Sporty, modern, and "entertaining" is the motto of the current generation of Dufour’s performance-oriented yachts. As a beginning, there's the the Dufour 36. The boat was announced several months ago, but only as a project with a phantom drawing. Recently, however, Dufour removed the mask.
The Dufour 36 is meant to fill the long vacant slot between the 34 and the 40, while simultaneously introducing a new concept for Dufour. The cockpit is tailored to fit the needs of sporty sailors, and is completely open at the stern. Under the cockpit floor there are big spaces for storage -- for a life raft, for example. The cockpit seats are removable and can be left behind at the dock for racing.
Also new are chainplates directly attached to the hull. This means Dufour's performance line is also following the general trend to use shorter overlaps in their headsails in lieu of a mast that has become taller relative to the boat length. Another novelty is the hard chine running the entire length on each side of the hull. This adds volume in the stern and improves stability when underway. The boat will also be equipped with a retractable bowsprit for the gennaker. The design of the Dufour 36, as usual, was entrusted to Umberto Felci.
The interior of the Dufour 36, however, remains conservative and conventional. The layout provides for spacious separate staterooms fore and aft, a large storage area aft, a head with an optional shower, a pantry, and a saloon with a symmetrical arrangement and a table on centerline. No layout options will be offered.
- LOA: 10.99 m
- LWL: 10.21 m
- Beam: 3.61 m
- Draft (T-Keel): 2.20 m
- DSPL: 6.4 t
- Ballast/Percentage: 1.9 t / 31%
- Mainsail: 40.6 sq. m
- Genoa (114 %): 31.5 sq. m
For more information, visit Dufour Yachts.
- Michael Good
This story was originally published in YACHT Magazine.
Translated by Dieter Loibner, de.boats.com