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