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.

Dufour Lifestyle: Sailing Transatlantic on a Dufour 410

It’s been fun explaining how Dufour Yachts are built. But it’s even more fun hearing from happy owners who sail their boats all over the world. And that’s what makes this next video post so special.

We bumped into one of our South American Dufour dealers, Alvaro Bermudez, at the Miami boat show last month, and he’s 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. The trip took 45 days and it sounded fantastic. And the cool thing is you can see for yourself. Alvaro was kind enough to share some of his video footage of the trip and we’ve spliced it together with some of the interview we did with him in Miami. Makes you want to get out there and sail over the horizon doesn’t it?

And we want to hear from you too. Please send us photos and videos of your Dufour here. We’ll be featuring the best photos and videos in future blog posts, and the wining submissions will earn a free Dufour hat too.

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.

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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.

Dufour Insider: How the boats are built (Part 3)

Okay, so let’s keep on moving down the Dufour Yachts production line. We learned how the hulls are laid up in Part 1. And Part 2 describes how the decks are made. Now it’s time to talk about how an empty shell of a hull that first comes out of a mold becomes a Dufour Yacht.

unnamed[7]It all starts with solid fiberglass structural grid (above) that’s engineered to provide strength as well as provide solid connection points for all the interior components.Screen Shot 2015-02-16 at 3.43.41 PMDufour’s grids are built the same way the hulls are. Specific layers of fiberglass, resin, and gelcoat are laid up on a mold. As you can see in the photo below, the one-piece grid that comes out of the mold has a highly finished gelcoat surface. This allows the grid to be as attractive as it is strong and allow for wonderfully clean locker and cabinet floors, as well as sump areas.unnamedDWC2U02OAttaching the grid is literally the first step in the assembly process. It’s actually chemically fused to the hull with adhesive.

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The support beams are molded into the grid and the entire structure is fused to the hull. Notice the circular hole and solid mounts that are designed for the engine and saildrive and the black hoses that are there to make it easy to run plumbing and wiring.

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The grid is also tabbed in place with fiberglass in high load areas around the chainplate anchors (pictured above). This spreads the load of the rig out over a wide, heavily reinforced area.

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Once the grid is in place, the boat quickly starts to take shape. Here you can see the engine and saildrive have been installed. Some wiring and plumbing have been run. Hull ports have been installed. The first of several tanks have been dropped into place, and even the anchor locker is taking shape.

Notice also the temporary plywood “floorboards” in front of the engine. Those are there to make it easy for workers to move around and will be replaced with the much more stylish ones as the boat moves down the production line.

But this is only the beginning. Click here to see how the interior takes shape in part 4

Dufour Yachts: How the boats are built (Part 1)

All Dufour Yachts are built in our facility in La Rochelle, France. They all combine fine hand craftsmanship with innovative high-tech construction techniques. It all starts with the hull, and this is how we do it.

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It actually all starts in a hull mold (pictured above). We start with a flawless, highly polished two-piece mold and then spray layers of gelcoat that form the outer layer of each hull. Each hull is then laid up with a precise, highly engineered number of layers of fiberglass, resin, and various core materials that are all placed in each mold by hand.

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Here you can see the hull is beginning to take shape. Notice the layers of fiberglass and resin that have already been applied. Also notice how the rudder area is reinforced. Our molds are built on special rollers (pictured below) so they can be rotated in-place. This makes it much easier for workers to lay the various layers.

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This shot shows the underside of one of our molds. And as you can see, they are extremely well-built to extremely high tolerances so every hull comes out perfect. You can also see how much they can be rotated in place. Rotating molds speed production and increase quality because they are much easier to work on than static molds.

Capture10All Dufour hulls below 50-feet are built of solid fiberglass while the 500 GL (pictured above) and the 560 GL are laid up with solid fiberglass below the waterline and PVC core above the waterline to provide strength and stiffness. This photo also shows how workers reinforce high-load areas such as chainplate connections and keel areas with increased layers of fiberglass and resin.

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Another important element of hull lamination is the fact that Dufour uses 2-part molds as you can see in the photos above. This makes it easy to release the finished hull from the mold, and it also allows for an inward-facing flange that forms a strong and elegant inward-facing hull-to-deck joint.

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One of the first elements that’s added to freshly laid-up hull is the structural grid. This shot also shows what the inward-facing flange looks like and some of the other early tasks that are done at this stage like cutting out the hull ports and installing a strip of PVC core material to the aft area of the hull to provide increased stiffness. Capture7As a result of the high attention to detail paid in the early stages of construction, each hull comes out of the mold looking clean, sexy, and fast.

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We’re never satisfied with the status quo and our high-tech facility allows us to build the best because every element of the production line is constantly being upgraded. We’re always to looking to improve efficiency and performance, but also you can also see below, we believe our production facility should be as beautiful as our boats.

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Click here for part 2 of this multi-part series where we’ll explain the innovative process we use to build our decks.

Dufour 500 GL Video Under Sail

Marina del Rey, California-based Dufour dealers Bill Petersen and Nereus Dastur have a pretty cool job. They take people sailing (among other things), and as you can see in the following aerial video they’ve shot, the new Dufour 500 GL is simply stunning.

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But you can also see why the 500 GL was named one of SAIL Magazine’s Best Boats of 2014 and Cruising World Magazine’s Best Full Size Cruiser. It’s way, way more than just a pretty face.

Nothing beats the winter blahs better than sailing on a gorgeous boat on a warm afternoon. And if these videos have inspired you to find out more about the 500 GL or any other brand-new Dufour model, stop by and see Bill and Nereus at Denision Yacht Sales in Marina del Rey. They’d love to show you in person.

Or if you can’t make it to Southern California, here’s where you can find a knowledgeable Dufour dealer near you:

New England: North Star Yacht Sales

California: Denision Yacht Sales

Annapolis: North Point Yacht Sales

Chicago: Broad Reach Sailing

Toronto: True North Yachts

Seattle, WA and Vancouver BC: Yacht Sales West

Montreal: Marina Lennox