Black Crown 30

BlackCrownBigWaterWe have over the past 20 years built our Black Crown design in many, many flavors, from 25ft. to 32ft in lengths and now offer the full building plans for home construction the distillation of all our experience with the design and what she has to offer.

This new 30ft. version offers a commodious and comfortable cockpit with space for the engine box (we recommend a diesel Sterndrive in 160-250hp range) and seating for crew when the hook is down and you just want to enjoy the evening breeze. Going into the cabin there is a full enclosed and private head to starboard and a full headroom shower just opposite on the port side. Forward of the shower is a fore and aft facing dinette with room to seat 4 for cocktails or an intimate dinner. Galley is to starboard and forward of the head and aft of the helm seat. Space for a below counter refrigerator/freezer unit, sink, and range oven cook top. Helm seat is to starboard and forward of the galley as mentioned above and has excellent visibility and comfortable seating, room for electronics instruments etc.


On the port side of the boat and opposite the helm is a side facing co-helm seat that works well for keeping an extra pair of eyes scanning forward while the boat is running but also allowing good conversation with the skipper. Forward of the main salon area is a large double berth that can be built with either a queen sized double slightly to starboard side or a port and starboard single berth that with a filler can be converted to a huge double berth running the full length of the bow and full width of the forward cabin (this is my own personal favorite arrangement). There is 6-5 headroom in the main salon cabin and good seating and sleeping headroom forward in the bow area.

BlackCrownDriftwoodQPerformance is good with a 200hp. Diesel Sterndrive giving her top speed of 25knots and a cruise speed of 18knots with a fuel burn of just under 5 gallons of fuel per hour. That gives you a fuel burn of 4.17 miles for each gallon of fuel used and that my friends is just about a good mileage as can be managed with a boat!

She can be loaded to a trailer for winter storage and these hulls are more than capable of traveling some very long cruises whether you are on the East Coast or the West Coast the Black Crown 30 can handle the seas and the waters that you will encounter and handle them with aplomb!

Our friends, Randy and Becky, along with their dog, Kahlua, have now trailered their Black Crown from Lake Powell up to the Puget Sound and back again with fine adventures and nothing more than a good 3/4 ton pickup with a diesel engine to tow it with fine living for those of us that keep perspective on the play vs. work balancing game. — Sam Devlin

The Black Crown is available in study and construction plans, as a custom build from Devlin Boats, and currently as a pre-loved Devlin Boat.



Black Crown 30 Specifications

Length 30 ft. – 6 in.
Beam 10 ft. – 8.58 in.
Draft 26 in.
Power Inboard diesel stern drive
Displacement 10500 lbs.
Hull Type Semi-Displacement
Speed 18 knot cruise/29 knot max
Range 450 miles @ 18 knots


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    • thanks Justin, it is really a great little design and we currently cruise with a couple of Black Crown Owners, we went all the way to Alaska this year with them. regards Sam

  1. Can you speak to the difference between the Black Crown 25 and the Surf Scotter 26. I Really like the photos of Tuffy. Is there a place for a head on the Black Crown 25. I had a composting toilet on my sailboat and will never have anything but. Thanks -Roger

  2. Dear Mr. Devlin…I was introduced to your designs today, I chased one of you boats, a Dipper 19, several miles to a boat launch in Madisonville, Louisiana. I am interested in building a Black Crown 30, which I believe can be built as a 32 ft.
    I have 2 questions:
    1. Is there a CNC kit for this model
    2. Can this vessel, specifically the transom be modified to accommodate twin outboards in the 90 to 115 hp range , hung on brackets?
    This boat would be used for coastal cruising from Louisiana to Florida.
    Thank You

  3. Mr. Devlin…please excuse if this is a duplicate post, I received an error message on the first attempt. I was introduced to a Dipper 19 today, I chased it several miles to a boat launch in Madisonville, La. to speak with the owner. I am interested in building a Black Crown 30 , from the notes I see it can be built as a 32 ft. I have a few questions
    1. Is a CNC Kit available for this model
    2. Can the transom be modified to accommodate twin outboards in the 90 to 115 hp range hung on an Armstrong type bracket?
    3. If outboards can be used, is it possible to use what would have been the engine compartment for a small generator.
    Thank You

  4. Hi , Your designs are very beautiful ,,I want to ask Black Crown R310 outboard Is it your design ? I need to learn the details my family average height 1.86 can we stand standing up In the cabin ? The same question forr Red Salmon 33

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