Dufour 37 by Dufour Yachts wins the third edition of the Design Innovation Award at the 62nd Genoa Boat Show, for the category of sailboats up to 10 meters LH. “For the ability to transfer unparalleled performance and comfort into a boat of limited size and cost” this was the motivation of the Jury chaired this edition by Donatella Bianchi, a well-known Italian writer and TV presenter.
The awards were given to the winners in the various categories during the dedicated evening organized by the 62nd Boat Show at the Genoa Aquarium, Friday 23 September 2022.
The Dufour 37 was born from the close collaboration between the Dufour Yachts shipyard with Umberto Felci, owner of Felci Yacht Design who designed the boat for the French shipyard, one of the greatest naval architects in the world, an important name in the design of “fast sails”, known in particularly in the design of quality hulls, this famous Italian architect has been collaborating with the Dufour brand for 20 years.
Already from the first tests on the water the Dufour 37 appeared to be an exceptionally fast yacht with fantastic behavior.
In this regard, Umberto Felci issued the following statement:
“We are very proud of this new project, because the new Dufour 37 represents a new arrival point, reached after an intense work of revisiting and redesigning all the complexity of a modern 10-meter yacht.
From the new needs for outdoor spaces, to the expectations of new customers on the interiors, passing through a stylistic imprint in the sign of lightness, the D37 is the result of a new design aimed at further refining the definition of the product “.
Much of the experience gained for the construction of the previous model the Dufour 360 and its older brother Dufour 470 has been transferred to the new Dufour 37, and all the positive knowledge accumulated over the years by the shipyard, in particular in the construction and optimization of outdoor spaces that have characterized the latest models of the Dufour range in recent years.
On the side the Dufour 37 has in fact a long continuous window, as well as on the deckhouse like the previous model, even if of different proportions and renewed in style and has a single blade wheelhouse like the Dufour 360 and two twin steering wheels, served by two folding benches, positioned in the rear part of the cockpit installed together with the navigation control instrumentation on two exclusive columns.
It also has the same dolphin position as its big brother and boasts a laminated infusion hull, and the distribution of outdoor spaces that facilitate movement on the deck of the boat, all elements that have contributed to the success of the Dufour 470.
As far as marine performance is concerned, this boat has a longer mast that allows you to increase the sail area to improve performance and boasts a modern and stable hull with an excellent weight / power ratio that offers unique sensations at the helm at any speed. In addition, the slightly rounded lower part of the hull favors the cracking of the waves and reduces the noise inside the boat.
The main feature of this boat however remain the exteriors.
The deck has been developed to experience the sea in complete relaxation and safety in the open area both during navigation and when standing still, with a relaxation area at the bow with a bow sundeck and a larger cockpit than other sailing boats. these dimensions which, if desired, can be shaded and protected by a bimini and sprayhood to significantly increase onboard comfort.
The relaxation area of the cockpit develops entirely close to the companionway leading below deck. On each side there are two comfortable benches that hide useful lockers with a central folding table.
Behind the two twin wheels on the transom is a central bench that hides a plancha grill and a sink.
The transom ends with a large command beach that, in addition to facilitating guests to enter and exit the water, there is plenty of space to sit, relax, sunbathe and enjoy the wonders of the sea up close.
In addition, the beach is equipped with a ladder with 4 steps with two sturdy handrails to facilitate exit from the water. When the beach is pulled down, a long stowage space is accessible, where a life raft can be stored. In addition to this locker with direct access only to the stern, 2 other lockers are hidden so the boat certainly has no shortage of storage areas.
The boat overall including the dolphin is 10.77 m (35.33 ft) long, the hull length alone is 9.99 m (32.77 ft), with a wide waterline of 9.31 m (30.54 ft), while total width is 3.8 m (12.47 ft), maximum draft is 1.90 m (6.23 ft), displacement 6,747 kg (14,875 lb), ballast 1,860 kg (4,101 lbs), fuel tank 160 liters (42 gallons), fresh water tank 180 liters (47 gallons), engine manufacturer Volvo Penta, engine power 18.8 hp, sail area 60 m2, mainsail (main sail area) 33 sq m, genoa 25.9 sq m, builder Bénéteau, model Dufour 37, hull construction: Infusion, deck construction: Injection
The price is € 156.000 plus VAT plus accessories.
In this regard, Umberto Felci released the following comment:
“The results are there for all to see. To improve stability and volume without compromising sailing performance, this hull shape was chosen. The powerful lines of the hull allow an increase in the sail area, ensuring ease and speed of steering, while the cockpit and the interior spaces arouse incredible and unexpected sensations.
The new proportions between the cockpit and the deckhouse, both renewed in style, represent the synthesis of all the functions that are indispensable on a yacht today and the aesthetic peculiarities that make the Dufour recognizable everywhere “
Another important feature of this boat that stands out from other models of the same size are the interiors. The functional design of the hull has made it possible to obtain large volumes below deck with two different solutions but always with a large and bright forward cabin for the owner.
In particular, for this boat there are two types of layout with two or three cabins with bathrooms but for both configurations there is always a saloon with kitchen and dining area and a forward master cabin whose size and comfort are rarely found on a yacht. of this length. In the version with two cabins we have the owner’s suite and another independent cabin towards the stern and a very large bathroom with shower and a large external storage locker and the central living room is equipped in addition to the kitchen and dining area with a small desk that can be used. as a chart table.
In the three-cabin layout, up to 8 guests can be accommodated in the latter version, the saloon and bathroom spaces are more contained.
In both layouts the interiors are very bright thanks to the large central side windows which in this model have been enlarged to bring even more light into the saloon.
The Dufour 37 is suitable for long crossings as well as for pleasure outings to reach nearby places or hidden distant areas around the world, quickly and safely and with maximum manageability, enjoying navigation with the family right on the open spaces in a day or for a weekend and beyond, with the level of comfort of a cruising yacht and, if necessary, it can be set up with a racing set-up to actively participate in regattas with friends.
Dufour 37, is currently the only 10-meter sailboat that offers living spaces on board so large and comfortable that are only found on luxury cruising yachts and thanks to its modern hull it has the same stability as a sailboat of regatte however it is the choice between the Easy, Ocean or Performance version available for this boat
The Dufour 37 manages to play the role of multi-role sailing yacht very well, which stands out both as a luxury cruiser with a high level of comfort on board and as a high-performance yacht.