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Old 05-26-2014, 12:42 AM   #1
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Defever question. http://www.yachtworld.com/boats/1990/Defever-Performance-Of...

We are thinking of selling our sailboat and moving to a trawler. Is anyone able to provide information on the boat I saw on Yachtworld?

http://www.yachtworld.com/boats/1990...s#.U4LFn9q9KSN
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Old 05-26-2014, 09:12 AM   #2
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Starting small I see.
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Old 05-26-2014, 09:26 AM   #3
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Try this: DeFever Cruisers - A Club for Yachting Enthusiasts with a Passion for DeFever Vessels and the Cruising Life!
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Old 05-26-2014, 12:03 PM   #4
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Starting small I see.
I like to think small, lol. This will be our 5th boat, wanted to get information is all.
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What type of cruising do you want to do with the boat (where, how many months per year, marinas vs anchorage, etc)? That's the best place to start otherwise you end up with a boat that can't fill your needs and you end up selling it for a loss.
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Old 05-26-2014, 04:18 PM   #6
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I am mostly a marina person. We anchor for weekends and moor in Catalina or other places when cruising. We are planning, if we buy on the west coast to cruise out of San Diego to San Francisco, Ensenada, and further down into the Sea of Cortez. If we buy on the east coast it would be the Chesapeake, up the east coast, and winter in the islands.
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Old 05-26-2014, 05:04 PM   #7
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A DeFever POC like the one you referenced is a pretty good marina boat. There's a lot of space. I'm not sure it's the best boat for cruising Mexico or the Puget Sound - I don't know that I've ever seen one anchoring out. The last one I saw didn't have the battery reserve to handle being out for more than a day and it didn't have a generator. Those issues are certainly fixable but it said something to me about the strengths of the boat (being at a marina).

Joining DeFever Cruisers and asking questions there would probably link you with a few owners of the model you're looking at.
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Activecaptain, I have read a lot of your posts and respect your opinion. What trawler would you recommend under $400,000.00?
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Activecaptain, I have read a lot of your posts and respect your opinion. What trawler would you recommend under $400,000.00?
The last thing that you need is my idea of a good trawler. If you want my opinion, take a long-term approach at allowing the right boat to find you and your wife (assuming you're married). And staying with that assumption, get your wife very involved in the decision making and understanding of the issues, advantages, and disadvantages. Go onboard a lot of boats and learn from every experience. Write down what you liked and didn't. Spend a night or two each week on yachtworld.

It took us 3 years of looking. It was the best thing we ever did because we really learned what we wanted slowly and eventually purchased the right boat for us. We're now in our 12th year with her and whereas most liveaboard cruising couples have about a 10 year lifespan, we're now putting our house on the market to spend even more time on our boat (my wife's idea).
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You have received some very good info from Activcaptain and I would only add that establishing a relationship with one particular yachtbroker would be very beneficial to you. Find one you feel is knowledgeable, honest and eager to assist you in your search. If in your searching, you find what you feel is a boat you would like to look at, get in touch with this yachtbroker FIRST and allow him to do some research on the vessel and then have him show you the boat.

In regards to the POC Defever...it's a nice looking boat and has some very good things about it that make it a desireable vessel.
You will find that the full height engine room is very nice if you do your own servicing, if not...your mechanic will love you for it. :-)

As earlier mentioned, look at alot of boats...see what your particulars are and how you plan to use it, i.e. if you plan to fish or do similar activities, you would want a boat that has some cockpit area or europa vs pilot house type cabin, etc. Only by looking and studying will you come to the conclusion of what style boat you will want.

Good luck in your search; it is an adventure my wife and I enjoyed for many years prior to retirement and eventually we found our perfect fit.
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You have started at a great place in this forum, some exceptionally bright owners/capt/1st mates here. Keep reading and following along, the tidbits you pick up help put the vast puzzle together, I know it has helped me understand more how these types of vessels handle etc.
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