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Old 22-02-2021, 14:55   #1
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Dufour 31

Looking at a Dunfour 31,

Please any suggestions?

I would like to solo sail the atlantic


Can i do this in a Dunfour 31?
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Old 22-02-2021, 15:49   #2
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Re: Dunfour 31

Gee. Was that a Freudian slip or just a typo? Can't find any Dunfour, Dunfor, or Done for sailboats. There's a French outfit named Dufour that makes boats. Their thirty-one footer would not be my first choice for sailing transatlantic.
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Looking at a Dunfour 31,

Please any suggestions?

I would like to solo sail the atlantic


Can i do this in a Dunfour 31?
Preston1996. Of course a Dufour 31 can cross the Atlantic. It is a good boat, not a new one or a big one but several smaller and older boats have crossed the Atlantic and I am sure Dufour 31's have as well.

Whether or not you can do it is another question.

Going to sea is a serious venture, it is playing for keeps.

It would be a good thing to have quite a bit of sailing knowlege and experience before starting out on such a venture.

The fact that you asked such a question and the way in which you asked it tells me you probably have none.

Maybe you would make it. Maybe you'd never be heard from again.

So I recommend that you start sailing with other people and become a sailor. Then you could answer your question, and a million others like it, yourself.

So you need to take some initiative and figure out how to get that experience and develop those skills (and I don't mean just take a sailing class). It will take some effort on your part, but if you can do that then I'd say you could probably solo sail the Atlantic in a Dufour 31, or anything. Otherwise, probably not.
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Looks like the Dufour 31 is a recommended Offshore boat.

Make sure it's the one with the three shrouds on each side.

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Friends sailed around the world in a Dufour 34.
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Preston1996. Of course a Dufour 31 can cross the Atlantic. It is a good boat, not a new one or a big one but several smaller and older boats have crossed the Atlantic and I am sure Dufour 31's have as well.

Whether or not you can do it is another question.

Going to sea is a serious venture, it is playing for keeps.

It would be a good thing to have quite a bit of sailing knowlege and experience before starting out on such a venture.

The fact that you asked such a question and the way in which you asked it tells me you probably have none.

Maybe you would make it. Maybe you'd never be heard from again.

So I recommend that you start sailing with other people and become a sailor. Then you could answer your question, and a million others like it, yourself.

So you need to take some initiative and figure out how to get that experience and develop those skills (and I don't mean just take a sailing class). It will take some effort on your part, but if you can do that then I'd say you could probably solo sail the Atlantic in a Dufour 31, or anything. Otherwise, probably not.
Greatly appreciate your humor!! , Maybe never be heard from again lol

You are correct I have not completed my first book, yet however I feel I have been called to the sea my entire life. (Midwest Missouri ) I am looking to retire soon and want to have a journey around the oceans, i do plan to take a class from John Kretschmer, I also plan to stay well within the coast guard reach lol until ready to venture out, The Dunfour miss spell could be very telling - Preston he is Dun Four lol.

Thank you again , attached a pic of the dufour 31 i am currently looking at.

Hoping to be heard from again ..... well maybe
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Looks like the Dufour 31 is a recommended Offshore boat.

Make sure it's the one with the three shrouds on each side.

https://www.mahina.com/cruise.html
This is a pic of her
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Dufour built some great boats in the 70's and the 31 is amongst them..
Get her surveyed by a good surveyor, sort the recommendations and you should be fine, roomy with decent (6.3) headroom.

https://www.yachtingmonthly.com/unca...dufour-31-9593

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Dufour built some great boats in the 70's and the 31 is amongst them..
Get her surveyed by a good surveyor, sort the recommendations and you should be fine, roomy with decent (6.3) headroom.

https://www.yachtingmonthly.com/unca...dufour-31-9593

https://sailboatdata.com/sailboat/dufour-31
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she has a Bulb keel seems to be unique to the Dufour 31 any thoughts?
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I fixed the title.
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she has a Bulb keel seems to be unique to the Dufour 31 any thoughts?
More efficient, hydrodynamic and is much more responsive.. quick through tacks.
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Re: Dufour 31

Hey Preston!

The picture looks choice! Hope she's in as good condition as the picture looks.

Dufours are lovely sailers, but I do echo Boatie and recommend you get a good survey.

It will do two things for you:

(i) First and foremost, let you know the current condition of the boat - and her seaworthiness.

(ii) Secondly, it will give you a list of your upcoming projects (stuff that doesn't need to be done now, but will need upcoming maintenance/replacement). The survey will also be necessary for you to get insurance for her.

Fair winds! This is really exciting! (Please do let us know how you get on)
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By the way, John Kresh's classes I hear are great. Good choice. If you want to read about him, there's a great profile in the Jan/Feb 2020 issue of Good Old Boat magazine. (If you haven't already got a subscription, get yourself one! )
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