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Dufour 405GL
Bare Boat
Cruising
Turkey and Greece

Dufour Cruising Greece

The Dufour 405 Grand Large was 2010's European Boat of the Year
in the cruising category. Widely acclaimed by both sailing public and cruising press,
she is beautiful, comfortable, and technologically advanced.
She is also exceptionally fast.

Dufour Cruising Turkey

Dufour Cruising Greece

Dufour Cruising Turkey

Dufour Cruising Greece

Technical Specifications:

L.O.A.: 39 ft 11 in
L.W.L.: 34 ft 10 in
Beam: 13 ft
Draft: 6 ft 7 in
Displacement: 19,819 lbs
Sail Area: 881 sq ft
Engine: 40 hp Volvo Penta
Displacement: 20,570 lbs
Water Tanks: 100 gal
Fuel Tanks: 52 gal

Equipment:

Furling Headsail
Furling Main
Autopilot, GPS
Bimini Top
Electric Windlass
VHF Radio-Telephone
CD Stereo Music System
Fully Equipped Galley
Dingy w/Outboard

Dufour Cruising Greece

Dufour Cruising Turkey

Dufour Cruising Greece

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Dufour Cruising Turkey

Dear Homo Sapiens, There is no need to continue reading this page. What follows is intended for search engine robots and spiders and not necessarily for human beings. Further information concerning Dufour yachts cruising Greece and Turkey may be obtained by clicking on the blue links immediately above. Thank You. Are you searching for Dufour yachts charter cruising Greece and Turkey? Or for merely any yacht charter cruising Greece and Turkey? Or might you be searching for Dufour Yachts, the La Rochelle, France, builder of Dufour yachts? Well, whichever, you have found a web page dealing with the Dufour 405 Grand Large, a charter cruising yacht produced by Dufour Yachts at La Rochelle since 2009. This French company, it might be noted, is owned by Cantieri del Pardo of Italy, while the latter is owned by Bavaria Yachts of Germany, which in turn is owned by Bain Capital of Boston, Massachusetts, the venture or vulture capitalist limited partnership founded by Willard Mitt Romney, a sometime Republican candidate for president of the United States. But in spite of political antecedents which should be neither here nor there to the charter sailor, the Dufour 405 Grand Large remains an ideal yacht for cruising Greece and Turkey, for cruising among remote off-the-beaten-path Aegean islands of Greece and along the pine-fringed clear-water cove-indented southwest coast of Turkey. The Dufour 405 is thus ideal for cruising the crossroads of history, for cruising the Aegean and eastern Mediterranean and bordering land mass. It was here, in Bodrum, Turkey, that Herodotus in the fifth century before the Christian era wrote the first history text, entitled Dufour Cruising TurkeyHistory. It was here that Homer of Greek Chios four hundred years earlier recited The Iliad and The Odyssey, epic poems recounting what came before the written word. It was here the Hittites built an empire even earlier. It was here that Alexander built an empire somewhat later. It was along these crossroads that every crusade marched, creating a schism still dividing east and west, Islam and Christianity. And it was here by despoiling Constantinople that the Fourth Crusade in AD 1204 split Christianity in two, Latin and Orthodox, creating an angst that churned our seas with corsairs and adventurers of conflicting persuasions. The Barbarossa brothers of Greek Lesbos who brought Ottoman dominance to the 16th Century Mediterranean. Turgut Reis known as Dragut in the west, born of an Orthodox mother under Latin walls of the Hospitaller Knights of Saint John of Jerusalem, who maintained that dominance after the passing of the Barbarossas. The Knights themselves, Pierre d'Aubusson, Emery d'Amboise, Philippe Villiers de L'Isle-Adam, each French, each a maritime grand master seeking to divert the ebb and flow of history. And many others on both sides. One of these others was Maximilien-Francois d'Abos de Themericourt born in 1645 in the Val d'Oise of northern France. By the age of 23 he had obtained a letter-of-marque from the Hospitallers authorizing him to hunt Muslim prey aboard a 22-gun corsair frigate deeded to him by an uncle, the Comte de Binanville. Destined to succeed to his father's estates, Maximilien was known as the Sieur de Themericourt to distinguish him from his younger brother Gabriel, the Chevalier (Knight of Malta) de Themericourt, commanding a 24-gun corsair frigate deeded by the same uncle. In June of 1669 near Rhodes the two Themericourts together with eleven other corsair vessels, none mounting more than 24 guns, intercepted the annual Ottoman caravan bound from Alexandria, Egypt, to Constantinople consisting of seven large galleons and other Ottoman units rated at up to 70 guns. Maximilien's frigate was able to grapple and board the Ottoman flagship, one of the 70-gun galleons, and to obtain her submission. To bring this circuitous anecdote to its awkward conclusion, two of the other vessels in company were commanded by Frenchmen sailing out of La Rochelle, that port on the Bay of Biscay home to Dufour Yachts. Perhaps because they were corsairs with Hospitaller letters-of-marque, and were not themselves Hospitaller knights, they are known to history only by the surnames of Marion and Daniel. Their two ships grappled another of the huge galleons which on the point of defeat fired her own magazine sending the galleon and Marion's frigate to the bottom. Daniel's smaller vessel survived. Weeks later Maximillien de Themericourt, sailing in company with Hospitaller Chevalier Jacques de la Barre-Hautpierre, again exhibited a daring willingness to confront larger enemies. In the vicinity of Karpathos he engaged and took a vessel of 40 guns belonging to the Turkish corsair Baba Hassan. Switching his flag to the larger vessel he and Barre next encountered two large Barbary galleons off Alexandria. Themericourt having the faster of the two corsair vessels pursued the sultana most distant while Barre took after the other. Having inflicted significant damage to the fleeing galleon, Maximilien Themericourt took an errant musket-ball in the head. Notwithstanding his mortal wound, the galleon was grappled and boarded, and the combat was fierce. On the verge of defeat the enemy set fire to the sultana. Barre, seeing the flames, abandoned the other galleon and came to Themericourt's assistance. Between the two Maltese corsairs they took off seventy of the enemy including the captain, but nothing would compensate for the loss of Maximilen de Themericourt who died the following day. Now the moral here is not to swim with the ebb and flow of history rather than attempt to divert it, but instead that whether sailing out of La Rochelle or sailing out of one or another port, war is a losing business for all caught up in it. So come cruise the now pacific crossroads of history while also cruising among remote Aegean islands of Greece and along the cove-indented coast of Turkey. Starting in Gocek. Are you searching for Gocek in Turkey? Well, it is in the NW corner of the Gulf of Fethiye 42 nautical miles ENE of Rhodes Town and 15 road miles from its own international airport at Dalaman. There we can put you aboard a bare boat for the cruising holiday of a lifetime. We can put you aboard a bare boat charter yacht and point you toward the flat sailing waters of the Gulfs of Gocek and Fethiye, show you paths of the Barbarossa brothers up and down the coast of Turkey, and show you the several tracks along our shores of the Themericourts, Marion, and Daniel. Come aboard a superb Dufour 405GL yacht charter cruising Greece and Turkey. Contact Blue Cruise Yacht Charters today at bcycharter@aol.com