As a past delivery captain
, I've run both boats. Both boats would be great for the Bahamas
. The size of the Hatt, especially the aft deck
with the wing doors plus the household furniture (vs built in on Defever) is probably what your wife loves.
Motoryachts tend to have more stuff installed on them. The engine
rooms tend to be more of a maze of equipment
, and plumbing
that goes who knows where. One that has been restored with removal
of old stuff is highly desired.
If I owned either boat
, I would not sell to buy a different boat
. I'd make it work
. But both of these boats lack a cockpit
access is difficult. Both boats came in a cockpit
version (defever 44+5 - I forget the model for Hatt. Both carry a price premium).
I wouldn't own either boat unless it was stabilized. These are both tall boats and while they are relatively seaworthy
, they will roll. Both boats are frequently stabilized so I'd hold out. Would be in excess of $50k (at least) to install stabilizers where there were none.
If I didn't own a boat and wanted to buy one or the other and I planned on using the boat (vs 99.99% tied to dock), I'd go the defever 44. I prefer built in furniture as it stays out and has decent storage
. The engines are sized appropriately for economical 8 kts where you'll burn around 5 gph giving an honest 1500 nm range (over 2000 nms at 7 kts). And the props are much protected much better. If you look at the attached pics, you'll see the Hatt has much smaller rudders and not much of a keel
. Plus the defever 44 is pretty dang big inside, just not as big as the Hatt. The hatts extra length means extra slip fees
(likely an extra $1500/year), more expensive to haul, etc
But in the end, both are damn fine boats. Hatt can get up and go 18 kts (and burn 50 gph!!!!) which is attractive to some. I would be most careful on condition, and stabilization. Even though I'd prefer the defever, if a very nice and stabilized Hatt came along, I'd jump on it.
Two closing thoughts. First, if you don't have a background in larger boats, insurance
can be difficult as can finding a marina sometimes. Second, consider peeking at TrawlerForum - there are several owners of each of these boats.
For pics, Hatt has fresh black bottom. Defever has dirty bottom. You can see the difference - Hatts small rudders are designed to go fast.