We have had our Dufour 425 Grand large for 2 months now and have been living aboard
since then. We plan on cruising for a few years in Oz. She is a 2007 model with little use by the original private owner. So far, so good, sails
well and very comfortable for 2 of us in cruising mode. After looking at Jeanneau
(43 Oceanis), Bavaria
etc, for a year and a half we found the standard of finish in the Dufour equal to that of the Jeanneau's we saw and much better than that of the Bene's we saw. We paid about 5 grand more for our Dufour than what we almost paid for a Bene but we feel got a much better boat with alot more gear
. Shop around, it is a buyers market. Good luck, hope this helps.