Dufour 36 classic and 36CC

This 36-footer was built with two deck layouts on the same hull – a high-

volume, deep canoe body with fairly full bows, a relatively deep forefoot and

a fl at run aft. The Classic is an aft-cockpit yacht with a deep, secure cockpit

and slab reefi ng; the 36CC (pictured, right) features a shallower centre

cockpit, a roller mainsail and a different accommodation layout. Both were

fi tted with a masthead rig with slightly sweptback spreaders and are closely

matched under sail, although the Classic’s greater sail area give her the edge

in light to moderate conditions and her rod steering is more positive than the

36CC’s long, complex cable run. These boats are easy enough to handle on

most points of sail, although the helm needs a lot of attention downwind in

a blow. Below decks, both boats feature ample-sized fore and aft cabins; the

36CC has useful sea-berths in the saloon but the Classic has a roomer living

area and later boats boast twin aft cabins.

LOA 11.11m (36ft 7in) LWL 9.18m (30ft 2in) Beam 3.77m (12ft 6in) Draught 1.8m (5ft 11in)

Displacement 5,900kg (13,000lb) YM test report November 1999 (head-to-head) and

June 2003 (Classic)