I14... sorry for the tardy reply... out of wifi
range and trying to catchup on things. I purchased the DeFever in Bainbridge Island out side of Seattle
. We cruised up through Desolation Sound in the Pacific Northwest
then down to San Diego
. I've done the trip many times doing deliveries so felt very comfortable doing the passage
. The DeFever was stabilized and only burned 4 GPH on the trip down with twin Cat D330's at around 1300 RPM
. I would take her anywhere limited only by fuel
capacity. I ran the numbers for a San Diego
trip and while she carried 1800 gal's, I would have put a 500 gal bladder aboard for that trip.
Prior boat was a Transpac 49 CC cutter/ketch rig which we lived aboard for several years and cruised CA to Mexico
and back as well as around the Sea of Cortez
for a year or two. Hence my comment about a longer keel for stability in a blow.
It all depends on your cruising grounds and how far afield you intend to sail. I crewed on a Farr several years ago and found her to be quick, a little tender
but a blast to sail.
Good luck on your search for the right boat... cheers, Capt Phil