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by nicknack
Fri Aug 03, 2012 1:16 pm
Forum: Common Discussion - Dufour Grand Large & Dufour Performance Series
Topic: Water in the Bilge Part 2
Replies: 19
Views: 22881

water in the bilge

I had water in the bilge too - but not from the tank. The red plastic hot water pipe from the tank developed a pinhole just next to the compression fitting. When the pump operated a fine jet squirted into the tank compartment and thence into the bilge (easily resolved as there was just enough "spare...
by nicknack
Fri Aug 03, 2012 1:12 pm
Forum: Common Discussion - Dufour Grand Large & Dufour Performance Series
Topic: Inner Forestay
Replies: 9
Views: 11782

Inner forestay

I have a jockey pole 3.5m long on my GL325. I use the inner forestay as an uphaul to support the outer end of the pole when goosewinged.

I have also used it, of course, to take the storm jib.
by nicknack
Tue Jul 19, 2011 1:42 pm
Forum: Common Tecnical Issues - Dufour Grand Large & Dufour Performance Series
Topic: Sea Water Filters
Replies: 13
Views: 13270

water filters

I was always suspicious that my Dufour (built 2008) had no water filter fitted and of Volvo's assertion that the sail drive is sufficient. Having followed the comments in this forum I had a Vetus filter fitted last winter. Looking closely at the engine while stormbound on a mooring in Alderney last ...
by nicknack
Fri Jun 03, 2011 1:08 pm
Forum: Common Tecnical Issues - Dufour Grand Large & Dufour Performance Series
Topic: Shakewell seacocks problems
Replies: 2
Views: 5507

There is a great deal of fuss in the current yachting press about Dufour (and other manufacturers) installing brass through-hull fittings and seacocks in lieu of bronze, DZR or Marelon. You may be able to pick up "Yachting Monthly" online?
by nicknack
Fri Jun 03, 2011 12:59 pm
Forum: Common Tecnical Issues - Dufour Grand Large & Dufour Performance Series
Topic: Thru Hull Fittings
Replies: 21
Views: 27202

Through hull fittings

How old was your boat when you replaced the thru hull fittings?
by nicknack
Mon Feb 28, 2011 10:08 am
Forum: Common Tecnical Issues - Dufour Grand Large & Dufour Performance Series
Topic: Dufour fenders
Replies: 1
Views: 3667

Dufour fenders

Dufour supplied 6 fenders with my new 325 GL 2 years ago.

A couple have gone soft and need re-inflating.

However, the valves are very small and appear to be permanently sealed.

Has anybody any ideas how I can pump then up again?
by nicknack
Mon Sep 20, 2010 1:21 pm
Forum: Common Discussion - Dufour Grand Large & Dufour Performance Series
Topic: first season with our new GL 325
Replies: 4
Views: 7348

Third season in 325!

I agree with what you say. I reckon though that the upwind peerformance in stronger winds is due to the very shallow entry at the front rather than the vertical bow (when you clean the log impeller you will notice that the fitting is only a few cm below the waterline). Sailing in the Solent and Chan...
by nicknack
Tue Aug 24, 2010 1:46 pm
Forum: Common Tecnical Issues - Dufour Grand Large & Dufour Performance Series
Topic: Genoa sheet hooked on deck cable pipe?
Replies: 4
Views: 5715

Genoa sheet hooked on deck cable pipe?

On my 325 GL there is a chrome plated inverted J pipe on deck positioned just forward of the mast step to take cables from the masthead to below the deck. There is a tendency for the lazy genoa sheet to become accidentally "hooked" on this fitting when tacking, especially in a strong breeze? Has any...
by nicknack
Mon Aug 16, 2010 4:52 pm
Forum: Common Tecnical Issues - Dufour Grand Large & Dufour Performance Series
Topic: Chain twist
Replies: 2
Views: 4054

Chain twist

We had similar problems on our 325 when we bought a windlass earlier this year. The agent (Marco Marine) recommended letting out all the chain on to the pontoon, laying it out flat and then using the windlass to rewind it - three times! This appears to have worked OK for us the theory being that the...
by nicknack
Fri May 21, 2010 1:52 pm
Forum: Common Discussion - Dufour Grand Large & Dufour Performance Series
Topic: Foothold
Replies: 2
Views: 5394

This was one reason why I ordered wheel steering on my 325! However, I have seen a similar sized boat with an "H frame" in the cockpit. The two "uprights" of the H are hardwood (or aluminium tube) with chamois leather covered ends made to lie across the cockpit about 150mm up from the floor. The hel...
by nicknack
Tue Feb 09, 2010 2:20 pm
Forum: Common Equipment - Dufour Grand Large & Dufour Performance Series
Topic: Anchor size
Replies: 3
Views: 5916

Hi, we had a new Dufour GL 325 in August 2008. It came from Dufour with a 16kg Delta anchor and legth of 10mm chain supplied as standard. Both anchor and chain are on the heavy side but hold very well. But, this makes a very heavy load to haul in when winds are strong without a windlass - which is w...
by nicknack
Wed Jan 20, 2010 3:27 pm
Forum: Common Discussion - Dufour Grand Large & Dufour Performance Series
Topic: new GL 325
Replies: 1
Views: 5044

New Grand Large 325

Hi Skipper We bought a new Dufour GL 325 in August 2008 and so far have completed nearly 2000 miles including several trips from UK to France and Channel Isles. My (50kg) wife and I mainly sail it together and are delighted with the performance, ease of handling and accommodation. We have sailed it ...
by nicknack
Mon Dec 07, 2009 2:12 pm
Forum: Common Tecnical Issues - Dufour Grand Large & Dufour Performance Series
Topic: Warning - Engine Hoses
Replies: 5
Views: 7682

Engine hoses

Many thanks for all the advice on this excellent forum. Because of the threads on this topic I have carefully monitored the condition of the engine hoses on my Dufour 325 since taking delivery in August 2008. In my case the hoses lasted just 157 hours, the bottom one bursting above the impeller just...
by nicknack
Tue May 19, 2009 2:39 pm
Forum: Common Discussion - Dufour Grand Large & Dufour Performance Series
Topic: GL 325
Replies: 5
Views: 11113

Dufour 325 GL

V I bought one last year and, as an ex racing dinghy sailor, have been delighted with the sailing performance. To windward it points as close as 35 degrees to the wind in wind speeds up to 12 knots. Tthe wide stern means the boat doesn't heel much to windward but acts like a skimming dish downwind -...