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1981 Dufour 4800 Custom Tall Rig

$33,900 USD

  • $33,900 USD
  • Active
  • Used
  • Cruiser Racer Sailboats
  • 1981
  • Dufour
  • 4800 Custom Tall Rig
  • Old Saybrook, Connecticut, US
  • Sail
  • 35ft / 10.67 m
  • 11ft 2in / 3.40 m
  • Volvo
  • Md-11c
  • Inboard
  • Diesel
  • Fiberglass
  • 2015-11-16
  • 2016-02-22
  • 1934472

Avalanche will exceed your expectations for a 1981 sailing vessel.  The current owner has done a great job in maintaining the boat while using it sparingly.  An extensive sail inventory comes with the boat enabling you to race the boat, go cruising or just enjoy the comfortable interior while lounging for the weekend.  Please take a good look at the interior pictures to see the care she has received.



History and Pedigree of the Dufour 4800

Dufour Yachts in La Rochelle, FR constructed Avalanche is 1981.  It is the Model 4800 and is one of six 4800's exported to North America in the early 1980"s.  Baron Von Bic (Bic Pens) was the financial supporter of the project and a supporter of French involvement in the America's Cup.  Designed by Johan Valentijn, who also worked as a designer for Dennis Connor.  Valentijn raced on Avalanche when it was first brought to the US in the Manhasset Bay Series 

Accommodations, Galley and Head

  • Large V-Berth in the Forward Stateroom
  • Head is Aft of the Fwd Berth to Port with Sink and Shower to Stbd
  • Midships to Port is Large U Shaped Settee and Dining Area
  • Midships to Stbd is Settee in Salon Opposite the Dining Area
  • Aft  of Salon to Port is the Galley and the Entrance to the Aft Double Berth
  • Across from Galley is the Nav Station and Electric Panels
  • Adler Barbour Refrigerator and Freezer
  • Hot and Cold Pressure Water in Galley, Head and Cockpit
  • Fresh Water Foot Pumps at all Sinks
  • Sink in Aft Cabin with Hot/Cold Pressure Water
  • 6 Gal Hot Water Heater (engine and 110v heat source)
  • 3 Burner Propane Stove and Oven
  • Double SS Sink in Galley
  • Head with 10 Gal Holding Tank

Sail Inventory and Rigging

  • Hild Gennaker/Drifter--Good to Excellent Cond.
  • North '96 3DL Regatta Aramid Medium #1 153% 
  • North '99 3DL Regatta Aramid Medium #1 153% (never used)
  • North Dacron 135% jib--Good Cond
  • '96 HR&R Mainsail--Good Condition
  • '98 .5 Oz AP Runner Spinnaker Contender Super Light (Not used)
  • '97 .75 Oz Asymetric Spinnaker (Not Used)
  • .75 Oz AP Spinnaker North Sails (Good Condition)
  • Spinnaker Halyard, Topping Lift, Carbon Fiber Pole, (2) After Guys, Spinnaker Sheets, Foreguy/Downhaul
  • Hall Quick Vang
  • Adjustable Mainsheet Traveler
  • Whisker Pole
  • Harken Roller Furling Headsail
  • Tuff Luff Performance Forestay
  • Rod Rigging
  • Mainsail and Jiffy Reefing Winches on Mast
  • Windex with Night Light

Engine, Hull and Deck

  • Volvo Inboard Diesel (FWC) with 7/8" Shaft Drive (no hour indicator)
  • 80 amp High Output Alternator
  • New Injectors (2013) New Heat Exchanger (2015)
  • Push Button Oil Transfer System
  • 3 Blade Feathering Max-Prop
  • White Fiberglass Hull and Decks
  • Fin Keel
  • Spade Rudder 
  • Navigations Lights
  • Teak Helm Bench and Cockpit Sole
  • Fortress FX-16 Anchor with 35' 3/8 Chain and 250' 3/4 Rope
  • Lofrans Royal Anchor Windlass

Electrical and Electronics

  • (3) Group 31 Gell Cell House Batteries (300 amp hrs)
  • (1) Isolated Engine Start Battery
  • 30 amp Shore Power Inlet with 50' Shore Power Cord
  • KVH Sailcomp in Cockpit with Remote Display at Nav Desk
  • Ship's Steering Compass on Binacle
  • Sony Stereo System with Cockpit and Salon Speakers
  • VHF Radio and Antenna
  • Wired for Cable TV
  • Raymarine ST60 Speed/Depth and Wind Displays in Cockpit
  • High Output Alternator with Auto 3 Step Regulator and Display
  • 20 amp Battery Charger

Additional Information

  • Custom Fairclough All Canvas Winter Cover with Frame
  • (7) Fenders and (6) Dock Lines
  • Life Sling with Lifting Tackle
  • Horseshoe Life Preserver
  • (6) Life Jackets
  • Cockpit table

Brokers Note

"Avalanche" has been used almost exclusively as a daysailer the past few years and as a result some of the electronics you will see in the pictures have not been used and are either known to be not working or suspect.  You should rely upon the written text of the listing to ascertain what electronics are known to be functioning and part of the purchase agreement.  


The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.

For Sale By Prestige Yacht Sales - Norwalk

48 Calf Pasture Beach Road
Norwalk, Connecticut, 06855