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post #24 of Old 07-12-2010
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Hello IPC. I owned a 1979 Dufour 35 for 19 yrs. Sailed it in SoCal and Lake Michigan. I cannattest to the fact that yes, she tracks very well. has the slightest amount of weather helm, but has extremely good sea manners. If the vessel were properly surveyed and put in good repair, I would not hesitate to take one offshore. I could sail her in 23-24 AWI and not have to shorten sail. She will heel, but only to a point and then she digs in, providing for a very comfortable feel. Also you may notice that the cockpit with the high seatbacks also aid in that comfort at sea factor. AS HelloSailor pointed out, the decks are somtheing that require an attentive eye. Delam can be an issue. I had to fill several voids in my deck w/ epoxy, but it was not a horrble job. To offset the cosmetic blemishes, I recovered the non-skid areas with Treadmaster, a wonderful product from the UK (I Think). I would also seriously look at the deck to hull joint. Any older boat needs to have this srea thoroughly scrutinized. One issue that I deemed a "short-cut" was the fact that the aluminum toe-rail was riveted to the hull instead of screwed in. One last thing, even though the bost id basically a flush deck, its extra freeboard prevents it from being a wet boat. It is rather dry in fact! The deck doesn't drain particularly well, but that is a design flaw with the toerail. Hope that info is useful to you. I will be happy to answer any more specific questions you might have. BTW, my vessel was fitted with a Volvo MD17C 35 HP engine which was way more than adequate. 2500 RPM = 7 knots! Low revving engine though.
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