Dick Durham steps aboard one of Dufour’s best sellers, the 36 Classic. Designed for family cruising, she’s fast enough for competitive sailors, too.
She’s a good-looking, sweet-lined boat with a decent turn of speed, helped by her moderately pronounced rocker. This keeps her broad transom clear of the water even when she is heavily laden for long-distance cruising. The saloon is taken right to the interior beam, which increases her sense of space, with some cost in stowage room.
Four Top is Tops’l Sail Cruise’s most popular family boat, making regular crossings of the Channel, cruises to the Channel Islands and Isle of Scilly – fair testimony to this boat’s capabilities.