Universal Yachting Appointed

Universal Yachting have been appointed as Dufour Yacht Dealers in the South Coast. They have branches in Solent, Chichester Harbour and Portsmouth areas. Contact Chris Warwick at Universal Yachting for full details of what they can offer

They will be able to serve current Dufour owners and represent the Dufour brand for new prospective owners.

Marco Marine Cease to be Dufour Main Dealers


We have received official notification that Marco Marine are no longer Dufour Main Dealers in the UK. They are however still able to assist with many of the spares, repairs and have a massive knowledge base all things Dufour.  Additionally they can help out with upgrades, maintenance, customisation etc. on the range of Dufour yachts.

LED Lighting

Classic Cabin Lights

Classic Cabin Lights

In our boat the interior lights are all powered by halogen bulbs. Over the past few years I have been replacing them with LED bulbs. The small cabin spot lights have G4 bulbs and I have not until now been able to source a LED replacement that will fit. I have found a supplier and they are great BUT a small modification needs to be made to get them to fit. The reflector section can be removed by slightly rotating it and it will pull off. This leaves you with the frame, the reflector and the glass. If you twist the reflector it will come out and then the glass can be removed and discarded. The hole in the reflector will need to be slightly enlarged. I just used a pair of tapered pliers and twisted them so that the hole was stretched a bit to fit the bulb through the hole!

What a great result and for a fraction of the cost of new lights. You can get the LED bulbs from eBay. Just click the link below:

G4/G9 Capsule Bulbs Day/Warm White Led Light 1.5W/3W/5W Replace Halogen Lamp UK from aaaaabeauty seller. Only £8.29 including postage for 5 lights!



Cannot Read your Hourmeter?

Have you got an hour meter on a Volvo engine that you cannot read the display? This frequently happens on boats that are 7 years or older as the display dims and it cannot be read. To replace it with a new Volvo unit is very expensive. A good solution is to go to Maplins or RS or other electrical supplier and buy a separate unit for just a few pounds and wire it into the circuit for the power “ON” switch to the engine panel. Problem solved for just a few pounds!