The company again went to Umberto Felci (who designed the earlier boats). It was a logical choice as Umberto draws a good-looking hull. The 385 has more freeboard and a higher cabin profile than the Performance Cruisers, but she still looks good. Felci is not shy of using beam to generate internal volume; at first glance the 385 is wide and with quite a high displacement/length ratio. A comparison with other newly-released Euro production boats reveals she is quite moderate in these dimensions; other boats of similar size are wider and heavier. Only a lowish sail area/displacement ratio reveals the Dufour 385's cruising character. With a total of three D385 this boat represents a well earned quality image of the Dufour Grand large line of cruisers.