Dufour 4800

Launched in 1981, this 35-footer from Dufour was a substantially different

creation to the company’s earlier models. Looking very much like a

grown-up 3800, she could accommodate up to nine people, thus

maintaining the French tradition for maximum crew berths. She had, in

effect, an early manifestation of an owner’s suite, with the heads and double

berth (rather than V-berths) forward of the main bulkhead. She also had a

double aft cabin with its own washbasin. The galley was adequate for use in

a seaway. Performance under sail was reputed to be very good, although she

doesn’t point particularly high when close-hauled and the original sailplan,

comprising a small mainsail and an enormous, deck-sweeping genoa, is not

ideal for short-tacking or short-handed cruising.


LOA 10.66m (35ft) LWL 8.45m (27ft 9in) Beam 3.48m (11ft 4in) Draught 1.84m (6ft)

Displacement 6,364kg (14,000lb)