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Seller's Description

Documented; 12 years salt water; 36 years fresh water; solid, excellent sailing, French-built boat.

Wind Dancer spent her first nine years sailing on Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence Seaway. The next 12 years she sailed out of City Island, New York City; on Long Island Sound; Down East to Block Island, Marthas Vineyard, Cape Cod, Boston and Maine. She returned to Lake Ontario in 1996 and cruised to the many ports around the lake, down the St. Lawrence, canalling to Lake Champlain, and back to Ontario by canals. I have solo sailed her on the ocean and the lake but mostly with one to five crew members.

Accommodations: Sleeps six: two in V-berth, two on port and single on starboard in main cabin, and the starboard quarter berth. Dining table, chart table with storage, head, hanging closets and shelves, bookshelves, galley with propane stove, two ice chests, sink, counter, cupboards. Dufour plates, glasses, silverware, cooking utensils. Holding tank :14 gallons. Water:40 gallons, 20 port & stbd under main cabin settees. Reading lights over main cabin berths.

Sails: Main, 150 furling genoa (UV on leach replaced 2023), spinnaker.

Equipment: Three anchors (Danforth, Plow and Bruce), two new deep cycle Interstate batteries (2023), custom winter cover (2021), electric bilge pump, upgraded cowl ventilators, stainless tubing over ventilators, special boat hook, six person Avon Life Raft. Life jackets. New main and jib sheets, and topping lift. Jib cockpit winches, mainsheet winch, mast and boom winches.

Instruments: Depth finder, anemometer, Garmin 7 GPS, Garmin Handheld GPS, ship’s radio, handheld marine radio, CPT auto pilot. Knot meter, but not working, Fuel gauge, heat gauge, pedestal with compass and grab bar.

Other: New Bottom paint (2023) New heavy-duty boom 2023. The original boom was too lightweight and over the years, metal fatigue caused her to break in half while beating out of the St. Lawrence River. Charts & Guidebooks. Dock lines, cockpit cushions, nine fenders. Needs some touch up paint on topsides.

Wind Dancer is a two-owner boat. I purchased her in 1984 and at 95-years-of-age in 2023, I am slowing down. She is a lot of boat for the money.



Michel Dufour
Dufour Yachts
# Built


Length Overall
33 0 / 10.1 m
Waterline Length
25 5 / 7.8 m
10 0 / 3.1 m
6 0 / 1.8 m
11,400 lb / 5,171 kg
4,000 lb / 1,814 kg

Rig and Sails

Reported Sail Area
516′² / 47.9 m²
Total Sail Area
516′² / 48 m²
Sail Area
220′² / 20.4 m²
38 2 / 11.6 m
11 6 / 3.5 m
Air Draft
Sail Area
296′² / 27.5 m²
43 7 / 13.3 m
13 7 / 4.2 m
Forestay Length
45 8 / 13.9 m

Auxilary Power

Volvo Penta
MD 28
Fuel Type
Fuel Capacity
Engine Hours


Water Capacity
Holding Tank Capacity


Hull Speed
7.0 kn
Classic: 6.76 kn

Hull Speed

The theoretical maximum speed that a displacement hull can move efficiently through the water is determined by it's waterline length and displacement. It may be unable to reach this speed if the boat is underpowered or heavily loaded, though it may exceed this speed given enough power. Read more.


Classic hull speed formula:

Hull Speed = 1.34 x √LWL

A more accurate formula devised by Dave Gerr in The Propeller Handbook replaces the Speed/Length ratio constant of 1.34 with a calculation based on the Displacement/Length ratio.

Max Speed/Length ratio = 8.26 ÷ Displacement/Length ratio.311
Hull Speed = Max Speed/Length ratio x √LWL

7.0 knots
Classic formula: 6.76 knots
Sail Area/Displacement
16-20: good performance

Sail Area / Displacement Ratio

A measure of the power of the sails relative to the weight of the boat. The higher the number, the higher the performance, but the harder the boat will be to handle. This ratio is a "non-dimensional" value that facilitates comparisons between boats of different types and sizes. Read more.


SA/D = SA ÷ (D ÷ 64)2/3

  • SA: Sail area in square feet, derived by adding the mainsail area to 100% of the foretriangle area (the lateral area above the deck between the mast and the forestay).
  • D: Displacement in pounds.
<16: under powered
16-20: good performance
>20: high performance
<40: less stiff, less powerful

Ballast / Displacement Ratio

A measure of the stability of a boat's hull that suggests how well a monohull will stand up to its sails. The ballast displacement ratio indicates how much of the weight of a boat is placed for maximum stability against capsizing and is an indicator of stiffness and resistance to capsize.


Ballast / Displacement * 100

<40: less stiff, less powerful
>40: stiffer, more powerful
275-350: heavy

Displacement / Length Ratio

A measure of the weight of the boat relative to it's length at the waterline. The higher a boat’s D/L ratio, the more easily it will carry a load and the more comfortable its motion will be. The lower a boat's ratio is, the less power it takes to drive the boat to its nominal hull speed or beyond. Read more.


D/L = (D ÷ 2240) ÷ (0.01 x LWL)³

  • D: Displacement of the boat in pounds.
  • LWL: Waterline length in feet
<100: ultralight
100-200: light
200-300: moderate
300-400: heavy
>400: very heavy
Comfort Ratio
20-30: coastal cruiser

Comfort Ratio

This ratio assess how quickly and abruptly a boat’s hull reacts to waves in a significant seaway, these being the elements of a boat’s motion most likely to cause seasickness. Read more.


Comfort ratio = D ÷ (.65 x (.7 LWL + .3 LOA) x Beam1.33)

  • D: Displacement of the boat in pounds
  • LWL: Waterline length in feet
  • LOA: Length overall in feet
  • Beam: Width of boat at the widest point in feet
<20: lightweight racing boat
20-30: coastal cruiser
30-40: moderate bluewater cruising boat
40-50: heavy bluewater boat
>50: extremely heavy bluewater boat
Capsize Screening
<2.0: better suited for ocean passages

Capsize Screening Formula

This formula attempts to indicate whether a given boat might be too wide and light to readily right itself after being overturned in extreme conditions. Read more.


CSV = Beam ÷ ³√(D / 64)

  • Beam: Width of boat at the widest point in feet
  • D: Displacement of the boat in pounds
<2: better suited for ocean passages
>2: better suited for coastal cruising

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