1987 DeFever

Expedition Yacht

$235,000 CAD

Conception Bay , NL , CA

The Matthew H is a heavily customized Expedition Yacht that is well suited for long voyages or to be used as a live aboard. The vessel was originally built in 1987 in Taiwan as a DeFever 47 Performance Offshore Cruiser, a design that provides for interior space that is second to none in its class. The current owner acquired the vessel in 1992 and lengthened aft by 15' in 1997. The lengthening gave the vessel: 

- an 18' aft deck, over half of which is sheltered, 

- a large lazarette that features tremendous storage space, a large fuel tank, and a passive stability roll reduction tank that naturally counteracts the rolling motion of the vessel,

- a control station that allows for easy maneuvering and single-handed operation.

- An incredible 1,500 nm range due to her 5900 L fuel capacity and 10% reserve.

A bulbous bow and bow puppet was added to provide anchor clearance from the bulbous bow. This addition resulted in 22% better fuel efficiency at hull speed with is about 9.6 knots. Another big improvement was 60-70% reduction in pitch movements. 

In 2018, the vessel underwent a full exterior refit whereby all hardware was removed, and the exterior received 2 coats of gelcoat with Duratec additive for additional gloss finish. The vessel has since been dry docked in 2020 and 2021. The underwater hull was cleaned and coated with antifouling during each of those dockings.  

For the past two years, as a hobby, the vessel has been used to shipwreck hunt off the Grand Banks, up to 70 nautical miles offshore, using modern multibeam technology. Because of the smooth benefit of the passive flume tank, no furniture is lashed or secured and has not moved in up to 30 knots of winds and associated Grand Banks’ swells.


Category power
Condition Used
Model Year 1987
Make DeFever
Model Expedition Yacht
Class Cruiser, Motor Yacht
Boat Name Matthew H
Location Conception Bay, NL CA
Hull Material Fiberglass


Length Overall 68'
Beam 16'
Cruising Speed 10 KTS
Maximum Speed 12 KTS


Fuel Tanks

Quantity 3
Capacity 6,900 LT

Water Tanks

Quantity 1
Capacity 1,000 LT

Other Information

Builder DeFever Motor Yachts, Taiwan

More Details


Length: 68’

Beam: 16’ 

Draft: 5’ 6”

Built: 1987 

Builder: DeFever Motor Yachts, Taiwan

Net Tonnage: 44

Main Engines: 2x 375 HP Caterpillar 3208 Turbocharged, Aftercooled

Approximate hours on main engines: 5,100

Generator: 1x 15 kilowatt Onan diesel

Fuel Type: Diesel

Fuel Capacity: 6,900 litres

Cruising Speed: 10 knots

Max Speed: 12 knots

Range at 8.7 knots with 10% reserve: 1,500 nautical miles

Fresh Water Capacity: 1,000 litres

Number of Cabins: 3

Number of Heads: 3

Hull Material: Fiberglass with Divinycell core



The vessel’s twin screw, twin rudder arrangement combined with a bow thruster makes it highly maneuverable.

The vessel is powered by two Caterpillar 3208 Turbo Charged, Aftercooled marine diesel engines, each producing 375 HP. The engines are sea water cooled and are fitted with Walker AIRSEP air intake filters, Micro Commander electronic engine controls with automatic synchronization, 160-amp alternators (new 2021), analog gauges at each helm station with all information converted and made available to the vessel’s NMEA 2000 network. 

Both engines have just over 5,000 running hours and have been serviced regularly by Caterpillar technicians. Vessel has never been operated above 10 knots for extended periods. Most steaming has been at 8 to 9.5 knots. We enjoy the ride and have never been in a rush to end it. The insulation was removed from the exhaust piping of each main engine in 2022 after which the piping was visually inspected and upgraded as required. New insulation jackets were then fabricated and installed on the exhaust piping of each engine. Both engine exhausts are wet exhausts and exit the vessel at the transom.

The engines are each connected to two Aquamet 22 stainless steel shafts that are fitted with Spurs rope cutters and Hawboldt Mega 4 high performance 4-blade propellers. One set of Spurs was replaced in 2021 and the other was serviced at that time. One new Spurs assembly and two service kits are included. Both propellers were cleaned and confirmed to be in line with spec in 2020. The shafts are connected to the vessel’s bonding system and are also fitted with zinc anodes, which were replaced in 2021. A spare set of 4-blade propellers and pulling equipment is included and stored onboard.

The vessel is fitted with two rudders, which are connected to the vessel’s bonding system and are also fitted with zinc anodes. The complete hydraulic steering system was overhauled and upgraded in 2022 consisting of two Capilano 1275 helms (both new 2022), one electric driven hydraulic steering pump connected to the vessel’s autopilot (serviced 2022), two hydraulic rams, and a header tank. 

The vessel is fitted with a Vetus 110 kgf electric bow thruster, which had a new propeller installed on it in 2021.


Fuel System

The vessel is fitted with 3 diesel fuel tanks, two 750 litre tanks in the engine room and one 5,400 litre tank in the lazarette. All three tanks tie into supply and return manifolds located in the engine room. The manifolds allow for easy selection of supply and return tanks for the vessel’s two main engines and generator. The manifolds are also connected to fuel transfer pumps that are located in the engine room, which allows for transfer of fuel between any of the tanks. Racor filter and water separator units are fitted on the supply lines to each main engine and generator. 



The vessel's unique design provides for ample interior and exterior accommodation and entertaining spaces. Space highlights include:

- Forward cabin with v-berth, wet head, and hanging closet with lighting 

- Middle cabin with bunk beds, desk, and hanging closet with lighting. The middle cabin may be accessed by a second door from the master cabin and the bunks can convert to a couch to allow the space to be used as a study

- Full beam Master cabin with queen sized bed, hanging closets with lighting, storage drawers, makeup desk, and private head

- Bathtub enclosure that is accessible from middle washroom or Master cabin washroom

- Wheelhouse with fixed pedestal Captain’s chairs providing excellent visibility and comfort when underway

- Galley and seating area open to wheelhouse (galley up arrangement) fitted with Sub Zero fridge and freezer, electric stove and oven, double stainless-steel sink, microwave, and ample storage space

- Saloon with pull out couch, loveseat, fridge, ice maker (new 2022), and wet bar

- Lazarette accessed via a stairwell from the aft deck that contains significant storage space, oil and electric furnaces, fuel tank. Vessel can heat to 30C in -15C weather very easily. 

- Aft deck with large sheltered area, ample space for seating, full size propane BBQ, and a control station to allow for easy maneuvering. The vessel is fitted with a swim platform mounted on the transom that is accessible by ladder from the aft deck. 

- Large flybridge with ample seating and storage spaces that may be covered by canvas Bimini top

Teak interior with teak and holly decks throughout cabins, wheelhouse and galley. Wheelhouse, galley, saloon decks currently covered with carpet.

Interior and exterior spaces are fitted with speakers tied to the vessel’s stereo system, which includes zone selection, a 400-watt amplifier, and Bluetooth connectivity.

The vessel is fitted with a security system with motion sensors inside the accommodations and sirens inside and outside of the accommodations. 


Fresh Water System

The vessel’s fresh water system consists of:

- 500 gallon per day reverse osmosis fresh water maker

- 1,000 litre fresh water tank located under the bed in the master cabin

- Jabsco Par Max 4 pressure-controlled pump

- Burcam 2-gallon pressure tank

- Rainfresh water filter 

- Ultra Violet water filter

- Kuuma 11-gallon stainless steel hot water heater connected to starboard main engine cooling system and 110v coil 

Black Water System

Each of the vessel’s three heads are fitted with macerator pumps and lines to discharge overboard or to the vessel’s holding tank. The holding tank is fitted with lines to a macerator pump for discharge overboard or to a deck fitting for pump out. The lines to the holding tank and the holding tank macerator pump are currently not in service. 

Heating & Cooling Systems

The vessel is fitted with a 180,000 btu diesel furnace and a 9kw electric boiler, both of which are tied to hot water radiators providing heat throughout the accommodations allowing year-round comfort in cold climates. A big advantage to this system is with the piping running through the bilges, in the shoulder seasons and winter, it provides heat in the bottom of the boat making her very dry and fresh throughout the year.

The vessel is also fitted with four Marine Air Systems 16,000 btu heat pumps with digital displays, which provide heating and cooling throughout the accommodations. 


Exterior Equipment Details

Deck Equipment

The vessel is fitted with a Maxwell 2200 electric windlass with capstan on the forward deck, which may be controlled by foot pedals on the forward deck or from remote located at the wheelhouse and flybridge control stations. The wheelhouse remote features a Maxwell Auto Anchor 500C digital display with chain counter. The vessel is equipped with a 90-pound Danforth anchor connected to 220’ of 3/8” galvanized chain, which is stored in a chain locker just below the windlass. 

The vessel is fitted with a stainless steel davit that has a electric winch powered by a dedicated 8D battery. The winch is fitted with high strength synthetic rope.  

The vessel is fitted with fresh water wash down fittings on the forward and aft decks. In addition, a sea water wash down fitting is located on the aft deck.

A set of exterior covers for wheelhouse and saloon windows is included. 



The vessel has three control stations, one located in the wheelhouse where most of the electronics are found, one located on the flybridge, and one on the aft deck. 

The vessel is fitted with a NMEA 2000 network and is prewired for an ethernet network and ethernet based camera system. Many pieces of the vessel’s electronics are tied together to allow for ease of use, access at multiple locations, and redundancy. For example, the two satellite compasses provide heading information to a multiplexer that feeds that information to other devices. If one compass fails, the multiplexer automatically switches to the second unit. Also, waypoints or routes may be created and activated on either of the plotters and the vessel’s autopilot will follow it. 

The wheelhouse electronics consist of:

- Furuno Navnet vx2 plotter/12.5 kilowatt radar with RDP-149 display

- Raymarine E120 plotter/radar/sounder

- PC with electronic chart navigation system

- Northstar 941x differential GPS

- Furuno SC60 satellite compass

- Furuno SCX21 satellite compass

- Comnav 1101 autopilot with analog rudder angle indicator

- Icom M120 VHF connected to 18’ Shakespeare antenna

- Icom M502 DSC VHF connected to 8’ Shakespeare antenna

- Icom MA-510TR class B AIS transponder connected to 8’ Shakespeare antenna mounted on a 10’ extension

- Raymarine ST60 anemometer

- Standard Horizon SL50 speed log

- Davis Weather Monitor II weather station

- Search light control

- Maxwell windlass control with chain counter digital display

- Microcommander electronic engine controls

- Bow thruster control

New tempered 3/8 window glass was ordered last year to replace original 6mm forward window glass. Due to Covid, the glass finally arrived a month ago and was installed. 

The flybridge electronics consist of:

- Raymarine E120 plotter/radar/sounder

- Raymarine 49 VHF connected to 8’ Shakespeare antenna

- Comnav 1101 autopilot remote

- Microcommander engine controls

- Bow thruster control 

- Maxwell windlass control 

- Search light control

The aft control station electronics consist of:

- Raymarine E120 plotter/radar/sounder

- Comnav 1101 autopilot remote

- Microcommander engine controls

- Bow thruster control 

The vessel is fitted with three thru hull transducers, one for a Furuno DFF3D system, one for a Furuno Wassp F3X system, and one for a Furuno TZ Touch 3 system. Only the transducers are installed onboard, not the associated systems mentioned.  


Electrical System

The vessel’s electrical system includes:

- 12 VDC, 110VAC, and 220VAC 60 Hz circuits

- 110 V 30 amp and 220 V 50 amp shore power connections on port and starboard sides of forward deck, all tied to an isolation transformer

- One 15 kw Onan diesel generator with sound enclosure, sea water cooled (new sea water pump installed 2021), wet exhaust

- Two 160 amp alternators, one on each main engine (new 2021)

- One 40 amp battery charger, mainly use as backup to invertor charger

- One Victron Energy MultiPlus 12 volt/3000 VA/120 amp inverter charger with remote control head in wheelhouse (new 2021)

- Battery bank isolators and automatic combiners allowing for automatic charging with protection against hotel loads drawing from starting battery banks

- Canada Energy batteries all replaced in 2020/21 consisting of the following banks:

-- Four 8D main engine starting batteries (two per engine)

-- Four 8D hotel/inverter batteries

-- Two 8D bow thruster batteries  

-- One 8D tender davit winch battery

-- One 4D generator starting battery

- Analog and digital volt meters

- Ground fault detection system

- Bonding system linking all thru hull fittings, shafts, shaft struts, and rudders to two transom mounted zinc anodes, tested and checked annually.


Bilge Pump & Alarm System

The vessel is fitted with electric bilge pumps at the locations below that can be operated manually or automatically with float switches next to each pump. 

- Under forward cabin and forward engine room

- Engine room (2)

- Under aft cabins

- Lazarette (2)

- Steering Flat (2)

The bilge pump system includes indicator lights and an alarm at the wheelhouse control station to alert the operator when one of the vessel’s bilge pumps has been activated. 

In addition to the electric bilge pump system, the engine room is fitted with a manual bilge pump. For further redundancy and security, each of the main engine sea water intakes are plumbed with fittings to allow for lines to the engine room bilge to be connected so that they can suck water from the bilge. 

Key bilge areas are fitted with high water level sensors, which activate indicator lights and alarms at the wheelhouse control station.


A tender is stowed on the top deck, aft of the flybridge and is launched over the starboard side using a stainless steel davit and electric winch. The tender is a Bombard 420 WB Explorer rigid inflatable boat, fitted with a Johnson 40 HP commercial 2-stroke outboard motor with electric start. A steering console with speed log and compass and bench seat allows for comfortable cruising. When stowed onboard the vessel, the tender’s battery may be connected to the vessel’s electrical system for charging. A fitted cover protects the tender from the elements.  

Life Saving Equipment 

The vessel is equipped with all life saving equipment currently required by Transport Canada. In addition, the vessel is equipped with two Crew Saver Mariner six-person life rafts that are stored on the top deck, aft of the flybridge. The life rafts were installed in 2019 and are due for their first service end of 2022. 

The vessel is equipped with a Kannad 406 emergency location transmitter.

Each cabin is fitted with fire, smoke, and carbon monoxide detectors. 

The engine room is fitted with a Fireboy 150 MA Halon automatic fire extinguishing system, which may also be activated manually from the wheelhouse. 

The engine room also has a Spaceman 1211 Halon automatic fire extinguishing system. The lazarette has a Spaceman 1211 Halon automatic fire extinguishing system.  

Listing Broker: Tim Perrin

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.