The smaller of Dufour’s new offerings is a midsize cruising boat whose sweetest charms, I discovered (as a member of the 2011 CW Boat of the Year judging panel), come to life under sail. I sailed the 375 on Chesapeake Bay last fall in a gentle southwesterly of 8 to 10 knots, where we posted boat speeds in the high 5s. One of the first things we noticed while under way was how responsive and balanced the twin helms felt, both under power and under sail. “The helm was fantastic,” said BOTY judge Beth Leonard. In fact, in the entire fleet of two dozen new boats introduced for 2011, we ranked this boat’s steering in the top five.