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Old 01-23-2018, 03:32 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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Old 01-23-2018, 03:58 PM   #2
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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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