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A well-proportioned and speedy couple’s boat

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Boat Review: Dufour 382 Grand Large

There’s always a temptation to buy big when looking at sailboats. However, just about everyone I know—myself included—wonders at some point if a smaller boat wouldn’t have been easier to manage, both physically and financially. That is why it’s good to see a “couple’s boat” under 40ft that provides not only a good turn of Read More

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Boat Review: Dufour Grand Large 350

French builder Dufour does a great job building large boats, as is evident in it’s 560 and 500 models. However, the needs of sailors are much the same regardless of a size of the vessel, so Dufour’s challenge became to build equally fast, comfortable and amenity-laden boats at the other end of the spectrum. The Read More

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Boat Review: Dufour 560 Grand Large

Coming hot on the heels of Dufour's Grand Large 500, the new 560 incorporates many of the innovations pioneered by her smaller sibling. Despite it's impressive LOA, the 560 is also a surprisingly nimble boat that is well-configured for short-handed sailing. Read More

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Boat Review: Dufour Grand Large 500

I first saw the Dufour Grand Large 500 on paper, not on the water, when Eric Macklin of Dufour Yachts let me have a sneak peek at the French builder’s new flagship. A year later, there she was, afloat at the Annapolis boat show, packed with innovations that seemed to break the mold of traditional thinking in yacht design. Read More

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Boat Review: Dufour 36P

Sporting a plumb stem and a slightly raked reverse transom, the Dufour 36P (“P” for performance) seems at first glance to be designed solely for speed: a notion that chines just above the waterline aft and a tall nine-tenths rig with swept-back spreaders do little to dispel. Read More

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Boat Review: Dufour 445

Often it’s an evenhanded blend of design attributes rather than extreme features that make for a good sailboat. The Dufour 445 Grand Large offers just such a combination of moderate draft, displacement, sail area and freeboard. Read More

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The Dufour 375

There was a time when the variable-draft sailboat was a common sight along North America’s coastlines. Tartan, Pearson, Morgan, C&C, Sabre, Hunter and other builders all offered largish cruising boats with centerboards or swing keels, and many of those now-elderly vessels still populate the thin waters of the Carolinas, Chesapeake and Florida.Changes to racing rules in the Read More

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The Dufour 40e

It was one of those days a boat reviewer lives for: a solid 20 knots of wind, occasionally gusting toward 30; a cloudless blue sky; and a sharp performance cruiser with a couple of pro sailors aboard, all dialed up and ready to go. This example of Dufour’s new 40E had not been in the water long, and I happily seized the chance to put it through its paces during a visit last March to the factory Read More

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Boat Review: Dufour 45e

The flagship of Dufour's Performance line up, the 45e promises speed and power in a package that's also tailored for comfortable cruising. This Umberto Felci design has a tall, triple-spreader fractional rig and a choice of keels, the deeper of which gives her a draft of 7ft 6in. Read More