The Dufour 45 Classic is a wonderful modern performance cruiser. Built in 1999 in The Dufour 45 Classic is sleek, sexy and it is a great sailing boat.. The hull and rig are designed for fast cruising, ease of handling in secure comfort. The life raft is stowed on the stern, which is a good spot for an offshore sailor. There is equal attention to the amenities that so many modern cruisers and families have come to need and expect including a large cockpit and swim step transom. All this comfort and she leisurely makes 180 mile days with a 200 mile day within reach.
The interior is equally pleasing with its Mahogany paneling highlighted by natural light from all the large hatches and opening ports. The Dufour 45 has a nice big beautiful main salon and a spacious galley. The master stateroom up forward has a beautiful spacious V berth with access to the head. Just aft to port is the guest cabin with upper and lower bunk arrangement which is great for kids or crew and also makes a fabulous storage area. The two double aft cabins and aft head provide wonderful accommodations for family cruising.
Darwin Sound has been upgraded for ocean passagemaking! She was recently inspected and upgraded for her Atlantic crossing in 2015-2016. She is better than new, because when you do buy a new boat, you learn that there are thousands and thousands of additional dollars to spend outfitting the boat for your needs. She already has had a significant investment and is upgraded for cruising comfortably.
Darwin Sound is owned and maintained by a couple who are lifelong sailors. They bought Darwin Sound with the purpose of cruising in the Med which they did for several years. Then they left in 2009 for Scandinavia to enjoy five seasons in the Northern cruising areas of Norway, Sweden and Scotland. In 2015 they refit Darwin Sound to make the Atlantic crossing from the Spain to the Caribbean. In the 2015 season they enjoyed the Caribbean to make their way up the Chesapeake to put Darwin Sound on the market. She is certainly proven and ready to go!
These are the kind of owners you want to buy a boat from. They are very accomplished sailors and lifelong boat owners. They report that they have truly enjoyed cruising Darwin Sound six months of each year and caring for her as their home and their ship throughout. They love how the boat sails so well in light air and the fact that she is so responsive and easily sailed by just a couple. Of course they have rigged the boat to make her safe and even easier to sail with the inner forestay and small self tacking staysail.
If you want a boat that will sail really well on the Chesapeake Bay and a proven vessel that had been upgraded for cruising and passagemaking, you should surely give Darwin Sound your consideration. She is priced to sell so don't wait. Call now!
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The Dufour 45 Classic has accommodations for eight adults with four private sleeping cabins, three double cabins and a fourth cabin with upper and lower berths! Along with two heads with stall showers and a great galley, salon, and nav station, this commodious layout makes her a sought after vessel for a family or cruisers who love to entertain. This is a modern vessel that is distinctly European in its design and ambiance. It is clean and light and bright and modern and yet the Mahogany paneling is nicely nautical. The Master cabin forward is pleasing with the spacious V-berth and access to the forward head. Adjacent the head there is a single cabin which is also a great storage location. The aft cabins port and starboard are quite large due to the generous beam carried well aft. The port cabin has private access to the aft head to port. The four private cabins make this a very commodious vessel. The main salon is spacious and comfortable with good ventilation from the opening deck hatches and opening ports with screens. The main salon dining arrangement can please a party, if the chef can handle it. The u-shaped dinette to starboard has a large table which has been adapted with drop down leaves to make the space more open. Still you can seat eight if you want to. The galley is actually a kitchen arranged on the port side adjacent the dining area. It is a real French galley, so it is not that difficult to please the crew. The boat is elegant and sophisticated European with very comfortable accommodations for six or eight, gorgeous entertaining cockpit, swim platform, cockpit shower and if you have a vision that includes friends, you will not disappoint yourself or your friends.
This vessel offers a beautiful ships galley in the French way on the port side in the midst of the action in the salon
Navigation and Communication
The owner reports a favorite thing is nestling into the helm seat with great visibility and the very responsive rack and pinion steering system and the rock solid autopilot steering. Sounds good to me!
All the systems on the boat have been well maintained and upgraded for a cruising six months each year.
This vessel is designed to be independent from shore power with both a solar panel system and a wind generator. The system has been tested and proven during a 2700 NM passage from the Canaries to the Caribbean. In addition the main engine charges with a large Balmar alternator with additional charging via Solar and Wind. For shore power charging there is a European 240volt shore power connection. It is quite easy to add a step down convertor for US 110 shore power connection. The boat has not been plugged into shore power since 2014 and she is proven to be designed well. There is a booklet aboard showing all the wiring diagrams for the boat and equipment.
Wind Generator 2014:
Solar Panel System 2015:
Shore Power Electrical System:
Rig and Sails
The standing rigging was all replaced in 2014 in preparation for the Atlantic crossing and an inner forestay was added with running backstays so support the addition of a smaller staysail that is self tacking. As soon as the wind picks up to 25 the genoa is furled and the self tacking staysail is deployed. With all control lines led aft to the cockpit this vessel is safe and easily managed by a couple. There are six winches and 19 spinlock line clutches to manage all the lines in the cockpit. The sails are in excellent condition and rigged by ocean sailors to sail safely in every condition.
Hull and Deck:
This great sailing family cruiser is fast and easy to sail. She is equipped with all the deck hardware and ground tackle needed for safe cruising. Her owners report that she is solid and well built. They are impressed with her performance in heavy weather.
Additional and Safety Gear
Darwin Sound has been meticulously maintained and upgraded to be a wonderful cruiser. Equipment is current and ready to go. You could actually buy the boat and sail away this Fall! You can't say that about many boats.
So What Do You Get in A Dufour Classic 45 ?
If you are shopping for a boat, and looking at this one, there are many boats that you may think are in the same genre: Beneteau, Juneau, Hunter, Catalina, just for example. If they are a similar age, they may possibly have some similarrties, and sell for a similar amount.
Here is a short list that I used when deciding to buy a Dufour over one of the other options:
First compare the hull layup. The thru hull cut-out from under the galley sink is just one indication of how solid the hull is. You will not find any of the other vessels this thick. Dufour Yachts is under a different management since this boat was made, and I’ve been told that they could not afford this heavy layup any longer.
The ‘floors’ (those members that both hold up the cabin floorboards, and provide yet more stiffness) in the Dufour are over 3/4 of an inch of solid glass layup and over six inches in overall width. Again, take up the floorboards in other brands and make the comparison.
The showers and heads are of one piece monocoque construction, with no wood (except at the door frames) and nothing in the heads that can rot. Heads, in particular, provide an easy place for rot to start and this is not the case in the Dufour.
The amount of wood, and in particular the amount of solid wood in door frames, trim and cupboard doors. These doors and cupboards have been used for 16 years and are as solid as they when they were new. We replaced all of the hinges in the inside lockers just to keep everything tight and glowing. You will not find this amount or quality of wood in any of the newer boats.
The mast section and boom section are, I dare say, larger than any comparable craft, and the standing rigging is larger in correspondence to the mast section.
The boat is fast without being skittish. We crossed the Atlantic in under 17 days. We are often sailing at 7.5 to 8.5 knots, rather conservatively and very comfortably too.
The steering system (Lewmar -Whitlock) is rack and pinion, very responsive and very smooth . No wires, or pullies.
So What Do You Get in this particular Dufour Classic 45?
First of all this is a proven boat, we’ve sailed several passages including 4 times across the North Sea, across the Bay of Biscay, recently trans-Atlantic, and multi-day passages from the Caribbean. The boat has sailed well in seas that are by any standard rough, in winds to 50 knots. The boat and rig hold up well.
The standing rigging was replaced in 2014 This is a requirement in most European Insurance policies and we hired professionals especially experienced in rigging for tough environments.
The Yanmar engine has recently (2015) been lifted out and the seals between the leg and the engine renewed by professionals. While the engine has some 4000 hours of use, it runs perfectly. Regular oil changes are done every 200 hours, (fuel filters too). Mechanics in Sweden were involved when we replaced the morris cables, and in France where the engine was pulled. Both inspected and confirmed that we should do nothing more to the engine beyond our regular maintenance. The engine burns no oil in 200 hours, shows no smoke, and has always been run at 2500 RPMThe consensus is that the engine will continue for at least another 4000 hours. An estimate for an engine rebuild here in the US is about $6000.
Most Dufour 45’s, and most of the yachts of this genre and era, have a rubber moulding at least at the stern. Some builders still do this (Hunter). After a few years these holdings start to grow mould and mushrooms, then get loose and fall off. On Darwin Sound the rubber was removed and the stern faired in in glass/epoxy. The bottom step at the stern was added in, and makes a real difference in getting from the dingy to the boat.
Almost all hatches have been renewed. The port lights are by Rutgesron, and the perspex has been replaced with lenses directly from Rutgesron in Sweden. Note the Stainless frames. Again, many boat manufacturers use Aluminum frames.
The rig has been modified to a cutter rig. This means that the genoa is not used partially furled except rarely when running downwind with the spinnaker pole on the genoa sheet. Going to weather or close reaching the genoa is furled, and the staysail with full main, or with reefs, drives the boat very well. The staysail is set on a self tacking traveller, so when used the boat tacks quickly and easily.
There is a sealed propane locker added under the transom, and the “US” spec tank is a Norwegian Fiberglass 25 pound tank.
The autopilot is an upgrade in 2011, and has an ‘autolearn’ function that is exceptionally good. We used it nearly 100% of the Atlantic crossing, where it handled following 3 to 4 meter seas as well as any of us could, and better than most humans could at night! There is a spare ram.
There is a spinnaker, with, of course, sheets and guy, snatch blocks, fairleads, and a spinnaker sock, all in great shape. We added two winches and other gear to facilitate easy handling.
As you know, plenty of gear has been added and all lines can be managed from the cockpit, making this an easy off-shore option for a couple, and realistic for a solo sailor. We reef the main without coming up into the wind, even when running. This is accomplished by taking up on the luff pennants simultaneously with the leech pennants, and easing the halyard to match.
We added extra mooring chocks port and starboard, which we use extensively with spring lines when docking. The most important line to come ashore is the aft spring, and until the boat is firmly alongside it is the only line necessary. We took the boat across the canals of France from the Med to the English Channel with well over 200 locks using the aft spring almost exclusively, ( and incidentally keeping the boat in gear against this spring for the added stability alongside a wharf. In our opinion there is no need for bow thrusters, which tend to slow down a boat while underway.
As for the Whitlock steering, all the bearings were replaced in 2015, as well as the ‘rose’ fittings on the tiller ram. Similarly the rudder was dropped to inspect the bearings, and while they were not worn, the were replaced with new ones, from JP3 steering of France, the company that makes the rudder system for Dufour.
The electrical system for the boat is completely upgraded. The engine alternator is by Balmar and is 100 amp. The solar panels are 100 watts each and the Leading Edge wind generator will give up to 30 amps. These are connected in such a way as the two main battery banks never have to ‘see’ each other. You can charge only the battery that is most down either by wind or solar. We crossed the Atlantic running the engine for only a total of 15 hours, and this only because I keep the batteries in the top half of their capacity.
The Highfield dingy is almost new, and in Hypalon. We bring it on deck via the main halyard and with practice this takes about 3 minutes. If you pull it with the engine on it slows the boat by about 5 minutes per hour, and adds the risk of loosing it. It does not interfere with sailing, and makes doing up the nail cover easier in that you can stand on the dingy.
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