Launched in 2004 and still in her original private ownership, WHISTLER benefits from a very useful shoal-draft keel and a classic and hugely versatile 3-cabin two heads layout, complete with full-sized forward-facing chart table and u-shaped galley. She has also benefitted from plenty of recent expenditure including: -
"Absolutely brilliant!... Attention to detail... A joy on all point of sailing ... Beautiful and in good taste" have been the headlines in the sailing magazines reviews since the first trials of the Dufour 44.
While celebrating their 40th year of business in 2003, France's Dufour Yachts has introduced a new line of boats that have taken the middle ground in parent company Cantiere del Pardo's lineup: the Dufour line fits between the cruising oriented Gib'sea, and the high-end racing models of its Grand Soleil line. The new Dufour 44 is designed by Umberto Felci and reflects that design house's vast experience in both fast passage-making boats and all-out racers. The new Dufour 44 features modern design concepts: a plumb bow, fine entry and long waterline length, with a generous beam extended towards the stern. She is designed for easy single- or short-handed sailing, with the mainsail track on the cockpit sole at the foot of the steering column and well-placed genoa winches. Visibility and movement around the decks are enhanced by the wide side decks and recessed chainplates. The vacuum-bagged construction of the hull in a PVC foam/fibreglass/Twaron (Kevlar) sandwich guarantees absolute rigidity and weight optimisation for unequalled strength. The laminated stringer system reinforced with Twaron (Kevlar) fibre ensures a spread of the load throughout the entire structure. Below decks, in addition to ample windows, the choice of moabi, a pale mahogany, for the interior woodwork helps keep the impression of light and warmth. Owner input was important to Dufour, and with 40 years of build experience that have had a large pool to draw upon. Practicality is evident in the large chart table, accessible electrical panel, and the overall ergonomics of the navigator's area: instruments facing the navigator, a bookcase and large storage area both within easy reach. The galley is L-shaped and very seaworthy, with large closed-in shelves with ventilation slats and detachable fiddles for cleaning, sliding vegetable drawers built in to the galley furniture, and large lockers. In the saloon, the cutlery drawer and bottle stowage are built into the table, there are closed lockers with ventilation slats, large lateral shelves and well-positioned handrails everywhere.
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Lying: Hamble – Hampshire UK.
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