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Dufour 34
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1 3472 Sun August 30, 2009
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100% of reviewers None indicated 9.0

Description: Dufour 34
Keywords: Dufour 34

Canuck Sailor

Registered: March 2006
Location: Georgian Bay, Canada
Posts: 253
Review Date: Sun August 30, 2009 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: Solid build, great sailor.
Cons: Anchor roller

1975 Dufour 34. Solidly built, even for a mid 70s boat. Quality materials, good design in almost every respect. I bought mine very inexpensively as a donation boat - it had sat on the hard for seven years. The rebuild went smoothly, in large part because most systems needed cleaning, etc., not replacing, as the quality of the original equipment was so high.
Access to the engine is amazing - you can get at everything with ease, although the starboard size is a bit tight - an access hatch there would help, just haven't installed one. Huge portside locker here.
And I have - make that had - no experience in refurbing a boat. This boat sails superbly and will take care of you in some exquisitely awful stuff. I saw a photo of a 34 whose engine quit, then sails blew out, on the Atlantic east of Maine in late October weather - boat was fine, was towed in by USCG but the conditions were really bad.

The anchor roller is not suitable for cruising - too small and light. Tons of wasted space in awkward spots, such as below the coamings, but that's easily remedied by building in cockpit lockers. The boat came with bags for water - I plan to glass in that space and get rid of the bags. I'll gain some storage that way, plus eliminate leaks when a bag quits.
The backstay is a single - and comes right down the middle, interfering with access on and off the boat via the ladder. Common problem, but I may go to a double backstay when I re-rig.
The icebox is poorly insulated and when I installed refrigeration, it wasn't easy to add insulation. I ended up using a spray foam, which has improved things hugely, but if I were to do it again, I would cut out the entire box, insulate it with rigid board, etc., then reinstall it - a major major job.

If you can find one of these, I entirely recommend it. It has a superb rep in the cruising community, and it's entirely deserved.


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