Dufour Yachts

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Dufour Gib'Sea 37
Dufour Yachts at the 2007 Genoa International Boat Show

Dufour Yachts is a French sailboat manufacturer which was founded in 1964 by designer Michael Dufour.

History[edit]

1964 – Michel Dufour launched the first series of boats Sylphe.
1968 – Dufour created the Arpege.
1973 – Dufour becomes France's leading production boat builder and is awarded the French Export Prize.
1981 – Company fails and production stops briefly.
1985–1990 – Launch of the Dufour 28, Dufour 32, Dufour 36, Dufour 37, Dufour 39 and Dufour 42
1990–1994 – Launch of the Prestige 54, Prestige 48, Prestige 56 and Prestige 65
1995 – Launch of the Classic Sailing Yacht line. Another French Export Prize for its international development.
1999 – Re-launch of the Gib'Sea range
2001 – Partnership with the celebrated Italian boat builder Cantiere Del Pardo producer of the Grand Soleil line.
2002 – Sea Scout, a Dufour Arpege, sails to Greenland and crosses the Arctic Circle
2003 – In France, the Dufour 40 is elected Boat of the Year 2003 and at boot Düsseldorf, Dufour 34 is elected European Yacht of the Year in the category under 30 feet.
2004 – Launch of the "Grand' Large" range of cruisers
2005 – Launch of the 365 and 455
2006 – Launch of the 325, 425, 485 and 525
2008 – Launch of the 34e and 45e performance cruisers
2009 – Launch of the 40e and 405
2010 – 405 selected as European Yacht of the Year. Launch of the 375. Dufour and Grand Soleil Brands sold to Bavaria Yacht Group. North American distribution network is re-established. Dufour 45e named Cruising World Magazine's Boat of the Year.
2011 – Launch of the 445 and 36 Performance.
2012 - Launch of the 500, 380 and 450 Grand Large models. 380 and 450 were facelift of previous models 375 and 445
2013 - Company reorganized through a Management buyout of the company from the Bavaria Yacht Group. Launch of the 310 Grand Large

Current models[edit]

  • Dufour 36 Performance (New Late 2011)
  • Dufour 40 Performance
  • Dufour 45 Performance
  • Dufour 310 Grand Large (new late 2013)
  • Dufour 335 Grand Large (new late 2010)
  • Dufour 380 Grand Large (new 2012)
  • Dufour 410 Grand Large (new 2013)
  • Dufour 450 Grand Large (new 2012)
  • Dufour 500 Grand Large (new 2012)
  • Dufour 560 Grand Large (launch February 2014)

Earlier models[edit]

  • Dufour Arpege
  • Dufour Sortilege 41
  • Dufour Sylphe
  • Dufour 1800
  • Dufour 24
  • Dufour 25
  • Dufour 27
  • Dufour 29
  • Dufour 31
  • Dufour 34
  • Dufour 35
  • Dufour 34 Performance
  • Dufour 44 Performance
  • Dufour Classic 30
  • Dufour Classic 32
  • Dufour Classic 35
  • Dufour Classic 36
  • Dufour Classic 38
  • Dufour Classic 41
  • Dufour Classic 50
  • Dufour 40 Performance
  • Dufour 34e
  • Dufour 325 Grand Large
  • Dufour 365 Grand Large
  • Dufour 375 Grand Large
  • Dufour 405 Grand Large
  • Dufour 445 Grand Large
  • Dufour 425 Grand Large
  • Dufour 455 Grand Large
  • Dufour 485 Grand Large
  • Dufour 525 Grand Large

Current competitors[edit]

Past manufacturers and designers[edit]

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