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Old 04-09-2014, 04:47   #1
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Dufour 35

Hi, I have a Dufour 35 from -74.
Anyone have experience of this boat out on open sea.
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Old 04-09-2014, 05:35   #2
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Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, Jim.
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Old 04-09-2014, 06:19   #3
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Re: Dufour 35

Hejsan,

I assume you are talking the old style Dufour.

DUFOUR 35 sailboat specifications and details on sailboatdata.com

It is a capable boat with very good interior. Sails well and is seaworthy.

At this age, any boat would have age related issues. Find a sound sample then make sure the essentials are up to the job in hand.

PS In Goteborg you will find a handful of equally capable local boats. Check out any of plastic kosters (Laurin, Allegro, Amigo, etc.) then look at HR Monsuns and others of their era. Plenty of good boat material to pick from.

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Old 04-09-2014, 10:52   #4
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Thanx, yes it's correct. It's the old type of dufour.
I like tis boat, i'm mostly curius if there is anyone with experience of this boat on longer trips??
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Old 04-09-2014, 11:04   #5
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Re: Dufour 35

Cruising acquaintances from Toronto rounded the world in their old 34 or 35 footer. Great boat. Really had little in the way of repairs. These Dufours seem to fly under the radar, not talked about a lot.
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Old 04-09-2014, 12:57   #6
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ok, good to hear they might behave quite well on long trips then.
Yes that's right, I have not heard anything or seen any Dufour 35 in Scandinavia. Maybe they are rare up here. that's why I Think it's fun to hear about other people's experiences of it.
we are very pleased with it,
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Re: Dufour 35

We met a similar era Dufour 'Waterhoen' deeep in the SoPac. This one was cruised extensively. We also see Dufours 35 sailed on pretty regular basis across the Atlantic and back.

You want a French sailing forum for exact info on what they are worth and where their weak spots are.

If the boat is in a seagoing condition, and all her vital points have been surveyed, I would not hesitate to sail a rtw on a Dufour 35.

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thanks barnaKiel.
fun to hear people use d35 for cruising RTW.
It's in seagoing condition, but some minor comfort problems,
Is there someplace on the web some info on how the d35 sail compared withother boats?
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Re: Dufour 35

Some web pages You may find interesting:

Dufour Association

https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/dufourowners/info

https://www.facebook.com/login.php?n...2F%3Ffref%3Dts

Dufour Club - DUFOUR Yachts

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Re: Dufour 35

We had friends back in England with one called Bambouche and they sailed theirs across the Atlantic some years back and still use it I believe as their 'home base,' in Grenada now I think, when not on the big charter cat that they now run, but don't own, as skipper and hostess. We often saile in company with them before their transat and it is a nice boat. Theirs was a tiller steered one although many were wheel steered.
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Re: Dufour 35

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Is there someplace on the web some info on how the d35 sail compared withother boats?
Try here:

Sail Calculator Pro v3.54 - 2800+ boats

She is listed there and can be compared with countless other designs. Off course, just numbers, pinch of salt required.

They sail fine - just look at LWL and her keel and rudder combo. There is enough SA to drive her in all but lightest conditions.

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Re: Dufour 35

One way to compare boats is a rating based on actual performance.
A bit about the Swedish versions here LYS ratings etc.

It's unusual for the D35 to appear in published ratings.
Anyway, a Dufour 35 with a fixed 2 bladed prop had a LYS rating of 1.14 in 1987. Quite capable.
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Thanx alot for all info
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The Dufour 35 had a good reputation for offshore work back in the day, a well built boat. A few had some issues with the decks forward of the little cabin house. If you can find a good one and it surveys well you will have a great offshore boat for very little money.
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Thanx,
Just need to replace the engine.
Anyone know if there is any good choice of engine to replace the old MD17 with, a stronger one would be good becouse the boat only make 6,5 knots on full throttle,
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