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Old 01-23-2018, 04:32 PM   #1
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Defever passagemaker 34ft

I've been searching for the perfect liveaboard in the mid 30ft range and this looks like it for me. But I don't see much info on this trawler. Any experience with it or what kind of price range to expect from this boat from the 70's? I was hung up on the Californian 34 for a while for its deck space and is us made but I would prefer a single screw.
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I've been searching for the perfect liveaboard in the mid 30ft range and this looks like it for me. But I don't see much info on this trawler. Any experience with it or what kind of price range to expect from this boat from the 70's? I was hung up on the Californian 34 for a while for its deck space and is us made but I would prefer a single screw.
There was a 34 Defever for sale in Deale, western shore of Chesapeake Bay listed on Yacht World with a single rebuilt Perkins 6.354 by Transalantic Diesel of Va . I haven't seen many 34s ,worth a look.
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There was a 34 Defever for sale in Deale, western shore of Chesapeake Bay listed on Yacht World with a single rebuilt Perkins 6.354 by Transalantic Diesel of Va . I haven't seen many 34s ,worth a look.
Yeah I've only seen one. And it's in Canada. I see you got a mainship 34! That's another one I've been looking into. Seems like a similar layout with a single. Do you know if they make a galley up version? Or the differences in the mk 1, 2 and 3?
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No galley up option on early model Mainship 34"s. I believe the MK1 have the largest cockpit of the MK11 and MK 111"s. Some later MK111 models did not have a bulkhead between galley and salon. There are fellows on TF that are more knowledgeable about the different models, hope they chime in.
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I believe Defever 34s were US-made, as well, for at least part of their run.

Defever Cruisers, the association of owners, used to have a few members with 34s. You could inquire there.

If you can tolerate a few more feet, the Defever 40 and 41 are more popular models and most were single-engine Lehman 120s. The “Downeast” 40s, starting in the mid-70s, we’re all US-built.

Most of the Defever models over the years are here: https://www.defevercruisers.com/defever_designs.asp

Good luck with your search
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We have one, purchased last year. What would like to know?
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I am looking for a 34 like Helen Marie. Like the fat deck hardtop. Tom
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Should be"aft deck" Tom
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Looks like you are in the Juneau area. Helen Marie, formerly Wanderer IV, was a Juneau boat owned by Riche Rountree.
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I used to work with Richard in the 60s. He bought my 31 uniflite in the early 70s. I have been boatless for years and have decided to get back in and am starting to look.
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I used to work with Richard in the 60s. He bought my 31 uniflite in the early 70s. I have been boatless for years and have decided to get back in and am starting to look.
Don't remember meeting Richard when I lived in Juneau. I worked for Pete Bernstein Alaska Ship Chandler s 1985.
We are heading to Sitka in a few days, arriving late June. Come over, and we'll give you a tour of Helen Marie.
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Yes I knew Pete when he had the store. Used to trade there. If you get to Juneau, give a call. Tom Mungle
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Is Helen Marie currently for sale in Anacortes ? I am very interested in purchasing her . Thanks Greg Burns
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Do you own "Helen Marie" if so is she for sale? Thanks , Greg
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Do you own "Helen Marie" if so is she for sale? Thanks , Greg
She sold in February. New home port Bellingham WA.
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Dave, you and I both have a AT34. You like it?
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Of course depending on condition a mid 70s trawler in the 34 foot range should be listed for about $35,000 and should sell for high 20s. At least in the midwest, Florida slightly less, East Coast maybe a little more. PNW, no idea.

Here is a little coincidence I would like to hear some comments on.. When I bought my boat (average condition) about 8 years ago the price was almost exactly a dollar a pound. Cheaper than hamburger, so I bought it!

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Dave, you and I both have a AT34. You like it?
Hi Dan, yes they seem to be nice boats. In the year that we have been owners (we are number three) we have traveled to Alaska, and back. 180+ nights aboard, 600 engine hours. We find Tomco very supportive of all of the owners new. or used.
There is an active owners group in our area.
We are headed to Bellingham to visit another 34 this afternoon.
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