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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 ..."
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I have been very impressed with the Dufour 40. It is a very well built and very fine sailing vessel.
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French Boats - "Quum" Dufour 40 / 34

Wow! Let''s all go out and buy one, if not two! How many have been sold to date? Anything like the 90 or more X 35''s that have been ordered? The real question is: how does it do under IRC, since IMS is obsolete?
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French Boats - "Quum" Dufour 40 / 34

Okay. . . good idea..

I checked on the "sold to date issue". Hulls 314 and 315 are in USA. They are close to hull 400 in the manufacturing process right now.
As I do not race, I would not know IMS from IRC ORC or CIA for that matter. Over 700 boats delivered this year all together.

I do know form sailing on two of them that the Dufour is a boat that responds at about the same time as when you think about what you want it to do. Pretty nice all around. Well balanced, quick and responsive with nice interiors to boot.

Happy Holidays!

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The <b>Tartan 34, C&C 115 </b>and <b>Dufour 40</b> will be at the Cleveland Boat Show in Jan. I plan on taking a real good look at the Dufour 40. They will also be at Strictly Sail Chicago. I hope to make it there as well.

The Tartan 34 received Boat of the Year Award by Cruising World. <i>(An Advertising Manager at Cruising World is the former Sales and Marketing Director at Tartan).</i>

The Dufour 365 received the same honors in France. The more I see, read and hear about the Dufour boats, the more impressed I am. This is a boat I only new by name until just a few months ago. I <i>was</i> a big fan of C&C.

Merry Christmas to all!
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French Boats - "Quum" Dufour 40 / 34

I own a Dufour 40 and am quite pleased with it. It is extremely fast on a reach and is single handled easily. We have had only minor problems with the boat. "Surfing upwind" is not possible as the boat is too heavy. I think this statement was probably translated incorrectly since it does not make any sense. We only have the crusing sails that came with the boat, it would easily perform better with some carbon fiber sails. I would like to know if QUUM had a tall rig or standard as we have. Keel modifications like the ones they are describing are hardly minor. This would be OK for an inshore race boat but it would dramatically affect the stability of the boat for offshore use. The boat is responsive in heavy air and will go in light air but does not accelerate well. So you have to tweak things slowly.
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