Dufour 430 Grand LargeBy Peter A. Robson

A top-quality French cruiser that ticks all the boxes

Without the optional bow thruster, getting the new Dufour 430 out of the impossibly crowded docks at Vancouver’s Granville Island was a challenge, but long-time broker Richard Hargreaves got us out without mishap. Also aboard was Richard Carrier from One4 Yachts. We’d been watching the Windy app for weeks, waiting for enough wind to put the new Dufour 430 through its paces. Finally, today’s winds were forecast at 15 to 20 knots.

Dufour Yachts was established in 1964, and today the La Rochelle-France based company counts itself among the biggest shipyards in the world. Currently, Dufour produces 11 sailboat models from 31 feet (9.67 m) to 63 feet (19.2 m).

The 430 Grand Large is one of the next generation series Dufours designed by Italian naval architect Umberto Felci. It is a brand new three-cabin, two-head model with a single spade rudder and twin wheels. Its L-shaped keel is relatively deep with a standard draft of 6' 9" (2.1 m). The beam on the 430, like other new next generation models, has been carried further forward than older model Dufours. This means more interior room. A number of other design changes brought down from its larger next-gen siblings give the 430 a sleeker, more modern styling.

The Transom BarbecueThe transom barbecue allows the chef to be part of the action on deck.

Upon boarding from the folding swim platform, one will notice the barbeque, sink and food prep area built into the top of the transom. Chefs can work their magic while facing those in the cockpit. When not in use, the transom becomes transverse cockpit seating area. The twin wheels, cockpit table and cockpit bench seating are quite similar to other similar-size sailboats while offering plenty of room to move around. The side decks are wide, and passage forward past the lower shrouds, which often involves acrobatics, is surprisingly easy. The deck is nicely clear of any tripping hazards and the mostly flush, smoked-glass skylights and hatches add to its clean look.

Belowdecks, the biggest departure from the norm is the forward galley. Putting a galley between the salon and the bow master is only possible because the beam of the 430 has been carried far enough forward to provide the necessary room. While initially skeptical of this layout, it actually has a number of benefits.

The Forward Cabin(left) The forward cabin.

First, it provides for two work areas, one to port and one to starboard of the centreline. This allows two people to work in the galley without tripping over each other. Being amidships also allows great natural light from expansive overhead skylights. Second, the L-shaped main galley section faces aft and is wide open to the rest of the salon and this creates a cozy open feel. The main settee and dinette table are offset to starboard and face a fixed dinette bench seat. This eliminates the issue of struggling to get past a centerline dinette table as nothing blocks passage from the companionway to the forward cabin. As an added benefit, the backrest of the dinette bench doubles as a handrail. To port, across from the fixed bench, is a settee with a base that slides out so that the back cushions are angled to become a comfy recliner. The chart table/nav station (with switching panel) is on brackets that allow it to be lowered to make a longer settee berth.

The Cockpit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(right) There’s plenty of room to move around the cockpit—and plenty of room for entertaining.

With the first of two heads immediately to the left of the companionway stairs, it’s only few feet to the separate shower compartment, and this makes an excellent, easily accessible place to hang wet gear. The test boat came with manual flush saltwater toilets and vessel sinks.

Wooden valances run the length of the cabin and not only hide indirect lighting, but double as handrails. Cruisers will also appreciate the ample storage not only throughout the vessel, but also in handy under-deck cabinets (with gas pistons for gentle operation) that run the length of the salon.

The 430 is available with a three- or four-cabin layout however, I can’t see going with the four-cabin option as it would detract from the open feel of the salon. The three-cabin layout is much, much nicer, with a bow master and two guest staterooms (with playground-size mattresses) flanking the companionway.

The master’s island queen is surprisingly wide at the head end, thanks to the beam being carried forward. Also unusual is the large divided hanging locker with great hanging space as well as shelf storage. The hull windows offer wonderful visibility from the bed. And of course, the ensuite is an added bonus.

SaloonThe forward galley and the offset dinette create a cozy, open feel in the salon.

Overall, the interior is very well styled, with oak floorboards (which didn’t squeak or flex) and oak, horizontally-grained veneers on the bulkheads and cabinetry. This contrasted nicely with beige cushions and gray Corian countertops. The wood mouldings and corner pieces were unusually robust. I was impressed by the stiff interior bulkheads. As an example, the walls of the head barely flexed the adjacent walls when the door was shaken.

Engine and Systems
The test boat came with the upgraded 60 hp Volvo diesel with Saildrive and a fixed three-blade prop. Four AGM house batteries with a total capacity of 380 aH (as well as an engine start battery) should provide ample power for anchoring over the weekend. Both the engine and shore power can heat the 40 L hot water tank.

Underway
Once clear of False Creek, we did some speed runs under power. At 2,500 rpm we were making 7 knots and at 3,000 rpm we topped out at 8 knots. Sound level in the saloon at 2,500 rpm was a surprisingly quiet 68 dB.

GalleyThe galley is open to the salon, not tucked into an aft corner as usual.

The 12-inch Raymarine Axiom flat screen chart plotter inset into the aft end of the cockpit table can be easily seen and operated from either helm station, something that is not always the case. Pods on top of each helm station hold the wind instruments, autopilot and engine gauges.

The deck-stepped, aluminum, two-spreader Seldon fractional rig comes with stainless rigging and a split, non-adjustable backstay. Hoisting the fully battened main from the stack pack was made easy thanks to the electric Lewmar T40 winch mounted on the cabin top. The double ended mainsheet was led to the single, easily-accessible manual Lewmar T50 sheet winch fronting each helm. The traveller was fed through the cabin-top clutch arrays that flank the companionway.

Of course, once the 95 percent self-tacking jib was unfurled and sheeted in for close hauled sailing, it needed no attention.

The Master EnsuiteThe master ensuite is much larger than the guest head, but at the expense of a separate shower compartment. Note the ample width of the bed at its forward end.


While the forecast winds didn’t materialize, we did manage to sail in as much as 12 knots at times—and that was enough to heel nicely and make it a pretty well perfect fall sailing day. Steering under sail was a real treat; the helm was silky smooth and well balanced (at least in our light conditions). Upwind in 8 knots of true wind, our speed was between 4.5 to 5 knots and at 10 knots we were making an average speed of just over 6 knots. Those are pretty good numbers for a cruising yacht. The 430 felt a tiny bit sluggish in anything less than about 8 knots of wind. However, with 10 to 12 knots, the 430 really came into its own, settling in nicely on its chine. It is well known that while self-tackers make it easy for upwind sailing, they don’t add much when the vessel is off the wind. We didn’t have a Code 0 or an asymmetrical sail on board, but I sure would have liked to give it a try in those conditions.

The 430 proved a capable cruiser for weekend or extended cruising and its solid feel and construction make it a go-anywhere vessel. For some inside information, we talked to Tom Allan from Seattle. He and his wife purchased a 430 in 2019. They use it extensively (177 hours on the engine alone). The transom barbeque and the midship galley were real selling points for him and his wife. He also noted the quality construction and fit and finish. He added that the 430 was an excellent platform for entertaining even large numbers of guests as well as being a comfortable boat to spend a lot of time aboard. Price as tested in Vancouver was $453,980 Cdn,

Author at the Helm

The author at the helm with the Vancouver skyline in the background

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SPECIFICATIONS

LOA: 13.24 m / 43' 5"

Hull length: 12.50 m / 41'

LWL: 11.69 m / 38' 4"

Beam: 4.30 m / 14' 1"

Draft standard 2.10 m / 6' 11'

Draft shallow: 1.75 m / 5' 9"

Keel weight, standard 2.6 t / 5,732 lbs

Displacement

Light 9.7 t / 21,385 lbs

Engine, std: Yanmar 50 hp Diesel w/Saildrive

Engine, optional: 60 hp

Fuel tank: 250 L / 66 USG

Fresh water: 430 L / 114 USG

Hot water: 40 L / 10.5 USG

Holding: 53 L / 14 USG

Category: European Directive 2013-53-EU Category A

Mast length above WL: approx. 19.2 m / 63'

Total sail area: 92 sqm / 990 sq ft

Main sail: 52 sqm / 560 sq ft

Self-tacking jib: 40 sqm / 431 sq ft

Price as tested: $453,980 Cdn.

Test boat and pricing provided by: Yacht Sales West, Vancouver, BC, (604) 488-1202

Test boat provided by: Yacht Sales West

Pricing provided by: Yacht Sales West

Website: yachtsaleswest.com,.dufour-yachts.com

  

Related Articles

Sunday, 04 December 2016 18:44

You can count yourself lucky to be able to go for a sail on Lake Ontario in mid-October when the temperature is 24 degrees, the sun is shining, and the wind is clocking at a perfectten knots.

Monday, 31 August 2015 12:03

Dufour in partnership with Felci Yacht Design wants nothing less than to optimize the sailing experience through design, performance and comfort. The Dufour 500 Grand Large provides space and...

Thursday, 22 May 2014 10:52

Modern graceful elegance is what Dufour’s Umberto Felci was trying to achieve when he designed the Grand’Large 410.  The boat was a new design in 2012, and has been nominated for European Cruising...

Tuesday, 09 August 2016 10:21

Centre cockpits are a hot item in the sailing industry these days. A quick look at the product lines of all of the major manufacturers reveals...      

Tuesday, 09 August 2016 10:51

The Dufour 40, recently named Boat of the Year in France, is the newest in the line of performance cruisers from Dufour Yachts of La Rochelle, France.      

Tuesday, 12 January 2016 03:44

Dufour Yachts today announces the appointment of Pickering, Ontario based Swans Yacht Sales as their exclusive dealer for Ontario, Manitoba and the Lake Ontario region of New York State...    

CY Virtual Video Boat Tours

Virtual Boat ToursWe all love boats and nothing can break us up! So, what better way to spend our time than looking at interesting boats and going aboard in a virtual ride or tour. We have asked our friends at various dealers and manufacturers to help us assemble a one-stop online resource to experience some of the most interesting boats on the market today. Where the CY Team has done a review, we connect you to that expert viewpoint. If you can’t go boating, you can almost experience the thrill via your screen. Not quite the same, but we hope you enjoy our fine tour collection.

 

Read more about the CY Virtual Boat Tours....................

 

 

 

World Cat 280 DC-XBy Andy Adams

Last September, we had our first encounter with a World Cat 280 DC – X and it was quite impressive!

We know of no other comparable Performance Offshore Luxury Catamaran in the Ontario market, but we expect to see more World Cats in the coming seasons. The test boat was supplied by Central Marine Midland, in Midland, Ontario and they report that they are doing quite well with the World Cat line. Built with vacuum-infused hull construction in North Carolina, the World Cat was designed as a big water boat.

Read More

 

 

 

Dufour 430 Grand LargeBy Peter A. Robson

Without the optional bow thruster, getting the new Dufour 430 out of the impossibly crowded docks at Vancouver’s Granville Island was a challenge, but long-time broker Richard Hargreaves got us out without mishap.

Also aboard was Richard Carrier from One4 Yachts. We’d been watching the Windy app for weeks, waiting for enough wind to put the new Dufour 430 through its paces. Finally, today’s winds were forecast at 15 to 20 knots.

 

Read More

Destinations

  • Prev
On Friday, April 2 at 7 pm ET on TVO and streaming anytime after that on tvo.org and the TVO ...
Salt Spring Island, the largest among the Gulf Islands, has a certain mystique—much of it having to ...
Located in Lake Huron, the internationally significant Manitoulin Island is the largest freshwater ...
In Part I, Sheryl Shard ended the story at June and the start of Hurricane Season when they were ...
You likely aren’t quite ready to travel yet, but we have our fingers crossed that we can all fly ...
Ontario’s best-kept secret, the Trent-Severn Waterway National Historic site holds the key to ...
Located on the sunny south shore of the harbour, the Marina is on pilings over the water, offering ...
The approach to the Chemainus Municipal Dock from Stuart Channel is straightforward and is ...
I leaned my head back into the water and floated easily. Having spent my childhood playing in ...
History: right after gym and just before chemistry class. Fifty minutes of naming the prime ...

View of Ganges HarbourText and Photos by Marianne Scott

Salt Spring Island, the largest among the Gulf Islands, has a certain mystique—much of it having to do with locally produced food. It started thousands of years ago when the Coast Salish First Nations used the Island as a summer camp, collecting wild foods while also processing the abundant sea food for winter sustenance.

In the 19th century, five main groups settled here and began farming: Northern Europeans—some of whom had abandoned gold rush dreams; Hawaiians brought here by Vancouver Island’s second governor, James Douglas...

Read More

Lifestyle

  • Prev
Stuart Hendrie, a pro photographer sent along this photo of the pirate ship in Jordan Ontario. Many ...
In my lifetime I have been a member of 5 yacht clubs. There were big differences. The one that I ...
Our photo of the week comes from Europe where Ali ten Hove and Mariah Millen are warming up their ...
Last issue we reported that Theodore Tugboat is moving up to Ontario but HelmBoy of Bedford NS sent ...
Heading to Tokyo soon, our 49erFX team of Ali ten Hove and Mariah Millen are up against it; the ...
As anyone who has been near a familiar - to them - part of the lakeshore can attest, water levels ...
As a life-long marine journalist, it has often occurred to me, that it’s a big ...
Here’s a dramatic photo of the Week from Jansin Ozkur. “Walking along the lake Ontario, noticed the ...
At the end of summer 2020, amid all the restrictions, we were able to shoot our film, Generations ...
Last issue, Mike Wheatstone, our Boat Nerd started a conversation about solar power. While many of ...

National Invasive Species Awareness WeekThis week, Feb. 22-26, is National Invasive Species Awareness Week and the American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) released an animated video to raise awareness about the threat Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) pose to the boating industry and what manufacturers can do to limit the spread.

AIS can damage ecosystems and negatively impact fishing and the future of the boating lifestyle. Boat access to many aquatic resources has been limited due to AIS concerns and AIS infestation can result in serious damage to boats and their components. Invasive plant life can foul propellers,

Read More

A Freedom Boat Club StafferAs a life-long marine journalist, it has often occurred to me, that it’s a big leap to lay out the cash, (especially for those with no previous boating experience), to try it out. How does someone even know that they will like boating it if they haven’t tried it? 

Well, joining a boat club, or a yacht club that has boats available for members to use, can get you started without the big financial commitment and with the support of the club’s education and resources. Try before you buy.


Read More

DIY & How to

  • Prev
A Transducer is a device that is installed below the waterline that provides underwater data to a ...
Spring has finally sprung! At least it has weather wise here in Montreal, so it is with great ...
An important, but often overlooked maintenance item on any type of boat is it’s steering system. ...
Insurance may not be exciting but it is important. Check at launch. We all know we need to spend ...
Before you launch: Inspect all around the hose clamps for rust and replace as necessary. Double ...
Slovenian manufacturer, Elan, has introduced the concept of regenerative electrical auxiliary power ...
There is nothing worse than your boat trailer breaking down while on the way to a great weekend. ...
When the boat is in the water, It’s easy to take for granted the parts of the boat that are under ...
The COVID-19 pandemic has created unexpected changes in our lives, impacting everything from ...
Boating boomed in 2020, with scads of first-time boat buyers chasing respite from the pandemic. Now ...

Battery LifeBy John Connell, Vice President of SLI Products Group, Crown Battery Manufacturing

Your family is onboard and eager to cast off. What happens if your battery doesn’t start?

Early battery failure is costly and frustrating enough. But with a short boating season and unpredictable weather... if you lose a weekend, it hurts. Worse, battery problems can leave you stranded on the water -- a safety hazard and a leading cause of tows. Fortunately, anyone can extend their battery life. And it’s easier than you might think.

 

Read More

 

  

TransducerA Transducer is a device that is installed below the waterline that provides underwater data to a display at the helm. This data is usually in the form of depth and speed – but in more advanced systems can also provide sonar, fish-finding and side or forward views.

A Transducer is a device that is installed below the waterline that provides underwater data to a display at the helm. This data is usually in the form of depth and speed – but in more advanced systems can also provide sonar, fish-finding and side or forward views.

 

 

 

Read More

 

  

Marc's Boat AquaholicSpring has finally sprung! At least it has weather wise here in Montreal, so it is with great anticipation and boyish giddiness that I loaded the car with all the “things” I will need for this special day - the first of many pre-launch readiness days!

The club property is abuzz with members who, while social distancing from each other and wearing masks when required, are busy removing the winter blankets off their beloved boats and assessing the needed TLC and projects they hope to accomplish prior to be put in the drink.

 

Read More

 

  

Marine Products

  • Prev
Most SUVs drive about equal but the Subaru Ascent is just that little bit different or quirky ...
Exchanging business clothes for bare feet, Ann and her husband, Steve Manley, founder of PORTS ...
From streaming a repair video to downloading weather data, there are countless reasons to have ...
With 10 diameters from 11" to 30", there's a Schmitt & Ongaro Marine stainless steel Destroyer ...
The Grengine UltraLite and an ultra-portable folding 80-Watt solar panel. Combine the versatility ...
Have unwanted residue from removing stickers, decals, tapes, labels or adhesives? Release ...
When people think of boats, they imagine clean, white and glistening. Cleaning fiberglass hulls ...
Many boat soaps rely on chemicals so harsh, they end up stripping wax from your boat and are toxic ...
Called the "king of waxes," Carnauba is renowned for its ability to provide a long-lasting shine in ...
For anyone with a limited amount of dash or bulkhead area, but a desire for high-quality sound, ...

News

  • Prev
If your flares have a manufacture date of 2017 or earlier they have or will expire this year. You ...
At the end of May in lovely Ravenna, Italy, the launch ceremony of the new RSY 38m EXP took place ...
You can celebrate the Bluenose for ten cents on a dime or for as much as $1,000+ with the Canadian ...
Let’s make it very clear – everyone is feeling the pain of the never-endemic but the authorities – ...
The CBC reported on May 6th that the top member of the U.S. Senate, Chuck Schumer from New York, ...
MarineMax recently announced the acquisition of American boatbuilder KCS International, Inc., ...
Photographer Tom van Oossanen was on hand to capture the astonishing scenes as Project 817, a ...
Finally after a few years without funding I can talk about why Squadrons should offer Recreational ...
Following the April 9th eruption of the La Soufrière volcano, popular cruising destination St. ...
Mention the name Jeanneau and sleek-looking sailboats immediately come to mind but the Jeanneau ...

Boating RegulationLet’s make it very clear – everyone is feeling the pain of the never-endemic but the authorities – health officers and legislators – should really take another look at boating.  While the rules vary from BC to the Maritimes, basically no-one is allowed to do much with their boats.

If you follow the rules in Ontario right now, you cannot even go see your boat on land, let alone launch it unless there’s an ‘essential’ reason. While big cruisers are obviously only available to some of the population, the same could be said of cottages and chalets; those vacation facilities are full of people. Cottage rentals are booked solid for months. But propose taking your boat for a trip to a remote island and you’re breaking the law.  

Read More

 

 

Thousand Islands BridgePhoto copyright shutterstock

The CBC reported on May 6th that the top member of the U.S. Senate, Chuck Schumer from New York, has written a letter to members of the Biden administration making several demands regarding the border. According to the CBC story, Schumer has asked Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas for four things.

The first is a detailed Canada-U.S. plan — to be released as soon as possible — explaining what rules and health-related benchmarks will guide the return to non-essential travel. 

Read More

 

 

Courtesy Vessel ChecksBy John Gullick, Manager of Government and Special Programs, April 21 2021

Finally after a few years without funding I can talk about why Squadrons should offer Recreational Vessel Courtesy Checks (RVCCs). We have now received funding from Transport Canada for the next three years.

Many Squadron Officers continue to talk about how their Squadron’s course participation, and hence membership, is down and continuing to drop. Well the opportunity is back to be able to talk directly with boaters, especially new boaters who have come o recreational boating in very large numbers over last season and the current season.

Read More