Offshore Yachting : Offshore Yachting Oct-Nov 2015
DUFOUR GL 560 064 Another option I’d tick for longer voyages is the larger slab mainsail, but the convenience of the in-mast furling on our review boat allows easy sail handling and is ideal for couples. The flat deck with flush hatches, hidden halyards with integrated toe rail is both a seaworthy and comfortable space to work or lounge upon. The integrated bowsprit is an elegant and effective anchor and spinnaker support with a stainless steel spine under the moulded fibreglass where a CQR anchor hangs, controlled by the a Lewmar 1400w vertical windlass with a deep drop in the chain locker. Beside here is A retractable sunbed on the port bench transforms the cockpit, while leaving space to walk through on starboard to the transom where you can barbecue or take an alfresco warm water shower. At the helm, the throttle and thruster controls are placed high, close at hand and there’s an angled bulkhead for housing factory fitted Raymarine plotter screens on each binnacle. SIMPLE SAILPLAN The GL560 has a deck stepped, alloy Z-Spars 9/10th rig from another local La Rochelle company, with in-mast furling Elvstrom mainsail, supported by outboard wire shrouds and double backstays. Mainsheet controls are nearly half-way up the boom where the track runs; so perhaps not ideally placed for best control but are greatly aided by a large alloy vang. Our review boat had a roller jib that ran off the self-tacker but in the variable Med or other tropical waters, an optional Code 0 to fly from the bowsprit would be ideal. There’s also genoa tracks inboard for a bigger working headsail as well. a possible crew/skipper quarters if needed, which is moulded with a manual head and locker space. FLEXIBLE LAYOUTS The galley location forward is a popular idea on larger yachts where it uses the wide beam to create a substantial cooking space with plenty of surrounding bulkheads for whitegoods (including washer-dryer) and the GL560 is a very good example of this. Surrounded by overhead locker space, Isotherm double fridge/ freezer and lots of Corian worktop area, the galley easily allows crew to prepare food. An interior of light oak woodwork is impeccable throughout with deep fiddles and cupboards have gas struts on doors, although the darker Moabi is standard. Quality touches include leather wrapping on stainless handrails, inlaid on the hardwood trim and on the compression post, which is also a useful support in the galley. Abundant natural light flows from the four large skylights that have blinds, nicely finishing off a comfortable relaxing area aboard the GL 560. Accommodation layouts on the GL560 should appeal to families, liveaboard couples and charterers alike thanks to options of three to five cabins available. Our review boat had the owner’s forepeak with island queen-sized double and a separate shower/head but an offset bed is a useful option here that creates a lounge bench area. Storage includes dual hanging lockers along with overhead shelves and small cabinets. For guests, there’s the choice of symmetrical double aft cabins and I’d opt for the port one as it adjoins the bathroom. Being near the companionway and fairly large, the bathroom could also be a useful wet locker as well. Reflecting the beam carried aft on the GL560, the cabins have wide berths and plenty of standing room plus four lockers. Overhead ducted air conditioning would be welcome for tropical cruising, but three opening hatches give natural ventilation as well. In the saloon, the midships cabin should comfortably sleep two adults and there’s storage under the bottom bunk and opening hatches above. LOFTY HEIGHTS From top: The GL 560 cockpit is large and has the sail controls nicely separated from the lounging area; The vast saloon has a movable table and bench plus plenty of natural light from skylights and a stylish rectangular portlight. The review yacht came with four cabins and a private skipper’s berth.
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