Dufour 30 classic
Simplicity is the essence of this entry-level cruiser, launched in the late 1990s.
She is quick under full canvas, easy to handle, close-winded and fairly well balanced to boot.
The rig, which supports a fairly large mainsail and a small, non-overlapping jib, was rather lightly built for serious offshore work.
The cockpit is well laid out, with all the essentials within easy reach of the helm – a bonus for short-handed sailing.
As beﬁts a yacht of this size, she sports a tiller rather than a wheel.
Down below, the open-plan layout makes for an airy, well-lit saloon with a vee-berth in the forepeak.
There’s a large dinette, a decent galley, a generously proportioned chart table with ample stowage and a good-sized heads compartment aft of the companionway.
The aft cabin is surprisingly roomy but rather dingy.
- LOA 9.01m (29ft 6in)
- LWL 8.03m (26ft 4in)
- Beam 3m (9ft 8in)
- Draught 1.15m (3ft 9in)
- Displacement 3,100kg (6,834lb)
- YM test report December 1997