The Boat

What is a “TRAWLER”, you may ask?  Someone described a trawler as:  “Salty, strong, tough, seaworthy, economical, displacement speed, well constructed, well engineered, shippy, liveable, comfortable and loveable.”  

ADVENTURES in 2007ADVENTURES is a DeFever 49 Raised Pilothouse – a full-displacement ocean-capable recreational trawler, designed by Arthur DeFever and built in Taiwan at the Sen Koh yard.  We own a 1988 boat, distinctive with her black hull.  We bought her in the Fall of 2002 and we are the 4th owner.  We’ve been living aboard her full-time since 2004, and cruising full-time since 2007.  Over the years we’ve made a number of upgrades to the boat, and those projects are described in other articles.


  • LOA:  49′ 10″        Beam: 15′        Draft: 5′
  • Engines:  Twin 135 hp Lehman (naturally aspirated)
  • Cruise speed: 7.5-8 knots
  • Fuel:  800 gallons (1600-3000 NM range)
  • Water:  400 gallons
  • Generator:  15 Kw
  • Watermaker:  25 gallons/hour
  • Displacement:  32 tons
  • Stabilizers (Naiad)

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