Universal Yachting to premiere Dufour 44 at boot Düsseldorf

Universal Yachting will reveal the Dufour 44, the latest addition to the exceptional Dufour range, at boot Düsseldorf 2024 in January.

Following swiftly on from the debut of the Dufour 41 at the 2023 Southampton Boat Show, the Dufour 44 exemplifies the brand’s focus on continuous evolution and modernisation. While building upon the success of the 41, the 44 introduces exciting features that enhance the overall lifestyle experience without compromising the sailing performance synonymous with Dufour Yachts.

A genuine 44-footer, boasting an overall length of 13.91m, this model aligns with the most sought-after size range and is tailored for the discerning UK market; ideal for both weekend, family sailing and those venturing further afield. Available in four layouts, the three-cabin version, with either a linear or forward galley configuration, is anticipated to be a favourite amongst private owners.

In contrast to designs from just a few years ago, contemporary hull shapes have evolved for the beam to extend considerably forward and aft into the transom. The Dufour 44, boasting a 4.45m beam, exemplifies this trend. These modern bow shapes, reminiscent of a “scow,” enhance sailing performance, provide greater comfort at sea and contribute significantly to the increased volume above and below decks. This results in a spacious interior designed for comfort and functionality, complemented by expansive cockpit spaces and wide deck areas. Heading below, you might easily mistake being on board a much larger yacht, thanks to the bright, airy interior and generously spacious accommodation.

Remaining faithful to Felci’s tradition of featuring a single rudder, the Dufour 44 distinguishes itself as one of the easiest yachts to handle in the marina and at sea. This ease of operation is due to the tendency for these yachts to sail more upright, ensuring a responsive and well-balanced experience.

Chris Warwick, owner of Universal Yachting, UK distributor for Dufour Yachts, expressed his enthusiasm about the upcoming launch, “We are delighted to introduce the world premiere of the Dufour 44 at boot Düsseldorf and will be on hand to show clients around this new and exciting model. As it is impossible to bring every model to this boat show, we will also open up our offices in Hamble, UK, over the same period as the show to show off the whole Dufour range.”

Universal Yachting in Hamble will be showcasing the 37, 41, and 470 alongside the 41, 44, plus the 530 at Dusseldorf.

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