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Dufour 38 Classic

Brief details

Builder

Dufour Yachts, La Rochelle, France

The Dufour 38 is a very nicely fitted out modern cruising yacht. These "Classic" series Dufours were much more aimed at owners than charter companies, with a very nice internal fit-out. The Dufour Classic 38 was built with a variety of options. As well as two different keels, they could have two sleeping cabins with either one or two heads, or three sleeping cabins again with either one or two heads.

LOA

38' 8"

Sail area

882 sq ft

LWL

32' 4"

Rig

Sloop

Beam

12' 8"

Cabins

2 plus saloon

Draught

6' 3" deep keel

Berths

6

Displacement

13,560 lbs deep keel version

Engine

Volvo MD2040 diesel

Ballast

4,630 lbs lead keel

BHP

40

Keel type

Deep bulbed lead fin keel or shallow draught iron keel and spade rudder. Shallow keel ballast is 5,545 lbs, and this makes displacement of shallow keel models 14,460 lbs.

Sailplan

The Dufour 38 Classic was designed for by Olivier Poncin & Yann Chabaud and built from 1998/99 to around 2006, when it was replaced with the lower-cost and more charter-orientated Dufour 385 Grand Large, as part of the restructuring of Dufour after a change of company ownership.

The Dufour 38 Classic has a vacuum bagged layup GRP hull with NPG (isophtalic) gelcoat and first layer of laminate, with a PVC core, and balsa cored deck moulding. The deep keel versions have a lead bulbed keel, whilst the shallow draught versions have iron keels of greater weight to compensate for the reduce righting moment of the lesser draught.

 

The yacht illustrated is a two cabin one head version, which gives a lot of storage space both below and in the cockpit lockers.

Dufour 38 Classic for sale
Dufour 38 Classic for sale

The most popular layout at least in the UK appears to have been the two-cabin version

Dufour 38 Classic for sale

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The yacht in the photos here is the single aft cabin with single head option. This gives a spacious forward "master cabin" with excellent locker space, and a larger aft cabin than the twin aft cabin version.

The dinette table lowers to create a third double berth if required

Dufour 38 Classic for sale

The door aft of the chart table opens into a full-height locker space, with further internal lockers. Behind this is a huge cockpit locker

 

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The locker under the heads sink shows a good standard of detail in the fit-out

An electric windlass with foot switches is fitted in the anchor locker

 

On this particular yacht the in-mast furling mast has a second track on which either a trysail or an alternative non-furling mainsail can be hoisted if required

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The Dufour brochure appears to have an error in the draught of the

deep-keel version - 1.90 metres is not 6' 9" but 6' 3"

Dufour 38 Classic for sale

The advantage of the single aft cabin version, apart from a larger double berth than in the twin aft cabin version, is that it allows a really large cockpit locker to starboard. There is a smaller cockpit locker to port.

Dufour 38 Classic for sale
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