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
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