The Dufour 382 Grand Large is a highly versatile yacht for family sailing, long distance cruising, boat sharing or chartering out. As well as being a great all rounder, the 382 GL offers great performance too. In recent tests this 11.25m (36’) yacht kept pace with a well-sailed, sporty 40’ production cruiser-racer in a force 4, when the larger yacht should have marched away.
The 382 GL is designed with a high aspect rig for performance, and the cockpit and controls are laid out to be easy to sail, especially if sailing short-handed, with the winches and controls all in easy reach of the skipper. The relatively powerful 58m2 sail area is counter-balanced with a 1.90m keel, weighing 1850kg, and a deep rudder blade for ease of control. There’s the option for a shorter 1.6m keel for shallower cruising grounds. The Dufour’s distinct yet discreet full length chines and wide transom adds considerable stability and reduces heeling motion, creating an overall nicely balanced, comfortable ride, with a turn of pace and yet no vices.
Dufour’s research suggests their owners spend over 70% of their time above deck, so considerable attention has gone into creating a spacious, uncluttered, comfortable cockpit for sailing, as well as ample relaxation space when at anchor. The cockpit seats are long and wide, ensuring plenty of room for guests on board as well as sunbathing. The cockpit table end has space to site a GPS screen and the end of each cockpit coaming has space for GPS and other navigational instruments, all in easy view of the helm.
Behind the twin steering wheels, the 382GL has the option of removable helmsman’s seats, as well as the side deck seating. Beneath the aft deck are two spacious stowage lockers for a liferaft and tender. The full-width transom lowers down to become a generous sized bathing platform with an integral boarding ladder, which doubles as an easy landing and launching platform for a tender.
Below decks the instant impression is a light, contemporary and spacious living area. Sleek and flat on the outside, the injection moulded coach roof is constructed to give plenty of headroom below decks, yet provide a very strong, clean deck layout above deck. The low-profile coach roof also enables Dufour to fit their distinctive, recessed coach roof windows, side windows and opening hatches, which floods the interior with natural light.
Flexible interior layout options include either two or three double cabins with the option of an L-shaped or full-length galley and one shower/heads. Alternatively, there are also two and three cabin layouts with two shower/heads, a layout option normally only found on boats over 40 feet long.
The choice of layout gives flexibility for carrying different crew numbers and guests on board, depending on your cruising preferences and planned use of the boat. The layouts with larger relaxation below decks are likely to be most popular in mixed climates. For sailing in predominantly hotter regions, where the majority of time is spent above deck, owners often select the two heads option.
Both galley layouts come fitted with a King-sized 180 litre fridge with two drawers and is accessible from above and below. Much thought has gone into how the space below is used when afloat and at anchor. The table design fitted depends on the galley layout, and recognises that much of the time a full-length table is not required, especially when underway. Boats with a long galley are fitted with a 1m long table, which can be lengthened to 1.4m to accommodate up to eight guests.
In keeping with Dufour’s modular approach to interior design, a neatly concealed sliding stool extends from one end of the sofa to provide table end seating. Plus, the dual-purpose chart table can be dropped down to seat height and a cushion added extending the sofa to create an L-shaped ‘chaise-longue’ end, adding further seating. Full length it creates a 2.6m sofa, that can also be transformed to become an extra berth, and is of a size more commonly found on a 50’ yacht.
There is ample storage below decks, above and below the sofa berths and cupboards within each cabin. Storage lockers are hinged from the base to prevent contents falling out, and gas struts mean they open smoothly and do not slam shut on you. There are deep storage shelves behind the galley so bottles and food containers stay safe in waves. The handy storage shelves beside the bunks in each cabin are deep enough for sailing clothes and boots, as well as personal items.