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Dufour 32 Classic

Brief Notes


Dufour Yachts (France)

Length OA

32' 3"

Sail Area

581 sq ft

The Dufour 32 Classic offers an excellent compromise between sailing performance and comfort, with a remarkably well finished and spacious interior.

Length WL

27' 3"




10' 10"


forecabin, saloon and aft cabin


5' 8" or 4' 2"




9,612 lbs deep keel or 9,766 lbs shallow keel. Also lift keel version - see below

Engine type

Volvo diesel


2,811 lbs

Engine bhp


Keel type

Choice of shallow or deep draught bulbed fin keels with spade rudder. There was also a Dufour 32 "Dériveur Intégral" with lift keel and higher total displacement and ballast figures of 10,163 lbs and 3,274 lbs. The lift keel version has a draught of 2' 0" keel up and 5' 11" down.

* The sail area, displacement and ballast figures quoted here are as given by an 2018 enquiry to Dufour France: both a 2003 Dufour brochure for yachts sold in the UK and the USA distributors 2001 specification sheet have quoted different figures, notable a higher displacement with a slightly lower ballast figure for the US Dufours specification. It could be that boats for different markets were built differently, or that specifications changed between model years - these "Classic" series had a moderately long production run.

Dufour 32 Classic

The Dufour "Classic" range was introduced in 1995/96. All were designed by J. & J. Designs, and were intended as comfortable cruisers with good sailing performance. The 32 is the second smallest of the range. The yacht shown here is the deep fin keel version, with wheel steering. The hulls are GRP sandwich with high density PVC foam core, laid up using vacuum bagging techniques, and the decks are GRP balsa sandwich construction. Production appeared to cease in early 2004.

Standard boats were tiller steered, with wheel steering as an option. There are advantages to tiller steering in a yacht of this size, both in terms of response and feel of the helm, and opening up the cockpit space when moored or anchored.

This Dufour 32 Classic currently for sale
Dufour 32 Classic

The interior is finished in khaya mahogany veneers, with solid wood trim, and for what is a mass-production boat the general interior quality is excellent. The accommodation consists of a vee-berth/double forward, saloon with two single settee berths, heads with shower, and a small double berth aft cabin.

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Dufour 32 Classic

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