Dufour 35 classic

Well-balanced and quick, the 35 Classic is one of the

lightest cruisers in her class, displacing just 4.5 tons.

But she’s sturdy, too – Dufour did not skimp on build

quality. A combination of moderate freeboard,

pleasing sheerline, low coachroof and reverse

transom make her easy on the eye. The deck

layout works well, although the non-slip

surfaces could be grippier. She is blessed with a

strong masthead rig, set well forward to avoid

the usual masthead drawback of a small

mainsail and an overly large foretriangle.

She sails well upwind, tacking through

80º during YM’s test sail. Below decks,

the 35 Classic is comfortable but solid

rather than plush. She’s not quite

as roomy as many of her rivals,

but arguably better suited to

offshore sailing. The fl ip side of

the coin is limited headroom,

a constricted aft cabin and

poor engine access.

LOA 10.45m (34ft 2in)

LWL 8.5m (27ft 10in)

Beam 3.48m (11ft 5in)

Draught 1.8m (5ft 11in)

Displacement 4,650kg

(10,330lb) YM test report

January 1996