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One of the major sailboat manufacturer worldwide

Established more than 50 years ago on the Atlantic Coast, Dufour Yachts plays an important role in the region and is one of the main employers in La Rochelle.

With a production capacity of more than 18.000 m² and 420 full-time employees, Dufour Yachts counts among the biggest shipyards in the world.

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History

In 1957, young engineer Michel Dufour discovers this new material: polyester. While he is sailing regatta, he’s also studying sailboats, rules gauge and hydrodynamic. From here was born the idea of building a polyester boat. In 1964, Michel Dufour starts by designing a transportable sailboat, "The Sylph". To build it, he takes all the financial risk, rent a hangar and launch the "Sylph" under the name of his new company « Le Stratifié industriel ».

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Design

The famous Italian naval architect Umberto Felci and the designers of Dufour Yachts work in very close cooperation to get hulls of the very best quality. The worldwide reputation of our yachts does not need to be reminded.

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Production

100% made in France, all Dufour Yachts models are thinked, designed and produced in La Rochelle, in the company headquarters. With near 400 sailboats built by year, Dufour Yachts controls the whole supply chain, from the project development to expedition, passing from the mounting and wood work.

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