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Old 02-09-2019, 10:09 AM   #1
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DeFever 48 Trawler for sale

For Sale: DeFever 48 Trawler, 1982 CTF built.

I have owned NOMAD for 8 years and have cruised solo most of that time; she is setup for easy one person operation including docking. She has been well maintained and I hate to let her go but I am planning on spending most of the next decade in Europe and North Africa and sadly it makes the most sense to pass her along to a deserving new owner at this time. Currently cruising the Abaco islands; returning to the Titusville area in early March 2019.

· Federally Documented Vessel
· Major interior remodel in 2013/2018
· 70,000 lb. fully loaded, 24’ bridge clearance, 16’ beam, 4.7’ draft
· Twin Ford Lehman 120 natural diesels, ZF-63 transmissions (2.48:1 ratio); under 6,000 hours on engines, 3,000 on transmissions
· 24V, 6.5kW Bow thruster, dual stations and wireless pendant (both anchor & thruster)
· 3 cabins master has a walk-around queen, 2 full bathrooms (one has a steam shower), twin electric heads
· 11’ Boston Whaler with new Mercury 15hp electric start 4-stroke engine; electric davit
· Paravane stabilized (very economical with only a 0.6 knot penalty @ 7 knots)
· 1,140 gal. fuel capacity (including a 140 gal. day-tank); ~3,400 mile range @ 5 knots; 4 fuel filters between each engine and main tanks; each Lehman burns ~0.9 gph @ 1,200 rpm @ 5 knots; (9.5knot max cruise)
· 7.7kW Westerbeake 3-phase 120/240V generator; burns ~0.882 gph under full 66Amp load
· Sixteen deep-discharge house batteries, 1,760Ah total!, (new 2019), 2 new bow thruster AGM batteries (new 2018); new gen & engine batteries (2019)
· 150 Amp house bank alternator plus 2, 45 Amp engine alternators
· Three 25W vhf radios w/DSC/Distress, 4 weather stations, NOAA weather alert radio, 2 Furuno Navnet radar/chartplotter displays and a 27” flybridge chartplotter
· Class-B AIS transponder, 4 depth finders (2 video), 3 compasses, Simrad AP-16 Autopilot, 5 GPS sources
· 2 Epirbs, fully stocked ditch-bag, 6-person life raft, current Coastguard safety sticker
· 100W Yeasu FT-2000 SSB; covers all ham bands and weather fax reception; Shakespeare-393 antenna
· Kenwood R-5000 SSB receiver as a backup
· 4 burner propane stove, convection/microwave oven, toaster oven, frig, deep sink w/garbage disposal, wine cooler, chest freezer
· OpenCPN chartplotter loaded with current NOAA charts and older Explorer charts (open-source program w/free chart updates), tied to 27” flybridge monitor with AIS plotting/tides/currents/etc.
· 3 engine room cameras and 4th aft looking camera viewable from Flybridge, laptop or remote iPhone app
· Digital engine/shaft temps/batteries/generator monitoring viewable from engine room & cameras
· 3 ProSine battery charges (6 outputs) and separate solar panel/wind generator controller/regulator
· Two 1,800W ProSine inverters (split loads, 30 Amp total)
· Both120 & 12V power monitoring; redundant surge suppressors, 4 GFIC circuits, 3.5Amp USB outlets
· 480W solar panels (new 2018) & 40 amp wind generator (100% self-sufficient at anchor if you use wisely)
· Automatic MOB engine kill system (good if you cruise solo!)
· Twin horns, electric and compressed air
· 650W of outside 360⁰ LED spreader lighting
· Dual 60/65 lb. bow anchors with 200’+200’ 3/8” BBB chain, stern anchor & 100 lb. hurricane anchor, over 200’ of new hurricane rope in Lazarette
· Automatic engine room fire suppression
· Four blade, 26” bronze propellers, 1.75” shafts. Two spare props in the Lazarette.
· Wireless Wi-Fi network w/networked color HP laser printer and external Wave Wi-Fi range booster
· LED lighting throughout boat
· 3 reverse cycle aircon units (2, 12,000 Btu and 1, 16,000 Btu)
· New Petite bottom paint (12/2018)
· 500 gal. H2O capacity
· 20 gal. hot H2O heater
· 45 gal. holding tank
· KVH-M1Trackvision satellite system (DirectTV)
· 40” LCD TV in salon w/DVR
· Detailed and fully documented maintenance log
· Complete operator and service manual sets including digital copies and current detailed plumbing/electrical/black-water/engine/fuel/etc. diagrams/schematics
· Gun safe
· Complete engine room tool box, work bench and plenty of spares
· Both port & starboard dock connections, 50, 30+30, 30 and 15Amp adapters
· Magma SS propane barbeque grill.
· Burglar alarm, anchor alarm, freezer and frig temperature alarms
· 12 fenders w/4 dock-boards and a many dock lines
· Enclosed flybridge, new Isinglass (2018)
· 2 Scuba tanks, BC’s, wet gear and 80’ hookah hoses (use either solo or hookah hooked)
· Detailed 80 page operator/crew/visitors manual with mechanical/plumbing/electrical & operation details

Turnkey and ready to go as-is/as-seen; from binoculars to fishing gear to bed linens she is ready to cruise! (personal items/kitchen stuff/EE test gear, misc. storage containers excluded).
Currently located in Green Turtle Cay
Details and photos downloadable at: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1iqQ...ew?usp=sharing
and
Contact me at john.witzel@gmail.com or call/text 703-683-2029
John Witzel

Priced at $175,000.00, surveyed at $190,000.00 in April 2017.
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Buyer commissions acceptable.
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Old 02-09-2019, 06:18 PM   #2
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What does 'brokers protected' mean?
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Old 02-09-2019, 06:33 PM   #3
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What does 'brokers protected' mean?
Some I`ve met need protection, from their own BS and its consequences. I`d guess it`s PC speak for "No Brokers Please", could also mean "Commission Paid to Broker Introducing Buyer"
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Old 02-09-2019, 06:57 PM   #4
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What does 'brokers protected' mean?
Sorry, I tried to correct it to 'buyer commissions acceptable' but for some reason was unable to.
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Old 02-09-2019, 08:47 PM   #5
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Your Operations Manual, abbreviated as you may call it, is excellent. Don't recall any other seller making such an effort. Very impressive as is the outfitting of the boat.
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Old 02-09-2019, 09:48 PM   #6
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I will second that. I downloaded your Operations Manual and it is excellent. I may steal some of your write ups for the personal user manual I am currently working on for my own boat. The engine room gear in the Pics looks amazingly well cared for. If those are current pictures, it is obvious you take a lot of pride in your vessel. Good luck with the sale. If I was in the market for a boat of this size and vintage, I would be all over this.
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Old 02-09-2019, 10:57 PM   #7
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My wife and I had the pleasure of touring John’s 48 when it was docked near DC several years ago and we were starting to consider Defevers. It’s a gorgeous boat and the extensive upgrades and modernizations John has performed are amazing.
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Old 02-10-2019, 02:55 PM   #8
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Old 02-12-2019, 06:36 PM   #9
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Nice visiting with you this morning John. I will send you an email with my contact information so that you can get a hold of me once you return.
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Old 02-13-2019, 11:39 AM   #10
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For Sale: DeFever 48 Trawler, 1982 CTF built.

I have owned NOMAD for 8 years and have cruised solo most of that time; she is setup for easy one person operation including docking. She has been well maintained and I hate to let her go but I am planning on spending most of the next decade in Europe and North Africa and sadly it makes the most sense to pass her along to a deserving new owner at this time. Currently cruising the Abaco islands; returning to the Titusville area in early March 2019.

· Federally Documented Vessel
· Major interior remodel in 2013/2018
· 70,000 lb. fully loaded, 24’ bridge clearance, 16’ beam, 4.7’ draft
· Twin Ford Lehman 120 natural diesels, ZF-63 transmissions (2.48:1 ratio); under 6,000 hours on engines, 3,000 on transmissions
· 24V, 6.5kW Bow thruster, dual stations and wireless pendant (both anchor & thruster)
· 3 cabins master has a walk-around queen, 2 full bathrooms (one has a steam shower), twin electric heads
· 11’ Boston Whaler with new Mercury 15hp electric start 4-stroke engine; electric davit
· Paravane stabilized (very economical with only a 0.6 knot penalty @ 7 knots)
· 1,140 gal. fuel capacity (including a 140 gal. day-tank); ~3,400 mile range @ 5 knots; 4 fuel filters between each engine and main tanks; each Lehman burns ~0.9 gph @ 1,200 rpm @ 5 knots; (9.5knot max cruise)
· 7.7kW Westerbeake 3-phase 120/240V generator; burns ~0.882 gph under full 66Amp load
· Sixteen deep-discharge house batteries, 1,760Ah total!, (new 2019), 2 new bow thruster AGM batteries (new 2018); new gen & engine batteries (2019)
· 150 Amp house bank alternator plus 2, 45 Amp engine alternators
· Three 25W vhf radios w/DSC/Distress, 4 weather stations, NOAA weather alert radio, 2 Furuno Navnet radar/chartplotter displays and a 27” flybridge chartplotter
· Class-B AIS transponder, 4 depth finders (2 video), 3 compasses, Simrad AP-16 Autopilot, 5 GPS sources
· 2 Epirbs, fully stocked ditch-bag, 6-person life raft, current Coastguard safety sticker
· 100W Yeasu FT-2000 SSB; covers all ham bands and weather fax reception; Shakespeare-393 antenna
· Kenwood R-5000 SSB receiver as a backup
· 4 burner propane stove, convection/microwave oven, toaster oven, frig, deep sink w/garbage disposal, wine cooler, chest freezer
· OpenCPN chartplotter loaded with current NOAA charts and older Explorer charts (open-source program w/free chart updates), tied to 27” flybridge monitor with AIS plotting/tides/currents/etc.
· 3 engine room cameras and 4th aft looking camera viewable from Flybridge, laptop or remote iPhone app
· Digital engine/shaft temps/batteries/generator monitoring viewable from engine room & cameras
· 3 ProSine battery charges (6 outputs) and separate solar panel/wind generator controller/regulator
· Two 1,800W ProSine inverters (split loads, 30 Amp total)
· Both120 & 12V power monitoring; redundant surge suppressors, 4 GFIC circuits, 3.5Amp USB outlets
· 480W solar panels (new 2018) & 40 amp wind generator (100% self-sufficient at anchor if you use wisely)
· Automatic MOB engine kill system (good if you cruise solo!)
· Twin horns, electric and compressed air
· 650W of outside 360⁰ LED spreader lighting
· Dual 60/65 lb. bow anchors with 200’+200’ 3/8” BBB chain, stern anchor & 100 lb. hurricane anchor, over 200’ of new hurricane rope in Lazarette
· Automatic engine room fire suppression
· Four blade, 26” bronze propellers, 1.75” shafts. Two spare props in the Lazarette.
· Wireless Wi-Fi network w/networked color HP laser printer and external Wave Wi-Fi range booster
· LED lighting throughout boat
· 3 reverse cycle aircon units (2, 12,000 Btu and 1, 16,000 Btu)
· New Petite bottom paint (12/2018)
· 500 gal. H2O capacity
· 20 gal. hot H2O heater
· 45 gal. holding tank
· KVH-M1Trackvision satellite system (DirectTV)
· 40” LCD TV in salon w/DVR
· Detailed and fully documented maintenance log
· Complete operator and service manual sets including digital copies and current detailed plumbing/electrical/black-water/engine/fuel/etc. diagrams/schematics
· Gun safe
· Complete engine room tool box, work bench and plenty of spares
· Both port & starboard dock connections, 50, 30+30, 30 and 15Amp adapters
· Magma SS propane barbeque grill.
· Burglar alarm, anchor alarm, freezer and frig temperature alarms
· 12 fenders w/4 dock-boards and a many dock lines
· Enclosed flybridge, new Isinglass (2018)
· 2 Scuba tanks, BC’s, wet gear and 80’ hookah hoses (use either solo or hookah hooked)
· Detailed 80 page operator/crew/visitors manual with mechanical/plumbing/electrical & operation details

Turnkey and ready to go as-is/as-seen; from binoculars to fishing gear to bed linens she is ready to cruise! (personal items/kitchen stuff/EE test gear, misc. storage containers excluded).
Currently located in Green Turtle Cay
Details and photos downloadable at: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1iqQ...ew?usp=sharing
and
Contact me at john.witzel@gmail.com or call/text 703-683-2029
John Witzel

Priced at $175,000.00, surveyed at $190,000.00 in April 2017.
Brokers protected.
John, you giving up boating?
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Sorry, I tried to correct it to 'buyer commissions acceptable' but for some reason was unable to.
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Old 02-14-2019, 10:50 AM   #12
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Just curious because I recently looked at a DeFever 44 and was disappointed, do you happen to know the headroom under the hardtop and throughout the cabin?
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This really is a once in a blue moon kind of boat. Stunning presentation.
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Old 02-18-2019, 05:43 PM   #14
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Thank you jwitzel--I'm an absolute newbie to the forum and several years out before we buy our FIRST boat so Saturday I woke up knowing nothing. Then I read your manual and I feel like all the secrets of the universe have been illuminated. Thank you for the crash course and good luck with the sale.
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Old 02-18-2019, 06:57 PM   #15
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John, I also downloaded your manual: exhaustive, and many ideas there for my own vessel. Thanks for this, and good luck with the sale.
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Very nice.... reminds me of my motorhome and it's miles of mods and MX procedures.
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Unbelievable, absolutely amazed at your presentation and manual, if I could do a quarter as well I would be a happy boater.
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