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Dufour 38 Classic
I''ve only been aboard the Dufour Classic 38 at boat shows. I see them as being a step down from Beneteau''s First Series and a roughly equal to Beneteaus ''number'' series which has been improving some. I think they are a small step above Hunter and Catalinas.
From a design standpoint they are one of the few IOR hull amd rig typeform boats that are still in production, and so carry some of the charateristics that made IOR notorious. I was also very disappointed in the size and placement of deck hardware.
Hull deck joint leaks are a very serious matter for a boat that size. Boats like these count on the glue joint between deck and hull for the majority of the strength of the joint. If the joint can leak there is an area that has not been properly bonded. In a cold climate that leak is a place for water to gather, freeze and further pry open the joint, eventually unzipping the hull/deck connection.