DUFOUR 445 GRAND LARGE – YEAR 2013
DUFOUR 445 GRAND LARGE – YEAR 2013
Name:VIVRE LA VIE
Shipyard:Dufour Yachts, La Rochelle
Design: Umberto Felci / Dufour Yachts design team
Certificate: CE A
Total length: 13,35 m
Hull length: 13,25 m
Waterline length: 11,92 m
Ballast: 3000 Kg
Water capacity:2 X 280 L
Power: VOLVO PENTA D2 75CV
Diesel capacity: 250 L
Mooring place: Marina de Valencia. Available
Price: 189.000,00€ VAT included
British Registry SSR. VAT payed
VOLVO PENTA D2 75 CV. 400 engine hours. Drive by Sail Drive. 4 blades VOLVO folding propeller.
Vacuum-assisted resin infusion ensures that all the kerfs in the PVC foam core are filled with resin and that the skin on each side of the sandwich structure is uniformly bonded to the core. The resin for the one-piece deck is injected into a two-sided mold to produce a monocoque structure with finished surfaces on both inner and outer sides of the laminate. This eliminates the need to hide a poorly finished underdeck with a head liner. A quick look in the forepeak or a crawl through the aft portion of the boat reveals a hull laminate with a high fiber-to-resin-ratio that is free of voids and other imperfections. These are the traits that promote longevity and durability.
Sails and rigging
Sloop fractioned alu mast. 2 spreaders. Furling main sail ELVSTROM. Furling genoa 140%. Genoa furler FACNOR LS200. Rodkicker. Mast, boom, and retractable bowsprit Z SPARS.
Electric winch on the roof LEWMAR. Primary winches LEWMAR. Stoppers SPINLOCK.
Genáker deck ware and rigging.
Main sail área 41 m2
Genoa area 140% 55 m2
On cockpit: Multifunción display e125 on swivel pod at cockpit table. 1 Display I70 on each Helm station. Automatic pilot. Radome QUANTUM digital 24Mn. Radar reflector ECHOMAX.
On chartable: VHF + Dsc Garmin 300i VHF/AIS. Antena TV GLOMEX aereal.
Designer Umberto Felci has given the Dufour 445 GL a wide beam carried well aft into a broad stern. The resulting volume not only provides useful buoyancy in the bow for carrying sail, but allows for a spacious forward cabin with a large, comfortable island berth. Just aft of the forward cabin, both, separate shower and head compartments flank a companionway leading to the spacious saloon, which includes a large table to port with a long running galley on starboard.
Dufour has clearly given a lot of thought to the galley, which includes a well-gimbaled three-burner stove, a huge refrigerator with both top and side loading access, a built-in garbage bin, a wealth of drawers and bins, and plenty of counter space. Like all outboard sinks, the drainage on the one in the 445 GL will suffer when sailing to windward on a port tack. But that is an acceptable tradeoff in this interior, which is optimized for entertaining and comfortable living at anchor or in port. The two aft cabins with double berths can be used in lieu of sea berths while underway. Mirror-image berths forward are also an option.
The fit and finish of the joinery gets good marks, although as in all computer-cut, shop-built interiors, there’s a lot of raw-edged plywood. To its credit, Dufour seals all these edges, and the quality of its hardwood-veneered plywood is excellent. Useful drawers and lockers abound through the interior. There is a wine rack nestled below the cabin sole, a pair of lockers specifically for storing shoes and room for a generator between the two aft cabins.
SIDE POWER retractable bow thruster. Aft platform and cockpit teak floor. Teak roof. Electric windlass LOFRANS + DELTA anchor + 25m chain 10mm +25m rope. Second anchor FORTRESS 20kg + 10m chain. Bimini SUNBRELLA DUNE with sides canvas. Sprayhood SUNBRELLA DUNE. Wheels, and table covers in SUNBRELLA DUNE. Wheels leather covers. Mooring cover over boom. Cockpit table on Wood with lamp and ice box. Solid Wood handrails. Forward Sails locker. Outboard engine davit and bracket. Alu pasarel. Cockpit cussions. LED Navigation lights. Cockpit shower hot/cold. Tender ZODIAC Fastroller 285 + HONDA 5CV.
Mediterraneo Ambiance: All woodwork made out of first choice Moabi, with toe rails, mouldings and cladding made of solid and laminated Wood. Laminate Moabi floorboards. Cream saloon cushions and mattresses with removable fabric covers. Cabin lining in marine quality wood with white lacquered finish. Roller blinds for all deck hatches
WEBASTO heating on saloon and cabins. Air conditioning WEBASTO 20.000BTU on saloon and master cabin. Fans on saloon and cabins. CORIAN furnishings on galley and heads. 3 burner gimbled oven & grill ENO. Microwave ENO. Dufour Yachts dining set. Freezer. Huge fridge with top and front access. Second fridge under saloon sofa. Sea water pump.
SAMSUNG LED SMART TV on swivel bracket on saloon. GRUNDIG TV on master cabin. Blue LED courtesy lighting to saloon floor. SAMSUNG sound system. BLUE RAY player on chart table. Antenna tv GLOMEX.
Marine toilet JABSCO fresh water connected. Waste tank.
LED interior lights. Mousticaires and fouscurit blinds on deck hatches.
Electric circuit 12/220v. Batteries charger CRISTEC 45 Ah. Batteries display NASA BM2. Services batteries group 4 x 105 Ah 06/19. Start battery 105 Ah 01/19. Bow thruster battery.
Beacon and safety kit for 6 persons.
First owner boat. VAT paid. Never rented, just private used. Delivered in UK, sail to Mediterranean with mooring place in Mallorca and later in Valencia.
The engine was last serviced in June 2018 at 330 hours. Prior to this engine had serviced on a regular basis. The engine services are recorded in the engine service record.
The hull is copper coated.
April 2018, hull was scraped, the Keel and rudder were antifouled.
April 2019 divers cleaned the hull and propellor.
Tested by SAIL BOAT REVIEW
Often it’s an evenhanded blend of design attributes rather than extreme features that make for a good sailboat. The Dufour 445 Grand Large offers just such a combination of moderate draft, displacement, sail area and freeboard.
Often it’s an evenhanded blend of design attributes rather than extreme features that make for a good sailboat. The Dufour 445 Grand Large offers just such a combination of moderate draft, displacement, sail area and freeboard. The result is an easy–to-handle, good-looking cruiser-racer.
Construction The Dufour 445 GL may be built by a company that has been molding fiberglass boats since 1964, but today’s Dufours are anything but a throwback to a bygone era. Vacuum-assisted resin infusion ensures that all the kerfs in the PVC foam core are filled with resin and that the skin on each side of the sandwich structure is uniformly bonded to the core. The resin for the one-piece deck is injected into a two-sided mold to produce a monocoque structure with finished surfaces on both inner and outer sides of the laminate. This eliminates the need to hide a poorly finished underdeck with a head liner. A quick look in the forepeak or a crawl through the aft portion of the boat reveals a hull laminate with a high fiber-to-resin-ratio that is free of voids and other imperfections. These are the traits that promote longevity and durability.
Some say the devil is in the details, but when it comes to sailboats, so are most of the good things. A close look at the Dufour 445 GL reveals features ranging from meticulously welded chainplates and a low-drag, four-bladed folding prop to a trap door closure for the retractable bow thruster. Fixed portlights in the hull let in light and all those below to enjoy a fine view.
The efficient anvil-shaped, cast-iron keel is attached with stainless steel keel bolts and has enough contact area at the garboard to spread sailing loads to transverse bilge reinforcements in the hull. Though iron is neither as efficient nor as maintenance-free as lead ballast, is is cost-effective, and Dufour, like many other European builders, continues to favor it. Fortunately, modern epoxy coatings do a better job these days of deterring rust.
The Dufour 445 GL is ISO Recreational Craft Directive Category A Ocean approved, which means the boat’s stability and structure meet strict standards mandated for ocean passagemakers. Those with bluewater itineraries in their future will be best served by the deeper-draft 7ft 3in keel.
On Deck The deck layout forward is functional, but provides plenty of comfort aft, thanks to its long cockpit benches and dual wheels, which permit easy access to a drop-down swim platform in the transom.
Primary winches are placed near each wheel and the double-ended German mainsheet can be tended from the helm, allowing a solo watch-keeper to steer, trim and tack the boat with ease. Another big plus are the transition heights from the cockpit sole to the seats and over the coamings to the deck—dimensions that make it easy to move from the canvas-covered cockpit to the nicely proportioned side deck. Sightlines from the two helms are excellent. Sturdy toerails and chainplates located just outboard of the cabintrunk provide a secure, unobstructed passage forward along the side decks.
Under Sail Underway, the conventional slab-reefed mainsail on our test boat was easy to manage, thanks to a set of lazyjacks attached to a boom-fitted sail cover. An electric winch mounted on the cabintop provided plenty of hoisting assistance.
The boat’s big 140 percent genoa was easily tamed thanks to the Z-Spar rig’s smooth rolling headsail furler. If home was San Francisco, as opposed to Long Island Sound, an owner might opt for a 120 percent genoa, which could be reefed to working jib proportions and still retain a decent shape.
The bottom line is that the big sloop tracks well and has a nice light feel to the helm. Her substantial beam and resulting form stability keep her upright without a rail full of crew. In 10-12 knots of wind we saw around 7 knots upwind. Be aware though, that our test boat was equipped with a deep keel, and you should be prepared to give up a little more leeway if you go with the 5ft 11in shoal-draft fin.
On-the-fly adjustable genoa car leads allow a crew to dial in the right sheeting angle each time they roll in or ease out a bit of the genoa. For racers, performance cruisers and those with kids to keep busy, there’s also a built in sprit pole lurking in the bow—just the thing to turn a mediocre light air sail into pure fun. With either an asymmetric spinnaker in a sock or a reacher wound up on an endless-line furler, you’ll have a light-air alternative to diesel propulsion.
Under Power The Dufour 445 snapped into action as soon as the folding four-blade prop on the optional 75hp Volvo took hold. (The standard engine is 55hp.) At the lower end we slipped along at 5.5 knots sipping fuel, and at 2,800 rpm we nudged just above the 7.5 knot mark. The saildrive ran smoothly, and the engine was quiet. The boat turned on a dime, and once we picked up a little sternway she willingly backed down to either port or starboard. The bow thruster was icing on the cake and made docking this well-behaved boat even easier.
Conclusion The success of the Dufour 445 Grand Large lies in her “nothing too radical” pedigree. The boat is a cruiser-racer with a rig, deck layout and sailplan that offer a combination of performance, comfort and ease of use. The result is a boat that looks good and can be used for a lot of different types of sailing.
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The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information or warrant the condition of the vessel. The price of sale or the inventory can change without notice.