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Old 01-03-2011, 23:25   #1
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Has anyone taken the pre classic model offshore or know anyone who has? I am planning to leave in a little over 2 years in the final stages of adding gear.

Advice greatly appreciated
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Old 16-04-2012, 06:59   #2
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i would be interested in any responses. I am looking at purchasing a Dufour 36 cc.
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I used to sell Dufours when I was a yacht broker in Annapolis ten years ago. We considered the Dufour to be a pretty well built yacht. Not as good as a Pacific Seacraft, but certainly better than a B/C/H.

Perhaps a good comparison boat would be a Jeanneau. These (at least back then) were built with floors and stringers rather than a fiberglass pan. Furniture was well tabbed to the hull. Hardware was a step up from the B/C/H boats.

One big negative was the way (10 years ago) waste holding tanks were installed. They were an afterthought stuffed into the vertical space behind the head. I certainly wouldn't want all of that weight sloshing around offshore. But no one in their right mind would keep a full holding tank offshore.

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Re: DUfour 35

Thanks for the reply.

Have you any knowledge specifically of the 36cc from 1999/2000? She was bought by the previous owner in NC in 2007 and brought up to Canada. I am looking at her as a live-aboard in the carribean with the possibility of some offshore sailing.

Thoughts?

If you know of any in your area I'd appreciate being connected with current owners.
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I have friends from Montreal who are completing a circumnavigation in I think it is a 35 built in the 80's.... is that the model you are talkng about? They were quite impressed with their boat. PM me for contact info if you want....
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Old 16-04-2012, 10:42   #6
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Cheers Cheechako,

Will take you up on that offer. Yip mine was built in 84! #254 Since officially hey stopped at 250 , I feel special:-) Very different than the more modern boats. Thanks for the info.

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Cheers Cheechako,

Will take you up on that offer. Yip mine was built in 84! #254 Since officially hey stopped at 250 , I feel special:-) Very different than the more modern boats. Thanks for the info.

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We bought a 1981 Dufour 35.

Can you upload a pic right here of your sailboat?

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Hi Taco,

We have a small owners group on Yahoo groups
d35-cruisers-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

Just started but owners working on their boats, often a helpful way of getting information.

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Check this out:

Gallic Globetrotter: Dufour 35 | Cruising World

We used to have a 30' Dufour Arpege. Older, but also designed by Michel Dufour. Man, what a great boat! Handled heavy weather like a dream. Very well built and engineered.
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Hi Tia Bu

Yip Marcus is one of outr little group. Actually selling his D35 in Aus, or trying to. Arpege was a great design, they are still many offshore today.
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25 years ago when we first started this madness the D 35 was at the top of our list. Wonderful boat! Unfortunately we found the decks had lots of de-lamination right around the cabin top. Couldn't find another one but we sure wanted that boat.
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I know of two that sailed across the pond. As far as I know, they are fine, safe and well sailing boats. And I do like the way they are inside too.

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Hopefully a third will be off within a month. :-) We are somewhat lower in the water now but am hoping she will still sail.
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my 1975 Dufour 31 has sailed to bermuda and back no problems. Imagine a 35 would do just fine.
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Thanks for all your comments.

Before we can sail we have to refit our sailboat.
That will take 1 or 2 years i think, because we will do the whole interior and also the outside.

I am aware of the balsa core deck, but as far as we can see there is no ploblem with the balsa yet.

From time to time we will upload a video about refitting our little treasure.

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