Here's a link that should work better: 1971 54ft Offshore DeFever
That Defever looks to be in good condition in the pictures, but then again they all look better in ads than in real life.
It could indeed be a comfortable liveaboard.
But...one big issue (assuming there aren't major mechanical / wood problems) would be keeping it in this condition. A large wood boat, in salt water
, not under cover...that is a phenomenal amount of work to keep up. Of course you can do this yourself or hire it out. I have a guy who works on my boat for $25/hr cash who is excellent. I could see budgeting $1K/month to have him "maintain" that boat. OK, you can probably acquire the skills and put 30 hours a month into maintenance
(how much do YOU earn per hour?) but, while there are some people who truly love maintaining their boats like this, the vast majority find it tedious and let things slide. And then turn that $80K boat into a $40K boat in a few years.
Of course there's also mooreage - I'm going to assume you can research
that in your area but I'd be surprised if you could get something decent for under$1K / month. And end tie with a view? Could be much more.
And now for the big items. How are the fuels tanks
on that boat? I think they're black iron and - since nothing's mentioned in the listing - probably original. They might be in excellent condition. And you might be able to keep them that way. But if they start leaking fuel
...the cost of fixing just this ONE problem could exceed the purchase price
. The DD engines are a known commodity and not expensive even to rebuild
/ replace though they are a bit messy and noisy. 3900 hours and coastal voyages indicates that they are probably replacements
One odd thing - a raised pilothouse boat with no pictures of the pilothouse (and no mention of electronics) leads me to believe that the current
(and possibly several past) owners were not themselves cruisers. And that the electronics
are old and possibly not in service
. Not a bad thing, particularly if you don't intend to cruise
yourself, but the entire description seems to be about accommodations and I don't see anything backing up that "capable of offshore
cruising" claim. Oh, and that tender
cannot be lifted by that boat deck
davit - probably doesn't come with the boat anyway.
Is there a holding tank
? Not mentioned. You're going to need a solution to that problem if you plan to live aboard. And the list goes on and on...
So if you're willing to spend $3K to $4K per month PLUS the cost of the boat just to "live the dream" then this might be worth considering.