Successful boats like the Dufour 35 have not been designed as many. When Michael Dufour designed and built it in 1972 it was a real revolution. He wanted a boat that was comfortable and safe to go anywhere: the French shipyard went against the grain by proposing a “different” boat for those years, with a generous stern for the time and unusual volumes. It was a boat for globetrotting sailors, for travelers, a kind of Blue Water for the wanderers of the 1970s.
Below decks he carved out an L-shaped galley for cooking even while underway and a saloon with five bunks that were added to four others in the aft and forward cabins. Nine berths on a boat of just over ten meters was a real innovation that did not end with the interior, however: Dufour proposed a “short” deckhouse, high freeboard and hull windows, and a deep cockpit capable of sheltering from wind and waves. In short, a boat whose focus was on seafaring and which was a huge success with five hundred sold. A hull that for all these attributes is still highly sought after among enthusiasts today. Despite the excellent qualities of this boat, in the second-hand market one can really get good deals, as in the case of this model for sale on Top Boat Market.
A 23,000 EURO JEWEL IN THE ADRIATIC
If you want to “meet in person” this Dufour 35 specimen plan a trip to Grado (Gorizia), on the northern edge of the Adriatic Sea. Here you will find Malia I: a hull “wrapped” in 2015 navy blue in excellent condition and ready to sail as of now. The interior accommodates eight berths (as we have seen, one of the features that has made this boat successful is its volume, as evidenced by the boat’s below-deck area that can accommodate up to nine berths in just over ten meters), a double cabin, a bathroom with shower, a large convertible dinette, and a galley with three burners, oven, and refrigerator.
As for the equipment and systems, the electrical one was redone in 2008, the three on-board batteries and charger are from 2009, charger 2009. Compared to her year of construction, 1972, the boat has been modernized with an autopilot, mainsail with lazy bag and genoa on Bamar furling, a new Antal self-taning winch for mainsail halyard, an electric winch in the cockpit, Bamar rigid vang. The price for all this? 23,000!!! MORE INFORMATION CAN BE FOUND HERE.
THE NUMBERS OF THE DUFOUR 35
Sup. vel: 74.34 sqm
Years of production: 1972-1982
Designer: Michael Dufour