A..I like the Dufours in general. They are still a little expensive down here though.
Not any Dufout I mean particularly that one and the bigger sister the 45 from the performance line. They were a lot more expensive than the ones from the "Grand cruising line" and it was not by the interior quality that is about the same, but for the sailing part of the boat.
That boat has a great D/B ratio (a lot more than the new version) and it is not only fast but seaworthy. They were sold in large numbers and popular with cruisers and cruiser/racers. The racers are selling them since the new model come and because there are a lot for sale the price is coming down. In Europe you can buy a 2005/2007 boat for about 110 000€ and older boats (since 2003) for less.
Damn. That is actually very good value and they seem to be a very good sail. No Dufour 40 performance boats for sale down here.
Hmm makes the idea of cruising the Med/doing the ARC/season in the caribbean/tradewind sailing home across the pacific seem like a very good idea.
Seems like a good pretext for a great sailing voyage
Meanwhile have a look at the wave that hit that clipper boat…a nasty one. The boat did a lot better than the guys on the deck. The amazing thing is that they did see it coming and they did not look to have made any move to get a better protection, like getting down and hold to the boat .
Shame there was no live stream. It was crazy that in the end it was so close!
I was pissed with the Spanish. Did not understand their last move. OK, they were offshore to get more pressure and they were doing 1K more than Puma but when the wind died on them and they start to make the same speed as Puma, why they did not tack immediately to the finish line?
Probably they would not have won anyway but any distance they sailed at that course at the same speed as Puma would make Puma win distance. They had the information om Puma speed so that's really hard to understand why they keep going on for more than half an hour
Taking about another race that is going on, a very popular French one: The Spi Ouest. you can see why it is popular. Always lot of wind and it is tradition that some French sailing legends (Solo Open boat sailors) come to measure forces with the younger generations.
They never win (and go anyway) bur they always give a very good fight and finish on the top places, just to show that they did not forget how a small boat should be sailed.
Two cruising sailboats that I am waiting with interest . Both are now at a finish stage and are very interesting.
The JPK 38, designed by JPK and a boat that will benefit from all "savoir faire" JPK had accumulated racing solo more the experience that he acquired building all those boats that race (and won) the Transquadra.
This one is really more a fast cruising concept, a sort of faster RM 1060, a boat that is designed with voyage in mind:
And the bigger Iroise 46, an aluminium boat designed by two Pierre, Delion and Rolland, a light twin keel boat that seems very interesting, a voyage boat, but this one to make it a lot more comfortably (and more expensively).
They have a smaller version with a swing keel (12.20) that seems to be as interesting.
Pierre Roland and Pierre Delion form one of the most interesting associations of the new generation Na. Both accomplished sailors have a very close relationship with racing and cruising personal experience.
Take a look at their sites and you will find very nice boats, some already posted here.