The 525 is the flagship of the cruising series that Dufour calls its Grand' Large line, with seven models starting at 32 feet. It's also the winner of the Full-Size Cruisers category in Cruising World's 2009 Boat of the Year contest. A unique cruising concept for comfortable and secure live-aboard long-term blue-water cruising. Yet still offering a dynamic sailing performance combined with the recent Dufour's renowned style and elegance.
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For maximum life, keels undergo factory treatment before fitting (anti-corrosion and improved finish thanks to epoxy-based paint and coatings).
The keel with a large sole-plate is fixed to the boat with a system of stainless backing-plate and bolts.
The (bulb) keel is in cast iron: 2.00 m.
Mixed cast-iron/lead ballast keel with a draught of 2.35 m allows superior (stiff, close-winded) performance, whilst maintaining an acceptable draught, lowering the centre of gravity, and increasing the boat’s stability
Open stainless bow pulpit easing access aboard and spinnaker handling
2 stainless stern push pits
Bracket for lifebelt, flag, and outboard bracket
The boat is ringed by 2 rows of guard rails supported on stanchions fixed to bases bolted to the deck
2 large gates in the guard rails
2 teak handrails on the coach-roof make getting around easier
Handrail astern of cockpit table
2 handrails above companionway
Chain-plates for safety harnesses
All running lines pass beneath the deck, leaving the coach-roof clear
Deck & Helm System
The deck is produced by infusion for an optimum rigidity/lightness ratio along with excellent thermal and acoustic insulation, and has an inner moulding liner for a perfect finish
All working and traffic areas have a ‘diamond-point’ nonslip surface
Localized monolithic reinforcing areas are included under deck fittings (winches, tracks, chain-plates, cleats)
2 leather-sleeved stainless steering wheels, 1100 mm in diameter.
The steering wheels are easily controllable from a seated position on the helmsman’s side bench seats.
Transmission system via chain and cranks connected to the rudder quadrant.
The rudder blade is semi-elliptical in shape — taking advantage of the latest research in hydrodynamics — and filled with very high density closed-cell epoxy foam to avoid any ingress of water.
The solid stainless rudder stock is mounted on self aligning bearings for greater precision and lightness of the helm whatever the wind conditions.
Stainless steel emergency tiller
Access deck-plate for emergency tiller.
Engine & Hull
110 hp Volvo engine with prop shaft transmission and folding propeller
Carefully-designed foam soundproofing
Engine compartment ventilation via 100 mm ducts leading to transom (invisible ventilation openings)
Engine control lever and engine control panel built into aft sun platform, aft of the port helm position
Rev counter and hour meter
Fixed three-bladed prop
2 x 250 litre rotomoulded fuel tank beneath aft bunks, with electric fuel gauge remote to chart table
Fuel filter with water separator, plus sea-water filter, anti-siphon valve
Engine compartment light
The sandwich design of the hull makes for very good thermal and acoustic insulation
The lamination of the network of ribs reinforces the hull’s solidity and in this way makes allows very good spreading of the forces from the keel and rigging
The inner molding liner with its perfect surface finish produces additional stowage space under the floors and makes for easier cleaning
Prevention of osmosis on hull with the use of a NPG gel coat
Electrical & Navigations Lights
Engine starter battery (12 V / 135 Ah)
3 service batteries (12 V / 135 Ah)
The set of batteries is fitted with a relay
Service batteries stowed beneath floor at foot of companionway
300 W inverter incorporating a socket for a laptop computer
High-output 120 Ah alternator
Electrical distribution panel with 21 functions on 12 V and 6 functions on 220 V
Voltmeter for service battery and engine (220 V and 12 V)
Ammeter for consumption
Electrical water level gauges
Electrical fuel gauges
The 12 V electrical circuit is protected by circuit-breakers
The 220 V circuit has dual protection, via one thermal-magnetic circuit-breaker per function, and an overall 30m a differential circuit-breaker on the distribution panel
60 Ah battery charger
Shore supply socket forward of sun platform
Deck flood light
LED cockpit lighting on end of boom
220 V power sockets in all parts of the yacht — 2 in forward cabin(s), at chart table, one per aft cabin, in galley
Chrome-finish halogen ceiling lights
Chrome-finish reading lamps
Pre-equipment for optional cable installation
LED navigation lights port and starboard on bow pulpit
LED stern light on stern push pit
Steaming and LED anchor lights on mast
Corian worktop with wooden fiddle round it
Double sink with synthetic resin cover doubling as a chopping-board
Waste bin below sink
Under-sink storage and cutlery drawer
Sliding storage bins
Stowage cubby holes along side of hull
Gimbal-mounted stainless ‘Bretagne Evolution’ 3-burner gas cooker with grill/oven, with stainless fiddle and anchor-point for safety strap
System for securing crockery in dedicated unit fitted with pegs
2 opening ports in coach-roof side
6 ceiling lights and one spotlight
100 l top-opening 12 V-operated cool-box
75 l freezer available as an option
130 l front-opening 12 V refrigerator
Central hull port
T60 deck hatch
5 ceiling lights and one spotlight
175 l top-opening 12 V-operated cool-box
100 l freezer available as an option
130 l front-opening 12 V refrigerator
Cockpit & Accommodations
Self-draining cockpit, with floor in non-slip polyester
Large size cockpit benches with teak trim.
Safe cockpit coamings with winch areas in teak
Large fixed cockpit table fitted with a teak tray and stainless fiddles with hinged leaves
Seating around the table
A cubby-hole behind each helm console
A rope tub at the entrance to the companionway, as well as 2 rope stowages port and starboard for the genoa sheets
Sliding Plexiglas companionway hatch
Companionway sprayhood (3 brackets) in Dufour Yachts’ colors built in to the coach-roof and fitted with leather covered stainless handrails.
Navigation instrument location above companionway
Gas cylinder locker
Cockpit lighting via dedicated spotlight built in under boom
L-shaped or linear galley
Floors are made of Moabi. (Wenge is available - see pricelist)
Interior woodwork is in first-grade moabi and Wenge
Beadings, trims and cubby-hole door surrounds are in solid wood
Ventilation louvers are fitted at the top of cupboard doors
Interior lighting via numerous ceiling lights and reading lamps
All cushions have easily-removed covers
2 Shower tray
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