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Old 01-29-2017, 07:02 PM   #1
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We recently relocated from Seattle to Anacortes (Skyline). After buying a house we decided might as well buy a boat. After several potential deals went south, our neighbor took pity on us and offered his DF 34. We are quite pleased with our small DeFever, and look forward to cruising North this spring.
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Old 01-29-2017, 07:11 PM   #2
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Welcome to the neighborhood! What is her name?
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Old 01-29-2017, 07:19 PM   #3
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Helen Marie, is the boat name. De Fever passage maker 34' built by Jensen in Costa Mesa CA 1976.
Powered by a Perkins 135hp diesel.
I would be interested in contacting and other DF 34 owners in the Puget Sound area.
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Old 01-29-2017, 07:23 PM   #4
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When not in Alaska, were just over the hill from you in Skyline. We have a Defever, but it's a 49RPH. Great engine by the way, we have two. I actually have three, bought one for parts but never needed even one single thing off it.
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Old 01-29-2017, 07:26 PM   #5
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We are not a De Fever but are fairly local (Bellingham) and cruise year round. I will pm you our contact info.

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My wife and I are from Southeast, Ketchikan, Sitka, Juneau. We intend to take a long cruise north next year. We want to make sure that everything is under control with our new purchase before we go, so this year will be short trips to Canada.
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Old 01-29-2017, 07:50 PM   #7
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...We want to make sure that everything is under control with our new purchase before we go, so this year will be short trips to Canada.
I have similar plans. Watch for PM.

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Old 01-29-2017, 07:52 PM   #8
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Welcome,
"Short trips to Canada"
Sounds great.
We're in LaConner .. B-8
Live in Concrete.
We'll do short trips to Canada too but first we're going to the south sound.
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Welcome to the forum! Congratulations on the new boat.

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Old 01-29-2017, 09:14 PM   #10
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Nice looking Rawson. I used to attend trade shows with Ron Rawson many years ago.
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Nice looking Rawson. I used to attend trade shows with Ron Rawson many years ago.
Thanx. Acquired last May, got about three weeks of underway time, but planning three months this year. Will be staying aboard this week for boat show. Boat is very well equipped, but that won't prevent me from throwing more money at it.

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Congrats on your new house and boat acquisition! I have delivered several 41,44 and 52 Defevers (years ago) and never knew there was a 34' model. Looks nice, how about more pictures.
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My wife and I are from Southeast, Ketchikan, Sitka, Juneau. We intend to take a long cruise north next year. We want to make sure that everything is under control with our new purchase before we go, so this year will be short trips to Canada.
As Eric has already mentioned, don't forget to go South as well. Lots of nice cruising to the South and a good place to break you and your boat in. Having said that, Annacortes is a very nice hop from the San Juans and Canadian Gulf Islands. Nice spot to keep a boat.
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My wife and I are from Southeast, Ketchikan, Sitka, Juneau. We intend to take a long cruise north next year. We want to make sure that everything is under control with our new purchase before we go, so this year will be short trips to Canada.
Just remember, never is "everything under control", lol! control the things you can and adapt to the things you can't!
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never knew there was a 34' model. Looks nice, how about more pictures.
Me neither! Let's see some more shots of her. Don't be bashful.
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Thanks to all of you.
I'm still trying to figure out how to use all the features in this forum, including photos
. That said, there are a number of professional photos by the previous owner. They are on the DeFever Cruisers web page, including a great interview with the Lehmann s, P.O. we feel honored that they chose us to pass on their boat to us. We bought their brothers house, and they happened to be the next door neighbor s. They are taking care of House, and boat while we vacation in So Cal.
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Welcome! I have a DF46 and was going to suggest you join the DF Cruisers forum, but I see you already have.
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Welcome aboard. I thought I recognized the name. . We know the Helen Marie when Jack S. and then Lee & Rosie owned her. You've found yourself a great boat!
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Thanks, as I may have mentioned we bought Lee's brothers house, which makes Lee, and Rosie our next door neighbors. The timing just happened to be right for us to buy Helen Marie. Good luck beats good planning, in this case.
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