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Dufour 40 Performance For Sale - SOLD

Updated: Feb 3, 2023

Dufour’s acquisition of the Gib Sea line enables them to develop Gib Sea as a pure cruiser line, so the Dufour range can become more performance oriented. Umberto Felci designed the hulls; Patrick Roseo, who has fresh ideas, did cockpit and deck layout and interior. The lines show a long waterline and beamy stern (though no dimensions are extreme) with a 2.1m lead keel featuring a flared bulb and modest aspect ratio. The hull is a PVC/glass/Kevlar vacuumed sandwich with a moulded grid internal structure for strength. The deck moulding is resin-injected and vacuum-bagged to keep weight down.

The hull’s displacement/length ratio is quite low (around 166) so it should be easily driven, and the stability curve (as designed) shows the angle of diminishing stability to be very high. You can have three cabins with two heads.

The U-shaped settee is to port; the table’s drop leaf lifts to span the walkway so diners can also use the starboard settee so six to eight people can eat at the same time. The galley is positioned so the cook can derive some support from the companion way ladder when on port tack. There are two sinks, a twin-burner and oven stove, and alongside is a clever stowage cupboard with removable plastic drawers. The nav area is a good size The three cabins are roomy with hanging and shelved lockers, and extensive shelving down the hull sides.

Headroom is around 6ft 5in (sorry, 1.95m) alongside the galley and only an inch or two less as you move forward. The rig is simple – twin spreaders with some sweepback, discontinuous D2s, single lowers, single backstay with mechanical tensioner operated by the winch handle. Chainplates are inboard, connected by below-decks struts from deck level to the hull support structure in the bilge area.

The cockpit layout is simple and immensely clever. One wheel means big diameter; there is good foot support and a timber pad for the bum when sitting on the sidedecks. The main traveller is on the cockpit floor; a 5:1 tackle trims the main with a cammed block mounted at floor level. The traveller has a 4:1 either side with cams on the vertical seat sides and they be reached easily by the helmsman as he leans around the wheel and gives a vertical heave. The skipper can also reach the primary winches (Harken Number 48 self-tailers) just ahead of the helm. Single-handing, important when picnic sailing, is easy.

The Dufour 40 is easy to sail because it is simple and well laid out. Greg delivered her to Hamilton Island for Race Week and reports that she handled well in a blow both upwind and down. The helm position worked fine in the light conditions of our sail; the tufts were seen easily from the sitting position either side and the helmsman really can wind on the self-tailing headsail winches with one hand, if tuning is needed, or move around to the front of the binnacle and adjust the main while keeping one hand on the wheel, if needed. This boat had the optional teak deck, electric anchor winch, battened main sail and bigger auxiliary – a 55hp Volvo Penta instead of the standard 40hp.

The Dufour 40 is a pretty boat (these plumbstemmers have an elegance all their own) of a size, which should be easy and economical to maintain. The Dufour 40’s cockpit layout is extremely clever and the boat should be not only easy to race, but relaxing for social occasions, as the forward part of the cockpit can be free of any sail-handling activity. Indeed the skipper can do it all, if needed. Cruiser/racer indeed.

She is for sale from the first owner. The boat demonstrations will be made in working hours of the week except Sundays. Appointments needed to see the boat. She is on the sea and ready for sailing. All of the maintenances have been done by our company. Cabin photos will upload soon.


  • Manufacture: Dufour Yachts

  • Model: Dufour 40 Performance

  • Year built: 2007

  • Year Launched: 2007

  • Flag: BVI – UK

  • Port of Registry: Road Harbour

  • Construction: Fiberglass

  • Designer: Umberto Felci

  • Location: Marmaris, Turkey

  • LOA: 12,06 m

  • LWL: 10,74 m

  • Beam: 3.9 m

  • Draft: 2.1 m

  • Displacement: 7800 kg

  • Ballast: 2815 kg

  • Fuel Tank:160 lt

  • Fresh Water Tanks: 330 lt

  • Holding Tank: 40 lt

  • Cruising Speed: 7,5 knots

  • Max. Speed: 9 knots

  • Range: 400 miles

  • 3 Cabins

  • 2 heads

  • 1 bathroom

  • Convertible Saloon

  • Engine: Volvo penta D2-55

  • Hp: 55

  • Drive type: Sail Drive

  • Engine working hours: 4000 hr

  • Fuel Type: Diesel

  • Fuel Consumption: 5 lt

  • Last Engine Service: April 2022

  • Shore power inlet

  • 2 Service batteries

  • 1 Engine battery

  • 1 Battery charger

  • 1 Depth & Speed instrument

  • 1 Wind direction & speed instrument

  • Repeater instruments

  • Raymarine Radar

  • Radar detector

  • Navigation center

  • Raymarine C70 chartplotter

  • Autopilot

  • Compass

  • Gps

  • Vhf

  • VCR

  • DVD player

  • Radio

  • CD player

  • Cockpit speakers

  • Electrical bilge pump

  • Manual Bilge pump

  • Owen

  • Refrigerator

  • Deep freezer

  • Hot water

  • Heating

  • Teak cockpit

  • Teak side decks

  • Cockpit shower

  • Gangway

  • Outboard engine bracket

  • Radar reflector

  • Tender

  • Life raft

  • Bimini

  • Main sail cover

  • Sprayhood

  • Lazy bag

  • Lazy jacks

  • Life buoys

  • Search light

  • Flares

  • Fog horn

  • Fully battened main sail

  • Main sail reefing

  • Furling Genoa

  • Storm jib

  • Spinnaker

  • Running rigging

  • Spinnaker pole

  • Electrical winch

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