Defined by her sleek and beautiful lines the Dufour 460 certainly stands out from the crowd and is much admired on any dock.
Equally important was achieving the right balance between the practical aspects of sailing and how owners and their families imagine to live onboard.
A wider hull shape, more than you would normally expect on a boat of this size, has been designed both for performance in a wide range of wind conditions and to offer the maximum space around the cockpit area, bathing platform and aft cabins.
First seen at the Cannes Boat Show in September 2015 the Dufour 460 is the successor of the exceptional Dufour 445 and 450 GL. Designed by the Italian designer Umberto Felci this yacht holds the same core values that can be found throughout the whole of the Grand Large Range.
Both helms have dedicated locations for a range of instruments and plotters for easy navigation and lifting foot rests which create a solid platform to brace your feet when sailing at an angle but then fold down when not in use to leave a smooth cockpit floor.
Of course there are options to have bow and stern thrusters depending on your requirements.
The standard engine is a Volvo 55 Hp with the option of a 75 Hp both on a sail drive with either fixed or folding propellers.
You will find plentiful seating around the back of the cockpit both for the helmsman as well as for your guests who may wish to simply relax.
On the port side the cockpit seat folds up to create a large sun pad.
The aft seating lifts up to allow access on and off the transom and to expose a fully functional exterior galley with gas grill and a sink.
You will find a generous cockpit table with large leaves for eating outside and an enclosed fridge.
This additional outside galley and dining area truly revolutionises the way you are able to live and relax onboard, more than you can possibly imagine.
There is a large locker under the cockpit floor for a dinghy / life raft and a small locker on the transom housing the bathing ladder and space for a gas bottle. This is in addition to the two good sized central cockpit lockers.
The 3 large distinctive hull windows allow in plenty of natural light to the interior of the boat.
A near vertical bow and clean lines creates an impressive and striking profile.
An electric motor operates the full width bathing platform that lowers to provided easy access onto the boat and a large comfortable place to relax.
There are good hand holds around the coachroof and a deep wooden toe rail for extra support.
A deep and easily accessed deck locker forward offers plenty of storage for ropes, fenders and any extra sails.
Good height stanchions and guard rails around the boat offers excellent security and a double gate midships creates options for boarding through an opening gate.
The mast is a deck stepped 9/10 fractional aluminium mast by Z Spar with 2 sets of swept spreaders. The furling gear is made by Facnor and the sails by Elvstrom.
Controlling winches for the main and genoa sheets are positioned aft next to the helm positions for easy handling. There are 2 large coachroof winches at the companionway entrance for the halyards and reefing lines, electric options are available for all the winches.
A self tacking jib is standard with the option of choosing a 108% overlapping headsail.
The latest Facnor Flat deck furling system is smooth and trouble free, it also allows the genoa tack to be positioned lower for better sail shape and efficiency.
Downwind sails are hoisted off the permanent “Dolphin Bow” which also houses the anchor.
A full width mainsheet traveller provides direct control of the mainsail shape and the low positioning of the gooseneck creating an inclined boom offers easy handling of the mainsail when stowing or reefing and alleviates the need to use mast steps to reach the head of the sail.
The decks are constructed using a process of injection moulding this creates a one piece deck offering a superior strength to weight ratio and far better control and consistency of build.
Keel bolts bear on stainless steel backing plates, the rudder with its stainless steel rudder stock is filled with a closed cell epoxy foam.
All Dufour Yachts are built to Category A Ocean Rating and have a high ballast ratio which creates a safe and reliable yacht.
On the port side an integrated bench offers an additional space to relax and you will seat 8 comfortably around the saloon table.
There are two choices of interior wood, Moabi and Light Oak plus a wide range of fabric options.
Within the galley area you will find a gas cooker, double sink along with a two draw fridge.
A feature of the Dufour 460’s galley is the numerous and unusually deep cupboards for all your cooking equipment plus areas for a microwave, freezer and dishwasher if you wish.
The heads are divided in to two separate compartments, one providing a shower and sink, the other a toilet and wash hand basin.
This creates 2 generously sized aft cabins which offer plenty of light and headroom.
The creative use of lighting ensures a warm and appealing living area, the large deck windows and numerous hatches allow plenty of natural light and ventilation down below.
Options and Specifications …..
The available options for the Dufour 460 are divided into 3 defined packages
The Comfort Version defines the standard boat then you can add on the Liberty Version and the Adventure Version.
If you are looking for additional performance the Grand Prix pack allows for high spec sails, 108% overlapping headsail, additional winches, Asymetric Gear and an adjustable backstay.
Then you can choose from a wide range of extra’s to create the boat exactly how you want it.
Overall Length 14.15m
Hull Length 13.50m
Waterline Length 12.54m
Max Beam 4.50m
Light Displacement 10760 Kg
Draft 2.20m Optional 1.95m
Keel Weight 2850 Kg
Fuel Capacity 250 L
Water Capacity 530 L
Sail Area 99.80m sq
Mainsail 52.80m sq
Genoa 47m sq m
Self Tacking Jib 37.30 sq m