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by TimOnders
Tue Jul 16, 2019 4:35 am
Forum: Common Tecnical Issues - Dufour Grand Large & Dufour Performance Series
Topic: Generator
Replies: 4
Views: 1870

Re: Generator

Point taken. Totally depends on your boating profile. Around here, we tend not to have long stretches of motoring during most of your cruise. So, the most frequent need for power generation (absent solar panels or a wind generator) is at anchor. At anchor (or under way under sail), I'd rather have a...
by TimOnders
Tue Jul 16, 2019 4:19 am
Forum: Common Discussion - Dufour Grand Large & Dufour Performance Series
Topic: Main Sail Identification
Replies: 2
Views: 494

Re: Main Sail Identification

Sail numbers are normally assigned by the national racing authority (e.g. US Sailing in the US). You don't usually need to have the boat measured to have sail numbers assigned (particularly since boats may be rated under a variety of different rating systems). There are also one-design classes out t...
by TimOnders
Sun Jun 10, 2018 2:56 am
Forum: Common Tecnical Issues - Dufour Grand Large & Dufour Performance Series
Topic: Replacement Batteries for GL410
Replies: 5
Views: 1820

I'm not sure about the GL410, but had a heck of a time finding replacement batteries for my D34P a while back. I eventually found the correct battery size (Group 34) and I went with Odyssey batteries (they used to OEM for Sears). The TPPL design charges quickly and has a better rated lifetime than a...
by TimOnders
Thu May 10, 2018 4:02 am
Forum: Common Tecnical Issues - Dufour Grand Large & Dufour Performance Series
Topic: Generator
Replies: 4
Views: 1870

The auxiliary engine isn't a particularly good option for power generation if other options are available. First, the belt-driven accessories won't provide enough load on the engine. Running diesels at light load is both bad for wear and likely to build internal carbon deposits. Second, your aux eng...
by TimOnders
Thu May 10, 2018 3:49 am
Forum: Common Discussion - Dufour Grand Large & Dufour Performance Series
Topic: Interior plywood
Replies: 3
Views: 2556

Moabi is also sold as African Pearwood. It seems to be more readily available in Europe and the east coast of the US.

Cheers,
Tim
by TimOnders
Thu May 10, 2018 3:47 am
Forum: Common Discussion - Dufour Grand Large & Dufour Performance Series
Topic: Dufour 40E /405 Gl 2013
Replies: 3
Views: 1502

It's not that it was mounted incorrectly - it just falls out. We've been fiddling with ours for 14 years and haven't found a permanent solution yet. I'm about to try yet another adhesive on ours. It's a flexible contact cement used in aviation applications which will supposedly hold plastic and meta...
by TimOnders
Sat Dec 23, 2017 1:32 am
Forum: Common Equipment - Dufour Grand Large & Dufour Performance Series
Topic: D34 solar panels
Replies: 2
Views: 1478

Hi Angus,

If you mount panels in that location, you will need to adjust the boom to avoid putting any shade on the panels while charging. For most panels, shade on any part of the panel will reduce the performance of the entire panel.

Best,
Tim
by TimOnders
Wed Nov 22, 2017 2:53 am
Forum: Common Discussion - Dufour Grand Large & Dufour Performance Series
Topic: Interior plywood
Replies: 3
Views: 2556

I haven't found the plywood, but I did make a new panel using marine plywood and veneer. I couldn't find Moabi veneer near me, but got a pretty good match with a mahogany veneer and the right stain.
by TimOnders
Mon Jul 31, 2017 4:22 am
Forum: Common Equipment - Dufour Grand Large & Dufour Performance Series
Topic: Refrigerator Hinges - DP34
Replies: 1
Views: 1635

I don't know (all the hinges on the Dufour seem to be unusual), but I'd be interested in knowing if you find out.

That said I'd consider some other way of attaching the hinges if possible. The screws really don't hold well enough given the weigh of the lid.

Cheers,
Tim
by TimOnders
Mon Jul 31, 2017 4:20 am
Forum: Common Tecnical Issues - Dufour Grand Large & Dufour Performance Series
Topic: 2004 D34 Standing Rigging Type?
Replies: 1
Views: 1501

2004 D34 Standing Rigging Type?

We are going to be replacing the standing rigging on our 2004 (2003 build) D34 soon. The current rig is original and now has over 32,000 NM on it. While I'm sure I can figure it out with the rigger next time I'm over at the boat, does anyone know if Dufour used Dyform or regular 1x19 wire for the ri...
by TimOnders
Sat May 14, 2016 10:42 pm
Forum: Common Tecnical Issues - Dufour Grand Large & Dufour Performance Series
Topic: Small Parts Source
Replies: 8
Views: 4486

Unfortunately, the bumpers from the lazarette hatches and companionway hatch aren't 3M parts. They don't even have anything close. In both cases, height is a critical dimension so that the hatches align to lock. The lazarette bumpers are roughly 17mm and the companionway ones are 21mm. The companion...
by TimOnders
Fri May 13, 2016 5:58 pm
Forum: Common Tecnical Issues - Dufour Grand Large & Dufour Performance Series
Topic: Small Parts Source
Replies: 8
Views: 4486

The bow roller I'm going to have turned (as soon as I get a chance to document the profile). I've found a couple of shops that will do such a small job inexpensively. For the hatch bumpers, I'm probably going to try making a mold and see if a silicone casting will work. The dealer in British Columbi...
by TimOnders
Fri May 13, 2016 5:52 pm
Forum: Common Tecnical Issues - Dufour Grand Large & Dufour Performance Series
Topic: Bootstripe material
Replies: 6
Views: 3516

Joe, I'm assuming that's Northstar in Portsmouth? I've found new boat dealers in general (at least in the US) are of questionable service quality once they have their commission. We've often gone through a variety of different dealers (usually in Canada or Europe) whenever we needed parts or informa...
by TimOnders
Tue Apr 12, 2016 5:42 pm
Forum: Common Tecnical Issues - Dufour Grand Large & Dufour Performance Series
Topic: Isolation between Engine and the 130S saildrive on 375GL
Replies: 14
Views: 13284

You may also just be experiencing high current flow in the water. Our sail drive is properly isolated and we have a galvanic isolator, but the zincs on the prop and drive still go pretty quickly. If there is current flow through the water, it can still cause problems. At that point, the best you can...
by TimOnders
Fri Apr 08, 2016 4:54 pm
Forum: Common Discussion - Dufour Grand Large & Dufour Performance Series
Topic: Electrical Panel on Dufour 405GL 2011
Replies: 4
Views: 3538

They are either AMP or Molex connectors. There should be part markings somewhere on the nylon. The difference is mainly in the keying (the flats on the nylon). Pins are sized both by pin diameter and by wire size, so make sure you get the right combination. They have a bigger variety of these connec...