Renowned Defever 49 Pilothouse
This 49 Defever Pilothouse is one of only Three in Australia, this vessel being last to be imported into Australia. Rarely do they come on the market, they are a very sort after vessel because of their seakeeping qualities and structural integrity. This Defever was built in the CTF factory in Taiwan at a time when the quality of the build was Paramount. Be aware of some imposters that are currently on the market.
A little about the history of Arthur Defever
Arthur DeFever spent his early years designing commercial tuna clippers for the San Diego fleet. These vessels proved highly reliable and seaworthy. They stayed away from port for weeks at a time, traveling long distances to Central and South America before returning safely with their catch.
In the early 1960s, Arthur joined the Offshore Cruising Society. At the time, long range cruising in private yachts was virtually always done in sailboats. The Society retained Arthur to design a series of seaworthy cruising powerboats in the 38 to 54 foot length that would have sufficient range to make the long runs up and down the Pacific coast into Mexico or to Alaska. These were deep draft, full-displacement, diesel-powered vessels that were capable of prolonged Pacific passages in comfort and safety. Many were constructed of wood at the Lindwall yard in Santa Barbara. Some were built with steel in Mexico. Many of these vessels still cruise the Pacific coast including PAU HANA II, 1960 vintage, owned by DeFever Cruisers members
In the 1970s, fiberglass became the preferred hull material for boat building. In many of Art's designs, single diesel power gave way to twin engines. He made appropriate modifications, but the characteristic swept sheer, high prow, and displacement hull form were retained. The popular designs of the past quarter century share a distinctive profile, which is a source of pride for owners. The DeFever Passagemaker 34,40 and 43, the 44 Offshore Cruiser, 49 Raised Pilothouse, 52 Offshore Cruiser, and 60 Offshore Cruiser reflect this DeFever profile that yields excellent sea-keeping capability, interior room and comfort. The Passagemaker 34 and 40 were manufactured at Jensen Marine in California, while the others were built by CTF in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, and more recently, by POCTA in mainland China.
Gold Coast Region
CTF in Kaohsiung, Taiwan
49' 3" - 15.02m
Fibreglass and teak
2nd Engine Hrs
Huge master cabin with ensuite and loads of storage, forward a double cabin with loads of storeage. Spacious open plan saloon leading out to an aft deck area and from there easy access to the very generous swim platform. Large pilot house area which can also be converted into another sleeping area.
One double and two singles
Large U shape galley with granite bench tops and ample storage.