Dufour 530: the sea trial video

After the lockdown period, we finally sailed again with the Dufour 530 Race version. We had already met her in Düsseldorf, but we had to wait to see how she behaved on the water.

What does Race version mean? Oversized mast, bulb up to 2.80 meters of draft and hydraulic vang. Even the weather at Punta Ala was performing with a wind between 18 and 20 knots. And with a hand of reefing on the mainsail and a 108% genoa we sailed between 8 and 9 knots of speed.

Very balanced and always very stable on the route. Close hauled I let go of the rudder and the boat went straight for its course, almost as if it had an automatic pilot. The rudder is always soft, you really only need one finger to adjust it. The deck equipment is practical: everything is within easy reach.

The deck is really “flush”, there are portholes and windows everywhere: there are 12 of them between the deckhouse and the passageways.

Many layouts are available for the interiors. There are up to seven cabins, including the skipper’s one. This is the most “charter” version, where the forward cabin, the owner’s, is split into two twin cabins, with two more on the stern and one to starboard with coach-type beds.

Dufour 530 is certainly a cruise boat, in the standard version, in the cockpit area there is also a sundeck, but the project is by Umberto Felci, who signed the hull and the water lines: The performance is far from disappointing, especially in the Race version, a cruising boat, but fast and made to sail and have fun.

Dufour 530 – Technical specifications
Architect Felci Yacht Design
Hull construction Fiberglass
Deck construction Injection
Overall length 16.35m
Waterline length 14.97m
Hull length 15.50m
Max beam 4.99m
Light displacement 17,774 kg
Draft 2.30m
Keel weight 4,600 kg
Fuel tank capacity 440 l
Water tank capacity 740 l
Engine power 75 hp (opt. 110 hp)
Sail area 125 m²
Mainsail 65.5 m²
Genoa 59,5 m²

(Dufour 530: the sea trial video – Barchemagazine.com – August 2020)