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Old 02-04-2014, 12:33 AM   #1
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1983 DEFEVER 41 TRAWLER-- Opinions?

Looking at a 1983 DeFever Trawler and hoping for some feedback as to problems /strengths with this particular model. It will be a live-aboard
and will be cruised in the Caribbean as well as ICW.

Perkins
Year Built: 1983
Engine Model: 6.3544M
Engine Hours: 3500ish
Engine Power: 135

Any comments most appreciated! I don't know what yard it was built in, nor whether the yard was a good or bad one. Hope someone here does...

Thanks and Cheers,
Ty
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Old 02-04-2014, 07:19 AM   #2
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Old 02-04-2014, 11:45 AM   #3
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Thank you. Good to be here!
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Old 02-04-2014, 01:08 PM   #4
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Looking at a 1983 DeFever Trawler and hoping for some feedback as to problems /strengths with this particular model. It will be a live-aboard
and will be cruised in the Caribbean as well as ICW.

Perkins
Year Built: 1983
Engine Model: 6.3544M
Engine Hours: 3500ish
Engine Power: 135

Any comments most appreciated! I don't know what yard it was built in, nor whether the yard was a good or bad one. Hope someone here does...

Thanks and Cheers,
Ty
Seek out Tom.B on here. He has that Perkins engine I believe and can tell you alot about it's tendencies. DeFever is a solid-as-a-rock boat. Now that I've had my trawler for a while, a DeFever is high on the list for the next boat.
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Old 02-04-2014, 01:10 PM   #5
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Great boats but I'm a little biased. Usual things to check ie: tanks, decks, water leaks. She is as good as they get for the genre.
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Old 02-04-2014, 02:31 PM   #6
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And thus the rub with DeFever's...without knowing the yard, boat history and current state of repair...hard for anyone to give an accurate answer other than "good designer"...
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Old 02-04-2014, 03:07 PM   #7
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Okay, well thanks all for your answers so far. Psneeld, hmmmm, I see your point. I'll try to get that info.

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Old 02-04-2014, 04:53 PM   #8
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"I know for sure that CTF did build a lot of Defevers and that they built the boats in the mid 1980s." Quote from my buyer's broker, whom I trust. Best I can do as of now.

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Old 02-07-2014, 12:24 AM   #9
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We had a single screw 1982 DF 41 which we cruised from San Francisco to New York, did the Loop and then went as far east as Tortola. Very good cruising boat. I hope you don't have twins. It really is better with some stabilization. We installed flopped stoppers on her and they made a big difference, especially in the Caribbean.

On the 3000+ hours we put on her! we burned 2.2 GPH including genset time. I would also recommend you use a Baja filter or similar to forestall any problems on the sea.
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Old 02-07-2014, 02:47 PM   #10
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Great info! Thank you.
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Old 02-07-2014, 07:49 PM   #11
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Builders of the DeFever 38,40, and 41

Visit the DeFever forum here at Trawlerforum and read this thread - Art DeFever has passed

Lots of good info about who built the 38, 40,and 41.

Note that A. DeFever considered them the same boat.

Also note that there were a lot of illegal splashed copies built. Insist on seeing the original Masters Carpenters Certificate. If itís documented by the USCG it has a MCC no matter where it was built.

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