If you want all once you understand that, you are on your own yacht, not on a rented boat Dufour Yachts is the right choice. They are pricey for the Charter companies, it is available for lovers of sail from the middle class. Another reason for pride will serve as the fact that, despite the all-encompassing globalization, Dufour Yachts continues to remain an independent manufacturer and one of the largest in Europe.
History established in 1964, the shipyard Dufour Yachts is a typical example of the victory of the enterprise and faith in your idea. An engineer by education Michel Dufour worked for a company that made parts for locomotives in the "sea" city La Rochelle. Then, in the late 50's, he discovered the wonderful properties recently introduced in the manufacture of a material — polyester. Dufour came up with the model a trailer yacht of this material, which was destined to become a reality under the name Sylphe.
the Legend says that the head of Michel seeing that he devotes more time to the drawings of yacht than his work, told him: "Go and build a great boat!" And so it happened.
after Selling a car, a yacht and taking a loan, Dufour started to build yachts together with his colleague Francis Deschamps. Having little experience and worked with new order-time material, and even its own garage. But in 1965, Michel had 20 orders for the Sylphe, and a year later orders have already been 60. Success was near.
the Real breakthrough was the model of L'arpege. With the start of production in 1967 to 1977, has sold more than 1,500 boats. By the early 70s Dufour SA has become the leading French shipyard, with orders in 40 countries. In 1973, the company was awarded the prestigious industrial awards French Export Prize.
early 80s was a challenging period in the history of the company, but the partnership with clothing manufacturer Lacoste and design from Herman Frers helped to restore production. The company began the conquest of the luxury segment of the market model Dufour Lacoste 42, and continued the — line Prestige.
Keeping up with the times, in the early ' 90s Dufour Yachts again blows up the market with the concept of completely ready to put to sea yacht. The idea was embodied in the line of Dufour Classic is a graceful yacht with a high level of comfort. But the sports component has always been characterized by Dufour. Following the trend of fragmentation of the market in the early 2000s, Dufour launched two lines of yachts: Performance and Grand Large. The architect was invited to the famous Italian Umberto Felci. These lines still exist today.
Today, Dufour is considered the most high-quality Builder of the "big five" of mass European shipbuilders (Bavaria, Beneteau, Dufour, Hanse, Jeanneau) and produces two series. It >cruising yacht with a Mediterranean cockpit GL (Grand Large) — for lovers of long voyages in the open sea, and >sport-cruising yacht Performance — for lovers of more high-speed vessels. Recently, they were complemented by a new range of Exclusive, which, again following the requirements of the market, includes models 56 and 63 ft. Model Dufour almost every year win the title of "European yacht of the year" in the last 10 years.
in addition, Dufour Yachts, one of the pioneers of fiberglass shipbuilding, the company is first start fully equip serial boats for sale. Now it sounds amazing, but in the 80s it was a revolution called "ready to sail". Since its founding, the speed is the DNA of Dufour Yachts. Let these boats hard to call a super fast, nevertheless Dufour Yachts ensures that you do not get bored behind the wheel.
To date, the company Dufour Yachts produces about 400 hulls a year. The entire production cycle focused on the Dufour Yachts shipyard in La Rochelle. The company States that it fully controls the process of construction of the yacht, from the creation of the housing before installing the equipment. This is carried out phased quality control. Many of the processes at Dufour Yachts still done manually.