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Information & operations guide for the Dufour 41


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Welcome to SAIL2DAY Yachting and S/Y SUNRISE Dufour 41 Classic. We hope you’ll have a pleasant journey and are looking forward to a fantastic holiday on some of the finest sailing destinations in the world here.
This manual is here to guide you through the operation of your yacht so please take time to read it. All yachts in our fleet are maintained to the highest standards but still some problems can happen. Please remember that these yachts are all privately owned and we ask that you care for them like they were your own. Best wishes for a great vacation, team


1. Embarkation & reservations in ports/piers
2. Sails
3. Yacht Specificatons
4. Electric Panel
5. 12 volt panel and 220 volt breakers 6. Electrical problems 7. Wi-Fi & Inverter 8. Engine start procedures 9. Engine 10. Instruments 11. VHF procedure 12. Batteries 13. Anchoring and the windlass 14. Fresh water systems 15. Heads 16. Bilge pumps & Showers 17. Refrigeration 18. Stove and propane 19. Fire safety 20. Dinghy and outboard 21. Tips

1. Embarkation & reservations in ports/pier


All our boats are situated both left and right side of the pier in front of Limanaki Tavern in Vlicho bay.

Before your return, please inform us, so a team member of SAIL2DAY Yachting can welcome you and guide you to the available place on the side of the pier.


Gangway should always remain a little bit higher from the pier. In a case of higher waves or stronger wind, the gangway can rip out the part of the boat or even make a hole in the boat if it’s resting on the ground.


After returning to the pier, you need to fill the tank to the maximum. Please remember that the Diesel makes a lot of foam so the first stop does not mean that the tank is full. Wait a minute and then try again 2-3 times. A diesel tank truck is coming on Friday afternoon to the pier to fill up the tanks of the yachts.

Reservations in other piers

If you want to reserve a place in other private piers, it’s possible to do so by calling the pier managers. We suggest to make a reservation some days before as the availability is limited during high season. If the pier is managed by a restaurant, usually you don’t pay mooring fees, but they expect that the yacht’s members will have dinner to their place. These piers usually offer water & electricity as well.

2. Sails

Raising the sails

  • Keep the engine running to keep direction
  • Set up the boat directly into the wind to release the pressure on sails
  • Lift up the sails
  • Turn off the engine

Take down the sails

  • Keep the engine running to keep direction
  • Set up the boat directly into the wind to release the pressure on sails
  • Lift up the sails
  • Turn off the engine
3. Yacht Specifications


  • Length 12.50 m
  • Beam 3.96 m
  • Draft 2.00 m
  • Fuel 185 lt
  • Water 367 lt
  • Engine 50 hp Volvo Penta

Location of:

  • (Blue Dots) Fresh water refills (x2)
  • (Red Dot) Diesel refill
  • (Purple Dot) Water tanks change over valve (behind the corner of the couch)
  • (Brown Dot) Toilet with waste tank (Waste tank valve is under the sink)
  • (Green Dot) Gas Bottle valve (In the cabinet below the drawers in the galley)
  • (Yellow Dots) Life raft is in the starboard locker of the cockpit & Life Vests are in the front cabin locker under the bed
4. Electric Panel

12v 1st column

1. VHF Battery
2. Inside Light 1
3. Inside Light 2
4. Navigation Lights
5. Mooring Lights
6. Steaming Light
7. Deck Light
8. Windlass Unit

12v 2nd column

9. Fridge Unit
10. Water Pressure
11. Bilge Pump
12. Radio
13. Cockpit Instruments
14. 12v USB Chartable
15. Toilets & Shower Drains
16. –


E1. Battery Charger

E2. Water Heater

E3. 220v Outlets

E4. No Use



  1. VHF Battery (Keep it always switched on)
  2. Interior lights & USB outlets (Keep them always switched on, all lights & USB outlets can be turned on and off by their own buttons)
  3. Interior lights & USB outlets (Keep them always switched on, all lights & USB outlets can be turned on and off by their own buttons)
  4. Navigation Lights (Used to prevent collisions at night or in times of reduced visibility, and are an essential tool in keeping you and your vessel safe)
  5. Mooring Lights (Used when on anchor)
  6. Steaming Light (Used at night in combination with the navigation lights)
  7. Deck Light (On the must that lights the deck)
  8. Windlass Anchor Unit (Keep it always switched on)
  9. Fridge (Turn off fridge at night to prevent batteries drainage)
  10. Fresh water pump (If the water pumps work but no water is getting out of the faucet, turn it off to prevent burnout of the pump)
  11. Bilge pump (Leave off, pump is on an automatic float switch)
  12. Radio (Used for the Radio / Music Player)
  13. Cockpit navigation instruments (Used for the navigation instruments that are at the cockpit, e.g. Depth, Wind, Auto Pilot)
  14. USB Outlet above chartable
  15. Electric Toilets & Shower Drains (for and aft)
  16. Not in use


E1. Battery charger (only when connected to shore power)

E2. Water Heater (only when connected to shore power)

E3. 220V sockets (only when connected to shore power or inverter)


There is an inverter installed which will allow the use of 220V appliances when no shore power is available. When there is no shore power, turn on the inverter.

5. Electrical Problems

What to do

The boat devices are generally divided on 12V devices and 220V devices. Therefore the cause of electrical problems can be different:

For 220V devices the boat must be connected to the shore. 

Most of the devices on boat work on 12V, which means that the boat batteries are enough to run them, if they have enough power. If there’s no electricity on boat or some electrical device is not working, there are a few basic possible problems:

  1. The device is not turned ON on the electric panel
  2. The batteries are low (turn on the engine or plug 220v shore power)
  3. The device works only on 220V or when the engine is on
  4. The main electrical switch is off 
  5. The boat is on 220V but the plug on shore is on 0 or doesn’t work. Happens often, try to change the plug. 
  6. The fuse is broken
6. WiFi


The router is set up inside the boat, on the chartable. It is on all the time. The package you selected is available for the whole period of your rental. The username & password is written on the chartable. In certain bays and areas the signal is weak or not available, so bare that in mind if you are not able to connect to the internet. 

7. Air Condition

Air Condition

The Air Condition works only when plugged on shore power. 

  • Open the Air Condition panel  
  • Press the “On” button continuously
  • The panel indications are on
  • The Air Condition will start working after a minute
7. Engine Procedures

Engine Start Procedure

  • Make sure engine is in neutral.
  • Turn the key 2 positions to the right and see the lights on the panel are turned on.
  • Press the Satrt button
  • When the engine is running check that water is coming out of the exhaust (starboard side of the yacht).
  • To stop the engine, turn the key all the way to the left and hold until the engine has stopped.

Should you hear an engine alarm during operation, check which light is on and immediately shut down the engine. – CALL US

All our yacht engines run with diesel fuel. There is a diesel filler cap on the transom which is clearly marked “DIESEL”…. DO NOT PUT WATER IN HERE.

Every engine on our yachts had a general service and check before the season. Also, before your arrival and embarkation, our mechanics are checking engine and oil level. Therefore, all mechanical problems are in the domain of authorized expert.

The only thing that you should check is if there are engine leaks or bilge water below engine.

If the engine works and doesn’t throw the water out, it will overheat. Turn it off immediately and call us as soon as possible.

IMPORTANT: Engine valves (always leave ON)
It happens that the crew members close the Diesel or Electricity switch by accident or by mistake. Check them if the engine suddenly stops or starts choking.

8. Navigation Instruments

Cockpit Instruments

Located at the cockpit there are a

  • Garmin GPS
  • Autopilot
  • Wind instrument
  • Tri data instruments for depth & speed.
  • Compass

This new generation of electronic devices is very easy to handle, but for any specific detail, manuals can be found under the chartable.

Using the VHF

VHF is located at the chartable area. 

Channel 16 – ensure you understand how this operates. Do no use Channel 16 for your private conversations.

Channels to use:

16 – Hailing and Distress

18 – Ionian Sea from Corfu to Rio

Ship to Ship – between Channels 8-10, 66-69,  71-74 & 77 can be used for contact between boats.

In the event that your yacht is involved in a non-life threatening incident with an object or with another vessel, it is important that you contact us.

Failure to report any accidents or incidents in a timely manner may result in nullification of your hull damage insurance.

VHF and emergency: The VHF is still used but quite an old fashioned way to solve the situation. It is more used on open waters and oceans than in Greek sailing aquatorium. In any case of emergency, use the phone first and call us. We shall organize and point you to the easiest solution procedure.

How to issue an emergency message

  • Select Channel 16 and press transmit button on handset
  • Say slowly and clearly ‘MAYDAY, MAYDAY, MAYDAY, CALLING ALL STATIONS This is yacht SUNRISE’ and repeat vessel name 3 times
  • Give position – yacht’s position in degrees of latitude and longitude or nautical miles
  • Describe emergency – list the problem, the type of assistance, number of passengers…
  • Wait 1 minute for a response, repeat message
  • ALTERNATIVELY: Emergency number is 112 calling from your mobile phone
9. Batteries


The systems on this yacht are all 12volt. The batteries will need to be recharged as often as you deplete them. Conserving power will result in less time needed for charging, so turn off systems that you are not using. Your batteries will charge when the engine is running at 1500rpms or more, whether sitting at a mooring or motoring to a destination.

  • Check the battery levels and make note of them before charging.
  • Run the engine at 1500rpms or more for 1-1 1/2hrs twice daily.
  • Shut the motor off. Wait 15 minutes before checking the battery levels, (directly after turning off the motor they will remain in an excited state for about 10 minutes).
  • The system should come to rest at 12.8v and then slowly get lower. When the system gets to 12.2v you should start planning to re-charge the batteries soon. The refrigerator is far the biggest electricity consumer on the boat. We suggest to turn off the refrigerator at night when motor is not in use and solar panels are not charging the batteries. 


10. Anchoring & Windlass

Setting your anchor


  • Establish a non verbal communication system from bow to stern, as with the noise of the engine and wind, verbal communication proves difficult.
  • Ensure the dinghy is on the boat


  • Choose a clear area to anchor in, normally with depth around 5-10 meters. A white bottom is sand and perfect for anchoring. A brown or green bottom can be grass or rock. Only anchor in sand.
  • Make sure that you are not on a lee shore; i.e. that the land mass is protecting you from the elements and that you are not being pushed onto the shore. A lee shore is the most dangerous place to anchor your yacht.


  • Lift the anchor over the bow roller and feed the chain so the anchor is just above the water surface.
  • Approach from down wind or current, whichever prevails.
  • Once the yacht is stationary use the electric windlass to drop the anchor. 
  • Minimum scope is 5-7:1. That means – on 5 meters of depth throw 25-35 meters of chain. In heavy weather you may want to increase that, always ensuring your swing area is clear of any obstacles.
  • Engage reverse, slowly building up to 1500 rpm to really drive your hook into the sand.
  • Once set, put the engine in neutral and allow the yacht to settle, take transits around the bay to ensure you are not dragging, it is always advisable to snorkel the anchor and ensure it is bedded in correctly and not just lying on its side.

Attaching the snubbing line:

  • Once you are happy that the anchor is set you must attach the snubbing line. The snubbing line protects the windlass and it is important that you attach the snubber every time you set the anchor.

Lifting up your anchor

The anchor can be pulled up ONLY when the chain is at 90 degrees, NEVER on 45 degrees chain. Skipper moves the boat forward (towards the anchor), and when the chain is on 90 degrees, the sailor on the bow turns the windlass on. When the chain gets to 45 degrees again, the sailor stops pulling it and signalize the skipper to move forward for a few meters. The sailor turns on the windlass again when the chain gets loose. Do it like that till the anchor gets to water line. The last meters you should pull carefully, not to damage the hull.

The communication between skipper should be non-verbal, using agreed hand signs.

  • Turn on the engine on 1500 rpm. Start moving slowly towards the central anchor position
  • Loose the chain before you start pulling it up
  • As the chain is pulling up, the skipper must slowly move the boat towards the anchor position
  • Do not pull the chain if it’s not loosen, it will burn down the windlass
  • Do not pull the boat with windlass towards the anchor. The boat is too heavy and it will burn down the windlass

Manual operation of the windlass

To drop the anchor, secure the windlass handle onto the wing nut on the side of the windlass. Pull back on the windlass handle to loosen the wing nut. Your anchor is now ready to drop. Remove the safety line and push the anchor over the bow, keeping hands and feet clear. Control the rate the chain goes out by tightening or loosening the wing nut with the handle. When you have paid out sufficient chain – 5 to 7 times the water depth, push the handle forward to tighten the wing nut. Fit the snubbing line and cleat it off, then release the chain on the gypsy as above, so that the load is taken up on the snubbing line.

11. Fresh Water System

Fresh Water

This yacht is equipped with two water tanks with a capacity of total 367 liters. Water thanks are not connected so there are 2 valves that need to be turned on and off in order to indicate the desired water tank used. The valves are located behind the corner of the couch at the salon. You need to turn on one tank at a time.

When the tank runs out of water the pump will run at high speed and the faucet will start to cough air. As soon as you hear the pump running continuously follow these steps.

  • Turn off the fresh water breaker from the electric panel (to prevent the pump from drawing more air into the system or the pump overheating)
  • Find the water tank valves
  • Turn off one valve and turn on the other valve
  • Turn on fresh water breaker from the electric panel
  • Open a faucet and wait for the water to run out

If the pump has pulled the air into the system, after re-filling the water tanks the pump will need some time to throw out the air and make the water pressure.

12. Heads

Manual operation of the windlass

  • Nothing is to be put down the head unless it has been digested first.
  • It’s quite easy to block the toilet on a modern charter boats
  • Please note that once the toilet gets blocked it’s a very dirty job. The repair can get complicated as well as the heads and hoses sometimes need to be dismantled.
  • Blocked heads will be cleared at a cost to you of 250.00 EUR sewage fee (at our base only).

The first toilet rule: ‘Don’t use it if you don’t reeeally have to’. Marina, ports, bars, etc.. are much easier option.

13. Bilge Pump & Showers

Bilge pump

The yacht is equipped with one manual and one electric bilge pump. The electric pump is automatic (operated by a float switch), so the switch on the electric panel is used for manual operation. 

Water from the Air Conditon and fridge is going to the bilge, so you can hear it work some times during your stay. 


Showers & Shower drain

Your yacht has a hot & cold, fresh-water shower in the heads. If the engine has been running, the hot water can be very hot – be cautious! In order to use the showers, the fresh-water pump must be activated on the 12V panel

To operate the shower-drain pump, make sure the shower drain switch on the 12v panel is switched on and you press the button in the head to drain out the water. 

14. Fridge

12v refridgerator

The system on this boat is a 12v refrigerator. To ensure that it does not fail there are two things you should do.

  • Firstly, keep your batteries charged. If the level goes below 12.2v the system will malfunction.
  • If using the fridge while anchoring, turn on the engine for a few hours every day to fill up the batteries. In marinas and ports plug in to shore power.
    TIPS: When you go shopping, buy cold stuff – cold water, cold beer, cold food. This is not a home fridge and filling it with warm things will take 48 hours to cool them down. Please note that we cannot guarantee that items will remain frozen when placed in the fridge and that fruit, vegetables and other fresh produce may have a shortened shelf life. If you need a fast cooling, many shops have bags of ice that you can buy and use as well.
15. Propane & Stove


Prevention is the best answer to fire safety.

  • Never leave the stove or oven burning unattended.
  • Never smoke below decks.
  • Never smoke when changing propane tanks.

Open fire:

  • Pull out the yellow safety tab. • Point the extinguisher at the base of the fire and press down on the red button to discharge contents.
  • Generously cover the base of the fire and surrounding area to ensure the fire is under control and cannot spread. Continue discharging extinguisher until the fire is out.

Stove operation

How to turn on the stove

  • Make sure the gas bottle is on (and isn’t empty )
  • Turn the gas valve on (in the cabinet under the drawers in the galley)
  • Turn the burner knob to high position.
    Use a long-nose lighter, light it and hold it next to the burner.
  • Push the burner knob in and hold. Propane will start flowing immediately.
  • The burner should light immediately.
  • Count to 10 and then release the knob.
  • Make sure the burner stays lit and then you can turn it to the desired setting.

How to turn off the stove

  • Turn the burner knob to Off position
  • The burner should be swithed off immediately.
  • Turn the gas valve off (in the cabinet under the drawers in the galley), every time you stop using the stove. 
16. Dinghy & Outboard


The outboard is easy to use. It’s a new generation of four stroke engines which basically always start from the first pull. They are silent, ecologically acceptable and economic.

  • Use the choke for the start
  • Set up the fuel on minimum (as shown on the throttle hand)
  • Pull the cord
  • Turn off the choke

Detailed instructions:

  • Open the air cap on the top of the filter.
  • Check you are in neutral and the safety cord is in place.
  • For starting an engine that has been at rest for 3 or more hrs use the choke. Pull the choke out, and set a few revs with the throttle. Do not twist the throttle trying to prime the engine. You will only flood it.
  • Face the engine and pull the start cord and push the choke back in as soon as it runs.
  • If it runs for a second but cuts out, try again without the choke.
  • To stop the engine, press the button on top of the kill cord, or pull the kill cord out.
  • Keep the kill cord with you to prevent unwanted borrows.
  • Use a dinghy lock and cable.


Do not drag the dinghy onto a beach. It is strictly forbidden to pull the dingy by rope during the sailing. The pulling can rip out the plastic holders, damage or even unhook the dinghy.

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