Stepping aboard the Dufour 38 Classic, the light Khaya mahogany panelling shines under natural light. The roof is topped with a nicely moulded white headliner, with a blue upholstery.
The teak-and-holly flooring leads forward to a forepeak cabin that's big enough to sleep two at anchor. It has mahogany lining, storage in side-pockets and under the bunk (where one of two water tanks is located), twin lockers with hanging space and drawers, plus a double berth that measures 2m x 1.6m with high-density foam mattress.
A good size en-suite heads compartment forward with Corian benchtops, a hot/cold shower, manual head, plenty of storage for personals, and a mirror come standard.
Aft of the mahogany bulkhead, separating the forward cabin, is a saloon with headroom of around 1.85m. It's designed for spending long nights eating, drinking and being merry, as the main feature is a huge dinette with U-shaped lounge, and separate double seat, that can seat eight people or convert to accommodate two at night.
The settee cushions are contoured for a comfortable fit, there's bottle storage built into the base of the table, while the galley remains just a long arm's length away. The back of the separate bench seat fronting the dinette can be used as a brace if you're cooking in seaway.
Among the smart features of the galley are twin stainless sinks, chrome-plated taps, a two-burner gas stove/oven, a wonderful 150lt deep fridge, and abundant storage for crockery, cutlery and cooking utensils.
Amidships on the port side is the day head with a stylish sink set in Corian, good access to the plumbing, a Jabsco sea toilet, and separate sit-down shower space with teak seat and chrome fittings.
The navigation station on the starboard-side is a good size, with enough space to rest a folded chart, a comfortable pedestal seat, facia for mounting navigation equipment, control panel with perfectly logical wiring, and a hanging locker.
Back aft are the two cabins, which double as sea berths depending on your tack. Each has a double berth measuring 1.9m x 1.4m, hanging locker with shelf, an open shelf alongside the bunks, and a hatch for fresh air.
The inner panels of the aft two cabins and the companionway steps lift to grant access to all sides of the Volvo engine.
Dufour 38 Classic, built in 1998 by Dufour Yachts, France to a design by Yann Chabaud & Olivier Poncin.
Delivered and first commissioned January 1999
HIN: FR-DUF C1046K899
Cat 'A' Ocean
GRP hull, deck and superstructure - Dufour hulls are formed using hand-laid rovings and NPG resin and gelcoat to protect against osmosis. The hull itself is GRP around a foam core, bonded using the modern technique of vacuum-bagging.
Glass-encapsulated ply floors are laminated to the hull, the deck is balsa-cored sandwich, while the semi-elliptical spade rudder is filled with closed-cell foam and mounted on self-aligning bearings. This good and reliable engineering is a well known Dufour trait.
Deep Lead keel - 1.90m draft
Volvo Penta 2040 40hp 3-Cylinder inboard diesel engine, saildrive with a 2-bladed fixed propeller.
Serviced last in 2018.Electrical:
3 x 12v Batteries (210 Amp in total) - two for service and one for engine
55 Amp/hr engine alternator
240v Shore power c/w shore support cable
25 Amp Battery chargerWater:
Pressurised hot and cold water supply.
Hot water via 25L Nautic Calorfier (New in 2013)Tankage:
Water - 340L (Plastic)
Fuel - 159L (Plastic)
Grey (Waste) - 25L (Plastic)Spars, Rigging and Sails:
Z-Spar Anodised aluminium double spreader deck stepped mast with boom
Stainless steel standing rigging - Replaced April 2014
Running rigging - Braid on braid
Rigid boom vang
In-Mast furling system
Furling genoa with Facnor furling system
Mainsail (In mast) - UK Sails - 1998
Genoa - Boatshed - 2017
Cruising chute Tri-radial - Kemp Sails 1.5 oZ - 2000