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Dufour Yachts is an iconic brand of French sailing cruisers and performance sailboats recognized around the world for their distinctive elegance and signature design features such as the long rectangular porthole windows, hull lines with side inserts, integrated bowsprit, low profile coachroof, and an uncluttered deck layout that remain classic Dufour.

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Founded in 1964 by avid sailor Michel Dufour a naval architect and engineer who became interested in the polyester and glass fiber material as early as 1957. He designed and built a transportable yacht, “Sylphe” in 1964 which led to 20 orders the following year and eventually increased to industrial scale manufacturing of over 300 boats in 1971. New models were introduced as Dufour focused on performance and expanding his sales network to new markets throughout Europe and to the US. The company’s success was recognized with the Export Prize in 1973. The Dufour factory, located on the Atlantic coast of France in La Rochelle, implemented a co-branding strategy in the 1980s with the famous French tennis star René Lacoste’s brand to produce the luxury Dufour Lacoste 42 that is still recognized today for its timeless elegance. In 1988, sail height was raised, challenging the global sailing industry with the luxurious and contemporary Prestige models.

The “Ready-to-Sail” concept was introduced in the 1990s with the Dufour Classic range offering fully equipped, provision and go yachts to make cruising easy and fun. The new millennium began with Dufour Yachts’ collaboration with the famous Italian naval architect, Umberto Felci and a focus on a performance range (2002) and the Grand Large cruising models (2003) that have been continually refined over the years. Another major event occurred in 2020 with the purchase of Dufour Yachts by Fountaine Pajot, the French catamaran giant. Dufour has been kept a separate and distinct brand with 3 new Felci Yacht Designs launched, including the new flagship, Dufour 61. Also new for Dufour is the introduction of a sailing catamaran, the Dufour Sailing Catamarans 48, ideal for exploring in the shallow waters around islands without compromise of the Dufour sailing experience.

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The current Dufour line comprises 9 iconic, innovative models—the sporty Dufour 32, Dufour 360, the Grande Large Dufour 390, Dufour 412, Performance sailing cruiser Dufour 430, Dufour 470, Performance / Grande Large 50ft Dufour 530 (voted Boat of the Year 2020), long range cruiser Dufour 56, and the new flagship cruiser, Dufour 61. Dufour’s “instinctive sailing” design tradition developed over 60 years of building innovative, high performance sailing boats, has made Dufour a globally known and appreciated brand offering models for every type of sailing—long term family cruising, weekends exploring the coast, racing—pushing the thrill of heeling to the max! Felci naval architects collaborate with the Dufour yacht design team to produce hulls of the highest quality in keeping with the iconic Dufour name and standard of excellence. Dufour Yachts controls the entire supply chain, from concept through production to ensure highest quality of design, materials, workmanship, and performance. Dufour Yachts offers comfortable, enjoyable sailing experiences and the pride of owning an elegant and safe yacht from a world class brand.

Some notable features include the plumb transom with fold-down swim platform, transom outdoor galley (Dufour 390 and up) with griddle and sink, integrated aft boarding steps, dinghy storage garage in aft transom (larger models), and clutter-free deck space for sunbathing. Cockpit is aft and features dual helms on larger models. Interior is bright, clean, efficient, and comfortable. Rigging and deck plan can be configured to owner’s lifestyle and sailing plans in 3 design trends were developed in conjunction with Umberto Felci’s naval architecture firm. And a wide array of options expands an owner’s personal choices. Winches and clutches are all positioned on the coaming for unobstructed decks. Dufour Yacht’s high-performance, balanced hull for maximum control and steering finesse ensures unrivalled seafaring qualities without sacrificing ease of movement and comfort—yachts that from the beginning have always been fast and responsive to sail.

Generally there are about 20 pre-owned Dufour Sailing Yachts available for purchase in the USA ranging from a 1983 31ft Dufour Sloop to a 2018 56ft Dufour 56 Exclusive model. For year range 1970 to 1999, listing prices range from $8,500 to $50,000 and for year range 2000 to 2020, listing prices range from about $128,000 to $749,000—though most are priced in the $150K to $250K range.

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