Wonderful family cruiser - DUFOUR 31 - photos available via email ([email protected]
£13,000 (including Tennamast cradle, and inflatable dinghy)
Will consider offers
Contact David Scott (mobile: 07775 591 786 or email: [email protected]
About The Dufour 31
The Dufour 31, designed by Michel Dufour, is a successful cruiser from the early years of Dufour Yachts. Around 450 Dufour 31s were built between 1974 and 1983, when production ceased.
As with many of Michel Dufour’s designs, the Dufour 31 combines sailing performance, space and looks.
She sails beautifully for most needs and has a heavy build and gentle motion.
Down below she has space usually found on larger boats and all the facilities and equipment you need for extended cruising.
Shuvler was built in 1976; but you wouldn't believe it when you see her.
Shuvler was professionally resprayed red in around 2000. Underneath she was epoxy coated in 2002 (as a preventative measure, I understand). The main and Genoa sails are Crusader sails from 2000. A new red UV strip was added to the front of the Genoa in 2008.
I bought her in 2011. She had been owned by her previous owner for 4 years. He had to sell her reluctantly, for personal reasons.
The history of his ownership saw Shuvler taken from Rhu, in the Clyde, to the Firth of Forth through the Forth Clyde Canal at the end of 2007. The following season consisted of day sailing and overnight trips in the Firth. In the summer of 2010 following a fairly major refit (to make her more comfortable for longer periods) she made it back to the Clyde, this time via the East Coast, Moray, Caledonian Canal, West Coast and Crinan Canal.
After purchasing Shuvler in 2011, when she was still on the West Coast, I also brought her back through the Forth Clyde Canal to the Firth of Forth. Her home since then has been at Royal Forth Yacht Club at Granton, Edinburgh, from where she (and I!) have enjoyed much day cruising and overnighting (once to the Anstruther Muster), and have been frequent participants in RFYC's regular "cruises in company”.
I also sell reluctantly, but find I have insufficient time to benefit from Shuvler as much as I would like.
The 2010 Refit
Shuvler’s 2010 refit included new standing rigging, some new running rigging (the rest had been replaced in 2009), a new spray hood (red to match hull, lazy bag and sail cover), dodgers and cockpit tent (also both red – the tent remains in pristine condition, having never been used). An Echomax Radar Reflector was added to the mast, and the rudder bearings replaced.
Down below, the interior was revarnished, a new galley work surface (varnished wood), and sink, added, with a new 40 litre coolbox below. A new 24 litre Calorifier/Immersion was added for hot water, along with a shower attachment in the heads.
The sea toilet and all plumbing was replaced; and all the windows were replaced with tinted perspex.
The lazyjacks, Garmin GPS, DSC VHF and CDP/MP3 player, lifebelt and MOB sling were also all new in 2010.
Shuvler has been in the water for 6 months of each year. Below the waterline she has been thoroughly cleaned down at the end of each season and re-anti-fouled prior to the next.
Her engine (details of which, see later) has been winterised and serviced each year. A new thermostat was installed in 2015. New house and starter batteries were installed in 2014. The heads pump handle seals were replaced in 2014. The rather plain and light tiller was replaced by a fine curved and varnished, and more solid, tiller in 2014.
A new masthead navigation light was added in 2011, and a new anenometer masthead windmill in 2015.
The Dufour 31 Hull and Deck
The Dufour 31 has a fairly high freeboard, high volume hull. The hull is heavily laid up, as many boats from the same period were, and has a fairly deep bow section - all of which give an easier motion in heavy weather. She also has a clipper style bow which makes her look a little unique and pretty dry.
The Dufour 31 is just under 31 ft (9.45m) long overall and has a beam of about 10ft (3.5m). Underneath she has a fin keel drawing 6ft (1.8m) and a skeg hung rudder.
The Dufour 31 has a good sized cockpit which can sit 6 easily. Backrest are angled for comfort and the outer edges of the backrests are also angled and give a very comfortable seat when the boat heels.
Sail control is all easy to handle for the helmsman, which makes the Dufour an easy yacht to sail single handed. Genoa winches are size 32 Lewmars and there are 2 size 16 spinnaker winches. The main sheet is a "German" sheet system, with the track running over the coach roof, leaving the cockpit clear of tracks with both the sheet and car adjustment coming back to 2 clutches/jammers. Halyard bags keep things tidy.
The Autohelm depth, wind and speed instruments are on the bridge over the hatchway. There is a bulkhead mounted compass.
The side decks of the Dufour 31 are wide and easy to move around even when the boat is heeled. Wooden handrails run to the front of the low profile coach roof, and jack stays run right to the pulpit.
The available space inside the Dufour 31 is a surprising revelation to all who come aboard!
The hull shape gives full standing headroom throughout the boat and there are 6 berths.
A very good-sized (1.15 m x 1.00 m ) table allows for comfortable eating, but both sides then fold down to free-up the saloon.
To port in the saloon there is a single settee berth; copious storage below, and in-lockers behind the seat backs and in-shelves above.
To starboard is an L-shaped settee berth that converts to a double; storage below and in-lockers behind the seat backs and in-shelves above.
The forward cabin has a V berth convertible to a double with an in-fill. There are two storage bins below and deep storage in the shelves above. Under the front section is a 125 litre water tank (new in 2008). The forward cabin has an overhead hatch.
The heads are spacious and self-contained, with cupboard and storage space, and built-in hanging cupboard and shelves.
Shuvler's Engine and Electricals
The navigation station is large enough for a half Admiralty chart. The Garmin 152 GPS, Navman DSC VHF and Kenwood CD/MP3/Radio were all added in 2010.
Underneath the navigation seat is the main battery switch panel with split charging relay which manages charging of the 2 batteries (both new in 2014) from the engine alternator. Two switch panels control equipment and lighting throughout the boat.
Shuvler also has 240v shore power.
Shuvler's auxiliary power is from the original 25hp Volvo Penta MD2B Diesel engine. Although original, the engine has done relatively few hours running time.
The engine drives a 2 blade propeller through a shaft and is raw-water cooled. The shaft has a rope-cutter fixed. Cruising speed is about 5.5 knots.
The engine is supplied by a 35l fuel tank.
With the Sale
Main sail and rolling Genoa
Anchor, 14 metres of chain, and very long added length of warp
Several fenders and various warps
Solid wooden boat hook
Simrad TP30 Autohelm
Inflatable dinghy and oars