We own a 1965 Wooden De Fever 43 which was built in Santa Barbara by Lindwall Boatyards
. It is in great condition and we love it.
DeFevers are great in their design and generally they are well built. Ours we feel is a superior quality build and this is because of the quality of the wood used and the craftsmanship.
A previous reply said the designs and builds are various and I agree. After ours was built most of the DeFevers were built overseas. Get a good survey!
Also, pick an engine
which is well know. We have a Cat single
engine and it is very basic and runs well, easy to service
, walkaround in the engine room. Access to filters etc. is important.
Usually all the good things are included in a De Fever!
Hull design is constant and that is the great feature of the design. These boats are Blue water cruisers and have great flare on the bow and lots of fuel
and water capacity in general. You really cant go wrong with a De Fever design.