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The DeFever Cruisers BURGEE - Members may order the DeFever Cruisers Burgee from Charma Owens. The small burgee costs $25.00 US. It measures 11" between grommets and 18 1/2" length on the fly. The large burgee costs $35.00 US. It measures 15 1/2" between grommets and 25 1/2" length on the fly. Prices include shipping in USA. Make your check payable to DeFever Cruisers and mail to : Charma Owens 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 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.

DeFever Dealers

POCTA - Builder of DeFever Yachts - (Pacific Ocean Countries Trading Association) Manufacturer of DeFever Yachts in China. Contact Person is Wilson Lin: wilson.pocta@gmail.com. He can provide some parts for DeFevers and has been helpful to our members needing to restore their boats after severe hurricane damage. His English is pretty good. But write clearly.

Atlantic Yacht Works - Atlantic Yacht Works, in Grasonville, Maryland, on the Chesapeake Bay, is the USA Mid-Atlantic Dealer for DeFever Yachts. See their web site http://www.atlanticyachtworks.com for photos and stats on all the new DeFever models in production.

Northstar Yacht Sales - DeFever Dealer for New England, USA. 1 Lagoon road Portsmouth, RI 02871 401-683-9200 www.northstaryachts.com

Horizon Yacht & Ship Brokerage - We are the West Coast dealer for DeFever and the Southen California dealer for Albermarle Sportfishing boats. With our brand new TRY & BUY program you can charter a beautiful, custom 46 DeFever and cruise the Pacific Northwest. Then when you decide that a DeFever is the perfect yacht for you and you buy one from us within a year of the charter, you will receive a full refund of your charter cost. Whether we order you your perfect Albemarle or DeFever or sell you one in stock, we are prepared to assist with all phases of ownership. If you prefer a quality pre-owned boat, we have a full brokerage team ready to assist. Call us, we can help! Toll Free 877-297-3804 Tel 310-380-6725 Fax 310-380-6796

Jay Bettis & Company - Since 1973 Jay Bettis & Co. has been selling boats of character to the gulf coast and beyond. In addition to quality brokerage listings we are dealers for new Grand Banks and DeFever vessels. We are proud to be sponsors of the DeFever Cruisers Rendezvous. Phone 281-326-3333

Member BLOGS

Belinda and Jim Wolfe on Rickshaw DeFever 44 -

Bob and Elaine Ebaugh on Mar Azul - Cruising the Caribbean

Bob and Stephanie on September Song -

Bob McLeran and Judy Young on MV Sanderling, DF 41 - Also see their website http://cruising.mvsanderling.net/

Cruising Alaska with Tim and Jill on M/V lPandora - Currently (Summer 2009) cruising Alaska on our 1980 49 RPH. Hope you enjoy our blog.

Cruising with Motivator -

Dave & Barb Reinken, Hallelujah, 1987 DF44, Blog -

Doris and Tom Sanders on Second Fantasy -

Doug and Betty Turner on Sea Biscuit - Cruising with Doug and Betty Turner on their DeFever 44 Offshore Cruiser, "Sea Biscuit."

Finally Fun with Sharon and Andy Stepniewski - Andy and Sharon own one of the brand new DeFever 50 CPMY yachts. It looks like the familiar 49 CPMY from a distance, but up close it is WOW bigger! Follow their adventures on the Great Circle, the Bahamas, and beyond.

Ole + Jan Petersen, EMMA JO, 1986 49 RPH - Cruising the Southern Caribbean.

Robin & Jim Roberts - MV Adventures (DF 49 RPH) -

Slade and Susan on DF 44 Sojourner -

Steve and Kim Silver - Maya, DF44 - Join us as we discover our 44' Trawler, MAYA, and embark on our multi-year journeys to ports unknown.

Steve and Nancy Schrimsher, SALTY TURTLE, 1987 DF44, Blog -

Ted & Nancy McCarley, ALOHA FRIDAY, 2002 DF44 -

Wally and Mary Sue Fortner on MV Beulah Belle, DF 44 -

MARINAS that we recommend

Burnt Store Marina, Punta Gorda, FL - Located a few miles south of Punta Gorda. Usually a good fuel stop.

Cabbage Key, FL - Old Florida retreat with historic inn, cottages, restrurant, and marina. Location of rendezvous held in 2009, 2006, and 2005. A favorite of our members.

Ft. Myers City Yacht Basin - Convenient stop on the Okeechobee Waterway. Walk to center of town. Usually a good fuel stop. Moorings in the river nearby. Nice people.

Harborage Yacht Club and Marina / Stuart, FL - Home of the 2010 DeFever Rendezvous. Located on north side of the St. Lucie River at the high bridge. Good floating docks. Club use for those staying at the marina. Restrurants nearby.

Regatta Point Marina, Deltaville, VA - A very convenient, first class marina on the Virginia side of the lower Chesapeake Bay.

South Seas Yacht Harbour, Captiva Island, FL - The marina at South Seas Island Resort is in one of the most beautiful places in the world. Captiva Island is located just north of famous Sanibel Island, near Ft. Myers, Florida email cmartz@southseas.com

St. Augustine FL Municipal Marina - Right in the downtown waterfront of historic Saint Augustine. One block to town.

Titusville FL Municipal Marina - A good stop on the ICW near Cape Canaveral and the Kennedy Space Center.

River Forest Yachting Centers - Two locations on the Okeechobee Waterway, near Stuart, FL and east of LaBelle, FL offer convenient transient dockage, hurricane haul out, indoor and outdoor dry storage with secure tie-downs, and yacht maintenance. Use their climate controlled indoor storage for clean, secure protection during hurricane season or while you return to your home in the north.

Other Good Sources

Curtis Stokes & Associates: DeFever Brokerage Specialists - Curtis Stokes is very knowledgable about DeFever yachts and their current values. He has successfully represented a number of our members who bought or sold a DeFever with his professional help. email Curtis@curtisstokes.net

Spotless Stainless: Makes Stainless Steel Sparkle! - Spotless Stainless removes rust and surface iron that causes rust from Stainless Steel and Fiberglas. Not a polish and is not abrasive. No rubbing. No scrubbing. No polishing. allen@spotlessstainless.com

Wallace Welch Willingham: Marine Insurance - The boat insurance team at Wallace Welch & Willingham provides an unparalleled level of marine insurance service, with over 75 years of combined experience in providing marine insurance to the boating industry across the nation. Representing only A rated companies, we are dedicated to offering the most competitive rates with a diverse array of coverage options so you can relax and enjoy your boat, yacht or vessel. bsouthard@w3ins.com

AI Boats: RIBs and Yacht Tenders service & sales - Exclusive importer and distributor of Flexboat Rigid Inflatable Boats for the USA, Canada, Mexico, Britich Virgin Islands and Cayman Islands. email rob@aiboats.com

American Diesel - Good source of information and parts for Ford Lehman Diesel engines and transmissions. Home of Bob Smith, a frequent speaker on Diesel engine maintenance and repair.

Beard Marine - Marine Air-Conditioning, Watermakers, and Refrigeration

Bomac Marine / Ford Lehman Parts & Service - Ford Lehman parts, service, rebuilt engines from company located in Georgia. They ship internationally. Bomac Marine Power in business since 1956

Charles Industries - Electrical power, communications systems, and components for recreational boating

Escardo Marine/Rite Aire: Humidity & Moisture Control Systems - hectora@escardomarine.com RiteAire marine dehumidifiers prevent mold and odor and imporves air quality.

Hood Yacht Systems - Source for ports, portholes, portlights, hatches that may be suitable replacements for original equipment on many DeFevers.

John Deere - Marine Diesel Engines

Marine Depot - Source for portlights, screens, gaskets.

Mariners Hardware - Good source for port hole screens and other hardware. Located in California. Good web site. Phone 707-765-0880

Naiad Dynamics: Ship Motion Control Systems - World leaders in ship motion contro solutions.svenables@naiad.com Located in Connecticut, Maryland, Florida, and Washington in the US, as well as the UK and the Netherlands, NAIAD DYNAMICS is responsible for more than 10,000 stabilization systems in the luxury yacht, commercial vessel and military ship markets - including 46 of the world's Navies, most of the world's fast ferries, and more luxury yachts than any other company. The combined fielded experience and technical expertise of NAIAD DYNAMICS is unmatched in marine motion control.

Pompanette - Dealer in Tampa, FL for Man Ship, the Chinese company that makes the portlights and screens used commonly in DeFevers. 813-885-2182

Ring Power CAT: Marine Power Systems - North and Central Florida's Caterpillar Dealer. Headquartered in St. Augustine with 18 branch locations throughout the state of Florida. www.ringpower.com email ronny.stewart @ringpower.com

Stabilized Marine NAIAD Stabilizers - Installation and Service of NAIAD Stabilizers 954-797-7330 mobile service. Craig Caulkins has installed NAIAD stabilizers on more than 100 DeFever yachts. Contact him for installation or service.

Stidd Systems - The Finest Marine Seating - STIDD Systems proudly presents a complete line of ergonomic marine seating for the twenty-first century and beyond. Armed with the latest human factors databases, STIDD Systems has evolved as the industry benchmark for quality, comfort, strength and value with unique and innovative features made possible by advanced design, proprietary engineering, and state of the art manufacturing methods.

 

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