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Old 08-08-2010, 07:59 PM   #21
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1979 40' Downeast repowered with 440hp Yanmar.
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Old 08-09-2010, 10:24 AM   #22
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Are there any Defever (specific) forums or message boards?
Sure will appreciate anyone that can point me in the right direction.
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Old 08-09-2010, 10:44 AM   #23
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http://defevercruisers.com/

Not free, but well worth membership. If you own, or plan to own, a DeFever definitely sign up.
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Old 08-09-2010, 11:42 AM   #24
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http://defevercruisers.com/


Not free, but well worth membership. If you own, or plan to own, a DeFever definitely sign up.


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excellent referral - very interesting site - thanks
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Old 08-09-2010, 12:43 PM   #25
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Check out my avatar for a near sistership = mine is a Jensen Marine Passagemaker 40 with a Downeast flybridge.

That came about after the PO had a unfortunate encounter with the Rt. 17 bridge over the Ashley Rv. in Charleston.

I've seen the listing for your boat on YW - Nice boat!

Do you ever open up that 440 HP Yanmar?. How deep a hole does she dig?

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Thanks for the compliment....We bought her in April and took delivery in May....Yes, I have opened up the 440 (only to keep the Turbo lubed)*and lets just say all the surfers would love it! lol

The PO did a fantastic job of restoring her to near new condition, interior as well as paint. We have been doing the brite work on cap/hand rails and using Epithane and really like the result.

We have only gone on some short cruises around here, but we do plan on venturing out and hopefully the Western Caribbean will be our destination in the near future.

I can sure see the sistership in our boats,*how long have you*owned her? She is a beautiful boat.*
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Old 08-15-2010, 09:19 PM   #26
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Think about it for a second - Mr. DeFever is over 90 years old, and he has time to talk to the third owner of a boat he designed 40 years ago.

It definitely is a labor of Love for Mr DeFever

By the way, Mr. DeFever calls the PM 40 and the Downeast 40 the "38". He told me it's "just a fiberglass version of the wood 38." Measure the boat and you'll see he's right.

I see on my documentation it measures 36.2 ???

Remember, he's over 90. Don't mention the 440 Yanmar.

You think he would have an issue with that? I didn't do the repower...but I think it's a fine piece of machinery; albeit*probably more power than is really needed.

I have a Wood Freeman Auto Pilot, and the few times I have used it, I didn't find it dependable....but then it may be that I havn't figured out all the dials and setup.
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Old 08-18-2010, 02:01 PM   #27
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Greetings,

New owner of an older 49 RPH.* She is currently lying in North Carolina for some work, but we will soon be moving her to her new home in Virginia.* We are looking forward to using her in the Chesapeake to get used to her, and venturing further in a few years.

Thansk for all of the wisdom shared on this forum.* We have learned a lot, and still have a long way to go.

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Old 12-04-2010, 09:34 AM   #28
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I've been lurking and soaking up information/knowledge for a long time now.* We recently closed on Gray Hawk and she is currently berthed in Elliott Bay, Seattle.* But we're paying for two berths so she will be moving to Sidney, BC as soon as we can get organized enough to make the move, likely between Christmas and New Years or in early Jan.* She was described on Yachtworld as a 43 Defever but what looks to be the original drawings were onboard and they show her as a 42 foot ocean cruiser.* When we get to Sidney they are going to measure us - then we'll know for sure.
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Old 12-04-2010, 09:58 AM   #29
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Welcome to the DeFever family, and to this forum as it is certainly the fountain of information as you are already aware. Ya just gotta luv this place.

I am a fairly recent owner of a DeFever so I'm not as well versed as others, however, my boat too is advertised as a 40 Downeast, but in fact, the documentation shows her at 36'2". I am assuming this to be the waterline length, but then we know what happens when we assume



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Old 12-04-2010, 04:11 PM   #30
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I am about to be a Defever 40 owner. I have a question. My HIN number is PAS401091073 I know the last for were the month and year being October 1973. A friend of ours has hull #3 also built in 1973 with his hull number starting out as PAS40003..... Should the 109 of my HIN be the hull number? It is hard to think that they laid 109 hulls in the first year they built the 40.
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I am about to be a Defever 40 owner. I have a question. My HIN number is PAS401091073 I know the last for were the month and year being October 1973. A friend of ours has hull #3 also built in 1973 with his hull number starting out as PAS40003..... Should the 109 of my HIN be the hull number? It is hard to think that they laid 109 hulls in the first year they built the 40.
Yours was built in October 73, keep in mind that back then the boating industry as well as automotive industry did come out with model year changes in mid year sometime.* So his #003 could have been built in say 06 of 72 but been titled as a 73 for marketing reasons.* That gives you 16 -17*months of production or 6-7 a month.* Possible?* Maybe.

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Old 12-05-2010, 05:48 AM   #32
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My documentation shows my number as AAY00020279, so I guess that makes my boat hull #2 that was built by Jensen Marine in Santa Ana, CA. in Feb.1979?
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Old 12-05-2010, 11:26 AM   #33
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Thanks Mike, and right you are...Downeast built my boat, not Jensen, and yes they are very nice, well made boats and like you, I cannot see myself parting with my boat.
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Here are a few differences between the 1973 #003 and the 1973 #109

My (109) has a trough molded around the seats on the flybridge floor and a pipe just behind the starboard seat to dump rain water over. 003 does not.

My lazaret hatch is wood and his is not.

My wood hand rails go all of the way around the bow where his stops and a metal rail goes around the bow.

My stanchions go straight up and his are at an angle.

My stanchions are not thru bolted in the wood trim his are.

My boat has a blue passage maker emblem on the side of the cabin and his does not and shows no signs of there ever being one.

I thought these were interesting differences in two boats of the same year especially the molded trough fly bridge floor.
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Mike,
The lines drawing in your avitar intreuge me still. Are those the lines of a De Fever?
I see in the lines that there is almost no emersed transom. That should be a very easily driven hull.
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Old 01-28-2011, 06:35 AM   #36
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Any 48 owners out there? I'd love to get some more inside knowledge as I have one under contract.

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Old 06-04-2011, 10:19 PM   #37
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I should have updated this a while ago. The 48 is our newest joy!
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I am curious to know how many DeFever owners are on this forum.* I am a soon-to-be-owner if all goes well with the survey.* Don't be shy, folks!
Me too. I decided to buy a trawler after a few bar crossings in my Wooldridge Alaskan and have fallen in love with the 40-41 models. I have found a 40 on the hard that needs cosmetic work mostly teak that i may buy.
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