1976 DeFever 34 ft Trawler Helen Marie
The 34 Passagemaker is one of just a few trawlers ever built in the United States. This vessel is one of the last DeFevers built in Costa Mesa, CA. Most trawlers of this era were built in Taiwan, and their low prices and extravagant teak interiors made it difficult for American builders to compete.
Recently surveyed in 2017.
Her round-bilged, full displacement hull has a deep keep and a large rudder for directional stability, and her flared bow, sharp entry and deep forefoot help insure a dry and comfortable ride in offshore conditions. Heavily built on a solid fiberglass hull, the 34's sedan layout is well suited for a cruising couple.
Her teak interior is arranged with the galley in the salon, aft of the lower helm, and there's a built-in lounge to port. A large hatch in the salon sole provides access to the spacious engine compartment, and a pair of teak doors open to a surprisingly roomy cockpit. The side decks are wide, and there's a dingy on the flybridge with an electric winch.
Additional features include a huge storage locker opposite the head, a teak swim platform, transom door, and a deck access door at the lower helm.
A single 135 Perkins diesel delivers an honest 800 mile cruising range at 7 knots.
Provided by Chuck Seaman, Seattle Yachts