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"Whisper of Colne", Dufour 40 Lying  Essex

Sails and Deck Gear
Nav Station
Aft Cabins
Aft Heads


Whisper of Colne is a Dufour 40  launched in 2004. Moulded using the latest Hi-Tech vacuum-bag techniques with PVC Foam and fibre glass and Twaron aramid fibres produces a lightweight hull of immense strength. The laminated stringer system reinforced with Twaron ensures a Perfect spread of the load throughout the entire structure.

The Lead keel is fixed with Stainless Steel keel bolts.

Approximate Dimensions

Length Overall  40ft 6ins 12.32m
Length on Deck  39ft 5ins 12m
Waterline Length  35ft 4ins 10.74m
Beam  12ft 8ins 3.9m
Draft  6ft 10ins 2.1m
Sail Area 960sq ft 89sq m
Displacement  7.2 tons 7,300kg
Ballast 2.66tons 2,700kg


RCD CE Category A - Ocean
Currently MCA Coded Cat 2 for charter  - some safety equipment will be removed, prior to sale for transfer to new craft. All equipment listed below will be included in the sale.

Rig, Sails and Spars

7/8ths sloop rig
Anodised Aluminium spars 
Anodised Aluminium spinnaker pole
Stainless steel standing rigging
Dynema running rigging
Quantum Mainsail in Pentex  2006
Slab reefing on mainsail
Cruising mainsail Quantum (2004)
Mainsail cover

Quantum Genoa, white, laminated Pentex (2006)
Cruising Genoa Quantum (2004)
Facnor headsail furling
Quantum Spinnaker (2005)

6 x Self tailing winches

Deck Equipment

Delta anchor with 10m chain + warp

Electric anchor windlass

Steering wheel cover

Plastimo Olympic 135 steering compass
Deck mop
Boat hook
Cockpit cushions
Cockpit shower

General Equipment

Gimballed Gas cooker with pan clamps and safety bar
Pots, pans and cutlery included.
Large chest refrigerator 12Volt. 
Pressurised hot and cold water to galley and both heads/showers.
Hot water from engine calorifier and immersion heater when shore power available.

Eberspacher diesel fired warm air heating 

Engine and Mechanics

Volvo D2 4-cylinder 55hp diesel on to a Saildrive 

three-bladed folding propeller.


Diesel 160 litres
Water 350 litres

Electrics / Electronics


3 x 12Volt Batteries
Shore power installation
115/230Volts AC to 12Volt 25Amp DC battery charger

Comprehensive switch and meter panel 


Raymarine C120 combined Radar and Chart plotter display
ICS Nav 6 Navtex

Simrad RD 68 DSC VHV Radio telephone

Raymarine C60 Wind, close hauled wind, tridata log, depth and speed indicator and universal graphic displays


Raymarine ST 202 big display at mast with remote control
Raymarine ST6001 Autopilot


See-Me radar target enhancer


Oregon Scientific clock / barometer / weather station
Stereo Radio / CD player

Cockpit light
Navigation lights
Deck lights

Safety Gear


2 x lifebelts with lights and drogues
Boarding ladder


Fire extinguishers in each cabin
Fire blanket
Manual bilge pump
Electric bilge pump

Smoke alarms in each cabin

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For further details or to arrange to view, please contact
Adrian  Espin at: - Astonbury Marine Services 
19 Colne Road, Brightlingsea, Essex, CO7 0DL  Tel: 01206 305 996  or +44 1206 305 996
or email to:
In this case we are acting as Brokers only. The Vendor is not selling in the course of a business. Whilst every care has been taken in their preparation, the correctness of these particulars is not guaranteed. The particulars are intended only as a guide and they do not constitute a term of any contract. A prospective buyer is strongly advised to check the particulars and, where appropriate, to have the vessel fully surveyed and inspected, sea trialled and opened up.  All Content is copyright - all rights reserved.