This new French design was another of the slew of large yachts launched at this year’s Dusseldorf boat show. Designed by renowned Italian naval architect Umberto Felci, it’s a semi custom yacht that can be specified from scratch to meet owners’ personal requirements and needs.
On stepping aboard guests will appreciate the easy access thanks to a hydraulic gangway. The transom also has a garage designed to house a Williams jet rib tender, plus a stern platform area that’s perfect for relaxing and sunbathing and lengthens the cockpit by an impressive 1.5 metres.
There’s also an exterior galley as standard, which is equipped with a gas barbecue, sink and fridge. For enhanced living in harbour and at anchor, the foredeck of the Dufour 63 Exclusive offers a large additional living space and is fitted with two deckchairs that stow flush to the deck when not in use. There’s a further sun bed area aft that also converts into a dining area. An optional fixed hard top covering the main cockpit areas offers protection from both sun and spray.
The twin helm stations are positioned at the stern to keep the relaxation zone separate from the control area. Key sail controls are taken to the helm stations, which makes the boat easy to sail by a small crew, without disturbing non-sailing guests. A number of different sail plans can be specified, depending on whether owners want a relaxed, no hassle approach or a more sporty configuration with performance sails. As standard there’s a powerful 180hp diesel engine, which can be upgraded to a 260hp unit as an option. With the larger motor Dufour claims an impressive cruising speed under power of up to 11 knots.
Below decks owners can choose from seven different accommodation layouts, including an optional crew cabin forward and a pullman cabin with bunk beds adjacent to the saloon. Construction is of infusion moulded composite sandwich using yinylester resins, with PVC foam and PU stiffeners laminated into the hull. The deck is of a sandwich with PVC foam core, vacuum-bonded for better adhesion to laminate. Rather than using conventional plywood bulkheads, these are of a composite sandwich material and are laminated all round to the hull and deck
- Hull length 18.30m
- Waterline length 17.55m
- Beam 5.50m
- Draught 2.80m
- Light displacement 21,000kg
- Keel weight 6500 kg
- Fuel tank capacity 830 litres
- Water tank capacity 780 litres
- Engine power 180 or 260hp
- Sail area 184.30sq m