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Micky, are you in the UK? Here in the US Dufour never really built a good dealer network, so they are somewhat hard to find. There are probably more of them in the UK than in the entire US or any quarter of it.
They generally have a good reputation, but with any boat that old you must (MUST) really have a surveyor look at the hull and deck for water penetration and other expensive damage. Volvo engines are considered to be somewhat expensive to maintain in the US. Reliable, but parts are sometimes simply unobtainable on engines that old, expensive when they can be had (often shipped from Sweden), with some unique things like their integral starter/alternator being totally unavailable, and with 30+ years of raw water cooling, you may have salt water corrossion issues in the block that cannot be dealt with, so a mechanical (engine) survey may also be called for.
If you are not familiar with sailboats, the standing rigging (all that nasty silver wire that gets in the way of the sail) probably should be replaced if it is +15 years old. A good surveyor would point out things like that to you.