Here is the new Dufour 41, this time in the twelve-meter segment, but still in three versions to meet all sailing needs: from the racer to the cruiser
by Niccolò Volpati
Two more meters less than two years later. The renewal of the Dufour shipyard’s range is proceeding apace. 2022 saw the launching of the 37, while Cannes is scheduled to host the launching of the new 41 in September. Twelve meters and 75 cm overall length for a hull measuring 11.99 by 4.3 meters wide.
The historian Umberto Felci, who also signs the naval architecture and deck of this new model, has been joined by the Ardizio Design studio for the interiors. But the design philosophy is entirely similar: comfort in cruising, medium or long range, and performance under sail.
The 41, in fact, will also have three versions. Let’s begin with Adventure, designed for an owner who seeks simplicity. Ease of handling and simplicity in maneuvering, basically, easy sailing according to Dufour. The Ocean version, on the other hand, has a more traditional sail plan and organization with a Spi, a Code 0 and a genoa instead of a self-tacking jib. For those who want, however, there is always the self tacking bow. The last one, called Performance has an increased sail plan, suitable for those who intend to use the boat in regattas as well.
There are two interior layouts: three-cabin or four-cabin, but with a variation. The number of bathrooms is also a choice, and so the formulas include four cabins and four bathrooms or four cabins and three bathrooms. And the same goes for the three-cabin layout. Special attention has been paid to the natural light that filters below deck through portholes, manholes and windows. The “openings” are many: as many as three along each side, and as many on the deckhouse. Windows aside, there are portholes and manholes that also allow for good natural ventilation.
Volumes and habitability are generous, thanks in part to the hull’s water lines that increase volumes at the bottom. Moreover, the same philosophy has been adopted for the deck. The cockpit has a slightly trapezoidal shape precisely to increase the square footage towards the stern. Redesigned so as to minimize bulk when the flaps are at rest, the cockpit table provides at the same time as much surface area as possible, right up to the edge of the benches. The aft platform is obviously tilting, and this solution allows for a very practical self-inflating raft compartment close to the water and also to benefit from a decidedly easy access to the sea.
Dufour 41 – The Data Sheet
Length overall 12.75m – Length at waterline (LWL) 11.20m – Hull length 11.99m – Maximum beam 4.30m – Draft 2.10m – Ballast 2,600 kg – Fuel tank 250 l – Water tank 250 l – Felci Yacht Design and Ardizio Yacht Design
(Dufour 41, the charge of 41 – Barchemagazine.com – January 2023)