Dufour 28 Mezzo
Fin keel

The particularity of this Dufour 28 Mezzo is undoubtedly her accommodations, at a time when there appears aft cabin on smaller and smaller sailboats; the Dufour 28 Mezzo offers 2. The toilet is shifted in front of the saloon and has a lack of headroom. To compensate sinks are arranged in each cabin. To sleep with a 5th crew a smart recess is provided in the bulkhead of the saloon.

Without being a racing boat, it offers good performance especially in the light wind, the hull from Fauroux is efficient with its small wetted surface.

See the Dufour 28 Mezzo's specifications on

Main Features

ModelDufour 28 Mezzo
VersionFin keel
Sailboat typeCruising monohull
DesignerJacques Fauroux
Building years (first/last)1983 / 1988
Number built140
PredecessorDufour 2800
SuccessorDufour 30 Classic
Regulation2eme Cat 6/9 pers
ConstructionMonolithic fiberglass/polyester
Appendage typeTrapezoidal keel
Ballast typeCast iron
Rudder bladeSingle under hull rudder
RudderSingle tiller
Main dimensions
Hull length28.7 ft
Waterline length23.6 ft
Beam over all10.4 ft
Draft5.3 ft
Mast height40.5 ft
Light displacement5997 lbs
Ballast2028 lbs
French customs tonnage6.80 Tx

Rig and sails

Rig typeMasthead Sloop
MastDeck stepped mast
Rig materialMast and boom in Aluminum
Standing rigging material1x19 strand wire
Number of rows of spreader1
Spreader angleNeutral (0°)
Spinnaker typeSymmetrical spinnaker
Upwind sailarea471 ft²
Downwind sailarea471 ft²
Mainsail area166 ft²
Genoa area306 ft²
Jib area194 ft²

PMainsail hoist measurement (from tack to head)

29.5 ft

EMainsail foot measurement (from tack to clew)

10.0 ft

IFore triangle height (from mast foot to fore stay attachement)

34.6 ft

JFore triangle base (from mast foot to bottom of forestay)

11.5 ft

LLGenoa hoist measurement (from tack to head)

35.6 ft

LPGenoa perpendicular measurement from clew to luff.

17.3 ft

SLSymmetrical spinnaker hoist measurement (from tack to head)

34.6 ft

SMWSymmetrical spinnaker width

20.7 ft


Wetted surface179 ft²
Transverse section maximum surface10 ft²
Righting moment @ 1°82 lbs/ft
Ballast ratio33.8 %
Upwind sailarea / displacement173.3 ft²/Ton
Downwind sailarea / displacement173.3 ft²/Ton
HN (French rating)15.0

Auxiliary engine

Type1 x 2001
Engine power1 x 9 hp
Power max (optional)1 x 18 hp
Fuel capacity13.2 gal
Fuel typeDiesel
Transmission typeShaft-line
Propeller typeTwo-blade propeller


Number of cabin2
Number of berth5
Number of shower room1
Fresh water capacity26.4 gal
Fridge/cooler capacity18.5 gal
Headroom max6.0 ft
Headroom shower room5.4 ft
Headroom5.7 ft
Table dimensions4.7 x 3.1 x 2.0 ft
Length of berth6.3 ft
Width of berth*1.7 ft
Fore cabin
Headroom4.6 ft
Aft cabin
Headroom5.4 ft
Length of berth6.2 ft
Width of berth*4.3 / 2.5 ft
*Maximal width : at head

Based on specification1988

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