The news of the merger came this spring and was not entirely surprising. Fountaine Pajot from France, one of the largest catamaran manufacturers in the world, is taking over its near-neighbor Dufour Yachts with a majority stake. After the previous alliances of BavariYachtbau with Nautitech and Hanseyachts with Privilège, the remaining large production series are now tied to a partner in the monohull or two-hull industry. The brands Jeanneau and Beneteau have been allied for many years within the Beneteau Group with the world's largest catamaran manufacturer Lagoon.
As a clear commitment to continue to produce as an independent brand, Dufour Yachts presented the completely redeveloped Dufour 390 Grand Large at the end of April. As a major attraction, the Tourer comes with upgraded versions with up to three cabins and three bathrooms, which is a real novelty for the eleven-meter hull length class. Now, with the Dufour 430 Grand Large, the next new presentation from LRochelle follows. Both ships, which are now being built under the new company structure, will be unveiled as world premieres at the Cannes trade fair in September and can be seen at boot in Düsseldorf in January 2019.
Photo gallery: Dufour 430 Grand Large, everything outside
The 430 Grand Large will not replace a previous model from Dufour Yachts, but will be added to the existing range, between types 412 and 460. Visually, the youngest ship from Périgny at LRochelle remains a typical Dufour with the unmistakable signature from Felci Yacht design. This is represented by the modern, angular design language with the vertically sloping ship ends, the wide rear and the pronounced chimney edges. The large, angular hull windows are also characteristic of Dufour's current range.
The layout on deck is clearly geared towards the needs of cruising sailors. Halyards and trim lines are passed under the cabin roof onto the winches on the side of the companionway. The main sheet runs over a traveler on the cabin roof and on both sides over the running deck back onto the winches at the steering positions. If the customer chooses the overlapping genoa instead of the standard self-tacking jib, the sheets of the headsail are also brought back into the reach of the helmsman, who can thus get along well with the ship even on his own.
Photo gallery: Dufour 430 Grand Large, everything inside
The interior fittings can be ordered in two completely different versions. The standard interior design provides a layout with three cabins and two generously divided wet cells with a shower option. The galley at the front, directly on the main bulkhead, is unconventional. As a modification to this, an additional, fourth double cabin with bunk beds on top of each other is feasible towards the center of the ship. In this case, the galley is attached to the side as a long line, and the foredeck is slightly smaller. For the look, there are options to choose from with Moabi mahogany, oak or teak wood.
The Dufour dealers from Schiffswerft Laboe GmbH can already name a price for the new Dufour 430 Grand Large: The ship (including sail) will be launched on the market for a base price of 209,380 euros (gross).
The website of the shipyard
|constructor||Felci Yacht Design|
|constructor||Felci Yacht Design|
|Lü (fuselage length)||12.50 m|
|Total length including bowsprit||13.24 m|
|LWL length of waterline||11.69 m|
|Draft / alternative||2.10 m / 1.75 m|
|Self-tacking jib||40.0 sqm|
|machine||50 HP built-in diesel|
|Capacity fuel||200 l|
|Fresh water capacity||380 l|