My impression of the DF32 has been that it is a much more performance oriented boat than the DF35, much lighter with a higher sail/weight ratio. All this with an equally sized interior. The DF 35 has therefore never been an option for me. But when I saw the results from Palby Fyn Cup, I discovered that a DF35 actually beat the DF32 (sailed by people from Quoring I think) on elapsed time! So, I started to look at the numbers, and found out that the DF35 actually isnīt relatively much heavier than the DF32 at all. Iīve seen numbers on the DF35 ranging from 4500-4800kg. I have only seen a measured weight on one DF32 and it is 3900kg. And since there is no major difference in performance, I went to look at the two second hand DF35īs available.
I had a short test sail a few weeks ago, winds were around 18-26 knots. One reef in the main and partially rolled in genoa. We started on a reach, TWA around 60-70 degrees. We were doing around 12-15 knots of boatspeed. Waves around 4 feet. A bit wet actually! We turned back home, now with TWA 120 degrees, and very dry. In a 26 knots gust, we hit almost 19 knots in comfort!
Coming back to the marina, folding was a simple procedure using the electric winch (so was hoisting the mainsail earlier), and the swing thruster makes going in to the slip very easy.
The cockpit is huge, with an aft grp arch to lean against. The main sheet traveler is not a very good solution though. It is controlled with a winch handle on the front side of the sheet track.
Inside I found it very cosy and warm, and compared to the DF28 itīs very spaciuos! This particular boat was rebuilt inside, from the original "port sofa-starboard galley" layout to the newer "classic" layout. There were a couple of things that differed from the classic layout though, which I didnīt like.
All in all, the DF35 is a very very nice boat, big and robust with lots of power under sail. I will decide which boat to buy before the end of next week!