The Dufour 412 Grand Large was making its debut at the Southampton Boat Show, where we took a closer look. Watch the First Look Video with Rupert Holmes below.

The Dufour 412 Grand Large is a development of the previous Dufour 410 model, with improvements that have come about as the result of owner feedback. Some of the changes are at the back of the boat, where there's a re-designed stern area which includes provision for an optional barbecue and sink on deck. At the bow there's also a standard sprit for the ground tackle and from which you can fly a code zero and other asymmetric spinnakers. They've moved the gooseneck down, which means that handling the mainsail is much easier because you don't have to stretch miles up the rig to do so..

There's lots of natural light below decks, with big overhead windows, an opening hatch for ventilation and two pairs of side windows. On the starboard side of the saloon they've changed the arrangement so you have a chart table, which folds away when it's not needed to give a full length settee. This would also work well as a full length sea berth and gives more space for lounging in port.


Check out some of our other Dufour reviews: Dufour 350 Grand Large review: classy cruiser and 6 Dufour yachts: from Arpege to Grand Large.

Written by: Rupert Holmes
Rupert Holmes has more than 70,000 miles of offshore cruising and racing experience, in waters ranging from the North Sea to the Southern Ocean and Cape Horn. He writes about all aspects of boat ownership and marine travel, including destinations, seamanship and maintenance, as well as undertaking regular new boat and gear tests. He currently sails around 5,000 miles per year and in the past couple of seasons has cruised from the UK to the Azores, as well as winning his class in the 2014 two-handed Round Britain and Ireland Race. He also owns two yachts, one based in the Mediterranean and the other in the UK.