“An Arthur DeFever design is pretty from most angles, with a springy sheer line that sweeps past the Portuguese bridge, along a protective bulwark to a comfortable cockpit. Arthur DeFever, son of a hardhat diver, grew up on the San Diego waterfront. After completing studies in naval architecture at UC Berkeley, he worked first for designers of large yachts, but before World War II he was on his own, designing the tuna clippers that lined the San Diego waterfront. Ranging from 90 to 181 feet, these clippers ranged as far as Ecuador and the Galapagos, staying at sea for months in all conditions until their holds were filled; though these were working vessels, their clean and seamanlike lines were attractive to yachtsmen and, by the ’50s and early ’60s, DeFever had seaworthy “trawler yachts” under construction in the United States, Japan and Mexico.” (Caswell, Chris, 2014)
This DeFever Trawler is a Model 68-50, there were approximately only 16 wooden boats of this model built in Yokosuka, Japan from 1968-1970. The over-all length is 50 feet, with a water-line length of 46.5 feet. There is a 14.5 foot beam (width) and a 5 ft-10 inch draft (depth). This boat is designed for blue water heavy duty offshore cruising with the features of a concave raked stem, transom type stern, and a raised forward deck with walk-around passage alongside cabin, port and starboard any destination is possible.
“The planks are Philippine mahogany and the frames are Keyaki (Japanese Grey-Bark Elm, also known as Zelkova serrata). Cruising range is approximately 2200-3000 miles (depending upon speed). The main engine is a Caterpillar D330T turbocharged 4-cylinder engine with about 125 horsepower. It has the dry stack and it turns a 42 inch, five-blade propeller with a 4.48:1 gear reduction.” (DeFever Model 68-50 Specks) "
This trawler is ready to go to sea, the engine, hull and bones are solid and strong with no major repairs needs. The bright work is due as well as bottom paint and some cosmetic tender loving care, all in all she is a low maintenance hi endurance vessel.
The current owner of this beauty is 6’ 4 and has no problem standing with head room to spare. This spacious design leaves ample room for moving around, while utilizing every nook and cranny for an unbelievable amount of storage space. Below; the forward stateroom has a single berth on the port side and bunks on the starboard as well as a spacious head. The aft Stateroom is filled with drawers, closet space, and a luxurious queen sized berth center room; leaving room for walking around the berth and to the head and shower that is forward of the berth.
The engine room located amidships is large enough to walk around but not tall enough to stand straight. Moving upward to the main living area located amidships above the engine room you will find the pilothouse/steering station, the built in dining area, sitting area quite roomy and comfortable for both entertaining and dining. The main living area also housed this quaint galley with side by side freezer and refrigerator, double sink, stove and oven.
Moving above to the flying bridge you will see the steering and engine controls and spacious seating for six or two outdoor berths. The aft of the boat has an optional enclosure for the cockpit, which is quite roomy, as well as the trunk cabin (the area above the master stateroom) where a mattress can be placed for sleeping in warmer climates.
1199 Pacific Highway
San Diego, CA 92101