I also read the first boat test...they all say very well about the boat...but it without much enthusiasm, or at least it was what seemed to me.
I am not convinced: 6400Kg on a performance 36ft? Well it could be a boat with a very high B/D ratio and that could justify the weight that would result in a very big RM, but no, the boat has a very average 0.296. Well that is almost a ton more than on my old Bavaria 36!!!...and the worse is that the boat, that could be a an interesting good looking cruising boat, because it is disguised as a racer, has very small movable cockpit lockers and an interior as "clean" as one from a racing boat, I mean, almost no cabinets on the salon.
To just put that weight in perspective, the Elan 350 weights 5000kg, the First 35 weights 5500kg the A35 weights 4450kg and the new Salona 35 weights 4900kg.
Take a look at a different boat, a wooden and a popular one. Ok it has epoxy on the marine plywood but it is still basically a wooden boat. Take a look at the hull and interior structure, including the steel one for the keel:
On Yacht magazine they have tested the Dufour 36 performance. The boat really looks good on the water and it seems that notwithstanding its weight it sails well and fast. That extra weight is really a pity.
I wonder why? they say they use vacuum infused technology and cored hulls so the boat should not weight that much, specially with that "clean" interior.
The test will be at the magazine and it can be downloaded in PDF.
The 54 seems to have the same hull, a different bowsprit and a nicer interior with bigger hull ports, more practical for extensive cruising. Hard to improve on an almost perfect boat
They don't say but I believe that the boat will continue to weight about the same as a medium displacement 40ft and will have almost half its weight on ballast, almost all at 2.7m on a torpedo bulb. Yes, a very very stiff boat with a huge stability and the power to carry a big sail area.
I really like this one. The boat is narrow and even if the interior space has nothing to do with a Benetau Vision 50, It has just the right dimension for 4 people to live comfortably and because, as someone has said, the difficulty of handling the boat with a short crew has more to do with weight than with length, it should not be very difficult to sail solo, conservatively.
The "Around NZ race" still goes on and the results are informative about boats performance and they are specially interesting because there are all kind of boats there, old and new, racers and cruisers and they seem to be all very well sailed.
On the last leg the surprise was the very good performance of old cruising boats, with heavy weather and upwind sailing. The First 44.7 seems as good downwind as upwind.
Particularly an old SS 39 sailed by an old couple made an astonishing good result, coming 2th overall with 8 08:41:32 while the First 44.7 had done it in 7 20:36:37. Also a very good result from a cruising Cavalier 45 that took 3th with 8 09:00:15. The racing downwind boats were beaten with a Pogo retiring and the Tiller 10.5 and a Ross 12 doing respectively 9 14:55:00 and 8 09:24:26.
On the third leg they are having mostly downwind sailing and on those conditions the little Tiller 10.5 can go almost as fast as the big First 44.7 and the SS39 and the Cavalier 45 are a long, long way behind.