DU­FOUR 360

Yachting Monthly - - ADVENTURE -

THE TEST VERDICT

There is so much on this boat that is right. She is a de­light­fully easy-to-sail cruiser with a great cock­pit lay­out, a light and spa­cious saloon and open fore­cabin. In the two-cabin ver­sion, you get a boat with loads of deck stowage, a big heads com­part­ment, a de­cent fixed for­ward-fac­ing chart ta­ble and a good sea berth to star­board in the saloon that can be used with­out the nav­i­ga­tor in­ter­rupt­ing your sleep. You’ll also have a large cock­pit locker.

There were some is­sues with the three-cabin ver­sion, the star­board aft cabin’s lack of legroom and its us­abil­ity for adults be­ing the main gripe. Vir­tu­ally all of this boat’s flaws can be reme­died by opting for the two-cabin, six/seven-berth ver­sion, but you could live with the com­pro­mises for a boat that will sleep up to nine peo­ple. Ac­cess to the pri­mary fuel fil­ter was also dif­fi­cult, but this could be re­lo­cated. Bet­ter light­ing in the gal­ley would be nice too.

WOULD SHE SUIT YOU AND YOUR CREW?

She sails well, and while those who know what to do with a main­sheet track might miss it, most won’t, and she is sim­ple to sail. Un­der power, she’s eas­ier to han­dle in tight spa­ces thanks to her deep sin­gle rud­der that catches plenty of prop­wash.

The con­struc­tion meth­ods might be a bit util­i­tar­ian for some. For those who can look past these de­tails, how­ever, she of­fers a sim­ple-to-sail coastal cruiser that will get you and your friends or fam­ily on the wa­ter and pro­vide the plat­form for some won­der­ful sum­mer cruises. In the two-cabin ver­sion, she would be ideal for a cou­ple to take one, two or more friends sail­ing, while the three-cabin ver­sion will be pop­u­lar for char­ter and for those who are happy with the com­pro­mises to fit in an ex­tra dou­ble cabin.

This boat is avail­able to char­ter from Univer­sal Yacht­ing on the Ham­ble, giv­ing you the op­por­tu­nity to try be­fore you buy

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