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Old 20-08-2010, 12:28   #1
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I will be doing a 9 day bareboat in St Martin (two couples) and have negotiated a good price on an '05 Dufour 40. I have never sailed one, but it looks like a nice boat. Just wondering if anyone has first hand experience with the Dufour 40 and can comment on the quality, performance, build, etc. Are there any known issues I should be aware of?

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No one knows anything about the Dufour 40?
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Old 29-09-2010, 06:58   #3
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Well i did spend a couple of weeks in the Islands on a GibSea 44 which if i recall correctly is a Dufor. Apart from everything being in French it was a great cruising boat. Stable, easy to handle, comfortable etc. I personally find these production boats to be all very similar for that charter style business so as it sounds like you know what you are doing the boat will be so close to others in the charter fleet you won't have any problems.
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Old 29-09-2010, 16:03   #4
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I will be doing a 9 day bareboat in St Martin (two couples) and have negotiated a good price on an '05 Dufour 40. I have never sailed one, but it looks like a nice boat. Just wondering if anyone has first hand experience with the Dufour 40 and can comment on the quality, performance, build, etc. Are there any known issues I should be aware of?

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I believe this a model that was only sold to charter fleets. It seems similar to the Dufour 40E. Many French builders of saiboats are suffering from some serious financial problems lately, but I believe the that Dufour site is still up where the basic details should be available. I doubt there are too many people in the US that have owned one of these for any significant period of time. So you probably aren't going to find a useful 'review'.

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I delivered a Dufour to the Newport Boat show several years ago. Not the greatest of quality, deck is attached with adhesive and self tapping screws. It is quick, both motoring and sailing. Handles well in protected waters, and sails well in light air. It was nice to sail, but I wouldn't own one.
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I think what people are saying is this:

It's a typical production boat. You are on a charter. Pay attention to the boat briefing, make sure you know where all of the thru hulls are, and go on vacation. "Don't worry, be happy."
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I believe this a model that was only sold to charter fleets. It seems similar to the Dufour 40E. Many French builders of saiboats are suffering from some serious financial problems lately, but I believe the that Dufour site is still up where the basic details should be available. I doubt there are too many people in the US that have owned one of these for any significant period of time. So you probably aren't going to find a useful 'review'.

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All my French friends have told me the french yacht builders are doing just fine considering the general state of the global economy. Layoffs, unfortunately , yes. But, in this case, Beneatau, (owner of Dufour) plans on being around for years to come. And the USA division seems to be hanging in there also.

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