The 382 is designed to be a smaller version of the Dufour 410 – all the luxury and performance in a smaller package. Space is obviously a priority in this boat and that is obvious when down below.
The deck layout is optimised to ensure that people can move around the boat freely. This is evident in the set up for the headsail. The self-tacking track is recessed and the furler is forward and low down. The cabin top is high but not too wide, this gives plenty of head-room down below while maintaining wide side decks. And the low coaming makes it comfortable to sit while steering.
The Grand Large range is known for luxury and the 382 is no different. The galley runs along the port side and has everything you may need including a double-drawer fridge. The settee is to starboard and could easily sit six, more when the navigation table is dropped down.
The forward berth has double-doors that open inward. There is a large bed and shelving down either side; there is also added storage under the bed and behind the doors. There are two more berths at the back of the boat with more storage.
Because the cabin top is so high, there is plenty of headroom and the natural light pours in through a number of hatches and windows.
There are six layout options for the interior and the boat we tested had the one head/shower with a hanging locker set to starboard of the companionway option. The hardest thing about this boat will be choosing the layout that suits you and your needs as a sailor.
This boat is built for cruising with a side of racing. We went for a sail on Sydney Harbour and the speeds we were reaching were on point for this type of boat. In 16 knots of breeze, we were doing 7 knots with a TWA
of 90°. The boat seems to be optimised to hit the theoretical hull speeds early on most points of sail.
The twin wheels were easy and the helm was able to see all around the harbour – a necessity when sailing amongst ferries and other traffic.
After a quick burn around, the 382 was easy to pack away. We furled the jib, dropped the main into the lazy jacks and were packed up for the day.
The 382 has everything a couple would want to spend a few nights away. There is plenty of room on board to bring the kids – or leave them at home. But the boat will also cater to your afternoon racing crowd; and after the race there is plenty of space to sit back and enjoy a cold beverage.
– Kimberley Wilmot