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  • Year:  2000
  • Length:  44'
  • Engine/Fuel Type:  Twin / diesel
  • Located In:  Annapolis (area), MD
  • Hull Material:  Fiberglass
  • YW#:  4344-2777519

Current Price:  US$ 324,900



DeFever yachts are among the most respected long-range world cruisers money can buy. Timeless in design, these fuel-efficient trawlers are derived from Arthur DeFever’s 1930’s designs of 90’-125’ tuna clippers. His first yachts for private use came out of his San Diego design studio in the early 1950’s. Arthur’s specialty has consistent been in the 42’–58’ size range and the 44 and the 49 represent some of his best work over the years. Each successive semi-custom built yacht further tweaks the brilliance of his designs.

This 2000 DeFever 44, SEAWEED, is in immaculate condition and has been lovingly cared for in an ‘open checkbook’ manner by her very conscientious owners. She is cruised a few weeks each year and then carefully hauled and packaged for storage on land on the middle Chesapeake Bay. Buy a new yacht like this today and spend you’ll just under $1M. A better alternative is to grab this superbly preserved cruiser for a fraction of the cost of a new build.

Here’s the low-down you really need to know:

The boat just feels SUPER solid when you step aboard. She’s like an S-class Benz or a 7-series BMW. There are fantastic outside and inside spaces that just make sense.   Every available space above or below the floors has a useful purpose. We brought some friends along on picture/video marketing day for our sea trial. It was sunny, a bit brisk, but gorgeous out on the water. They hadn’t been on a Defever long distance trawler before. They kept saying the same thing the whole day: ‘WOW!’ The NAIAD stabilized ride is smooth. The flybridge is huge and comfortable.  Main living spaces below are bright and airy.  The engines make a gentle hum in the background at full cruise. Visibility is superb whether you’re above or below decks. It’s just a super fun boat for short or long term life aboard.   Come see for yourself!

Engine 1:
Engine Brand: Perkins
Year Built: 2000
Engine Model: Sabre
Engine Type: Inboard
Engine/Fuel Type: Diesel
Engine Hours: 2143
Drive Type: Direct Drive
Engine Power: 135 HP


Engine 2:
Engine Brand: Perkins
Year Built: 2000
Engine Model: Sabre
Engine Type: Inboard
Engine/Fuel Type: Diesel
Engine Hours: 2143
Drive Type: Direct Drive
Engine Power: 135 HP

Boat Name

LOA: 43 ft 9 in
Beam: 14 ft 9 in
LWL: 38 ft 6 in
Minimum Draft: 4 ft 7 in
Dry Weight: 44000 lbs

Total Power: 270 HP

Cruising Speed: 8 knots
Maximum Speed: 10 knots

Fresh Water Tanks: (350 Gallons)
Fuel Tanks: (1100 Gallons)
Holding Tanks: (40 Gallons)


Step aboard via opening rail gates on both port and starboard to the main aft deck.  Head up from here to the expansive flybridge, up again to the tender storage and crane which is the roof over the main aft deck.  Go below a few steps into the nearly full beam main salon with exits both port and starboard to protected side decks.  A U-shaped galley lies to port with a convenient opening pass-through window back to the aft main deck.  From the main salon, head aft to the palatial owner's stateroom with abundant hanging lockers and drawer storage, an en suite head with separate stand-along shower.  The utility room with over-under washer dryer is to starboard in this space.  Moving forward and down from the main salon is a huge VIP stateroom with more hanging lockers, drawer storage and the second en suite head.  From this space you access the full beam engine room.


This is the heart of a great yacht and where you'll spend most of your time when not on deck.  DeFever pulled out all the stops designing this space.  It's a protected helm during rough weather.  It's a living room, an office, an entertaining space.  Big windows, three doors, lots of storage, and beautiful asian joinery all contribute to the splendor of this area.  In modern homes, everyone congregates around the kitchen and chef for social time.  Same thing applies here as the large u-shaped galley and main salon are open to one another.

  • L-shaped sofa to port, forward of galley
  • 6’8’’ headroom
  • Starboard and port sliding pilot port doors for easy passage to side decks
  • Teak folding table comfortably seats 4
  • (2) Starboard and (1) Port window offer tons of natural light
  • (4) overhead lights
  • (2) Brass accent lights
  • Office desk aft of helm
  • (1) Storage drawer
  • (1) Sliding teak chair
  • Chart book storage rack
  • Electronics storage cabinet for computer and printer
  • Book shelf above galley pass-through
  • Storage shelves aft of salon
  • Teak steps to each side deck port with storage compartments below
  • Electric panel forward
  • Large 2.5’ chart drawer
  • (1) storage cabinet and (1) pull out drawer forward
  • Teak handrail mounted at cabin top for easy passage under way
  • Counter space running aft to galley
  • Side-by-side refrigeration below countertop


Now comes the feature this yacht offers that most trawlers do not.  A fully functional galley with plenty of light, ventilation, counter & storage space.  Food prep here is as easy as in a gourmet kitchen at home.  All the while separate from the salon yet in the same open floor plan.  

  • U-shaped galley to port
  • Full height pantry offers a huge amount of galley storage
  • Princess 3-burner stove, propane
  • (2) Opening ports for great ventilation
  • Large pass-through space to salon, great for entertaining
  • Aft opening port allows for easy pass through to aft-deck wet bar
  • Magic Chef microwave runs off inverter, genset, or shore power
  • (8) Overhead storage cabinets
  • Stainless steel double sink with stainless steel faucet
  • top-loading storage compartment under counter
  • (4) pull-out drawers below counter
  • Pot/pan storage compartment below Princess stove/oven
  • (4) below-counter storage cabinets
  • (4) 120V outlets
  • Marinetics Corp LP Gas control
  • Exhaust fan above stove
  • Teak spice rack
  • Large teak storage rack at salon pass-through
  • (2) Norcold below-counter refrigerators w/ freezer boxes below starboard countertop


An incredible master stateroom which features a queen island berth with night stands on either side, copious storage both port and starboard includes hanging lockers, drawers, shelving and louvered doors for ventilation.  There are six side-opening ports and two large aft-opening ports all with light blocking covers. 

There is a utility room which houses the washer/dryer, storage lockers, counter space clothes racks.

The ensuite head compartment features a Sealand Vacuflush toilet, a large counter top, sink, a large bulkhead mirror, 12v fan, an opening port, a separate shower stall, two towel racks, 110v outlet and 12v lighting. 

  • Aft cabin owner’s suite, four steps below galley
  • 6’7’’ headroom
  • walk-around centerline queen bed with spring-form mattress
  • (2) Bedside nightstand cabinets with large counters w/ 3 drawers each
  • (1) 120V outlet at each nightstand
  • (2) Brass reading lights
  • (2) Cabin fans
  • (8) Large stainless steel opening ports for ventilation
  • 24’’ TV above starboard cabinets
  • (5) Hanging locker cabinets, cedar lined
  • (10) large pull-out storage drawers
  • 2’ mirrored makeup vanity with shelf storage behind
  • (4) overhead lights
  • Laundry room to starboard
  • Splendide 2000 automatic washer and vented dryer
  • Folding countertop w/ storage cabinet below
  • Shop-vac storage
  • Fire extinguisher mount
  • Private head to port
  • VacuFlush head
  • Separate shower stall w/ full enclosure
  • Corian countertop with single-bowl sink
  • Stainless steel faucet and soap dish
  • (1) Medicine cabinet
  • (1) Large deep storage compartment
  • (1) shelf cabinet
  • Exhuast fan
  • 120V outlet
  • Large teak-border mirror
  • (2) Storage cabinets below countertop
  • (1) opening side port
  • (1) Cabin fan for added ventilation



They say the best yacht drinks six, feed four, but only sleep two. If you HAVE to break with that golden rule, put your guests at the other end of the boat in this spacious VIP guest cabin and then lock the door. It’s huge, comfortable, well ventilated, has lots of storage and an en suite head.

  • King-size V-berth with removable center filler-piece
  • Four-step companionway entry from main salon
  • 4’’ Foam mattress
  • (4) side opening ports
  • (1) large overhead opening hatch
  • (2) storage shelves
  • Large hanging locker and shelving storage compartment
  • (1) pull out drawer
  • (2) below berth storage compartments
  • (2) Brass reading lights
  • (2) cabin fans
  • Private en-suite head
  • Vacu-flush Head
  • Corian countertop with single-bowl sink
  • Stainless steel faucet
  • Large medicine cabinet
  • (2) above-counter storage cabinets
  • (1) large below-counter storage cabinet
  • Teak great floor
  • Pull-back shower curtain
  • Handheld shower head
  • Plastic soap dish
  • Shelf storage above sink vanity
  • Vanity mirror on forward bulkhead


The flybridge is huge with oversized deep and long benches to port and starboard leading up to a wide helm area. The centerline captain’s chair affords 360 degree views around the boat and surrounding water for maneuvering. There are two forward-facing benches for two on either side of the helm seat. The flybridge is completely enclosed for comfort and safety. Under most cruising conditions, you can barely hear the engines as you scoot along at 8 knots or more.

  • Accessed via stairway from aft cockpit through opening sliding fiberglass hatch
  • Large open deck space for entertaining
  • (2) benches w/ 3’’ cushions and back rests
  • (2) forward facing 3’ benches at helm
  • TODD Pivoting captains chair with custom cushioning
  • Arch with extended bimini, eisenglass opening windshield, and full enclosure
  • (2) stainless steel direction lights mounted under arch
  • (2) speaker mounts
  • Electronics mounted above arch
  • Raytheon open-array radar
  • Analog and digital TV receiver
  • Garmin 125 GPS
  • VHF antenna
  • Anchor light
  • Plexiglass windshield with stainless steel mounting brackets
  • Large storage deck aft with stainless steel dinghy storage chalks
  • Stainless steel crane with electric winch
  • (2) deep storage lockers below helm dash
  • Ship intercom inside port locker door
  • Flashlight and handheld flood light storage inside port locker
  • Chart storage in starboard locker
  • ACR EPIRB mounted on starboard locker door
  • 3’ steering wheel
  • 12v outlet at helm for conveniently charging personal devices
  • Fire extinguisher mounted at helm


The main aft deck is huge and well connected to the fly bridge and main salon so groups in all spaces are togetherat anchor or underway.

  • Hard top for protection from the sun and rain
  • An electric crane for hoisting the dinghy which is stored on the hard top over the aft deck.
  • Large deck runs entire beam of boat
  • (4) person deck table with chairs
  • (2) overhead lights
  • Dockbox mounted to port for large storage space
  • Wet bar with stainless steel sink forward
  • U-Line ice maker
  • Freshwater hose hookup and fold-down counter
  • Storage below wet bar
  • Large opening port at wet bar for easy pass-through to galley
  • (1) 120v outlet
  • (2) pass-through side access ports
  • (1) stern pass-through port to swim platform
  • Varnished teak rail cap and fiberglass rail enclosure
  • Teak 3’’ flag mount with SS deck mount at stern
  • Teak and SS ladder down to swim platform
  • 2’ wide fiberglass swim platform with fresh water wash down


Big, protected, open space forward makes docking and anchoring a breeze. There are some really well placed deck storage bins just in front of the windshield for docking accessories, lines and any ‘stuff’ you might need to keep up there. You can go forward in pretty rough seas and feel safe and protected. The bow rails are tall and provide good handholds when needed.

  • Maxwell 2200 Anchor Windlass w/ foot controls at bow
  • Stainless Steel bulwark at bow
  • 3’’ teak cap rail around deck
  • Solid stainless steel rail
  • (4) Stainless steel bumper racks along side rail
  • Fresh water hookup forward of pilothouse
  • (2) storage lockers forward of pilot house
  • (3) Windshield wipers
  • (2) stainless steel air horns mounted on pilot brow
  • (4) stainless steel eye cleats mounted at bow and side combings
  • Non-skid decks
  • Red and green navigation lights mounted on wood teak panels
  • 2ft wide side decks
  • (2) side deck lights
  • (1) forward deck light


Everything you need for running this ship is within easy reach of the captain’s chair. Visibility to all corners of the yacht is clear and unobstructed for tight quarter maneuvering. Your crew and guests can all hang out with you underway.


  • iCOM IC-M502 VHF
  • 36” Stainless steel wheel
  • Morse throttles
  • Naiad Stabilizer control panel
  • Interphase forward-facing sonar display
  • Big Bay Nobletec chart display
  • Raytheon RL80C color radar display
  • Raytheon ST6000+ Autopilot
  • Raytheon ST60 Tridata
  • 3’’ Ritchie Compass
  • Perkins Sabre engine panel
  • Windlass control
  • Map light


  • Dell Precision T3400 PC with Samsung SyncMaster 170MP monitor
  • Nobletec PC navigation
  • Video splitter for display at lower and upper helm monitors
  • Sony CD player/stereo
  • 2’ wooden ship’s wheel
  • Raytheon RC520 chart plotter
  • 3’’ Ritchie compass
  • Map light
  • Morse throttles
  • Maxwell windlass control
  • Perkins Sabre engine panels
  • Windshield wiper controls
  • Heart Interface Battery monitor panel
  • Intercom phone
  • Weems & Plath brass clock and barometer
  • Naiad stabilizer controls
  • Raytheon ST6000+ autopilot control
  • Raytheon tridata display
  • iCOM VHF Command Mic


Great yachts too often come at the expense of a great engine room.  Not the case with SEAWEED!  We spent a lot of time with the camera down here to help you appreciate the brilliance of DeFever's design.  Every system is carefully laid out for easy access and service.  These low hour Perkins naturally aspirated diesels provide plenty of quiet power to propel SEAWEED at 8 knots or higher with quiet ease.  Meticulous care of this yacht is well displayed as you tour this engine room.  The thoughtfully designed electrical system is set up for time on the hook as well.

  • Twin Perkins Sabre 135HP 6-cylinder diesel engines (2143 hours)
  • Westerbeke 8kW Generator (1149 hours)
  • Five battery system which includes 8D batteries that are properly housed in fiberglass storage boxes.  Three separate banks with parallel switch.  (900 amp hours)
  • Chargemaster 12/100-3 Battery Charger.  There are two battery chargers.  One for the house bank and one in the inverter.
  • Xantrex Freedom 30 3000 watt Inverter (auto-switching)
  • NAIAD twin fin stabilizer system
  • Razor fuel filtration for engines and genset
  • Tank Watch 4 fluid monitoring system
  • Three CruiseAir reverse cycle heat and air conditioning systems
  • Two 30 amp shorepower inlets with cords
  • Single sea chest raw water intake system eliminates the need for a pile of through-hulls throughout the vessel
  • Hot/Cold fresh water system
  • Hot Water Heater (engine and 110V heated)
  • Fresh water wash down system



  • Plastimo Offshore 6 Person Life Raft
  • Lifesling
  • Lifejackets & Standard Safety Equipment
  • West Marine Rigid Bottom Inflatable (2005)
  • Yamaha 4 Stroke 9 horsepower outboard (2013) Less than 1 hour


When we travel with clients FAR out of town for yachts, we don't like surprises when we get there. It's embarrassing for us and can make for an expensive trip. With that in mind, we'd like to share our rating of various systems on the boat so you'll be as informed as possible before you come for a visit. Our rating system is on a 1-10 scale with 10 being 'perfect' (in OUR opinion). Please view this list as a GUIDE only. Everyone's idea of good and bad can vary quite a bit.  Our goal in doing this is to help you reach a comfort level with the boat before you invest time and energy to come and see it. We'll summarize by saying that this appears to be an excellent yacht worthy of serious consideration.

Beyond telling you what’s great about a yacht, don’t you also want to know what it needs next? Every yacht, no matter how turn-key, needs something. Every owner has next year’s list of ‘to-do’s, right? We’ll also include in this section what we think the boat could use to make her that much more cruise-ready.


Overall – 9.5/10.0

SEAWEED has held up incredibly well due to the diligence of extremely conscientious and thoughtful owners. They only cruise this yacht for a few short weeks each year and gently put her away on land each year to await their next adventure.

Overall, what does SEAWEED need? For the most part, not much frankly.  Some continued regular maintenance, polishing and compounding are always in order.  If you're a tech guy, you could make an argument for some updated electronics as there has been so much evolution in very recent years in this area.  Frankly though, from an electronics standpoint, she's ready to cross the Atlantic right now with no changes at all.  The Raymarine radar system was top of the line in the 2000's. You might buy a newer, brighter 16:9 aspect ratio computer monitor for the Nobletech navigation software.  You might upgrade the lower helm radar screen either to a color unit from the same vintage (used), or upgrade the whole system to the newer digital radar systems now available.  That's really about it.

Overall, this yacht could put to sea today.


Design – 10.0/10.0

Simply brilliant.  Great use of exterior and interior spaces to maximize comfort, function, and storage capacity.  Can't think of anything to improve here.


Interior – 9.5/10.0

The asian joinery really shines everywhere down below.  Woodwork remains beautifully kept and protected year round either by windshield and window screens or shrink wrapping of the whole boat.


Exterior – 9.0/10.0

Decks appear dry and solid underfoot.  The hull gets an annual compound and wax.  The bottom and running gear are serviced regularly.  No blemishes here that we can find.  Teak exterior surfaces are constantly re-varnished.  Exterior canvas work is holding up really well.  We'd guess the strataglass windows in the canvas have 5 or more years life remaining if cared for.


Flybridge – 9.5/10.0

It just doesn’t get better than this. The flybridge on this yacht is huge, accommodating, and open to the weather when you want it, and significantly closed off when you want to extend the front or rear end of the boating season. There’s plenty of seating/lounge space, and finishes are in excellent shape. A complete suite of operation/navigation electronics gives you full control of the yacht from up here. Visibility in all directions is superb, both underway and while docking.


Electronics – 9.0/10.0

The electronics systems have regularly been serviced and updated. Her radar, chart plotting, autopilot, and communications systems are all top notch and work flawlessly. You enjoy full control of the vessel from both the interior lower helm as well as the exterior flybridge helm. You might update the computer displays below and above decks with larger, brighter units.  The flybridge unit is waterproof already.


Propulsion – 9.5/10.0

Nearly spotless engine room no matter where you look.  It's well lit and systems are easy to access from all sides.  AC units are modularly stacked along the wall for easy maintenance.  The Perkins engines, transmissions and shafts can be reached from any angle.

Ship’s Systems – 9.0/10.0

Regularly maintained, everything works well. AC systems have been serviced and replaced as necessary (there are three discrete HVAC systems throughout the boat). The plumbing and electrical systems have all been maintained/serviced and are in good working order.

The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.