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Dufour 39

Brief details


Michel Dufour, La Rochelle, France

Not a modern lightweight Dufour, but the older German Frers designed Dufour 39 from 1983 onwards, with a very attractive and high-performance hull. The interior is light and airy, although somewhat short of stowage space if all the berths are used. Many were originally charter boats, but now make excellent fast cruisers


38' 5"

Sail area

748 sq ft main and genoa


30' 6"




12' 6"


Saloon, forecabin and two aft cabins


6' 9"


originally 10 or 11


14,990 lbs


usually a Perkins or Volvo diesel


6,990 lbs


33 - 43

Keel type

Fin keel with spade rudder

Dufour 39

Dufour Yachts was established in 1964, and until the late 1980s built a series of solidly built fast cruising yachts, of which this Dufour 39 is one of the larger models. Designed by German Frers, who also designed for Nautor Swan and Hallberg Rassy, she has elegant lines and a fast hull with a good ballast ratio of over 46% (most current Dufours tend to have ballast ratios under 35%). The boats have a very good reputation for handling and performance - in fact they are often compared to Swans in this respect, if not in the build or fitout quality.

Like all Dufours of this period, the hull has extensive interior mouldings, providing lots of dry under-berth storage, with a light and spacious interior. Originally designed as a ten or eleven berth boat, the example illustrated here, as have many, has been reduced to eight berths by fitting shelves and storage spaces into what were the two pilot berths in the saloon. About 120 Dufour 39s were built.

Some of the later boats were built specifically for the US market and sold by "Dufour & Sparks" - with an upgraded interior finish.

With two double aft cabins, a double forecabin, a saloon dinette convertible to yet another double, with a single settee opposite, and finally two pilot berths outboard, there can be up to 11 berths in a Dufour 39

Dufour 39

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The hull lines are reminiscent of German Frers 1987 Swan 36 design, with a clear racing yacht heritage. The transom features the double radius treatment that Frers has often used, producing a very elegant line

Dufour 39
Dufour 39
Dufour 39

In the yacht illustrated the pilot berths have been converted into shelves and lockers

Dufour 39


The accommodation is built around extensive GRP inner mouldings, onto which door and locker fronts of veneered ply are fitted

The two aft cabins are mirror-image on each side of the hull, and each have a seat and locker unit

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