Originally Posted by saurav16
I don't really know to much about dufour 27's. I was wondering if any of you knew anything about these sailboats. I know they have a volvo diesel and are a french made boat. Any information or experience would be very helpful. Thanks!
Of the older Dufours there are three 27 foot long , but only one Dufour 27.
There is the Dufour 2800, 27 feet long produced in the late 70's into the eighties, the boat referenced earlier in this thread.
Before that there was the very similar early 70's Dufour Safari , which was 27 feet long and also had a cabin trunk and and a galley forward. See Dufour Web Page
Finally, there was the "real" Dufour 27, built side by side with the Safari in the mid seventies. This was a very different boat, flush deck, high freeboard and high reserve bouyancy that made them pretty seaworthy, with numerous transatlantic crossings, including in the old singlehanded "OSTAR" race.
The higher decks also gave them a lot of room down below, making them a very decent liveaboard. Almost 6 feet of headroom. There was even a three or four bottle winecellar down below!
Still, a short waterline and small main - they weren't the fastest. If anybody is looking for a safe, livable pocket cruiser for about $10K, these can't be beat.