Anne, I am not sure whether you have committed already. But you may find it of interest that I seriously looked at a Dufour 425, it certainly looks a good boat and good value. I just want to share with you what put me off, not directly related though. I read blogs about other boat yards and read some horrible stories of owners in the US that were not looked after at all by the european builders, then taking them to court.
I really fancied a grand soleil, both Dufour and grand soleil being owned by the same company. Then I tried to look into the financials of both companies, without any success. Because I also looked at a Jeanneau
, part of the Benneteau group, stock exhange listed, i decided that as I was spending this sort of money
, i wanted to buy safe, and went ahead with Jeanneau.
This is a different perspective, but maybe of interest to you. In Europe
there are many good boat builders, for example X-Yachts looks great, so do others, but you know, some of them employ 30 to 50 people, how do you know that your $300,000 or more investment will be safe??
good luck, but as I said, i did like the Dufour 425 too.