Definitely at the cruiser racer end of the scale the Dufour 34 offers a great mix of quick fun sailing and practical accommodation with lots of storage space ideally suited to cruising. With the deck hardware sensibly configured its a boat which is easily cruised by a short handed crew or put through its paces with a full crew enjoying some rewarding club racing.
The more desirable two cabin layout AMARONE is still with her original owner and has been lightly used since she was new. Specified as the Club Version she benefits from:
Complimented by an extensive inventory, including an extensive selection of cruising spares. Ideal for somebody buying their first boat. Currently lying afloat in Argyll viewing is by appointment.
Some extracts from various press reviews of the class.
'A Sparkling performer which scooped the European Yacht of the Year Award.
This Umberto Felci design from 2002 sports a fine deep iron keel and slim but very deep rudder, set on a sleek hull that slips through the water with the minimum of fuss and effort. She is rewarding to sail and delightful on the helm. the topsides and coachroof are quiet low, yet she manages more than 6ft 1in headroom below decks. Despite the racy hull shape, the cockpit is fitted out for short handed cruising with either wheel or tiller steering.'
Yachting Monthly, August 2009 - Dufour 34 Review by Tim Bartlett. (www.yachtingmonthly.com)
'All my days on the water should be as perfect as the day we took a Dufour 34 out for a spin after the Miami Boat Show. .............The smallest boat in the re-vamped, restyled Dufour line of Umberto Felci designs, the 34 is a peppy performance cruiser built to excel in exactly the conditions we encountered....
The boat moved easily through the water at a quiet 7 knots under power, and the helm was smooth and perfectly balanced. we soon set sail and went hard on the breeze, again churning out 7 knots, even with factory sails.....
The deck layout successfully melds cruising and racing features. The comfortable teak-trimmed cockpit seats are deep, long enough to stretch out on, and provide excellent brace points. Cockpit coamings are angled outboard for secure seating to windward when the boat heels. Sitting against the angled coachroof bulkhead looking aft will no doubt be the place of choice for on-watch cruisers. The removable transom seat and split backstay provide easy access through the transom. A small swim platform and removable ladder are other cruiser-friendly features.........
The below decks layout is not revolutionary, but it does provide an effective, no-nonsense living space well suited to a night on the hook in a peaceful anchorage and to racing through the night on a distance course. Numerous opening ports and hatches provide excellent ventilation, and the straight saloon seats are comfortable and long enough to double as sea berths. Hand-holds and brace points are numerous and right where you need them. The nav-centre's large chart table, ample space to mount electronics and comfortable seat are well suited to offshore work. Ad the moderately sized L-shaped galley, with a two-burner stove, small refrigerator, solid brace points and counters 3-inch fiddles, meets the requirements of a seagoing cook...........
The Dufour 34 is an excellent all-around boat that combines sailing performance, comfortable accommodations and striking good looks in a package that could appeal to dyed-in-the-wool racers, cruisers who appreciate a fast responsive boat and even new sailors. It's just the right amount of boat for those who want the comfort and performance of a performance cruiser without sacrificing the ease and manoeuvrability of a smaller boat.'
Sail Magazine, August 2004 - Dufour 34 Review by Bill Springer. (www.sailmagazine.com)
As you would expect from a boat with 'Performance' in the model name the deck is laid out with functionality front and central. Decks are finished in a moulded non-slip pattern with hardwood toerail outboard and grabrail running the length of the coachroof. Where possible deck are kept clear of obstructions making it as easy as possible for crew to move around.
Foredeck - Twin roller stemhead fitting with anchor self stowing on starboard side. Anchor windlass mounted in recess below deck level with chain self stowing to chain locker. Mooring cleats provided outboard port and starboard. Spinnaker pole stowing on guard rails outboard.
Sidedecks / Coachroof - Moulded non-slip patterned panels under foot. Deck stepped mast. 3 opening deck hatches around mast. Halyards and reefing lines lead aft to cockpit on port and starboard sides.
Cockpit - Large functional space with wheel pedestal located at the aft end keeping the forward end of the cockpit clear. Seating and sole of cockpit finished in laid teak panels. Harken mainsheet system spans the cockpit immediately forward of the pedestal. Primary winches are mounted outboard just forward of the wheel leaving all controls in easy reach of the helmsman. Halyards and reefing lines come aft to jammers and winches port and starboard of companionway. Storage provided in two large cockpit lockers with additional storage space for liferaft provide beneath the helm seat.
Below decks the accommodation layout is as you would expect from a boat of this size by a large production builder, nothing extravagant however highly practical and functional for life afloat. Joinery work is of light Moabi mahogany finished in a satin effect varnish with trims and fiddles in solid timber. Sole boards are are in the traditional teak and holly type style however finished with a hard wearing laminate, removing the requirement for any maintenance. Moulded head linings are finished in white and easily cleaned. Upholstery in the saloon is in a royal blue Alcantara type fabric with the bunk mattresses in the forward and aft cabins in an off white material.
Forepeak - Large double V-berth forward with standing space at aft end of bunk. Locker units provided outboard port and starboard with hanging locker space and shelved locker space in both units, cave lockers beneath each. Overhead shelf running full length of the bunk outboard provides additional storage. Large bin locker provided under aft end of bunk.
Saloon - Centrally located drop leaf table with compression post at forward end. Bench type settees running along port and starboard sides of saloon. Storage provided throughout area with storage within the table unit, shelves outboard of the settees, doored locker units at the aft end. Beneath the bunks cushions and backs further storage its provided.
Galley - Port side of companionway laid out in the traditional L-shape with an off-white Corrian worktop. Worktop sensibly fitted with fiddles, ideal for use at sea. Area appointed with twin stainless steel sink, large top loading fridge, gas cooker and ample storage.
Nav-Station - Opposite galley to starboard. Forward facing chart table with dedicated navigators seat. Storage within table for charts with separate lockers and drawers to accommodate bosuns gear. Additional storage beneath seat and behind. 15" LCD display repeats E80 plotter info with active remote keypad allowing full control of plotter from chart table. Ships switch panel, VHF and Navtex display all easily accessible from seat.
Aft Cabin - Accessed through galley on port side. Standing room at forward end of cabin with large locker unit outboard providing hanging space and shelved locker storage, cave locker provided beneath. Shelf outboard running full length of bunk provides additional storage.
Heads - Accessed aft of Nav-Station. Generously sized compartment finished in an off white moulding. Forward facing manual Jabsco marine toilet, sink and vanity unit. Wet hanging locker space provided aft of heads unit.
Engine located in dedicated engine space beneath companionway steps. Access to engine and sail drive provided by removing companionway steps and via removable panels in aft cabin.
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