The Dufour 425 comes in either a two- or three-cabin layout; we sailed the latter. The vessel's wide stern provides room for smaller aft cabins, both with double berths, a head, and a good-size chart table. The galley, with outboard sinks, resides amidships and is located to port with a dinette to starboard. I'd prefer a more traditional U- or L-shaped galley with midline sinks for going to sea. A double-berth cabin with a head and shower occupies the forward end of the boat. The tight turn of the bilge limits stowage under the cabin sole, and although there's lots of volume in the form of cabin space, storage for long-range cruising is a bit limited. Dufour offers an optional layout that solves this problem by eliminating one of the aft cabins and making it akin to a storeroom.
A 40-horsepower Volvo saildrive comes as standard propulsion; a 55-horse motor is optional. The engine was neatly installed, and the plumbing and wiring were done to ISO standards. One of the big plusses in the boat's design is the easy access to the raw-water and coolant pumps and the alternator-items that occasionally need attention, often at inconvenient times.