Dufour Yachts unveils 49-foot sailboat

French manufacturer Dufour Yachts introduced its 520 Grand Large sailboat.
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The new Dufour 520 Grand Large features a two-level aft swim platform that integrates into the stern when not in use.

The new Dufour 520 Grand Large features a two-level aft swim platform that integrates into the stern when not in use.

French manufacturer Dufour Yachts introduced its 520 Grand Large sailboat, the last model of the range that will be presented in September at the Cannes Yachting Festival.

“We wanted to develop and enrich the fundamentals of a sailing yacht: functionality, comfort and security,” Dufour chairman Salvatore Serio said in a statement.

Dufour worked with naval architect Umberto Felci to develop the 520 Grand Large, which measures 49.4 feet overall with a 15.7-foot beam and a displacement of 33,609.5 pounds. An owner can choose from two belowdecks layouts, one with three staterooms and a Pulman lounge and one with four cabins and a pullout. The saloon has a table that can be electrically set in three positions and the private heads have the amenities of home including showers.

Highlights include color-coded spray hood, bimini top and lazy bag and a new top hatch that lets extra light into the cabin area. The cockpit is closed off with aft seats that hide the barbecue and sink and a table on stainless-steel legs hides a 1.4-cubic foot refrigerator. The helm has full instrumentation and a back cushion. Aft, the Dufour 520 Grand Large has a two-level swim platform that lowers to the water’s surface.

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