Editor’s Report by Eric Colby
French sailboat manufacturer Dufour Yachts says it has re-invented itself with its new series of yachts, including the 470, which made its debut in late 2020. In a statement, the company, which is based in La Rochelle, France, said the new model “enjoys the yard’s DNA while offering an edge of modernity.”
“Versatility” is an oft-used term in this day and age, but it’s legitimate with the Dufour 470, which is available in three deck layouts. Design wrinkles allow for the optimum use of space to ensure that sailors ranging from casual cruisers to competitive racers will find what they want in a boat that is a manageable size, 48’9” (14.85 m) with a 15’6” (4.74 m) beam.
Dufour says the “Easy” version of the 470 is for owners and renters who want simplicity and comfort. The deck plan is intended to provide for easy passage from bow to stern. Regardless of the version, the boat has side safety cables and stanchions with a rail across the stern.
The “Ocean” version is targeted at owners who want a more traditional deck layout with the sheets positioned on the coamings and the halyard and mainsail travelers close to the helm station.
The “Performance” version is for sailors who want to challenge themselves and even for competitive regatta sailors. She comes with six high-quality winches and the clew at the bottom of the cockpit to make her race-ready.
Regardless of the version, the Dufour 470 comes with dual helm stations and lounges just ahead. The helmsman can easily see over the passengers seated just ahead. A hatch in the stern opens to provide access to the small garage and creates a swim platform as well.
All of the layouts have a salon that will seat at least four in the dinette with windows in the hullsides and trunk cabin plus deck hatches, all of which let in abundant natural light. The galley has good serving and prep space on the counters and a good choice of storage offerings.
The Dufour 470 displaces 29,101.02 lbs. (13,200 kg) and draws 7’5” (2.25 m) with a sail area of 1,151.74 sq. ft. (107 sq. m) for the main and 538.2 sq. ft. (50 sq. m) for the genoa. She’s powered by an inboard engine and carries 66 gallons (250 liters) of fuel and 140 gallons (530 liters) of freshwater.