Camarone 34

Camarone34RenderSomewhere in 2005 I was contacted by a customer about the idea of designing a motorsailer suitable for some extended passagemaking. She had to be stable and a decent boat both under power and sail. Unfortunately, he was caught in Hurricane Katrina and his boating plans changed abruptly, but I thought you might like to take a look at what I came up with to address his needs.  I don’t need to remind anyone that most trips in a sailboat that are longer in duration than a brief afternoon wandering about on the water involve some sort of an engine, and that engine most likely spends more time in action than the sails on the boat.  Thus it has puzzled me for many years why don’t we see more boats on the water that resemble this Camarone 34 with her pilothouse, enclosed steering, decent and low center of effort sailplan appropriately split up into small enough panels to actually get used, not just sleep under sail covers. When using her for cruising, the inboard steering allows warm, quiet, and comfortable cruising under power and if you are so lucky to have favorable breezes in the afternoon, you can transition to the cockpit and run her very nicely either sailing or motorsailing.

Camarone34TopNotice the interior on her – a great arrangement if you ask me. Entering the pilothouse from the spacious cockpit, there is an ‘L’ shaped dinette area with helm forward, allowing the skipper to either stand at the helm for high-attention time or put her in autopilot and lounge back on the settee with legs out in front and reclining up against the rear bulkhead of the house. A nice counter height chart table is to starboard with lots of space for the charts and tide tables necessary for keeping a boat navigating safely. There is a wet gear locker at the aft end of the chart table so wet rain gear can be hung to dry, draining into the cockpit anything that wants to drip off them.Go down a few steps forward into the foc’sle of the boat and we find a nice and very spacious head compartment to starboard under that chart table. There is a nice standing headroom shower at the aft end which is a very nice feature in keeping the cruise comfortable.  The galley is to port from the centerline and has a deep sink, a nice below counter fridge, or dry stowage locker, and a full range.  Camarone34PlanFor our Northwest cruising with our capability of boating well into the Winter season, I would opt for a diesel range with oven built-in and a full hot burner top, allowing us to always keep a coffee or teapot ready to use.  Up forward in the bows of the boat is a very interesting arrangement with a port and starboard berth seating area and table in the middle.  With the table folded down, the area turns into a swell full double berth with enough swinging room to keep any cruising couple in good shape.  When in passage, you could leave the table in the up position and have a nice separate port and starboard berth.  One really cool idea with this design is that once you are down below, you are looking clear up into the bows of the boat. When so many other boats keep the main cabin cut up with separate cabins, this one feels bright, airy, and large.  The flush deck also adds to the look and feel of this forward cabin with 4” x 4” beams being the only thing breaking up a tongue and groove, yellow cedar fore and aft planking. This gives a warm and textured feeling to the spacious cabin.  We put plenty of draft and plenty of keel under her to allow good sailing and a very balanced helm with any of the sail/power combinations that might be possible with her.

This Camarone (Spanish for Shrimp) design follows close to my heart as the most perfect boat I can imagine. Suitable for cruising either north to Alaska or south to Mexico, she is a boat that has spent many fine hours in my dreams. – Sam Devlin

The Camerone 34 is available as study plans.


Camerone 34 Specifications

Length on Deck 33 ft. – 5 in.
Beam 11 ft. – 4 in.
Draft 5 ft. – 3 in.
Power Inboard diesel 30-50hp/sail
Displacement 17000 lbs.
Hull Type Displacement
Sail Area Total 839 sq.ft.
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Topknot 10 Meter

Topknot10MLiftThe Topknot 32 was designed for a customer from the New England area that wanted a comfortable boat for day trips around his home in Connecticut. Not a bad way to go in today’s hectic world, spending a quiet afternoon poking into coves and simply enjoying the company of good friends with proper refreshments in a good looking “modern idic” boat. These boat types are called “Picnic Boats” and the name fits the intended use very well. The Topknot is our first attempt at the type.

Take a look at the very large cockpit (necessary to handle all of those friends) and the daybed aft for lounging on when at anchor. The cabin has a galley capable of preparing the meal that will be enjoyed and with the settee area forward, the whole group can lounge below on days of inclement weather. Head is clear up in the bow of the boat affording the maximum amount of privacy when the boat is underway.

Topknot10MDockedThe helm and co-helm areas are huge, comfortable seats for the skipper and mate with all other passengers either safely in the cockpit or forward in the fo’c’sle. At a pause in the day’s explorations, the anchor can be set in some quiet cove, lunch brought out and the entire crew can move about either sunning on the daybed or sitting in the shade in the covered cockpit.

Topknot10MTrailerPower on the Topknot is a diesel sterndrive of 250 HP giving a cruising speed of 18 knots burning just under 4 gallons of fuel per hour and a top speed of 24 knots when you need to get home in a hurry. We will be doing several lengths of these vessels with the first being 32′ and the second in the series being 36′ long.

The Topknot is available in study and construction plans.


Topknot 10 Meter Specifications

Length on Deck 33 ft. – 4 in.
Beam 10 ft. – 8 in.
Draft 26 in.
Power Inboard diesel/stern drive
Displacement 14900 lbs.
Hull Type Semi-Displacement
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Red Salmon 33

We are proud to announce the launch of the ‘Anne Elise’, the first of our Red Salmon Fishing Cruiser design. Along with the classic lines and wooden construction of Devlin designs, the ‘Anne Elise’ brings a package of new technology to the world of wooden boats. Using the state-of-the-art Mercury Marine joystick maneuvering system, the boat is capable of moving laterally in any direction and pivoting within the length of the boat. The joystick system allows for unprecedented ease of docking, particularly in challenging conditions. If you had asked me 38 years ago if I would be building a boat with 600hp, joystick maneuvering, and with a top speed of 50mph, I would have said you’re crazy!


RedSalmonJoystickThe Red Salmon 33 starts with performance. In addition to the joystick maneuvering advantage, she is a dynamic boat with unreal hole-shot power, driving quickly and smoothly to her top speed of 50mph. Even at that speed, she remains responsive to the helm, carving smooth and graceful turns through the water. I had told our customer before the launch that he might want to take it easy on the throttles, but after driving the ‘Anne Elise’, I must confess that she is so much fun that I didn’t want to throttle back.

RedSalmonTwinsWe chose the Mercury Marine 300hp twin Verado engines for the combination of power and remarkable fuel economy.  The experts from Mercury assisted the entire engine setup process, tuning the joystick system for optimal results. According to Mercury, the Red Salmon 33 is the world’s first double station vessel equipped with the joystick system, with wheel and joystick in the pilothouse and a secondary joystick aft for extraordinary ease in docking maneuvers. The end result is smooth, powerful, and exhilarating. At slow speed, you can barely hear the engines running. At speed, you are moving away so fast, it’s hard to get a sense of engine noise at all.

In Devlin tradition, this level of performance is married to the shape and feel of a vessel with truly classic lines and appearance. Almost 40 years of refinement in wooden boat building technique, combining the unique advantages of high quality marine plywood and very exacting construction standards with the strength and durability of epoxy composite technology, the Red Salmon is another example of the best of all worlds in pleasure boats. I can’t help but think that her appeal and fine performance is due to her rugged wood/epoxy construction.


RedSalmonTurnShe was built as a Fishing/Cruiser design with both design goals firmly in mind. She has a soft canvas bulkhead at the end of the house with a centerline door that can be zipped tight in rough conditions and easily opened up for close access to the fishing on the aft deck. There are fresh water rinsing stations at the bow and stern, and a 45 gallon freshwater tank to keep the supply at hand. Inside are two lovely berths, a galley and a fully enclosed head for privacy. RedSalmonHelmShowering can be done in the wet/shower or out in the cockpit. There is a propane cabin heater for cool mornings, and a hot water heater to keep the crew happy.

After all the amenities and design, yet more technology improves the experience. The ‘Anne Elise’ sports a Mercury Vessel View 7 inch instrument screen along with a 12 inch Simrad screen for plotter and radar functions, along with Sirius satellite radio and excellent systems engineering to make RedSalmonMTsure that every function of the Red Salmon 33 is accessible and reliable. Like all Devlin boats, this one is built to last, and built to the last detail. – Sam Devlin

The Red Salmon is available as a custom build from Devlin.


Red Salmon 33 Specifications

Length 32 ft. – 11.5 in.
Beam 10 ft. – 5.5 in.
Draft 19.25 in.
Power Twin 300hp outboard
Displacement 11800 lbs.
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Scarlet Macaw 33

It is frequently asked of me fairly how a new boat design comes to life and what were the steps involved in the evolution of each design and the answer is never a simple one.  The “Onamuni” project came up originally as an email inquiry from a Mr. Al Hatfield.  Al was looking for a launch to service his lodge on Lake Vermillion in Northern Minnesota. The boat would be used to run his friends and family the 26 odd miles up lake to the nearest watering hole and back again.  Lake Vermillion is a fairly large lake with lots of islands and hundreds of miles of waterfront, all of it interesting and sight worthy, but Al had it in his mind that the trip would be even more enjoyable if it were done with a ‘really classy launch’ as the hub of the whole experience.  So Al’s simple question of “Do I have a launch in my quiver of designs and what would I recommend?” morphed after a couple of weeks to the early preliminary drawing of the Onamuni.  We called that early design the “Scarlett Macaw” but soon after the building project commenced, the name morphed into the “Onamuni” which is the Indian name for Lake Vermillion.

Al had strong ideas of what he wanted and one day he made a statement. He said “Sam, some people have Ferraris as one of their cars and barely drive them. I have a Ferrari and I drive mine everyday.” He was trying to tell me that performance was really important and that he intended to extract as much performance as he could on a daily basis while using the new boat. I probably muttered something about why build a boat that can go 40 miles per hour and then run around at 15 mph every day babying the engines. But Al emphasized to me that he fully intended to drive the boat fast and enjoy that aspect of it.  I can report that the Onamuni can run really fast. In fact, for a boat of 33 ft. of length, she can really spit about on the water, and during the sea trials, I had enough time running her that I must report that I, too, enjoyed running her fast.  Her performance was so good that I couldn’t find a photo chase boat that could keep up with her and I had to hire a helicopter to accomplish the photography.

With her twin Yanmar 260 hp diesel engines, here’s how she performed during sea trials:

MPH Gallons per hour Miles per gallon
40 22 1.8
30 16 1.9
23 10 2.3
18 6.2 3.0


Diesel power was chosen for its fuel economy and with the maneuvering of the twin engines backed up by a bow and stern thruster, she can be put in and out of just about any area the owner wants to take her to.  There is seating for 8 either inside or outside and with inside and outside steering controls, she can accommodate just about anything the “ol’ weather gods” want to throw at her.  That is pretty good fuel economy for a boat that can haul 8 passengers safely and enjoyably across the lake.

As for the aesthetics of the Onamuni, I viewed and described her during the building process as a “Chopped Devlin”. She most certainly has our look about her but it’s all done in a slightly rakish manner with the scale of the Onamuni pegged for looking “just about right”!  When we did our photo shoot, Neil Rabinowitz reported her as “very good looking” and he has certainly seen a lot of boats in his lifetime of doing marine photography. Once I saw the galley of proofs on the photos, I was stunned. She is really a good looking boat, if I say so myself, and I am typically pretty hard on myself about looks and styling.  Onamuni looks like a boat that has a job to do and that she can do it without compromise.   Take a look at these fine photos Neil has produced and tell me if you agree that she looks just right!

Highlights of the build were the chance to work with an owner that knew just about almost smack dab on point what he wanted and what he expected of us to deliver on that vision.  While it has been several years since the last time we were tasked with this type of job, Al gave us a budget to put Northwest Indian art in her. It was a blast to ferret out proper art for display in the Onamuni and the extra touch of class it lent greatly added to the whole effect!  I hope you agree.   – Sam Devlin

The Scarlett Macaw 33 is available in study plans.


Scarlett Macaw 33 Specifications

Length 32 ft. – 10.75 in.
Beam 10 ft. – 0 in.
Draft 20.5 in.
Power Twin inboard diesels 260hp
Displacement 11500 lbs.


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Whimbrel 32

WhimbrelBeauty2A couple from Olympia came to us looking for a boat to cruise in the Northwest. The cruising would consist of voyages of three months in the Summer and week-long jaunts in the Winter. A cabin would be needed to accommodate two comfortably in the Summer and four for shorter trips. Being fans of the schooner rig and wanting an inside steering station, this pilot house schooner was the result.

The sail plan is well divided with no sail being larger that 185 sq. ft. All the sails are self tending for effortless tacking. The boomkin allows a permanent backstay and a good place to store or tow the dinghy. The cockpit is tee-shaped and self-bailing.

Inside the pilot house there is a settee to port and a hanging locker and space for electronics to the starboard. Stepping down into the main salon, the galley and head are to port. On the starboard side is a large settee that converts to a double berth with a fold-down dinette table and wine rack placed on the central bulkhead. The double berth forward is roomy and comfortable. There is full standing head room throughout the pilothouse and main salon.

Auxiliary power is a 27 hp diesel set in the centerline. The long keel with the cut-away forefoot allows good tracking and makes for quick tacks. With her well-proportioned rig and good lines, Whimbrel cuts a clean wake and turns heads whenever she sails. — Sam Devlin

The Whimbrel is available as a custom build from Devlin Designing Boat Builders, and currently as a a pre-loved boat.



Pamlico 32 Specifications

Length on Deck 31 ft. – 6 in.
Beam 9 ft. – 8 in.
Draft 4 ft. – 10 in.
Power Inboard diesel 27hp
Ballast 15000 lbs.
Hull Type Displacement
Sail Area 481 sq. ft.
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Pamlico 32

Pamlico32FrontThe Pamlico design was commissioned by Bruce Mierke, an accomplished and very skilled boatbuilder from the shores of North Carolina, for his own use as a potential stock model design that his shop could offer and as a vessel he’s dreamed about for his own personal use. She is really nothing more than a shallow water cruiser that almost serves the function of being a live-aboard boat. Highlights of the design are bracketed around the hi-thrust 60 HP outboard that should be more than enough power to allow her to run at her maximum hull speed of 7.5 knots and most likely be capable of providing her with bursts of speeds to 10 knots when called for. She is long and lean and will move thru the water without much fuss and or wave making action, an attribute that helps keep neighbors and other boaters in good spirits. The outboard is done in a semi-well type configuration which serves the purpose of allowing the outboard to be somewhat sheltered from the side view and when rotated to the lock up position, it does not allow the lower unit to extend beyond the end of the boat very far. You would be surprised at how often outboards get banged up by extending beyond the ends of the stern of the boat. The cockpit is 7’-2” wide and 5’-3” long and has room for a couple of folding deck chairs while still having enough space to move around. The side decks are only 6” wide back here and with the cockpit coaming extending up beyond the decks, they won’t serve the dual function of seating but there always are the two sponsons on either side of the outboard that can be sat on if necessary. One of the really neat features of the Pamlico design is that she is not restricted to just the aft cockpit area for socializing as she has a bow cockpit also. This one measures about 6ft long by 6ft wide, obviously narrowing at the bow, and is accessed by a hinged door on the front of the pilothouse. A bow facing cockpit like this works on the calm and protected waters that the Pamlico 32 was designed for but it would not be a feature I would look forward to on the more boisterous waters of Puget Sound or waters north. We tried that on the Czarinna 30 design years ago, originally built as a cruiser for Lake Union waters in the middle of Seattle, Washington but she was resold into the application of being a cruiser and she was very quickly converted to a flush raised deck type boat. The forward door would never seal up like I wanted and when running her in any kind of a sea, inevitably some green water would lap over the bow and squirt disconcertedly into my lap at the helm. But in this application, cruising on rivers and the protected inlets of the Carolinas, the Pamlico’s arrangements will work really well and allow us to have passengers on the bow deck, looking out at the waterways well separated from the outboard at the stern of the boat. With a cool breeze in the face, the day is always more pleasant.

Pamlico32BackMoving from the aft cockpit into the cabin of the boat, there is a hinged or sliding hatch in the overhead allowing crew to walk upright forward into the cabin without ducking into a doorway but there is a single step down to the cabin sole level. In the aft area of the cabin, we gave her one of the features that win high marks from customers and friends with a head to the starboard side and opposite the full headroom shower compartment on the port side. With the doors opened, there is room for dressing in the morning with privacy standing in the middle of the boat and with a full length mirror on the backside of the head door, you can run a comb thru your hair and look very presentable before the rest of the crew sees your morning face. Just forward of the head on the starboard side is a fore and aft dinette with room to seat two but by adding a folding leaf to the table, there is space to seat another two on the portside settee itself. The same settee can be used as a day bed type lounging area if one is inclined to take a quick nap in the afternoon and with the table hinged down on the starboard side, the sleeping areas are defined port and starboard. With some cleverness, the portside settee can be built as a slide out type configuration which would make up into a queen sized bed but Bruce insisted on not needing this feature in the plans. His statement about that was if the customer needed that feature he could certainly work that out on his own which is one of the benefits of working with an experienced builder.

Moving forward, the galley is to port with a hanging or storage locker on the starboard side just behind the helm seat. The whole idea of this type of cruising is so very different than the saltwater type of cruising that I am more used to. Here the boats need helm and co/helm seats configured so all can face forward and help the skipper see obstructions in the water and help with navigation. In the waters where Pamlico will make her home, the importance of having facing forward seating is diminished and the importance of other deck and lounging areas increases in value. Headroom in the houses is 6’-3” minimum and there is the feeling of room, space and great visibility from the house areas. Windows can be done as hinged or sliding types to keep lots of air moving about the cabin. Keeping the boat and its systems simple is really one of the keys to keeping her loved and used.


She is relatively lightweight despite her length and with the beam at 8’-4”, she is legally trailerable without any special permits in all states and at all hours of towing. This type of boat use is really tempting to any person that loves the water. Imagine the adventures one could have with a boat of this volume and with these capabilities. We are offering the building plans set at $225 dollars for the download version and $255 for a paper set printed for you. There are a total of 13 sheets of drawings in the set with panel expansions done for you and everything designed for the stitch and glue building method. She is planked up with ½” marine plywood in the hull and has an additional layer of ¼” plywood cold molded on her bottom to keep her stiff and able for trailering. — Sam Devlin

The Pamlico 32 is available as study and full construction plans.


Pamlico 32 Specifications

Length 32 ft. – 8 in.
Beam 8 ft. – 4 in.
Draft 13 in.
Power Outboard 60hp
Ballast 5500 lbs.
Hull Type Displacement
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Kingfisher 32 Troller

Kingfisher32TrollerFAcropThis design uses the same semi-displacement hull that the Kingfisher 32 Cruiser has but it also has a longer working deck and an innovative outside head. Let’s start at the stern — the typical trolling cockpit aft with engine controls and steering enables the fisherman to work from side to side with safety. There are checker boxes in front of the trolling cockpit and lots of good space on the deck. Up against the pilothouse, there is an outside accessed head compartment with a shower included in the space, and doors, fore and aft, for access to either the engine room or the salmon hold. This outside head really allows it to be used for its primary purpose and provides some privacy without taking too much space from the rest of the boat.

Going forward into the pilothouse, you encounter a galley to starboard and a nice dinette/settee to port.  Helm and co/helm seats are also included and windows on all sides give good visibility and a feeling of spaciousness.  Forward are the typical vee berths with port and starboard berths and plenty of length and width to give a good night’s sleep.

Note the drum windlass on the bow, avoiding the taking of dirty, smelly chain below decks and with a simple hydraulic pump off the engine, this is the simplest and most functional approach.

The rest of the boat you can follow from the drawings and I look forward in working with you on your own version of her. – Sam Devlin (July 2015)

The Kingfisher 32 Troller is available in study plans. Contact Sam if you would like to develop her into your perfect custom boat.


Kingfisher 32 Troller Specifications

Length 32 ft. – 9 in.
Beam 10 ft. – 1 in.
Draft 38 in.
Power Inboard diesel 110-300hp
Ballast 12700 lbs.
Hull Type Semi-Displacement
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Kingfisher 32 Cruiser

Kingfisher32cruiseFAcropI have become intrigued with the smallest passagemaker type vessel that could really tackle some passages on the West Coast, even with the possibility of going up or down the coast from the Northwest to Alaska in the Spring and Mexico in the Fall. This design is my interpretation of the type and she provides all those capabilities. She has two staterooms, a covered afterdeck, dingy stowage above, drum windlass on the bow (so you don’t have to bring that dirty chain below decks), stabilizer poles using paravanes (the simplest and best form of stabilization), two head arrangement, and good room for use. Power can be anything from 110hp for an 8 knot cruiser to a 300hp diesel for a semi-displacement cruiser. Speeds will be matched to the power available and depend on how much gear you drag aboard. Range will vary from something in excess of 700 miles in the slow version to around 300 miles in the faster version. Take a look — she draws heavily from the Northwest Salmon fishing boats that used to populate our coast and I hope you agree that she looks like she wants to have the lines tossed off and head off on an adventure. – Sam Devlin

The Kingfisher 32 Cruiser is available as study plans. Contact Sam is you would like to see the boat developed.



Kingfisher 32 Cruiser Specifications

Length 32 ft. – 9 in.
Beam 10 ft. – 1 in.
Draft 38 in.
Power Inboard diesel 110-300hp
Ballast 12700 lbs.
Hull Type Semi-Displacement
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