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Fall boat preview - Sailboats - PART I

Hunter 25, Hunter 31, Hunter 41 DS, Tartan 3400, Dufour 365, Dufour 455

By Dieter Loibner

Sailboats are some of the most fascinating and efficient machines ever conceived — floating on water, harnessing the power of wind, and converting it into forward motion without the help of internal combustion.



The elements aren’t changing, but the effort to make boats work in the context of people’s desires and fancies continues to evolve, influenced by technology, market trends and the economics of production.

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Here is a sampling of some of the new vintage that will be on display at the fall boat shows. It is only a brief glimpse, an overview of what can be expected this fall, but it is a gauge for the range of vessels that will be available for closer inspection at the docks.


Hunter Marine of Alachua, Fla., will introduce a trio of new boats, starting with the Hunter 25, a trailerable so-called “baby cruiser” designed for easy operation with good all-around performance in a variety of conditions. Replacing the Hunter 240 and 260, the 25 looks similar


above the waterline but features

 Hunter 31

an improved deck plan, better

ergonomics and an upgraded layout below deck that sleeps four. The boat is offered with a compact galley, enclosed head, mast-raising system, and galvanized dual-axle trailer.

The Hunter 31 is an entirely new entry in the 30-plus-foot weekend cruiser market, emphasizing comfort and convenience with such options as a water heater, air conditioning, inverter and refrigeration, 13-inch flat-screen television and DVD player. For more interior room, Glenn Henderson and Hunter’s design team expanded the forward cabin by adjusting the hull shape. The boat is offered with both a shoal and deep keel, private aft cabin with a double berth, and a fully enclosed head to port of the companionway.

With the 41 DS, Hunter is offering a deck-saloon version of its standard 41-foot model. While the sail plan and hull design are the same, the 41 DS has a raised deck that increases headroom to 6 feet, 10 inches, and larger elevated port and deadlights for greater visibility. Interior options include two- and three-cabin layouts.


Hunter 25

LOA: 24 feet, 6 inches LWL: 22 feet, 1 inch BEAM: 8 feet, 5 inches DRAFT: 2 feet DISPLACEMENT: 3,700 pounds SAIL AREA: 239 square feet TANKAGE: 10 gallons water ENGINE: up to 10-hp outboard PRICE: $24,495

Hunter 31

LOA: 30 feet, 10 inches LWL: 28 feet, 1 inch BEAM: 11 feet, 1 inch DRAFT: 3 feet, 11 inches (shoal); 5 feet, 5 inches (deep) DISPLACEMENT: 8,505 pounds (shoal); 8,353 pounds (deep) SAIL AREA: 421 square feet (standard); 423 square feet (furling) TANKAGE: 50 gallons water, 20 gallons fuel ENGINE: 21 hp PRICE: $77,990

Hunter 41 DS

LOA: 40 feet, 4 inches LWL: 35 feet, 6 inches BEAM: 13 feet, 3 inches DRAFT: 5 feet (shoal); 6 feet, 6 inches (deep) DISPLACEMENT: 19,400 pounds (shoal); 19,650 pounds (deep) SAIL AREA: 928 square feet (standard); 843 square feet (furling) TANKAGE: 100 gallons water, 36 gallons fuel ENGINE: 40 hp PRICE: $196,260

CONTACT: Hunter Marine, Alachua, Fla. Phone: (386) 462-3077.

Tartan Yachts will show its new 3400, a cruiser that combines her predecessor’s good looks with modern construction. With a nod to comfort, easy handling and rough-water performance, designer Tim Jackett incorporated a large interior in a hull with V-shaped forward and flat after sections. The 3400 is available in three configurations that accommodate a variety of sailing venues and preferences: fin keel, beavertail keel, and a keel/centerboard combination. SPECS:
LOA: 34 feet, 5 inches LWL: 30 feet, 5 inches BEAM: 11 feet, 11 inches DRAFT: 6 feet, 6 inches (fin); 4 feet, 11 inches (beavertail); 3 feet, 11 inches/7 feet (keel/


centerboard) DISPLACEMENT: 10,800

 Tartan 3400

pounds (fin); 11,000 pounds (beavertail);

11,800 pounds (keel/centerboard) SAIL AREA: 620 square feet TANKAGE: 60 gallons water, 25 gallons fuel ENGINE: 27-hp Volvo Saildrive PRICE: $139,600 CONTACT: Tartan Yachts, Fairport Harbor, Ohio. Phone: (440) 357-7777.

French builder Dufour Yachts is introducing two new models to U.S. sailors, after their European debut at the Paris Boat Show last December.Both are designed by Italian Umberto Felci (hull lines) and Frenchman Patrick Roseo (interior).

The Dufour 365 is offered in two- and three-cabin versions, and is described as a coastal cruiser with offshore capabilities that combines comfort, easy handling and good performance. The boat has a structural grid laminated into the hull bottom and a PVC-cored sandwich deck that’s molded by resin injection.

The larger Dufour 455 — with twin steering wheels, sleek deck layout and a low coach roof — is touted as a long-

distance cruiser. Layout options include a three-cabin version for private owners and a four-cabin layout for the charter market. Both are available with optional in-mast mainsail furling systems.


Dufour 365

LOA: 35 feet, 5 inches LWL: 30 feet, 4 inches BEAM: 12 feet DRAFT: 5 feet, 6 inches DISPLACEMENT: 12,566 pounds SAIL AREA: 523 square feet TANKAGE: 70 gallons water, 24 gallons fuel ENGINE: 29-hp Volvo Saildrive PRICE: $180,000 

Dufour 455

LOA: 45 feet, 1 inch LWL: 39 feet, 1 inch BEAM: 14 feet, 1 inch DRAFT: 6 feet, 6 inches DISPLACEMENT: 24,251 pounds SAIL AREA: 1,080 square feet TANKAGE: 140 gallons water, 66 gallons fuel ENGINE: 55-hp Volvo Saildrive (75 hp optional) PRICE: $335,000

CONTACT: Dufour USA Inc., Annapolis, Md. Phone: (410) 268-6417.