New Fountaine Pajot 51 and Dufour 470 and 61

Fountaine Pajot 51

Feb 25, 2021

The Fountaine Pajot/Dufour Group had their second press conference on February 2, 2021 and as the groundhog predicted, they are set for an early spring with some more new boats. Private owner purchasing has taken the lead over charter companies, with most customers ordering boats without even seeing them!

The big news is the 13 million that they plan to invest in all areas of development. The Group wants to become the sustainability vision leader of the boating industry, by bringing together an innovation platform of independent solution companies to build a common vision.

They believe that by 2030 they will be able to produce boats with NO carbon impact using SBT protocol and compensation. There will be more organic and recycled materials as well as solar charging solutions which will be implemented by 2024.

Fountaine Pajot 51 ProfileThe brand new Fountain Pajot 51 Sailing Cat will debut at the Cannes, Genoa, Barcelona and Annapolis Boat Shows in 2022:

• 154 m2 sail area with a 110% overlapping genoa (by moving the mast forward)

• Forward cockpit seating for six persons

• Helm station moved forward to allow skipper to see all areas of the boat including below

• 2000w of solar power in an integrated system using flush solar panels

• 2 x 60HP or 2 x 75 HP engines

• Four layouts with owner guest options

• Huge sliding door completely opening the cockpit to salon/galley

• Designed as a family boat to easily be sailed without a captain

• Largest bare boat to charter without a skipper

• Base price of €750,000 Euros

Dufour 470The two new Dufour models will seen this coming spring and summer as they go on tour throughout Europe and North America.

Dufour 470 – the most modern boat with comfort and performance in the 45-50 ft range.

• DNA of a boat with wide space, great galley as well as the traditional stern galley

• Large windows in owner’s cabin with access from either side of the bed

• Main and Genoa controlled from the helm

• Sunbed in stern with storage underneath

• Double Bimini

• Seating for 10 guests around cockpit table with an optional fridge

• Sea Trial in 18 knots of breeze had the boat going 8 knots

• Base price €250 – 300,000 Euros

Dufour 61The new Dufour 61

Dufour 61 – their flagship with no compromises, lighter, fast and easily handled

• Foredeck very wide and open with roller furling flush with the deck

• 3 levels of spreaders for more mast prebend

• Access to aft cabins from the cockpit through benches

• Dinghy garage

• Forward cabin has large door for easy access

• More storage in the split galley

• Galley table height goes up and down, unfolds and rotates

• Electrical panel is simple with a touch screen

• Base price €850,000 Euros

-Katie Nicoll

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