Dufour yachts at largeDufour, based near La Rochelle in western France, has sailed pretty close to the rocks over the past few years, but they finally seem to have returned to clear waters with a range that represents their original values: good value yachts for the middle market. The Performance range is represented by the 34, 40 and 44 models, while the Grand Large cruising range will be completed by the launch at Southampton of two new models, the 325 and 455, both designed by Umberto Felci.

Founded in 1964 by Michel Dufour, by the 1970s it was one of Europe’s largest builders with their cult boat, the 30ft Arpège, one of its most successful models and. After rather losing its way in the nineties, a partnership was established in 2001 with the Cantiere Del Pardo, manufacturers of the Grand Soleil range. Dufour yachts are now exported to 30 countries and represented in the UK by Portfolio Marine.
Tel: 01803 380506;
www.portway.co.uk