Dufour 37 widens French builder’s new offerings
The French builder has released its second-smallest model, which follows the release of its acclaimed flagship.
Dufour has released its new 37, which is the second-smallest model in the current portfolio and follows the French builder’s larger new models like the 470, 530 and flagship 61 (click for Review).
The Dufour 37 has an overall length of 35ft 4in (10.77m) and a hull with a length of 32ft 9in (9.99m) and a beam of 12ft 6in (3.8m).
The modern, stable hull follows the form of offshore racing boats, but with a slightly rounded lower hull that “favours her passage through the water, while reducing the sound inside the yacht”.
The new hull form allows for a greater power/weight ratio for this boat, while Dufour says the feel at the helm is improved. In comparison with other models of her size, the mast has been lengthened to give an increased sail area and make the yacht even more powerful.
Like her predecessor the Dufour 360,the Dufour 37 has a single rudder and twin steering wheels with lift-up bench seats and a connecting bench in-between.The model is also available in three different sailing plans.
The Easy version features two winches and a self-tacking jib, while the Ocean version is more traditional, with the sheets positioned on the coamings and the halyard and mainsail traveller manoeuvres close to the helm station, plus more sail area.
The Performance version has six winches, a clew at the bottom of the cockpit and high-performance equipment, designed for pure racing.
The Dufour 37 also has many features seen on other recent Dufour designs such as the plancha grill on the aft deck, as well as fully inflatable cockpit upholstery such as the sunpad on the foredeck.
The hull and deck windows have been enlarged to make the saloon a very bright space. The galley is to port of the stairs, while the saloon features sofas on both sides and a fold-out table along the centreline.
There are two interior layouts available including a two-cabin version has a very large bathroom and a large exterior storage locker, while six berths are possible due to the transformable table in the saloon.
In the three-cabin version, up to eight guests can be accommodated. Both layouts feature a forward owner’s cabin, with Dufour stating that its “size and comfort is rarely found on a yacht of this length”. The interior decor is also available in three ‘Atmospheres’.
The Dufour 37 debuted at the 2022 Cannes Yachting Festival, also exhibited at the Genoa International Boat Show and Grand Pavois La Rochelle, before making its US debut at the United States Sailboat Show in Annapolis.
Owned by Fountaine Pajot, Dufour is overseen in Asia by Kevin Corfa, while Sun Hing Shipyard in Hong Kong is the brand’s North Asia service centre.