BOATOWNER’S BOAT REVIEW
1974 Dufour 35 Kelly and Kelly Waterhouse chose the Dufour 35 to circumnavigate. By Kelly Waterhouse
Moorea ready to transit the Panama Canal.
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hen we were first looking for an ocean cruiser, our first impression touring a 35-foot Dufour Sloop, built in 1974, wasn’t great. She was too beamy. To get to the forward cabin, you had to walk through the head (kind of weird). To access the motor, we had to pull off the companionway steps, which was the only access in and out of the cabin. And she was French (kidding, we like the French). But as we were looking for vessels that were offshore capable, comfortable to live in, and at a price we could afford, around $40,000, the Dufour we had seen became number one on our list. We started to focus on the features we liked, such as the skeg-hung rudder, sea-berths in the salon, keel-stepped mast, and a Pullman berth in the forward cabin. However, the best feature—one we didn’t know we needed—was hidden during our first visit. The Dufour had built-in wine racks under the settees (this is why we like the French!). The boat also came with many other items we found important. The boat had a 1998 Yanmar 3-cylinder diesel, which was easy on the fuel budget and ran great. The instruments in the cockpit included a knot meter, wind speed/direction, depth sounder, an Autohelm autopilot and GPS. Also onboard was a Raytheon radar, an inverter, battery monitor and VHF. On deck there was a manual windlass (we didn’t have a single issue with it, although many cruisers have, with an electric windlass). She also had a full set of sails, spinnaker, life vests and fire extinguishers. The interior cabin had a plastic lining, which added more insulation and wasn’t marked up with holes from previous owners. Her honeycombed wood was in excellent shape, and throughout the salon and galley a six-foot person could stand erect. The boat met all of our criteria and had enough space for our limited worldly possessions. We ended up “selling the farm” to live aboard, while keeping our jobs to make Moorea (she is our little island) cruise-ready. Two-and-a-half years went by and we were finally able to cut the dock lines. The following is what we changed before departure and items added during our four year cruise. Items We Added Before Cruising For anchoring, we replaced the old system with 300ft of www.southwindsmagazine.com
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