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Dufour Arpège

Brief details

Builder

Michel Dufour S.A., France

The Arpege was one of the first production cruiser-racers to really go for wide beam to gain interior volume, and one of the reasons it quickly became so popular was that this did not hurt its sailing performance - in fact for several years Arpeges were very competitive racers. Now they make excellent low-budget fast cruisers. Most Arpeges have had problems with the sandwich construction decks and cockpit mouldings, and many will by now have had repair work to these areas.

LOA

30' 4"

Sail area

not known

LWL

22' 0"

Rig

sloop

Beam

9' 11"

Cabins

Saloon only, no berths in forepeak

Draught

4' 5" 0r 5' 3"

Berths

6

Displacement

6,600 lbs

Engine

Various

Ballast

2,400 lbs

BHP

7 - 20

Keel type

Shallow bulbed iron fin keel, or deeper non-bulb keel, with skeg-hung rudder

Dufour Arpège

Designed by Michel Dufour in 1966, the Arpege was for its time revolutionary, with nearly ten foot beam on a 30 foot hull. This allowed six berths to fit in without using the forepeak, which was left for sail stowage and the heads.

Two keels were used, the more common shallow fin having 4' 5" draught, with an exaggerated swept back bulb at the base. The other keel is a fairly conventional deeper fin keel. The narrow rudder has a deep narrow full length skeg. Both keel types provide very good performance, although the deeper keel will have the edge to windward.


The hull has tumblehome amidships, and quite a fine bow and stern. A few early boats had a stubby counter, but this was changed quite early to a retrousse stern. The cockpit has no lockers, but there is a lazarette reached through a big hatch, providing ample storage for fenders and warps. There are cave storage areas beneath the sheet winches to provide some cockpit storage.


The production of Arpeges ran for many years, with about 1,500 in total being built.

Dufour Arpège
Dufour Arpège
Dufour Arpège

The deep fin version has a widened keel base to keep the weight low, but no actual bulb.

The saloon has two pilot berths outboard of two settee berths, plus two quarter berths aft. The forepeak has the heads compartment and sail stowage. Saloon headroom is about 5' 10", and the saloon table is removable to open up space below.

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The galley on early Arpeges had a very simple cooker arrangement, with a gas bottle under the two-burner hob. Many boats will have been modified by now to have a larger cooker and external gas bottle stowage.

Dufour Arpège
Dufour Arpège

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The decks and cockpit seat mouldings on most Arpeges are foam-cored GRP sandwich, and delamination of this sandwich is very common. Minor delamination is usually treated by drilling holes and injecting epoxy, but on many boats it has been necessary to cut away the top skin, and relaminate with new foam. The photos here show a boat on which this has been done.

Dufour Arpège
Dufour Arpège

A variety of engines were fitted to Arpeges when new: early boats usually had Volvo 7 hp diesel or Albin 10 hp petrol engines. Later boats usually had Volvo diesels of 15 or 25 hp. By now many Arpeges wuill have been re-engined.

Sailing photos of one of the Arpeges illustrated here are
copyright David Harding
of Sailingscenes.co.uk

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