Newer Deufour Sailboats
I inspected the Dufour 39 at Strictly sail two years ago. I thought that mooring cleat placement could be a lot better, the anchor locker was very cumbersome to open (latch release at the extreme forward end) sharp (unburred holes where electrical cables were strung for the bow running light, electrical wires that were wire tied to the outside of the pulpit and pushpit, unfinished fiberglass in the cockpit lockers and some sloppy work on the deck. The cabin was nicely finished but, I too don''t like the amidships placement of the galley. I would not buy this boat if it were equipped like many of the other French boats, with an iron keel. This particular (show) boat did poorly on the race circuit last year but I''m not sure if it was the mediocre "stock" sails or the crews unfamiliarity with the new boat. I believe that this boat has a deck-stepped mast, my choice is keel-stepped, just my personal preference. Engine access was tight. One has to wonder what the boat looks like in the areas that cannot be seen if the areas that can be seen are on the crude side. This is probably a fine boat but have it surveyed even though it is new. This might piss off the dealer but you''re the one who has to make the payments!