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Hi there, I'd be very interested to be in contact with any owners of Dufours, particularly owners of boats built in 2008 and 2009. We've got a 2009 525 Grand large. Does anyone know how to keep the iroko deck looking nice? Thanks.
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I don't have an answer to that but I would like to hear your opinion about your boat.

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Hi, It's a good design and sails well, very light but it works.
Some of the basic construction is poor and all the extras are really badly installed. It's been a battle just to get basic things like the generator working. The decks are all coming unglued and the boats just over a year old! Do you own a Dufour? What's been your experience?
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Sounds like some good reasons not to buy a late model Dufour.

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Hi, It's a good design and sails well, very light but it works.
Some of the basic construction is poor and all the extras are really badly installed. It's been a battle just to get basic things like the generator working. The decks are all coming unglued and the boats just over a year old! Do you own a Dufour? What's been your experience?
Wow..... I was looking at the 40E. Spoke to the sale for 4 hrs. I wonder if any better in annaplolis. I need to rethink.


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Hi, It's a good design and sails well, very light but it works.
Some of the basic construction is poor and all the extras are really badly installed. It's been a battle just to get basic things like the generator working. The decks are all coming unglued and the boats just over a year old! Do you own a Dufour? What's been your experience?
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That is not normal. Something wrong there. I have seen and sailed on Dufour charter boats that are heavily used and never saw or heard nothing like that.

Last year I had an interesting talk with a big charter operator, he is on the business for a long time and operates Dufour, Bavaria, Beneteau, Jeanneau and Grandsoleil. I have asked him his opinion about those boats and he had said that the best were the Grandsoleil and that after and not far were the Dufour.

Regarding extras, some are mounted at the dealer and it makes a huge difference to have the boat rigged and mounted at an experienced dealer.

How is the dealer reacting to your claims?

Have you contacted the factory directly?

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