Dufour 455 Grand Large for sale

Argyll, United Kingdom

£119,500 GBP

Tax Paid / Included

Dufour 455 Grand Large - 2006-launched Dufour 455 Grand Large 'ESSENESS' for sale
General information
Dufour 455 Grand Large
Used sail boat for sale
£119,500 GBP
Price comment
2006-launched 'Arpege Limited Edition' 455GL
Tax / VAT status
Paid / Included
Name of boat
Umberto Felci
Length overall
13.76 metres
Length waterline
11.91 metres
4.30 metres
2.00 metres
10,426 kg
Fin Keel
Argyll, United Kingdom

About this Dufour 455 Grand Large


Very nicely presented and fastidiously maintained one owner, Arpege Limited edition example of this spacious, 3-cabin, 2-heads Dufour 455 Grand Large.


The Dufour Grand Large series are the French builders cruising orientated designs. Umberto Felci; responsible also for Dufours Performance range of yachts, has taken his Italian flair and the striking lines of the performance designs, tweaking the hull and rig dimensions to suit the cruising sailor. The Grand Large yachts feature generally deeper hulls with fuller sections forward and aft, increasing the internal volume and available living space. With slightly shorter rigs and keels than their performance counterparts the GL series is a family orientated boat ideal for spending longer periods aboard.

ESSENESS is a one-owner example of the Dufour Grand Large 455, featuring as the Southampton Boatshow boat in 2005. She features the 3-cabin layout with en-suite master cabin forward and twin double aft cabins. Providing a generous living space below decks she also features a spacious cockpit with walk-thru transom. Her current owners have operated her as a highly successful skippered charter business around the west coast of Scotland until 2019. Now retiring from life afloat ESSENESS is offered with a comprehensive inventory, highlights of which include:

• Epoxy coated hull with copper coat antifouling

• Teak decks and cockpit

• Optional Volvo Penta D2-75 inboard diesel engine

• Volvo Penta 150S Sail Drive – Diaphgram replaced 2018.

• 240VAC-12VDC Battery charger

• Solar Panel

• Holding Tank

• Jabsco manual marine toilets

• Raymarine Instrumentation and plotter

• Icom standalone AIS transponder


• 3 burner galley stove

• Fridge and coolbox

• Harken deck gear and winches

• New standing rigging fitted in 2018

• New forestay and Selden 304s roller reefing gear 2016

• Slab reefing mainsail

• Mainsail and Roller Reefing genoa replaced 2016

• Strom Jib

• Cruising Chute

• Electric windlass

• Tender

• Liferaft

Wintering ashore ESSENESS will be re-commissioned as restrictions permit with launching planned for late April. We hold a large quantity of additional photographs, available upon request. While in person viewings are not permitted under current lockdown restrictions, we can offer virtual viewings of the boat by prior arrangement.



Hull Construction:

• GRP moulded hull.

• Hand consolidated GRP laminate with Twaron reinforcing in way of keel.

• First layer on hull laminate impregnated with NPG resin.

• GRP moulded structural grid matrix, laminated to hull internally.

• Portlights in hull amidships

• Hull finished externally with white NPG gelcoat offering optimum protection from osmosis

• Preventative International Paints Gelshield treatment applied 2007.

• Copper coat, copper/epoxy antifouling coating below waterline applied 2007

• Copper coat reactivated 2021

Deck & Superstructure Construction:

• GRP moulded deck with integrated superstructure and self-draining cockpit.

• Balsa core sandwich laminate consolidated by infusion.

• Moulding finished externally in white gelcoat.

• Teak laid side decks, cockpit sole and seating.

• Moulded non-slip finish to coachroof top.

• 10 opening deck hatches.

Keel & Rudder:

• Cast iron fin keel

• Stainless steel bolts to secure keel

• GRP moulded semi-elliptical rudder with closed-cell foam core.

• Stainless steel rudder stock and structural frame.


Engine & gearbox:

• Volvo Penta D2-75 marine diesel engine.

• 75hp @ 3000ROM

• 4 cylinder, naturally aspirated, indirectly cooled.

• Volvo Penta EVC engine management and control system

• Volvo Penta 150s sail drive.

• Single lever morse control

Maintenance & Performance:

• Engine full serviced winter 2020/21

• Hull diaphragm for saildrive replaced 2018

• New starter motor fitted 2018

• New cooling water pump fitted 2021

• Top-end overhaul 2014

• 3930 hours recorded March 2021

• 6.5kts @ 1800rpm

Propulsion & Steering:

• Volvo Penta 150S saildrive

• 3 blade, alloy prop 2021

• Ambassador rope cutter


• Raymarine ST6001 control head

• Raymarine Smart pilot course computer

• Linear drive direct to quadrant

• Single control head on starboard helm


Voltage systems:

• 12VDC onboard power system

• 240VAC shore power system

Shorepower System:

• 240VAC

• Factory installed, hardwired, RCD protected system.

• Single 30amp connection

• Extension lead to connect

• Polarity indicator and incoming voltage gauge

• Ring main and water heater

Battery Banks:

• Engine Bank – 1x 12VDC PowerMax 110Ah lead acid 2013

• Domestic Bank – 4x 12VDC Leoch AGM 130Ah 2017


• Single engine driven alternator on multi-vee belt

• 120amp capacity

Battery Charger:

• Cristec 240VAC – 12VDC

• 60amp

Solar Panel:

• 100w Semi-Flexible

• Plug-in not permanently fitted

• Digital charge regulator with USB charging output

Battery Monitor:

• Analogue Volts and Amps gauges at nav station


Fresh Water:

• Fully pressurised hot and cold water system.

• Mixer faucets in galley and both heads.

• Showerhead in forward heads.

• Deck shower at transom

Black Water:

• Single tank for aft heads

• Discharging overboard or via deck suction.

• Never used.

Bilge Pumps:

• Manual pump

• Electric pump – manual and auto-switching

Bilge Alarm:

• Battery powered audio alarm

Gas System:

• Gas Safe inspection 2018

• 2x 4.5kg butane bottles

• Self-draining storage locker



• Single tank

• Approximate capacity 250ltr

Fresh Water:

• Twon polyethene tank

• Approximate total capacity 530ltr

Black Water:

• Single tank for aft heads

• Overboard or deck suction discharging.

• Approximate capacity 40ltr


• Insulated tank

• Heated by engine or 240VAC immersion heater

• Approximate capacity 40ltr

Tank Gauges:

• Analogue gauges for fuel and water tanks

• Sight glass on black water tanks


On Deck:

• Depth – Raymarine ST60 Tri-Data

• Speed – Raymarine ST60 Tri-Data

• Wind – Raymarine – Not operational

• Magnetic Compass – 2x Plastimo Olympic 135

Below Decks:

• Plotter – Raymarine C80, Cartography updated 2020.

• AIS – Icom MA-500TR transponder with stand-alone display. (2018)

Communications Equipment:

• DSC VHF – Icom M421



• Double stainless steel sink

• Galley Stove – ENO three-burner, grill and oven

• Fridge – Top loading aft of cooker, air cooled compressor, approximate 150ltr capacity

• Coolbox


• 2x Jabsco manual marine toilets

• Holding tank for aft heads.

• Wash hand basin with hot and cold mixer faucet.

• Shower in forward heads

Heating & Ventilation:

• Eberspacher D5 diesel fired, blown air system

• Thermostatic cabin controller

• Outlets in all cabins, saloon and forward heads.


• LED lighting throughout

• Overhead lighting throughout

• Reading lights in way of bunks

• Low-level blue courtesy lights in saloon


Summary of Accommodation:

Accommodation Finish:

• All joinery work finished in Moabi mahogany, veneered plywood with solid fiddles and mouldings

• Soles of plywood finished Moabi mahogany laminate, insulation applied to underside of boards

• Hull linings a mixture of Moabi mahogany veneered plywood and cream vinyl fabric.

• Headlining of cream vinyl fabric panels with Moabi mahogany trims.

• Corian worktop in galley

• Light blue upholstery throughout.

• Seat base cushion covers for saloon

• Curtains for all portlights

• Roller blinds for all deck hatches

Description of Accommodation from Forward:

Forward/Master Cabin:

• Central double bunk forward.

• Seats immediately aft of the bunk port and starboard.

• Locker aft to port with hanging locker and shelves.

• Locker beneath aft section of bunk.

• Overhead locker running the length of the bunk port and starboard

• Book shelve at forward end of overhead lockers, port and starboard

• En-suite heads

Forward/En-suite Heads:

• Accessed from forward cabin.

• Inboard forward-facing manual marine toilet outboard.

• Countertop with inset wash hand basin outboard.

• Shower stall inboard with teak grating sole.

• Vanity unit outboard of countertop with storage locker beneath


• Saloon set to starboard with linear galley to port

• Fixed saloon table, bottle storage within central section

• Bench seating unit inboard

• U-shaped wrap-around settee outboard

• Countertop outboard of settee back outboard

• Overhead lockers outboard of settee.

• Storage lockers beneath seating and outboard of seat back.


• Linear galley running along port side of saloon.

• Double stainless steel sink with mixer faucet forward.

• Gimbal mounted gas cooker located in centre.

• Top loading fridge and coolboxes beneath aft section of worktop.

• Selection of lockers outboard of worktop with sliding Perspex doors.

• Larger lockers above, outboard of worktop with shelve outboard of cooker

• Selection of storage lockers beneath sinks and cooker.

• Large volume of storage space beneath sole in galley.

Nav Station:

• Aft of saloon to starboard.

• Forward facing chart table with navigators seat aft.

• Countertop outboard of navigators seat

• Chart storage within table top

• Top opening storage lockers beneath countertop outboard

• Locker behind seat with storage lockers/bookshelves above.

• Storage within navigators seat.

Aft Heads:

• Located aft of galley to port, accessible from saloon or port aft cabin

• Inboard facing manual marine toilet forward.

• Countertop with inset wash hand basin outboard aft.

• Shower stall inboard of toilet.

• Vanity locker outboard of countertop.

• Storage locker beneath counter.

Port Aft Cabin:

• Jack’n’Jill access to aft heads.

• Double berth aft, extending inboard under cockpit sole.

• Overhead shelve running the length of the cabin outboard.

• Seat forward of bunk outboard.

• Locker forward outboard with hanging space and shelves.

Port Aft Cabin:

• Double berth aft, extending inboard under cockpit sole.

• Overhead shelve running the length of the cabin outboard.

• Seat forward of bunk outboard.

• Locker forward outboard with hanging space and shelves.



• Deck stepped, fractional sloop rig.

• Sparcraft, silver anodised, double spreader mast

• Sparcraft silver anodised boom with single line reefing for 2 reefs

• Standing rigging of 1x19 stainless steel.

• New standing rigging 2018

• New forestay 2016

• Selden Furlex 304S roller reefing system, fitted new in 2016

• Sparcraft rod kicker

• Mast mounted Spinlock rope clutch for genoa halyard.

• All lines lead aft to cockpit via deck organisers

• Spinlock Rope clutches in cockpit for lines lead aft

• Harken mainsheet track and car system

• Harken pin-stop genoa track and car system


• Primary Winches – 2x Harken 52, two-speed, self-tailing

• Cockpit Halyard Winches – 2x Harken 44, two-speed, self-tailing


• Mainsail – White dacron, slab reefing, two reefs. Goacher Sails 2016

• Genoa – 140% White dacron, roller reefing. Goacher Sails 2016

• Cruising Chute – Lightly used. Goacher Sails

• Storm Jib – Hanks onto the emergency forestay

Canvas Work:

• Sprayhood – On stainless steel frame with additional grab bar aft of cover. Blue. Clyde covers 2016

• Mainsail Cover – Blue. Goacher Sails 2019

• Boom Tent – Blue Goacher Sails 2019, to date unused

• Winter Cockpit Cover – Boom tent style. 2006

Anchoring & Mooring:

• Bower Anchor – 20kg Rocna on 70m, 10mm chain

• Kedge Anchor – 16Kg Bruce on 5m Chain and 30m warp

• Anchor Windlass – Electric, with remote control.

• Selection of warps

• Selection of fenders


• 290 Excel, 4 person inflatable dinghy

• Marine 4hp, 4 stroke outboard


• Double stainless steel bow roller.

• Stainless steel pulpit and pushput rails

• Deck mounted stainless steel stanchions supports double tier guard wires.

• Deck mounted mooring cleats forward, mid-ships and aft

• Below deck level anchor locker containing anchor windlass.

• Teak grabrails on outboard edges of coachroof

• Deck mounted liferaft cradle forward of sprayhood

• Cockpit seating on port and starboard sides.

• Centrally monted double drop leaf cockpit table with drinks storage in central section

• Thwart ships bench seating aft of pedestals.

• Central section of aft seat folds down to create walkthrough transom.

• Lockers under port and starboard side cockpit seats.

• Lazzarette locker under starboard aft seat.

• Gas locker beneath port aft seat

• Outboard storage bracket on port rail aft.

• Swimming ladder off transom.


General note on safety equipment: Any safety equipment such as liferafts, Epirbs, fire extinguishers and flares etc. are usually personal to the current owner(s) and if being left on-board as part of the sale of a used vessel may require routine servicing, replacement, or changing to meet a new owners specific needs.

Navigation Lights:

• Masthead Tri-colour with anchor light – LED

• Low-level nav lights

• Steaming light

• Deck flood


• Liferaft – EVO 8 person canister raft, coachroof mounted in cradle with hydrostatic release.

• 2x Horseshoe buoys

• 1x Telescopic danbuoy

• KIM safety ladder

• Gas/CO2 detector/alarm


Lying, Argyll, Scotland

Available to view strictly by appointment

Office Hours Mon- Fri 0900 – 17.00

Saturday by prior appointment

For more information or to arrange a viewing please contact us.

Please Note: Due to the varying locations of our yachts, your travel time and the distances that may be involved, we recommend that you only make arrangements to view if you are actively considering purchase.

Lead Broker: Mark Cameron

Tel: Mobile: +44 (0)7988 763254

Email: mark@grabauinternational.com

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Volvo Penta D2-75 75hp
Engine hours
Fuel capacity
350 litres
Number of cabins
Number of berths
Drinking water capacity
530 litres

Grabau International offers the details of all vessels in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information or warranty the condition of any vessel and the details do not constitute a part of any contract. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. All vessels are offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice. Grabau International provides professional yacht conveyancing and legal transfer of title for all yachts as per the ABYA Code of Practice with all deposit payments and final balance payments processed through secure dedicated client accounts solely for that purpose. Our dedicated client accounts are written in trust at Natwest Bank and we are fully insured.

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