?

And then check out all our new models at a dealership near you.