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Old 08-31-2016, 08:33 AM   #1
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48' Defever Trawler

Just checking to see if anyone has experience with this model as far as stabilizers go. I am surveying a 1983 48' Defever with 2 Ford Lehmans 120hp so cruise should be 6-7 knots. I had a single engine 41' Defever that rolled a lot in any type of beam sea. I'm evaluating whether I will need to ad stabilizers to this boat. I've heard that this boat is fairly stable and I may be able to avoid adding them. Just wanted to hear from anyone that has experience on this 48' Defever.

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Old 08-31-2016, 09:28 AM   #2
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At the 6-7 kt speeds you are talking about, I doubt that you will see any difference between a Defever 41 and a 48. The higher hp of the 48 should enable it to go (at a fuel cost of course) 10+ kts and at that speed I would expect roll stability to be improved over that at the slower speed due to the hydrodynamics acting on the semi-displacement hull.


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Old 08-31-2016, 10:05 AM   #3
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Got a 48 with Wesmar stabilizers. The boat has fairly soft chines so it's borderline decision in stock form... The boat has a hardtop on the bridge so with the added weight the stabilizers are a nice addition...
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Old 08-31-2016, 10:36 AM   #4
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I have a 46 DF Pilothouse model. It rolled so much my wife was hesitant to leave the dock in anything but calm weather. Now it's like riding on rails, well slight exaggeration but well worth the investment.
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