“Grand Cruiser” version, (top of the Dufour Classic range), with deep,100 percent lead keel.
“Alexa” was shown, and purchased, at the Earls Court Boat Show, UK, in 1997. She was virtually un-used in her first three years of ownership, based in Weymouth Marina. In her second and current ownership she was briefly cruised out of Chichester, then was substantially improved and fitted out for the 2003 ARC. Since she completed the ARC she has been kept in Trinidad and Grenada, and used for six week annual vacations in the Grenadines, (so overall usage as been relatively low). She has been cared for by Island Dreams Yacht Management, is laid up in a cradle in Grenada Marine in the hurricane season, and was based at Le Phare Bleu Marina when in commission. She is currently completely set up for tropical sailing, and blue water voyaging.
She is now lying in St Martin for your viewing pleasure. 300 flights a month from 90 cities in the continental US and 40 flights a month from Europe make duty free St Marten the preferred purchase destination in the Caribbean.!
“Alexa” was significantly upgraded and improved prior to her Atlantic crossing and those improvements and differences to the stock Dufour Classic 41 are listed in the full specs.
The Dufour 41 Classic was manufactured at a time just before the main French yacht production builders focused on economies of production, and the quality shows, with solid mahogany cappings and double skinned doors. For those not familiar with the class, it’s important to stress that the Dufour is a relatively light and very fast 41 footer, with high aspect ratio keel and rudder. As a contemporary Yachting World test said, “She spins on a sixpence and accelerates out of tacks”. This particular model has the deep, full lead keel which makes an enormous difference to her pointing ability and stability in a sloppy sea. She is stiff and sea kindly.
“Alexa” is very much a cruising boat and has only been raced twice. In 2005 she came 2nd overall in the non-spinnaker cruising class in Tobago Sail Regatta, with two wins and two seconds. In 2011 she entered in the South Grenada Regatta, (non-spinnaker cruiser class), and won every race - outstripping a Swan 47 and a Beneteau 50. All owners say their boats are fast and beautiful to sail - those results speak for themselves!
Dimesions: French Safety Rating : Category A – “Ocean Going”
LOA. 40.5’ feet 12.7m
LWL 32.8 9.9
Beam 13.1 3.6
Draft 6.4 1.9
Disp 16,540 lbs 7,500 kg
Ballast 5,531 2,500
Fuel: 50 gallons, in a stainless tank under port aft cabin
Fresh water: 150 gallons, (of which 50 gallons comprise an additonal Plastimo flexible tank located in starboard aft void)
Opening hatch, with blind. Small opening hatch aft. Upper side shelves, large double berth with Natural Mat Company bed (expensive, replaced standard foam mattress). Large hanging locker and shelved locker unit. Headboard (and locker underneath) fitted by Northshore Yachts, (the standard design was poor). 3x 12v lights and Hella electric fan
Ensuite to forepeak. Small overhead hatch, mirror, stainless grabrail, lockers, vanity unit with pressurised hot and cold water, electric pump-out and shower tray. PARR ITT seatoilet (2011)
Note; three-way valve that connects heads outflow to a 30 litre waste holding tank
Saloon and Galley :
Two large opening hatches with blinds, three side ports (two which open). Clock and barometer. Shelves and lockers large lateral galley to port, with saloon table and island seat to starbard. Top opening Nau-t-Kol water cooled fridge (2009 and substantially replaced 2012). Two burner stove
with grill/oven. Double stainless sink with hot and cold fresh water, and pressurised salt water tap. Three Hella electric fans. Range of 12v lighting options, with blue low level lights and 12v dimmers. Hot water Calorifier located under settee to starboard
Large forward facing chart table, shelved lockers and electronic/instrument panel outboard. Stowage under chart table with a further three drawers below. Storage under navigators seat. 12v chart table light. Red LED light over chart table for night passages (another over galley)
Aft (guest) heads:
Opening port outboard. Mirror, stainless grabrail, lockers, vanity unit with pressurised hot and cold water, electric pump-out and shower tray. PARR ITT seatoilet (2011). Oilskins hanging locker to aft end of heads. 3 12v lights
Aft cabins (two)
Both with double berths, hanging lockers, shelves over the berths, 12v lights( x2), and Hella electric fans. Both have opening ports to cockpit and to outboard, with additional ports, (for additional light), installed by Northshore Yachts,UK.
GRP hull and superstructure
Interior trim of mahogany faced playwood, with solid mahogany cappings. Exterior trim of teak
Volvo/Perkins MD22 50 hp, freshwater cooled driving a three blade Variprop through a saildrive (gaiter replaced 2005). Engine bay light, engine blower system, etc The engine is fully serviced annually, (often with less than 20 hours usage a season), and has a number of upgrades, including a Racor Turbo primary fuel filter. The timing belt was replaced in 2010 as a precaution. Morse controls in cockpit with gear shifter cable replaced 2006 and throttle cable replaced 2012, and alternator belt changed 2013, (all as precautions)
BATTERIES AND CHARGING SYSTEMS
Balmar 105 amp alternator charging (55 amps standard) through a Balmar Maxcharge intelligent charger, and monitored by a. There are x3 110 amp house batteries, (2 were standard), and a 110amp starter battery. Shore power fitted, (x2 220v outlets) with a Quick 60amp charger (25 amp standard). (The shore power is connected to a calorifier tank for fresh water heating when the engine is not in use). Additonally, “Alexa” has an Eclectic Energy D400 hi-output wind generator (2009) pole mounted on stern, and a Honda 2 kw “suitcase” generator for when the wind fails in the anchorage. (In additon there are x4 60 watt flexible solar panels, and an Ampair towing generator for Ocean usage, stowed below)
NAVIGATION AND ELECTRONICS
Navigation and Electronoics
Raymarine ST6000 autopilot
Raymarine ST 50 wind, depth, log instruments
Raymarine RC 400 Colour Chart plotter (Mounted at binnacle over wheel)
Simrad VHF radio
Icom Single Side Band radio
Link 20 battery condition monitor
Pioneer stere/radio with two cabin speakers
Raymarine EPIRB (2010)
Stainless pulpit, pushpit, stanchions and guardwires (2005) Substantial upgrade to pushpit made byNorhshore Yacts,UK, prior to Transatlantic in 2003
Spade 20Kg anchor with Lofrans Cayman 88 1,000 watt windlass. 50 metres of chain (2009) with additional 50 metres of warp
Shower in transom
Sprayhood and bimini (recovered 2009) with an in-fill between the two.
Fitted (navy) cockpit sea cushions
Danbouy with light, Lifesling, JonBouy inflating lifebouy system with light, 6-man Plastomo liferaft in cannister, (serviced 2009) in cradle on foredeck, cockpit mounted manual bilge pump with electric bilge pump below, emergency tiller, Lifejackets and harnesses for 4. Folding boarding/swimming ladder on transom. Three dry powder extinguishers, (serviced 2011). Drogue, plus (bow launched) 20-foot para-anchor with 300 feet of 22mm nylon warp. All seacocks replaced 2011/12
DECK HARDWARE AND STEERING
Profurl roller reefing, Lewmar genoa tracks with plunger adjusted cars, Lewmar mainsheet track, 2x Lewmar 48 2-speed self tailing genoa winches, 2x Lewmar 40 2-speed spinnaker sheet winches, 2x Lewmar 2-speed self tailing halyard winches. Spinnaker pole and whisker pole, (for poling out jibs for downwind ocean sailing)
Whitlock wheel system, (wheel recovered in hide 2011), with attached whitlock cockpit table. Emergency tiller stowed under aft cabin
COOKING GAS SYSTEM
Cooking Gas system
Original Camping Gaz bottle(s) replaced (2011) by transparent 10kg resin gas bottle stowed under helmsmans seat, with overboard drain. (Doesn’t rust, better gas pressure, see gas level at a glance). Flexible hoses at bottle cooker replaced 2012. Additional gas shut-off at galley
DINGY AND OUTBOARD
11 footWalkerBayroll-up dinghy (2010), with a Mercury 5hp (2011) They come with dinghy boading ladder, bilge pump, and bridle for hoisting on spinnaker halyard at night in areas where theft is a possibility. The 5hp outboard has a separate 3 gallon fuel tank, and additonal fuel storage is provided. There is a St Croix outboard hoist, positioned by one of the two outboard brackets, (this can be collapsed and stowed when not required)
“Alexa” will be sold with all cruising equipment. This will include all cushions, cutlery, pots and pans and galley equipment, cockpit cushions, bed linen, spares and manuals, 12v/220v inverter (for charging computers etc) WIFI antennae and so forth. The list is to vast to include here, but absolutey nothing will be need to be added forCaribbeancrusing - and very little for Ocean crossings!
SIGNIFICANT DIFFERENCES AND UPGRADES FROM STANDARD SPEC.
Teak decks, deep 100% lead keel
Spinnaker gear as well as pole and whisker pole
Removable inner forestay, with yankee jib (both stowed below).
Profurl furler, (to replace stock - and ghastly - Facnor)
Stack-Pack with (Doyle) fully battened mainsail, and roller genoa, (2011)
Waste holding tank with macerator
Modified joinery in forepeak to provide headboard
The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.