Surf Scoter 22

It hSurfScoter22Harboras been over 20 years now since we first conceived of and built the first of our venerable Surf Scoter 22 vessels and it was high time that we sat down to the drafting table, put the thinking cap on, and re-think and re-conceive the design. Many things have changed over the years and in todays world it’s almost impossible to buy a 2 stroke outboard engine. The 4 cycle outboards have taken over the market and brief forays into small diesel inboards and larger diesel Stern drives have all come and gone. SurfScoter22HelmWhat makes the most sense in todays market, with the cost of everything boat related in the far stratosphere price-wise, is to use the wonderfully quiet, smooth running, and efficient 4 cycle outboards that are so readily available these days. Mounting them on the transom makes the most sense and this gives a cockpit that has the space to accommodate everything in use from the fisherman to the long distance cruiser.

SurfScoter22ForeaftIn addition to updating our traditional Pilothouse model, we have produced a cruiser model with a stretched Pilothouse with a neat enclosed head so that those skippers amongst us that desire our first mates to come along on our cruising adventures will be equipped to keep them comfortable and agreeable! There is still plenty of room for a galley, helm and co-helm seats in the pilothouse with 6-4 headroom. Under the foredeck, you’ll find sitting headroom in the port and starboard berths and with a filler plugged into the middle, a huge double berth can be made up.

This new model is quite a bit wider than the older version and the resulting stability will be appreciated by all. With a 90 hp outboard on the stern, the top speed is 26mph and a cruising speed of 18 mph is quiet and economical with a fuel burn of less than 4 gph at speed.

The plans are complete for both professional and home builders and we offer them in both measurement formats – American and for our International customers, Metric. We are very pleased to have had the chance to revisit this old concept, throw a couple of new ideas at it and we hope that you will love the result as much as we do! — Sam Devlin

Sam’s complete design notes are here.

 

The Surf Scoter 22 version is available in study and construction plans. Also available as a CNC cut kit.

 

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Surf Scoter 22 Specifications

Length 22 ft. – 8 5/8 in.
Beam 8 ft. – 1.5 in.
Draft 1 ft. – 6 in.
Power Outboard
Displacement 3940 lbs.
Hull Type Semi-displacement
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Bella 12

Boat classification is a daunting area of study. Just ask L. Francis about the proper definition for a yawl boat or a cutter. In differentiating between a dinghy, a tender, and a skiff, it’s incredibly easy to get turned around a couple times. To compound this, the definitions are sometimes regional! I’ve distilled my own interpretation and then drank to it with a nice cigar, thank you very much. This boat is a skiff, and to Davy Jones and the Kraken for those who would argue with the designer!

What matters more than the type of vessel this handy little craft is called, are what she is intended for and how efficiently she does her job. So many ponds and quays these days are rife with oar-powered craft that are no more suitable for a person to row than for a person to try and sail a 30 foot cigarette boat. These Jon boats and aluminum skiffs are an offense to the art of rowing and to those captaining them even more so. What I have strived for in the Bella 12 is a boat that will row nicely with one or two aboard, yet be able to accept a very small outboard for those longer trips. Instead of a dead flat run aft, the buttocks sweep up gracefully into a shape that is far more easily driven by oars. I recommend going no larger than a 2.5hp outboard – she’ll simply squat with more – and an even better option would be for a small electric motor on her stern.

Many would likely be surprised at the smart clip she will show with even so small a motor; this is where the shape of this boat shines. No, she won’t jump onto a plane – we have other boats for that. If one is looking for a little skiff that’s a true pleasure to row, as well as the versatility afforded by the option of an outboard, the Bella 12 is the sensible choice. — Sam Devlin

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The Devlin Bella 12 is available in study and construction plans. Also as a CNC cut kit.

Bella 12 Specifications

Length 11 ft. – 7.25 in.
Beam 3 ft. – 9.75 in.
Draft 6.5 in.
Power Oars, Outboard, 2.5 hp max
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Dipper 17

The Dipper 17 was designed for the fisherman and pleasure cruiser that wants to get in and out of the weather and for the diehards that want to be out no matter what the weather. The boat is built using the WEST Epoxy System utilizing the latest technology with quality marine materials. The result is a boat with good looks, excellent performance, low maintenance, and the warmth and individuality of a custom wooden boat. All of these things make the Dipper an ideal boat for inland and coastal waters.

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The wheelhouse is cozy, with room for a small galley, heating stove, refrigeration, double berth and storage. The aft cockpit is large, 64″ x 6’2″ with seating for three and stowage under the seats. The Dipper is easily trailered for fishing or pleasure cruising and at 2,460 lbs., it can be towed by almost any size vehicle. For power on the Dipper 17, we recommend an outboard in a motor well. A 10 hp Yamaha or a 15 hp Honda 4 cycle provide quiet, smooth power, and cruises Dipper at 7-8 knots speed with good range.

The Dipper 17 is available as study and full construction plans, and as a CNC cut kit.

 

Dipper 17 Specifications

Length 17 ft. – 0 in.
Beam 7 ft. – 0.5 in.
Draft 18 11/16 in.
Power Outboard
Displacement 2460 lbs.
Hull Type Semi-displacement
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Pelicano 23

Like the Pelicano 18, the larger Pelicano 23 comes in three distinct configurations. Bassboat, Center Console, and Shrimper.

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In every case, the Pelicano 23 offers the unique combination of real world durability mixed with the classic Devlin style. Every configuration presents a very practical boat for a wide range of needs. The Bassboat and Shrimper both feature good berth space for overnight adventures; the shrimper adds a sheltered helm for operating in harsher conditions. There is ample dry storage below the deck. The Center Console version provides open space for wrestling those big fish and hauling bulky gear.

No matter your needs in a mid-sized speedboat, the Pelicano 23 delivers a strong, durable, and versatile answer.

For more information, read Sam’s design notes.

The Pelicano 23 is available in study and construction plans for all configurations,

and as a CNC cut kit for the Shrimper.

Pelicano 23 Specifications

Length 22 ft. – 9 in.
Beam 8 ft. – 5 in.
Draft 12.625 in. at full displacement
Power Outboard 150hp
Dry Weight w/engine & battery 2300 lbs.
Weight at Load Waterline 3300 lbs.
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Duckling 17

Duckling17Sleek lines and a beautiful sheer make the Duckling a delight to row and own. She is light and responsive and easily handled, providing great exercise for the single oarsman. As a three-panel per side design, she’ll glide through the water nearly effortlessly.

At 95 lbs. the Duckling 17 is a very car-toppable boat, easy for one person to handle. Folding pattern oarlocks and eight foot spoon blade oars give her a lot of power.

A flotation seat compartment and the natural buoyancy of her wood make her unsinkable. For leisure rowing, or as an exercise machine, a more graceful and beautiful rowing boat would be hard to find.

The Duckling 17 is available in study and construction plans, and a precision CNC cut kit.

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Duckling 17 Specifications

Length 17 ft. – 3 5/8 in.
Beam 3 ft. – 5.75 in.
Draft 5.25 in.
Displacement with Rower 346 lbs.
Hull Weight 95 lbs.

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Cackler 14

The Cackler is a new generation hunting skiff designed for hunting in areas where seaworthiness is essential and at a time of year when great distances may need to be covered in a hurry to avoid cold nasty weather. The Cackler will carry a load in those conditions of two to three men and gear. I have been hunting in 40 plus knots of wind with four hunters, three dogs, and six dozen decoys. She performed admirably and still got up on plane. The Cackler has an ingenious outboard well that accommodates up to a 35 hp outboard. Six-gallon fuel tanks fit under the rear deck on both sides of the well. The Cackler can be enlarged to 16 or 18 easily and is an outstanding performer.

The Cackler 14 is available as study and full construction plans, as well as a CNC cut kit.

Cackler 14 Specifications

Length 14 ft. – 3.5 in.
Beam 5 ft. – 9.25 in.
Draft 7.75 in.
Displacement 775 lbs.
Max Load 805 lbs.
Dry Weight w/ Outboard 165 lbs.
Power Outboard 30hp

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Dipper 19

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Above, Nick Lee rests in his Dipper 19, after a lengthy build in a commercial parking garage.

Originally designed to fit in a 20′ shipping container, the Dipper 19 is roomy inside, with a couple of other noteworthy features. The first is her use of twin 4 cycle outboards on the stern. There is no burying of the outboards in a well or trying to disguise them they are mounted proudly on the stern. Part of this plan is to allow them to be de-mounted for the container stowage, but the other part is to allow them to be as efficient as possible and allows for the increased maneuverability of the twin engines. By placing one engine in the forward and the other in reverse the boat can be turned neatly in a tight circle and if you need the other direction to come into play, then reverse the process and she will turn about the other way. With twin 10hp outboards, the fuel burn at 6 knots speed will be something less than 1 gallon of fuel per hour for an efficiency of 1 gallon of fuel burned for 7 miles of travel. At top speed, the twin 10s will offer 10 knots of speed and twin 15s would offer 12 knots of speed.

The cockpit is left open and unencumbered by seats or other appendages. The whole idea is to have a couple of comfortable folding chairs that have the space of being used in the cockpit well without restricting one into one position or another. Flexibility is really the key! With this arrangement, it leaves enough open space for the two outboards to be laid on their sides for transport.

In the cabin, there is a standup galley that has all the ingredients necessary to function and forward under the trunk cabin, there is space for a porta-potti and twin berths on both sides really a remarkable amount of room inside and out for a boat under 20ft. in length. In the evening, the port-potti could be placed in the pilothouse or cockpit and the filler used in the berth area makes a large almost queen sized bed.

Read about the inspiration for the Dipper 19 in Sam’s design notes.

The Dipper 19 is available as study and full construction plans, and as a precision CNC cut kit.

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Dipper 19 Specifications

Length 18 ft. – 8 in.
Beam 7 ft. – 2 11/16 in.
Draft 15 in.
Displacement 2545 lbs.
Power Dual Outboards 10 – 20hp
Max Speed 10 – 12 knots @ 10hp

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Lit’l Petrel

LitlPetrelMidBuildThe Devlin Lit’l Petrel is the big sister to the Micro Petrel. She has the same ease of use, the same easy build, and the same utility. While both Petrels are exceptional small tenders and load carriers, the Lit’l Petrel adds a great deal of useful load without adding much to the hull weight. She’s easy to handle, easy to store, and easy to transport. She’s rugged enough to spend her life on the back of a larger boat and small enough to hang on a wall of your garage. Maximum usefulness in a minimal package!

 

Read Sam’s design notes for the Lit’l Petrel.

Check out these Micro Petrel build photos. The build techniques are identical.

The Lit’l Petrel is available in study and full construction plans, and as a CNC cut kit.

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Lit’l Petrel Specifications

Length 8 ft. – 11.25 in.
Beam 4 ft. – 2.375 in.
Draft 5 in.
Useful Load 340 lbs.
Dry Weight Hull 63 lbs.
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Micro Petrel

Micro Petrel CartopThe Micro Petrel is a great 8′ yacht tender. As the name implies, it is the little sister to the Lit’l Petrel. She is the design response to the need for a small, rugged, lightweight yacht tender, but she can be used in any situation that needs a small boat with the ability to carry a variety of loads while maintaining its balance and performance. She is another Devlin easy-to-build option, in terms of both space and cost. Her size makes her easy to handle, store, and transport. She makes a great cartopper.

Read the story of the Micro Petrel in Sam’s design notes.

Julian Swindell sent us a great set of build photos.

The Micro Petrel is available in study and full construction plans and as CNC cut kit.

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Micro Petrel Specifications

Length 7 ft. – 11.5 in.
Beam 4 ft. – 2.25 in.
Draft 4.5 in.
Useful Load 270 lbs.
Dry Weight Hull 57 lbs.
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Egret

The first Devlin design, the Egret is a proven 15′ 3″ open sail-and-oar adventurer. Easily singlehanded, she is stiff, stable, and comfortable in a breeze. A little too much breeze? She’s also easily rowed, or for those of us who dislike excessively mixing labor and leisure, she can be built with a motor well.

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Read Sam’s design notes about his original design.

The Egret is available as a DIY set of study or construction plans, or a precision CNC cut kit.

Egret Specifications
Length 15 ft. – 3 in.
Beam 4 ft. – 11 in.
Draft   Up/Down 9.5 in. / 32 in.
Displacement 850 lbs.
Dry Weight Hull 280 lbs.

 

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