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Our boating adventures are aboard Fiddler, a 46 DeFever Raised Pilothouse. The boat was designed by Arthur DeFever and was built in 2010. We purchased it from its original owner in early 2013, after he was unable to continue boating due to declining health.
It came well equipped with radar, GPS, onboard PC, autopilot, vhf radios, generator, inverter, heat/AC, inflatable dinghy, outboard, and a crane. All the comforts of home, and then some with two staterooms, full galley, head, pilot house, flybridge, covered cockpit and side decks, and active fin stabilization to reduce side-to-side rolling (that we added later).
The boat’s original name was Vamos a ver, meaning “let’s go see” or “let’s go to see (sea)”. While we didn’t dislike the name, we found ourselves always having to follow up by spelling it and/or explaining its meaning. After a few years, we decided to change the name to Fiddler, which seems more appropriate for a slow boat that Dale is always messing around on. It is a name that is easy to understand over the vhf radio and doesn’t need to be explained or spelled. Fiddler was Dale’s late mother’s childhood nickname, so it carries some personal meaning as well.
Fiddler at home on her dock in Port Ludlow, WA.