I have owned the two cabin
classic 35 (1998 model) since 2004. Overall it is a great boat with some minor concerns over the quality of things such as cabin light switches, chintzy fairleads on the toe rail etc. Its sailing qualities are excellent. It thrives on 15 to 20 knots and I rarely put the rail under. She has never rounded up when overpowered or I am too lazy to reef. The boat simply heels to a comfortable angle and sits there.
In my mind, the two cabin layout is preferable to the three cabin for a non-charter boat. It increases the lazarette storage
significantly and frankly, the claims over sleeping 8 are exaggerated anyway. Four is very comfortable with six OK in a pinch.
The boat is a little short of storage
lockers in the cabin, so the extra lazarette space comes in very handy.
is fine. Just be aware that the diaphragm
on the saildrive
should be changed at ten to 12 years max, so is probably due. The raw water
intake valve on the sail drive is a little weak and can easily sieze up.
access is good, except for changing the oil filter
, which can be messy.
We installed a KIWI prop and that greately improves the back up performance.
The one weak spot of any real concern is the rudder
bearings. They are self aligning "doughnuts" one at the top of the rudder
stock and one at the bottom. The plastic material (I don;t know exactly what it is) swells over time to a point where the rudder is very hard to move. Solution is to order new bearings from Dufour at about US$350 and change them at haul out
. It is not a hard job but obviously needs the boat out of the water
Once the new bearings are in, the direct Whitlock steering
mechanism is a delight with fingertip lightness if the sails
are well balanced.
We now have a symmetrical and asymmetrical spinnaker
on our boat, and have upgraded the navigation
pod to take a GPS
unit. Also upgraded the autopilot
so the boat is in great shape. Each time we go to the boat shows, we take a look at all the new models that have copied the Dufour layout and go away content that we will be keeping our boat for a long time!!
If you need any other info, please get in touch directly. I have a pdf of the manual, list of suppliers for spares and other stuff that might be useful