Dufour 61

Luxury Without Compromise

Dufour 61At 19.2m LOA the elegant new ‘61 is the largest in Dufour’s fleet of stylish, contemporary cruising yachts but with some very significant differences to other yachts in her category.

Through the long relationship with designer Umberto Felci, Dufour’s “DNA” has all been cleverly embodied in this new and exciting yacht, namely that a perfect monohull has to,

  • be able to sail upwind in 20 knots of true wind in open sea
  • easily handled with a minimum crew and without the need for professional help
  • incorporate modern and bright interiors
  • be well designed with ergonomic decks and cockpits.
  • have an easy internal/external connection

This “DNA” has been carefully linked together by the design team, supported by an exacting build process to create a sailing yacht that offers an exceptional experience and sailing performance.

Dufour 61


  • It is normal on smaller yachts to incorporate an inner matrix system that is bonded to the hull which creates the required core strength.
  • With a yacht of this size, with all the increased loads.  It is necessary to create a much stronger, rigid structure that will sail up wind without deflection or movement of the internal components.
  • To create this on the new 61 the hull has been made from a mono bloc structure using an “infusion process” which allows exact control of the production process.
  • The main bulkheads are made from solid GRP and laminated directly onto the hull and deck, all of which create a highly robust single structure, stiff hull and deck for ultimate sailing performance which Dufour consider essential for a yacht of this size.

  • Long hull chines offer a stable hull with increased performance as well as creating added volume below decks all set off with Dufour’s signature half butterfly port holes.
  • With an overall sail area of 202m2 the yacht is supplied with optional in-mast or a traditional mainsail, self tacking or overlapping headsails and options to fly a variety of down wind sails from the integrated fixed bow sprit.

  • The coach roof ends at the mast base to create a clean and spacious foredeck, the side decks are wide allowing easy movement around the deck. There are numerous handholds and the raised bulwark offers greater security when moving around the deck at sea. Integrated in the bulwarks are smart courtesy lights to light up the deck.
  • Importantly the hull to deck joint is fully hidden with the teak side decks to avoid any unsightly joint or moulding lines.
  • There is a single moulded plexiglass roof generating generous natural light below decks and the black styling contrasts beautifully with the side decks and coachroof.

  • The cockpit has been carefully designed to separate the functional elements of sailing with other areas offered for relaxation.
  • All the hidden control lines run under the decks and are led aft to each helm area both of which have large seats offering better comfort when sailing all the necessary instrumentation equipment to ensure safe and easy navigation.
  • Movement around the cockpit and on to the side decks is simple and unhindered. The large moulded steps are integrated into the coaming for safe and easy access up to the side decks.
  • The innovative split bimini allows easy circulation without ducking or restricted head room..
  • The black carbon fibre arch clears the cockpit and entrance below as well as allowing the mainsheet control to be at the end of the boom for less pressure and easier control.
  • The cockpit is fully enclosed on both sides with easy direct to the large dinghy garage area from the bathing platform which is suitable for housing a tender and lift raft when required.
  • There is plenty of seating and sunbathing areas, both around the central cockpit table and on a stunning aft sun-lounger situated between the two helm stations.
  • The lounger is cleverly designed to also convert into another table with bench seats.
  • Situated at the back of the cockpit it’s the perfect spot for breakfast or refreshments after a swim from the generous bathing platform. Beneath this rear bench sit the Dufour legendary exterior galley, with barbeque, sink and fridge – perfect for alfresco catering and socialising.

  • The key distinction between the two layouts is the option to choose between a forward or aft galley layout.
  • In broad terms the forward galley is intended for those owners not requiring a dedicated skippers cabin aft. The generously appointed, forward galley layout integrates with the main living space enabling sociable catering and hospitality, perfect for families and friends. It offers a traditional layout with 2 double guest cabins aft, a generous master cabin forward and optional side pullman cabin. There is still an optional crew cabin forward accessed from on deck.
  • Alternatively the discreetly positioned port side aft galley leads to a dedicated skipper’s cabin, is ideal for onboard catering and hosting. Again there are additional pullman cabins to maximise accommodation.
  • Both layouts offer a generous and spacious interior living area and galleys with excellent stowage space and a high-capacity fridge/freezer.
  • As is a now a familiar signature of all modern Dufour models, the cabins and living areas are flooded with plenty of natural daylight through large windows, deck hatches and portholes.
  • On all models the master cabin is as luxurious as it is spacious, offering private relaxation space, as well as plenty of large wardrobe and storage cupboards. The beds are full ‘home sized’ and come with real mattresses and optional slatted bases for support and ventilation.
  • A dedicated navigation table is situated in the main saloon, along with a large bench sofa, and an extendable dining table with extensive seating capacity. High quality wood is used throughout with a choice of interior woods and finishes.


  • ArchitectUmberto FELCI
  • Year2017
  • Hull constructionFiberglass / contact
  • Deck constructionInjection
  • Overall length19.20 m
  • Waterline length17.62 m
  • Hull length18.30 m
  • Max beam5.48 m
  • Light displacement24 167
  • Draft2.80 m
  • Keel weight6500 kg
  • Fuel tank capacity830 L
  • Water tank capacity780 L
  • Engine power180 cv (260 cv opt.)
  • Sail area202 m²
  • Mainsailnc
  • Genoanc
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