Hello and welcome to the forum.
Sorry for the late reply but I too am new to this forum. I have a 1973 Dufour Safari and have had it for some three years. I love it. It is a solid boat and sails
well including into the wind
. I am six feet tall and find it big enough. I have even lived on board for months at a time. Sure, I wouldn't mind a little extra room but I find it big enough given it's size.
The boat is great for single
handing while still providing enough comfort to do some cruising. I can easily fit four into the cockpit
and have on occasion had more. The cockpit is very comfortable and pretty dry even in a good blow.
I have a soft spot on the deck
but this isn't a big issue. I will either have it cored or filled with epoxy
. I am researching the options now. I also noticed that the stern cleats
didn't have any backing plates
to speak of. I would check all the cleats
and see if there are any stress cracks. If there are, or even if there are not, I would consider adding some. They are easy to add since the access is quite good.
I have a Volvo
that is still chugging along. If the previous owner didn't log his maintenance
, I recommend you change the filters and oil
immediately and again in ten or twenty hours. Also be sure to clean the air filter and check the belts. Be sure to keep spares on board.
I am finishing up some changes to my fuel
system. I have replaced much of the line with new Racor
hose and fittings. I added a Racor fuel filter
and a three way valve. I can now turn off the fuel
to the filter or drain the tank without disconnecting anything. I did this because one of the braided fuel lines had rusted and typical of a Volvo
, the part was absurdly priced. It was some 90 Euros for one braided line.
I also had to change the stuffing in the stuffing box. It was quite easy to do one I loosened the locking nut. I used PB Blaster and it worked amazingly well. N.B. DO NOT GET PB BLASTER ON ANY RUBBER PARTS
. I sprayed it onto a Q-tip and applied it. Here is a great link to assist you Re-Packing A Traditional Stuffing Box Photo Gallery by Compass Marine at pbase.com
The sail locker is big and I am making some improvements in it. I am adding a step inside the locker to make it easier to get into and out of it. I am also adding a row or wooden hooks to hang things on. Additionally, I have many mounts for items including hand pumps, tools, etc. Finally, I have added dry deck to let moisture drip away from anything in the locker.
My Safari seems to be one of the few with a wheel
and based upon my research
it must have been an aftermarket addition.
I am not happy with the state of my wiring
and wish to tidy it up and fix a few poorly done old repairs
. I would check the wiring
carefully. In particular check the grounds on everything especially the generator
If you wish to see the boat you can go to SailingNetworks - Crew Finder, Boat Register, Marine Directory, Sailing Calendar, Yacht Marketplace, Marine Job Board
and look for the Honey Bee. Eventually I want to repaint it. I am also researching CopperCoat, HullSpeed, and other bottom paints.
I have some electronic copies of sales brochures and some links to Dufour Safari sites with dimensions, etc. Please let me know if I may assist you. Unfortunately I have not been able to find an owner's manual yet.
I wish you the best of luck with your boat. I am sure you will enjoy it.