French Boats - "Quum" Dufour 40 / 34
In one of the recent discussions on the new Dufour models there was a suggestion that the Dufour 40 "Quum" that won the IMS Worlds was a heavily modified boat.
The follow excerpt from the 2006 Dufour News should set the record straight.
"... In 2005 the Dufour 40, “QUUM” won the title “IMS WORLD CHAMPION” as a perfectly standard boat, except for the obvious upgraded set of sails and the IMS trimmed keel. This title re-confirms Dufour’s successful launch into A NEW ERA after a similar success last year when “QUUM” won the prestigious Copa del Rey with the DUFOUR 34. This is no longer a question of coincidence; this is the result of a well balanced design of safe and fast family cruisers that are at the very same time sufficiently competitive to win major events."
"SERGIO LLORCA, the skipper of the Dufour 40 “Quum” reveals: “The Dufour 40 is a very noble and well balanced baot, very neutral at the wheel and easy to steer. Upwind it is difficult to make her surf but she keeps up her speed very easily. The big rudder gives her maximum bite with effortless helm.
Our Dufour 40 Quum does not differ a lot from a standard Dufour 40: the keel is
lighter and allows to keep the boat''s speed high up when the full crew is on board or during tacking manoeuvres with less weight down. We have obtained a perfect balance with the aft hull section slightly higher above the water line and a smaller genoa with a barber hauler system, to keep a firmer control on the course of the boat.
The Dufour 34 with which we won in 2004, was originally equipped with a standard
mast: it did not withold us from winning the Copa Del Rey, even in light
airs. The designs of the Dufour 34 and 40 resemble a lot, even their behaviour
at sea. But the Dufour 40 can be steered more precisely and keeps here speed especially at the run ..."