Kokanee 38

Kokanee38TravelThe “Kokanee 38” is one of the latest building projects of Devlin Designing Boatbuilders and she is a real beauty! She is a large, heavy-duty version of a type that we have built many times and is an absolutely wonderful cruiser for her owners. They have cruised the “Ellie K” from the Northwest to Alaska (some of the finest cruising grounds in the world). She uses a heavy duty John Deere diesel engine in a specially engineered and sound proofed engine compartment, and has fuel tankage enough for a useful range of over 1,000 nautical miles at 8 knots speed. With 26,000 lbs of displacement she moves through the water with purpose, but is remarkably easy to maneuver dockside with her bow thruster, and large single screw. There is excellent visibility forward and aft from the pilothouse and sitting at the large helm is a real treat with all instruments easily visible and full command of the boat right at hand. We used Mathers Micro-Commander engine controls for easy non-mechanical drag engine controls. Coming into a tight anchorage or docking situation is as easy and stress-free as is possible in a boat of these capabilities.

Kokanee38BeautyLet’s take a look around the “Kokanee 38” the “Ellie K”, and point out some of her more interesting features. As with all of our boats, the “Devlin is in the Details” and there is quite a list of features and functions to this boat.

The first thing that you will notice when boarding from the stern swim step is the very large, deep, and secure cockpit. There is a large flush-decked Lazarette area directly in the stern that functions as a second sleeping cabin, complete with hot and cold running water, space for its own watercloset, a full queen sized berth, and propane fireplace/heater. This gives you space for a second couple to come along for the trip, with the privacy of a completely separate cabin. Kokanee38watefallThere is a covered cockpit area forward of the stern cabin with a bi-level cockpit floor. Room enough here to allow a couple of comfortable deck chairs and still be out of the traffic pattern for your fellow sailors moving from the dock or the water and into the main cabin area of the boat. You would be surprised on a trip North how convenient this covered cockpit area is, allowing one to either escape from the hot sun or keep dry out of the rain. Barbecuing or even just reading a book can be done comfortably and dry. In this deep cockpit area you are literally standing waist deep in a self -bailing area that has no need of extra lifelines or pulpits to make you feel secure. The cockpit sole has large flush hatch and below the cockpit sole can reside an optional A.C. Generator, a Panda 5 KW model that runs at a very, very quiet 56 decibels noise level. There is enough power in this Generator to run 110volt A.C. wall heaters, watermaker, or if you require reverse cycle air-conditioning/heating units.

Kokanee38BeautyA hinged door gives access into the main-salon/pilothouse of the boat, with settee (and seating for four) on the portside and galley/helm seat to the starboard side. The Refrigerator is just to the port side as you come into the cabin and has a stowage area on top. A three burner propane range is opposite the refrigerator and “L” shaped galley counter houses double sink and stowage. There are all together six opening windows in the main salon area along with the opening door to the cockpit and twin opening portlights for ventilation on those warm days. A short dinette table is hinged on a forward bulkhead and gives space for working on a laptop or eating. Helm area is to the starboard forward side of this salon area and has a large dash for instrumentation and a double wide helm seat. A bank of drawers below the helm seat allows some useful stowage for all those items that need to be at hand. Three speed controlled and power wash wind-shield wipers are on the front three centered windows of the pilothouse. We use Exalto wiper systems and with a bit of research, you will quickly find out this system is the most heavy duty and well designed system that is available. Engine room access is thru a large bi-folded hatch in the Salon/Pilothouse sole and there is good access to all necessary functions of the “HolyPlace”. The more than four full inches of sound insulation on all sides and over the engine make for an almost soundless engineering package. Sound level is in the low 60-decibel range and simply speaking with a normal voice pitch bounces the meter to 65 decibels. There is a perception of engineering noise more than a noise itself, in other words “you know that something is running but you aren’t quite sure where it is located”.


A straight staircase on the centerline of the pilothouse leads us below to the fo’c’sle of the boat with large queen sized berth to the port side forward. There are four opening portlights in this cabin as well as a large opening hatch above the bed. The cabin is painted a soft white enamel with solid Mahogany wood trim. A Dickinson propane fireplace hangs on the port bulkhead and this cabin is warm and cozy for comfortable evening time. A locker is just below the helm dashboard area and is dedicated to the ship’s electrical systems and stowage. Another full hanging locker is forward of the electrics locker and opens to the centerline of the boat. To port is the entrance to the head compartment with a vanity sink in a more than five foot long counter, with plenty of room to get ready for the day. Forward of the vanity sink/watercloset area is a shower compartment.

Going forward to the bow of the boat is a full bow pulpit for security and hand holds are also located on the Salon rooftop. The anchor is on a short bowsprit which helps the anchor to fall from this plumb bowed boat without hitting the stem. An electric anchor windlass is located at the termination of the bowsprit and with in and out foot switches, anchoring couldn’t be much easier.

On the port side of the main salon cabin roof of the boat is a dingy davit hoist with electric winch and launching or retrieving the dingy is easy and pleasant. The dingy stows on the main salon cabin roof and has its own chocks for securing to deck. There is also a ten foot painted aluminum mast located in the middle of the Salon roof and it is hinged for lowering to get into a boathouse or beneath low overhangs

Almost any kind of electronic navigation and communication aid can be accommodated on the “Kokanee 38” and the “Ellie K” has the following electronic equipment: Twin VHF Radios w/8′ antennas, GPS plotter, Echo-Depth Sounder, Radar with Chart Plotting Radar overlay screen, and finally an Autopilot. There is also a repeater instrument on the portside to allow crew to help with depth information when operating in shallow waters.

Each “Kokanee 38” is a project of more than 8,000 hours of labor and the group of people here at Devlin Boat Co. pride ourselves in the crafting of these fine vessels. Each boat is custom made for each owner and full attention and consideration is given to your needs and desires to build you the most “perfect” vessel possible. We have crafted over 400 unique, custom vessels for more than 30 years as a business and each of these boats has the detailing and flair of a “Devlin Boat”, something that can’t be said of any other type of boat. I hope you have enjoyed your inspection of the “Ellie K” and the reading of this brief description of a very interesting boat! Just as we worked with the owners of the “Ellie K”, I look forward to working with you to build your dreamboat! Just let me know when you want to start! — Sam Devlin

The Kokanee 38 is available as study plans, and as custom build from Devlin Boats. Let Sam know if this looks like the boat for you.



Kokanee 38 Specifications

Length 38 ft. – 8 in.
Beam 12 ft. – 5 in.
Draft 48 in.
Power Inboard diesel
Displacement 26000 lbs.
Hull Type Displacement
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Golly Wobbler 38

GollyWobbler38HarborHere is a power trawler of a size large enough to spend a lot of time on cruising or even living aboard yet handy enough so that a couple can easily handle her in any conditions she might encounter. With a high visibility pilothouse and a covered after deck, it’s clear to see her Northwest heritage. This could easily be the boat to cruise comfortably to Alaska and back or just knock around Puget Sound. We have chosen a hull that performs very well with medium horsepower and put steady economical miles under her keel without needing a fuel barge to link up with her every few hours. Power is to be Volvo-Penta’s 41 series diesel of 185 hp. with fuel consumption of about 4 gallons per hour, a cruising speed of 10 knots, and a top speed of 13 knots. With a single diesel for her main power plant, dockside maneuvering will be aided by an electric bow thruster. The engine room is below the pilothouse sole and can be accessed through a door in the fo’c’sle or through lift up hatches in the pilothouse floor. Fuel tanks are port and starboard in the engine room under the side decks and the whole space is sound insulated and brightly lit so that maintenance can be as comfortable and convenient as possible.

GollyWobbler38SeatingWalking into the boat from the covered cockpit, the galley is to port with a good sized refrigerator and bar to starboard. Dinette to port and settee to starboard allow a good sized group of people to converse or lounge without feeling like they are getting in each others way. Up a couple of steps to the pilothouse, here one encounters a large, bright and should I say “shippy” feeling bridge. To port, there is a long chart table area with enough work room to suit most any ship. The helm is to starboard with a shoulder tall locker to stow oilskins and heavy winter coats for year round cruising. Extra seating in the bridge area can be handled by swiveling captain’s chairs with the main idea being to keep this area as flexible and shipshape as possible. There is 360 degree visibility from the bridge and docking is easily handled with a side sliding door to starboard and a simple single step out to the side deck.

GoGollyWobbler38Galleying forward into the fo’c’sle, you will encounter a head to port with enough room to maneuver in without feeling cramped. There is a separate shower stall and both the head compartment and shower drain into a separate sump. Cleaning is largely as easy as hosing them out with hand held rinse spigots. There is a quarter berth to starboard for that occasional guest that might come along for a cruise. Forward of the quarter berth is a hanging locker and a vanity or personal work desk on the starboard side. Forward is a large double berth and a couple of reading seats. I favor the concept of providing plenty of nesting spots so to allow one the opportunity to relax in quiet seclusion when its needed. The Gollywobbler has been designed with that in mind.

GollyWobbler38EngineConstruction will be Wood/Epoxy Composite using Devlin’s Stitch and Glue method. This construction yields a beautiful boat that is warm and insulated due to the wood hull and structure and yet as maintainable as any of the plastic fantastics you might find coming out of the large production yards. The beauty of building a boat with this method and construction technique is that the “Gollywobbler” doesn’t have to be designed for a large mass audience and can be custom built to each owners desires and needs. — Sam Devlin

The Golly Wobbler 38 is available as study plans and as a custom build from Devlin Boats. Talk to Sam about your dreams for a large power cruiser.



Golly Wobbler 38 Specifications

Length 38 ft. – 6 in.
Beam 12 ft. – 0 in.
Draft 38 in.
Power Inboard diesel 185hp
Displacement 18000 lbs.
Hull Type Semi-Displacement
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Shearwater 38

This design was done for my co-worker, Lee Sandifur, who has steadfastly stood by my side for decades now and was the result of a coffee break conversation as to what his true dreamboat might flush out as. Believe it or not, we started by thinking about a version of our Czarinna 35 with twin outboards in wells for power and many hours later, the Shearwater 38 is where we finally landed.

I think the first idea put forward that tended to de-rail that Czarinna 35 train was Lee’s desire to do some high-latitudes cruising with the boat. I just couldn’t see a cruiser like the Czarinna 35 with outboard power really working for that type of cruising and I soon laid a fresh sheet of paper on the “ol drafting table” and we finally ended up with what you see enclosed.

So let’s take a look at the Shearwater 38 and see if we might strike a pang of desire in your own heart. As for me, I was smitten as soon as she fleshed out, easily seeing myself cruising about in her visiting many secluded and remote spots. She shares the aft house configuration of the Oysta / “Annie” types that have been dealt with in other designs with doors on both sides of the pilothouse that give access to the main cabin. There is a good helm area with space to share at the centerline wheel for the first mate (or other chums). A dinette with table on the port side and another settee to starboard allow good conversation and refreshment once you get the anchor down. Going down a couple of steps from the pilothouse, there is a galley to starboard and another seating area but I didn’t put a table in this space as the one in the pilothouse will serve that function but one could be fitted if desired. The single head is also accessed in this space with water closet up in the port edge, a sink fitted literally under the settee/dinette seat in the pilothouse above, and a shower fitted just outboard of the sink. A door at the front of this head compartment opens up a passageway that moves forward below the seats in the pilothouse, under the raised portion of the mid/waist deck and then into the forward sleeping cabin. In the pilothouse where the port side seat burns out, I show a hinged flap that either gives headroom to the passageway or allows the pilothouse door on the port side to be accessed and exit of the pilothouse can be done on either side.


Once you’re in the fo’c’sle/sleeping cabin, there is literally not much to say except that there are two very comfortable and very accessible berths and plenty of lockers for gear. There is also another companionway that exits to the waist deck area and back on the deck. Access to the front of the engine room is accomplished from the fo’c’sle/sleeping cabin or from the port passageway that connects the stern to the forward cabin, via sliding doors on the side of the engine room.

There an anchor well deck up in the bows of the boat and here I would lodge a hydraulic anchor windlass with reel. These are great windlasses to choose from that hold plenty of rode and lots of chain connected to the anchor. They are run with a “b” series hydraulic pump off the engine and are about as trouble free as one can get anchoring. Another advantage of this type of anchoring gear is to keep the chain and rode out of the interior of the boat. If they come up off the bottom dirty and smelly, the rain will wash them off and it really helps to keep the interior of the boat in clean, dry shape.

As for the deck and working the boat, there is the mast forward with boom that could accommodate a simple sail, the forestay could be fitted with a roller furling jib, and the mizzen shows a small area steadying sail. For trade winds work, this rig could add considerably to the thrust of the engine and extend her range to oceanic levels if desired. The boom, in a lowered position, can fit up a good cockpit boom tent to provide shade outside when the sun is out. I also show stabilizer poles that hinge from the deck edge and are guyed to the mizzen mast for running in really rough waters. With small area and simple to set sails, poles guyed out and paravanes working away, this boat could run in just about any waters, safely and comfortably.


Lee’s idea is to group fund the rest of the design and I know that he is hoping against hope that his own ship might come in and fund the actual build of her. I hope you all enjoyed the Shearwater and if you’re interested in helping with the funding of the final design, please feel free to contact either myself or Lee. – Sam Devlin

The Shearwater 38 is available as study plans. Please contact Sam if you would like to join in the development of a great traveling boat.


Shearwater 38 Specifications

Length 37 ft. – 8 in.
Beam 12 ft. – 2 in.
Draft 48 in.
Power Inboard diesel 74-150hp
Displacement 28000 lbs.
Hull Type Displacement
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Dynamo Too 38

DynamoToo38FAThis is a design commissioned by William Turner of the Salish Sea (Puget Sound) region modeled after one of my favorite William Garden designs, the “Dynamo”. Bill was interested in having me do the design work necessary to convert the original Garden design over to the Stitch and Glue building method so that he might have us potentially build her in the style and fashion of our larger builds. Bill was not interested in changing the interior arrangements or configurations but thought the original Garden design was genius in its intent. The only thing that he wanted different was the construction medium, not the traditional plank on frame construction that William Garden designed her for. What Bill was interested in was having a boat built that would allow him the luxury of using the boat more than working on keeping the boat in shape. By this I mean that Bill had already had a long affair with an older conventional plank on frame vessel, one that needed almost constant attention to stay only slightly ahead of the maintenance gremlins. This is a scenario that I know very well as my own Josephine built in 1934 and her traditional construction demands constant attention and energy with only small dollops of actual cruising use to help keep me energized. I fantasize constantly about what life might be like without the continual chasing of one maintenance gremlin or another, many of which could hold me hostage to the tune of hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars to attend to. So when Bill approached me about doing a conversion to Stitch and Glue, I knew right away just what he was thinking, he wanted to go cruising and not just work on the boat.

I, too, knew Bill Garden and had visited him many times before he died in 2011 at the age of 93. In my opinion, Bill was an absolute genius with the drafting pencil and I have spent many hours carefully looking at his drawings, trying to take in the artistic expression that his drafting hand lent to each of his drawings. About 15 years ago, my son and I had the pleasure of buying a little 20 ft. sailboat that Bill had built himself complete with a tiny cabin and a 4 cylinder Gray Marine inboard engine. That project and the simple experience of helping Bill finish it up, launching her and then towing her down from Sydney British Columbia, to our shop in Olympia is one of my fondest memories.

So let’s get back to the design of the ‘Dynamo Too”. This is the type that Bill Garden called a “Halibut Cruiser” which is loosely modeled after the Halibut Schooners that have been fished for more than 100 years in the North Pacific. The pilothouse was always set more in the stern of the boat than up in the eyes or the forward parts of the boat, helping I would guess to keep the salt spray off the house. But this was also the best way for the skipper to be able to see the crew pulling in large Halibut over the starboard side forward without having to continually look back behind himself to the stern as he would if the pilothouse were more forward. These were long line boats setting out sometimes literal miles of gangline (mainline) with smaller ganglions of line and a hook and bait set on the end, each set sometimes amounting to thousands of hooks and with an anchor at either end to fasten to the bottom, patiently soaking away under the water waiting for an Halibut to swim by and close his mouth over the bait, literally hooking himself. After letting the longline soak for a period of time, the Schooner would return and start picking up one end of the line and if the fishing was good, gaffing the captured Halibut up and into the deck checkers (boxes or bins on the deck that allowed sorting of the fish before being cleaned) and then a gutting and stowing in layers of ice in the hold, waiting until the schooner returned to port to offload its catch. These Schooners were multiple masted and typically 65-95 ft. in length and they evolved near the end of the use of sail in the fisheries at a time when engines weren’t the most reliable in the running department. With their stout short masts, they could be sailed if the engine took a dislike to its primary job. The sails were also used to help to steady the boat in the confused seas that are so common in the North Pacific by resisting some of the rocking back and forth in the swells.

Our own Dynamo Too is a much smaller version of the type and doesn’t have room enough for the original Schooner rig so we retained the original foremast from the rig but the mainmast (the aftermost and tallest spar) was deleted. The pilothouse has enough glass to allow good visibility in all directions and with the crew up near the helm helping to keep an eye on the water, a really fine experience for all the ship’s crew can be had. One of the nicest features of this design is the covered house and after deck giving shade in the middle of the cruising season and a respite from the rain and drizzle that can be so common in the Northwest at the ends of the season, both the early spring and the late fall. With the large “U” shaped seat in the stern of the boat, the “after the hook is set” hours can be spent either dry (out of the rain) or cooler (out of the sun) and with a lovely vista of the anchorage as the backdrop to an evening’s libations. There are twin doors going forward into the pilothouse with an “L” shaped dinette to starboard and a long strip galley to port. This is what we call a “Galley Up” arrangement and while the sacrifice in space is considerable in the pilothouse, the advantage to the cook to see out while working on a meal preparation and the advantage to the skipper to grab quick snacks and have easy access to the coffee pot for those long watches at the wheel. I have put a diesel range in the galley for both the heating and the cooking chores and to provide a “haven of warmth” in the pilothouse thus keeping it always warm and inviting which is always appreciated while cruising when the cold crew comes in from chores. If you are reading this from Florida then you may not get the thrust of my intent in keeping the boat warm and comforting but if you’ve experienced cruising along the Northwest Coast, British Columbia, and Southeast Alaska where you might go the whole summer and never roll up the sleeves of your wool shirt, the warmth and comfort of a diesel range is not to be discounted.


After drinks on the rear deck and some stories woven and re-counted between friends and perhaps even the fragrance of a fine cigar to spice the early evening hours, it’s finally time to retreat below. We go forward to the dash of the wheelhouse and then down a series of steps into the focsle of the vessel with another heater down here to help keep this deeper and typically cooler area of the boat warm and comfortable. The head is off to the port side in a space large enough for all the functions of a head. There is no separate shower stall but a circular curtain can be pulled out away from the wall keeping the water centralized into the center drain and a gray-water sump. Forward of the head area is a hanging locker and a large “U” shaped lounging area with a skylight hatch overhead and a wooden table to receive the inevitable drinks that will be consumed while visiting with your cruising pals. When all the crew is tuckered out and it’s finally time to go to sleep there is a double berth forward and the “U” shaped seating area can easily be pressed into use allowing another couple of sleepers. On the rare occasion when a pack is aboard, then the dinette up in the pilothouse can be converted into another double berth.

Back up on deck before all these events of the evening commenced, there was the anchoring up of the Dynamo Too in some quiet cove and with the reel type anchor windlass in the well deck up forward, this is an easy operation. A simple “B” style hydraulic pump is switched on and the crew can go forward and release the hold back on the rode with a simple nudge and the anchor is over the side and very quickly is on the bottom. The skipper then backs the Dynamo Too up to set the hook and a simple press down on the all chain rode with the foot confirms the anchor is tight and set. Shutdown of the engine can now be done noting the engine hours in the ships logbook and then the drinking lamp is lit. This is living at its most enjoyable level — simple, basic, warm, and intellectually entertaining! — Sam Devlin

The Dynamo Too is available as a custom build from Devlin Designing Boatbuilders. Contact Sam if this is the boat for you.



Dynamo Too 38 Specifications

Length 38 ft. – 9 in.
Beam 12 ft. – 8 in.
Draft 52 in.
Power Inboard diesel 125hp
Displacement 28000 lbs.
Hull Type Displacement
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Devlin Cruiser 37

A design that started life as an mid-winter Sunday afternoon’s romp thru the waters of my mind, with the intention of serving as a dream platform to replace my venerable 83 year old salmon troller “Josephine”. My experience of living and cruising with Josephine over many years has been enlightening as to just what is necessary and what is not necessary in a simple motor cruiser. Limiting the bending and gymnastics of living with an old work boat are high on that list (on Josephine one can only go forward by turning around facing backwards and going down a steep ladder into her deep focsle, not exactly what one does good either while in a hurry or early in the morning without some stretches to limber up). Good sleeping area forward with lots of bed space (approximating the home bedding as much as can happen on a boat). Privacy head areas forward and well away from guests when entertaining inside the main cabin on a cool evening. Engine room accessible and spacious with plenty of light, space and organized for tools etc. Access in this case is thru the cabin sole of the pilothouse thru large floor hatches.

Moving up in the main cabin, a helm seat that can seat two if necessary or one with many options of position, dinette area that can seat a proper crowd of friends and guests, and galley up with all the nice qualities of being able to stand at the sink or cooking and seeing out into the great landscape.

A partial covered cockpit (I would now cover the whole thing) and U-shaped seating around the stern of the boat and twin boarding doors port and starboard to get onto her. For my money and pleasure I would opt for the flying bridge opening up another zone of use and allowing me to run the boat with unlimited visibility when desired, but with the option of going down below to the main pilot station when the weather is inclement.

So here she is, a simple and usable cruiser with many options of configuration but all based on an easy to run and sea-kindly hull. I hope you share my enthusiasm for her.

The Devlin Cruiser 37 is available as a custom build from Devlin Boats. Contact Sam if she appeals to you.



Devlin Cruiser 37 Specifications

Length 37 ft. – 4 in.
Beam 12 ft. – 4 in.
Draft 50 in.
Power Inboard diesel
Displacement 23000 lbs.
Hull Type Displacement
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Kokanee 36

Kokanee36FAThis was a letter written to the Customer that commissioned this little Sailing Fishing Boat design. It’s a beguiling type for any of us lucky enough to have worked in the far north fishing or tugging in our youth, and it answers well to the “Siren call of the North” when in the early Spring my heart wants nothing more than to follow the vees of Geese winging their way North. Keep in mind that as of the writing of this, a fresh Chinook Salmon, troll caught, sells off the boat for more than $5 dollars a pound. That means a 30lb. fish would fetch the ship and crew more than $150 dollars in revenue and the prospect that a middle aged person or two might fish/adventure their way to a $50,000 dollar summer.

Sean: Enclosed are the preliminary drawings for the Sailing Fishing/boat that we have been talking about. I am really pleased with how this design has worked out so far and look forward to doing more work with this concept. I have spliced a pretty livable cabin arrangement onto the 36ft. hull as we had talked about. She has enough room to be a comfortable cruiser, carry the loads associated with cruising for extended periods, and taking care of the fishing request with this design. The cockpit area is spacious enough for her purpose but has no wasted or extra space. A raised Fish/hold placed in the middle of the cockpit being the main feature, but while this space allocation might seem to be wasteful, in truth the table top area and work space is ideal for the cruiser. A small 24″ x 24″ hatch provides access into the compartment when just checking on the fish or ice conditions and the whole top is removable for unloading fish or loading the space. A small trolling cockpit is located in the stern of the boat and needs to have steering and helm controls for single-handed work. It might even be a good idea these days to have a repeater for the GPS and an Autopilot control to help keep you on course while working at fishing back in that cockpit.Kokanee36Top

The pilothouse is entered thru a sliding door in the rear bulkhead, with galley on the portside and settee/dinette and helm on the starboard side. There is enough space to drink or eat 4 and plenty of room for the designed ship’s crew of two. A Stainless steel pipe compression post for the deck stepped mast gives a good handhold in the pilothouse when in rough weather and the seatback on the helm can be canted back and forth to function as a back in helm or in dinette mode. The table can be lowered to provide a second double berth for guests that might come along for the trip. The fo’c’sle is accessed by going down 4 steps with a large enclosed head to port with shower in the front section. To starboard are a couple of hanging lockers, the one just below the helm being the mechanicals locker with all electrical and breaker functions easily accessible and spare parts organized in shelves. Another hanging locker is located forward of the mechanicals locker and a bureau with storage below is forward of that. A double queen sized berth is to port in the cabin with the heads forward arrangement, good reading lights and a good view looking aft up thru the boat. It’s a berth arrangement that we have worked and cruised many times in the past with good success.

Now back on deck, let’s discuss how she runs and works. I’ve kept the sailing rig as small as I could and still have enough drive to function well. The total sail area is 348 and with a roller furling system on the jib, it should work well. Fishing with the sails up needs to be controlled with the trolling poles functioning best if kept fairly level and upright. With this much sail area and while trolling, the engine is barely running. It’s just keeping up with the hydraulic system demands and providing a little bit of additional steerage-way while the wind provides the rest of the propulsion when it’s blowing enough. With the jib rolled up, the main can be left standing as a working steady sail and should help keep her from lurching side to side when in confused seas. Trolling poles and all sails are set from the aft cockpit and cleat to the end of the pilothouse with turning blocks forward to keep you off the pilothouse roof. I would rig a crab and shrimp pot puller as shown for either augmenting the ship’s provisions or perhaps for a little extra cash commercially. Side decks are suitable for walking up forward to the bow and anchoring duty. By the way, a hydraulic anchor windlass is chucked up on the bow with a 300 ft. chain rode backed by an additional 150 ft. of nylon rode so there shouldn’t be any loss of sleep at night due to dragging anchor gear. I showed a bow thruster forward if for no other reason than to just stimulate conversation about it for the future. I always maintain that the more control one has over their environment, the better off the success of the venture. Avoiding sticky situations is always the best survival mode.

I think that about wraps it up; a good and stable boat, with enough room to carry some fish or stores and enough space to be comfortable for our great waters out here. Let’s hope that in time we see lots of these types of vessels start up again. — Sam Devlin

The Kokanee 36 is available as study plans, and as a custom build from Devlin Boats. Contact Sam if you would like to see this design developed.


Kokanee 36 Specifications

Length 36 ft. – 0 in.
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Peregrin 36

Peregrin36SideThe “Peregrine 36” is designed in particular for the cruising grounds of the North West and the North East. With a low and lean profile and a sail plan and keel configuration suited to sailing comfortably and fast in the wide variety of conditions that one might encounter in these two areas.

She accommodates a crew of between one and six sailors. And at the conclusion of the days sailing the crew can retreat below to comfortable seating for conversation or refreshments. If the “Peregrine 36” is used as a cruising boat then the interior can accommodate up to five in comfort.

A couple of features make this design interesting, and in its own way make a lot of sense in todays world. With the raised doghouse with glass on all sides, the interior of the cabin and in particular the galley and chart area will allow good light and excellent visibility through 360 degrees. The interior has very comfortable seating in the port and starboard settees just forward of the galley area. With a table just aft of the mast a fair sized group can eat and converse with a fair degree of comfort. Forward of the main salon is a head to port with shower built in and a large hanging locker on the starboard side. Forward of that is a double berth and chain locker.

Peregrin36renderBack in the main cabin the galley has the sink very near the center line of the boat which can be used on either tack. And to starboard is a chart table area for electronics and a quarter berth for the skippers berth.

Up on deck aft of the raised doghouse is an interesting two level cockpit. The upper cockpit is 5 ft. long and the Peregrine can be steered with either a tiller or with optional wheel. Sail controls and working of the cockpit winches is right at hand. But where this cockpit gets really interesting is in the forward sections just aft of the raised doghouse. There are two seats, one port and the other starboard that are 9 inches lower than the after part of the cockpit. The reason for this lowering of these seats is to allow for the helm person to see over the heads of the other sailors better and to allow these two seats to be sheltered for night watch or sailing in inclement weather. With these two lower seats one can see out or through the doghouse out of the wind and rain. If a dodger is fitted to the boat the sailer can sit below a very low profile dodger in more comfort than most boats can manage.

All sail controls on the Peregrine 36 can be lead aft into the cockpit along the extension of the cockpit coamings. These coamings extend forward from the cockpit to up past the mast with a 5″ shelf alongside the raised doghouse. Halyards and sheet leads run on this shelf and don’t have to run on the side decks of the boat cluttering up the walkways and causing ones feet to trip up while going forward. The shrouds are lead aft at an angle that allows the rig to be set up firmly enough to not need the addition of runners to hold head-stay tension.

The “Peregrine 36″ is truly intended to be the type of boat that sails six, drinks, four and sleeps two, with the proviso that on occasion she can accommodate more for periods of time with comfort. She has a long enough waterline to give comfortable speeds in a variety of weather and with her long and lean look she will most likely turn heads where ever she sails.

The Peregrine 36 will be built in wood epoxy/composite with the stitch and glue building method. She is multi-chined and in section presents almost a round bottom. The keel is a fin type with Stainless-steel fin and lead bulb at the base. With six foot draft the keel will help hold this relatively narrow boat up to her sail plan. A 15 hp. Yanmar diesel saildrive engine will help out when the wind is being finicky, and with a hand held autopilot control night watch within the confines of the raised doghouse or under the dodger will be much more pleasant than on the typical boat fully exposed to the elements. The Peregrine 36 will be built with high grade marine plywood with the hull skin coldmolded to a thickness of 1” and with an additional coating of epoxy resin and glass cloth sheathing for the exterior she will be a tough but beautiful boat. With her varnished mahogany interior and dark green leather cushions balanced by a beautiful shaped exterior the “Peregrine 36” should fairly take ones breath away with simple elegant beauty. — Sam Devlin

The Peregrin 36 is available as study plans, and as a custom build from Devlin Boats.



Peregrin 36 Specifications

Length 35 ft. – 10 in.
Beam 10 ft. – 6 in.
Draft 72 in.
Power Inboard diesel 15hp/Sail
Hull Type Displacement
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Kingfisher 36

This design follows on the heels of the Kingfisher 32 design and just expands the capability and range that her smaller sister would have. There is something magical about 36 feet for cruising on the Northwest Coast — they get the job done, have the range, provide comfort in a seaway, and have enough space for a really great cruising platform. If you look at history, most of the small Salmon Trollers that were used on the Inland Passage were all in this size range and my own beloved Josephine is just about the same length.  Where the Salmon boats favor depth and narrow beam for their seaworthiness requirements, this design has a shallower draft and enough beam to increase the initial stability and trade off a bit of the final stability of its narrower sisters for the comfort and room of another couple feet in width.

I think this design is rather unique in the way that she carries off the second stateroom and head, both them being accessed from aft the pilothouse. This arrangement keeps the housetop of this second stateroom on the aft deck just about perfect counter height and makes for a really usable aft deck. My own converted Salmon Troller Josephine has the same arrangement and we love it for using the house top for sitting on, or as a counter or buffet. With the walk up in deep bulwarks on the starboard side, you don’t feel unsafe at any time while on the stern deck. A rigid roof over the aft deck allows the maximum of use in our occasional inclement weather and with some simple canvas curtains rolled up on the sides, you can create another room when the weather is really uncooperative.

Going forward into the pilothouse, the head is to port with a small ‘L’ shaped dinette at the front edge of it. The galley is to starboard and the helm area in front of that. If you take my advice, you will mount a diesel heating/cooking range in the galley for keeping a pot always warm on the edge and with plenty of room to fit a skillet of scrambled eggs on for breakfast.

I love getting up early in the morning and while the coffee is heating, I take a turn thru the engine room and then with a mug of steaming coffee, I’ll take a few minutes on the aft deck under cover to enjoy all the smells and moist cleanness of the early morning hours.  I typically start the engine before my second cup, pull up the anchor, and get underway before the dew is completely dried on the pilothouse windows.  Soitza, my wife, will be up just about the time I get a hankering for my second cup of coffee and we typically share the last of the pot together with the boat gathering way and getting up to speed.  After an hour or two of running with another pot of coffee boiling on the stove and some eggs being forked into my mouth, there is little wonder why I like cruising so very much! – Sam Devlin

The Kingfisher 36 is available as study plans and as a complete custom build from Devlin.



Kingfisher 36 Specifications

Length 36 ft. – 6 in.
Beam 12 ft. – 4 in.
Draft 42 in.
Power Inboard diesel 110-300hp
Ballast 19700 lbs.
Hull Type Displacement
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Czarinna 35

The image of a traditional fantail cruising yacht is one of idic grace and charm, style and comfort. Combine those ingredients with modern technology and the result is the Czarinna 35, the perfect marriage of idic design and today’s technology.

The cabin and main salon, though elegant, are very functional. Czarinna’s main salon has 6’4″ head room. The starboard dinette seats four and converts to a double berth. The large settee to port provides seating and also converts to sleeping quarters. A solid fuel, bulkhead heater keeps the cabin warm and cozy. In the heat of summer, four large opening windows and a skylight keep the cabin cool and airy.

Czarinna35InteriorIn the aft section of the main salon, you will find the head-and-sink compartment on the starboard side and the full standing shower on the port side.

In the pilothouse forward, is the galley, aft of the steering station: It includes a refrigerator and built-in port and starboard storage lockers. The two-burner, propane range and oven are to starboard. The size and layout give the cook ample room to prepare a feast for many. Built-in tanks provide 165 gallons of fresh water.

Czarinna35HelmOur choice for engines are two YANMAR 3GMF-27 diesels which produce 27 HP each. These highly efficient and reliable engines drive her at a cruising range of 680 nautical miles.

The Czarinna 35′ has many areas for storing gear and accommodating you and your guests in graceful style. She is truly a safe haven from a frantic world. — Sam Devlin

The Czarinna 35 is available as study plans and as a complete custom build from Devlin.


Czarinna 35 Specifications

Length 35 ft. – 2 in.
Beam 10 ft.
Draft 2 ft. 10 in.
Power Twin 27hp diesels
Ballast 12900 lbs.
Hull Type Displacement
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Storm Petrel 34

StormPetrel34TravelA very interesting proposition came about this winter just after a dismal, late January “Boats Afloat” boat show in Seattle, one that had very few spectators and terrible weather. A phone call started off the project with a simple question. “Do you know the lobster boat “Diana” that is in Friday Harbor?” I did know her very well as she belongs to one of my customers living in the San Juan Islands of Washington. The year before, we had built the Sockeye 45 “Widgeon” for Henry Wendt and his wife, Holly, and I remember very well their little 28ft. lobster boat that they kept at their dock for daily jaunts out to check the crab potsStormPetrel34Quater and weekly trips to the west side of the island to view the sunsets. Truth is, I had first looked and admired “Diana” out on the East Coast in Maine at the shop of my fellow designer and builder friend, Doug Hyland. I always keep my boat eyes open and occasionally, I see an example of a really beautiful and interesting boat. “Diana” was one of those boats and my memory of her was very keen.

The fellow on the phone, as it turned out, was looking for a boat design that might be appropriate for his StormPetrel34Buildex-wife to use to commute out to her summer home in the San Juan Islands. As she lived on a small island that had no ferry service, she needed a boat to take her back and forth.

So the next week, Rick picked up Cyndie and me from a small local airport and we flew in his Cessna 180 up to Friday Harbor for a closer look at the “Diana”. Henry and Holly showed us the boat and after a short sea-trial and a lovely lunch, we flew home on one of those February days that shouldn’t happen in the Northwest. It was sunny and almost warm, and Rick made the best of a bright, clear day with a ground and water skimming flight that would excite any of us.

StormPetrel34Beauty3After more negotiations, I started work on the preliminary design that you see here and I can now report that the “Diana Too” will be our next boatbuilding project in the shop.

The parameters for the design are very simple and uncomplicated with performance expected in the 24 – 28 knot range for top speed and 18 knots for cruising speed with good fuel economy of about a 5 gallon per hour burn. A diesel stern drive will keep the engine space and noise aft and maneuvering has to be excellent as she will be single-handed most of the time. Accommodations are simple and neat — an enclosed head forward and double berth with the galley out in the pilot area. Seating is back up against the engine box for passengers or just lounging about swinging on an anchor. Cyndie and Rick’s son is 6-5″ tall so the headroom is generous in the helm area, but the proportions seem to be fine even with a rather tall house. Keep watch as this fine, little boat develops… — Sam Devlin

The Storm Petrel 34 is available as a custom build from Devlin.


Storm Petrel 34 Specifications

Length 33 ft. – 6 in.
Beam 10 ft. – 2 in.
Draft 2 ft. 2 in.
Power Diesel/Stern drive
Ballast 10500 lbs.
Hull Type Semi-Displacement
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