Safer, easier to handle, faster and a lot more spacious.. this is the new Dufour 470.
Whilst maintaining the same hull & deck design the 470 is offered in 3 different versions depending on your intended use; Easy, Ocean and Performance.
Incorporating the very latest hull designs and voluminous bow sections, the 470 offers much improved handling characteristics and reduced heel that improves comfort at sea.
At the same time the added volume dramatically improves the space down below which with the vast amount of natural light flooding in creates and wonderful interior living space.
Yachting World in their test from May 2021 sums the 470 quite nicely…
“A boat that heels less, demands fewer sail handling manoeuvres and doesn’t induce panic in gusts automatically ticks many of the requirements of a great cruising yacht. Given that more sail can be carried comfortably such a boat can also put in faster passage time.”“I tried to press the boat hard, including carrying the Code 0 in 18 knots of true breeze with the apparent wind well forward of the beam, yet it proved extremely stiff, with a reassuringly solid feel. It was simply impossible to lean the boat over onto its ear.”
Dufour have deviated away from the normal hand laminated methods of hull construction and employed the same method used for the decks known as infused or resin injection moulding. This creates a stronger & stiffer hull which leads to better performance especially upwind.
The Easy version is a simple layout, primarily aimed at the charter market or anyone after a more basic equipment package.
The Ocean model is the more traditional cruising layout with halyards and control lines lead to the coachroof and sheets to the helm.
The Performance option changes the mast & keel configuration as well as adding more winches and is aimed at the regatta sailor.
Ample deck storage is available via the cockpit deck lockers as well as a large space under the cockpit floor and another deck locker forward.
There is plenty of seating and an option to add in a sun bed on the aft deck.
Each helm station has a dedicated location for for a complete range of navigation equipment. Their outboard position offers great all round visibility and the waist height throttle allows easy control when manoeuvring.
The optional two-section bimini allows better visibility for the helmsman and unobstructed headroom when using the step provided just ahead of the wheels for accessing the side deck.
Both helm seats lift up to give access to the big fold down bathing platform and outdoor galley / BBQ, an ideal entertaining space.
The forward part of the cockpit allows plenty of space for entertaining around the generous cockpit table.
She comes available with 3,4 or 5 cabin layout options with up to 4 heads and a front or side galley.
The most popular layout is the 3 cabin, 2 heads with a full width galley at the front of the saloon which creates a wonderfully bright and open arrangement.
There is more than enough cupboard and storage space and preparing food in the galley with the extensive worktops is a delight. There are the usual options for microwaves, freezers, coffee makers and even a dishwasher.
The aft cabins, thanks to the modern hull shape are huge and will not disappoint your guests.
In the saloon there is a large dining table and a two seater sofa opposite providing ample space to relax.