I am still around. I will pick the airplane to Paris in the afternoon
Thanks for posting.
You are right, we should have already talked more about the Dufour 40e. It is one of my favorite boats.
Dufour 40E – Dufour 40E Sailboat – Boat factsheet
Take a look at the interior virtual tour, this boat has one of the best cruising interiors among what is commonly called cruiser racers. That cruiser potential is also revealed by the best tankage in its class: 360L of water and 200L of fuel is two times more than what offer some other boats and almost as much as some dedicated cruisers.
And you are right also about the winches. This boat, more than been developed in a way to maximize all its racing potential (like the First 40) is by design more oriented for performance cruising and the place where the winches are is a proof of that. Those winches are located, not in the best place for being used by a full crew, but in the best place for being used by a solo sailor
The fact that the boat, being cruising oriented, is still a top racing contender says a lot about its design quality. I would have preferred a more modern transom, but that is just a small unimportant remark and a personal one.
As you know, Dufour is now a member of Bavaria Group. I hope that will make possible a better pricing policy, making it less expensive than other great boats, like the Elan 410 or the Salona 41. If that boat had the same price of the First 40....I guess almost all, except pure hard racers, would opt for the Dufour
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