- Must I own a DeFever in order to be a member? No, you just need to be a nice person who is interested in cruising boats and the cruising life. Most of our members do own a DeFever or are looking for one. However, some have acquired some other boat but want to stay with their cruising buddies in our club.
- What are your members like? Most of our members are mature. Some are still working. Some have retired. Only three are grumpy and they stick together. All our members like boating. Most are interested in spending a lot of time on their boats doing some serious cruising. For some, that is still a dream to be fulfilled. A good many were once died-in-the-wool sailors who now find comfort in the warm, dry pilothouse of their cruising motor vessel, happy to be making 9 knots right into the headwind.
- How do I join? The best way is to JOIN online, right here on our website.
- How much does it cost? Membership (for 2007) is just $25 per couple (or individual if you are single) if you want to download the quarterly DeFever Cruisers MAGAZINE. If you want to have the Magazine mailed to you in the USA, the total cost is $35 per year. Non-USA members must download the Magazine.
- How many people are members? Our membership is about 350 active. Since most of the memberships are actually couples, the total number of people is about 700.
- I live in Finland. Can I join? Yes, and we will put you in touch with other members who live in Finland and Sweden. We have members around the world.
- How would I find other boats to cruise with? Fly our DF Cruisers Burgee from your bow staff and watch for other member boats. Read the DeFever Cruisers NEWS to see who is going to be cruising where. Attend our rendezvous and meet members.
- Can I find a DeFever yacht to buy through the website? You might, by contacting our sponsoring dealers and brokers. See LINKS.
- I have some questions about my DeFever. Who might help me with specific questions and answers? Try our DeFever Cruisers FORUM for members. After you join the forum group, you can post questions. Experienced members may be able to help you with answers.
- How can I ask some questions about the DeFever Cruisers that are not answered here? Contact us through this website. See CONTACT US.
- What is a DeFever Cruisers Rendezvous like? It only takes three boats to have a rendezvous! There are regional rendezvous. There are informal rendezvous on the beach. And there is our big Winter Rendezvous in Florida, usually in late January. It has the largest attendance, about 200 people and 50 boats. Three days of adventure include informative seminars, open boats, and some great parties.
- May I attend one of your rendezvous to meet your members and look at the boats? Yes, if you are an individual who is genuinely interested in our club and not a commercial enterprise seeking new customers or boat listings. Representative of companies that appropriately sponsor our rendezvous may attend and enjoy all the functions.
- What happened to Bob and Barbara Dein? They retired from running the DeFever Cruisers after 10 years at the helm. They started the club and nurtured it to success. They are active members and cruising on their DeFever 44, Gondola.
- How can I order a BURGEE? Members may order the DeFever Cruisers Burgee from Charma Owens. The small burgee costs $28.00 US included mailing in USA. It measures 11" between grommets and 18 1/2" length on the fly. Suitable for up to 45 footers. The large burgee costs $38.00 US, including mailing in USA. It measures 15 1/2" between grommets and 25 1/2" length on the fly. The Large burgee looks great on 48 footers and larger.
Make your check payable to DeFever Cruisers and mail to :
1010 Sago Palm Way
Apollo Beach, FL 33572-2004
What Size is Right for My Boat How and Where to Fly the Burgee?
On powerboats, fly the burgee from a staff on the bow. The burgee should be about 5/8 inch on the fly for each foot of overall length. This suggests the larger burgee for 40 footers and up. However, some of our members prefer the smaller burgee on the DF 44. The large burgee (25 ½ inches on the fly) is good for boats over 40 feet and especially on those longer than 50 feet.
The American Flag or National Ensign is flown at a flag staff at the stern of your boat. It should be one inch on the fly for each foot of overall length.