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SAIL REVIEW

DUFOUR
530
TWO BECOME ONE
By | Zuzana Prochazka

F

rench sailboat builder, Dufour
Yachts, has, for a long time now,
marketed two lines: Performance
and Grand Large - the first was speedy and
the second swanky (read: comfort-laden).
Their new launch, however, refuses to
be pigeonholed. It's a type of hybrid that
debuted in Dusseldorf last year and then
made its way across the Atlantic. Is this a
strategy shift for Dufour and is it likely to
bring two markets together successfully?
We tested one mid-pandemic to find out.
DESIGN
Dufour stuck with their well-tested
design team of Felci Yacht Design. Maybe
that's why the 530 still looks like a typical

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Dufour cruiser, with a plumb bow, a hard
chine that builds interior volume, and a
low coachroof. But below the waterline,
the 530 has the same rudder and keel as
Dufour's performance models and despite
the boat's 16-foot beam, there's a single
rudder which is a departure from most of
today's design thinking.
CONSTRUCTION
The construction includes a solid fibreglass hull with an integrated structural
grid topped by an infused deck. The
bow is blunt and the drop-down transom
is snub, maximizing waterline length.
Below the waterline, there's a choice of
three keels, shoal (6' 4 " ), standard (7' 5 " ),

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and performance (9' 1 " ).
The 9/10s fractional rig has a tapered,
deck-stepped Z-Spar mast and double aftswept spreaders. The mainsail can be fully
battened or furling and although an overlapping genoa is available, the best sail
plan for short-handed sailing would be the
self-tacking jib with a Code 0 attached to
the sprit.
CHOICES
There are three versions offered with
the rig, keel and some deck features
changing depending on your choice. The
" Easy " version is fairly bare-bones and is
destined for charter. The " Ocean " interpretation is for distance cruising and has



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SARAH DOUGLAS: A ROLLER COASTER RIDE TO TOKYO
FEATURE: X-SHORE EELEX 8000
DESTINATION: DESTINATION VICTORIA, BC’S CAPITAL CITY
FEATURE: VIA-MARA – “WOOD” YOU LOOK AT THAT…..
MARINA: QUEEN’S COVE MARINA – AN INVESTMENT IN ENJOYMENT – REGULAR BOAT MAINTENANCE PAYS DIVIDENDS
AT THE HELM: YIPPEE!
SAIL REVIEW: DUFOUR 530
THE PORT HOLE: JUNE 2021
CROSSING THE LINE: NFTS AND CRYPTOBOATING - A BEGINNER’S GUIDE
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Canadian Yachting June 2021 - AT THE HELM: YIPPEE!
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Canadian Yachting June 2021 - SARAH DOUGLAS: A ROLLER COASTER RIDE TO TOKYO
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Canadian Yachting June 2021 - DESTINATION: DESTINATION VICTORIA, BC’S CAPITAL CITY
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