Here’s a link to this wonderful article featuring Devlin Boat’s latest build, the Kingfisher 33, and on Sam’s lifelong quest to design the perfect boat.http://www.devlinboat.com/devlin-kingfisher/Share This:
The Kingfisher 33 design became a reality with its launch recently in Olympia. It’s featured on the cover of the November 2017 issue of Passagemaker Magazine and as part of an in depth article on the history of Devlin Boat in the same issue. This is a diesel powered inboard cruising boat with a large cockpit for fishing or hobnobbing with fellow boaters when you’re out and about in the Pacific Northwest waters. We have study plans available.Share This:
Sam has been paying close attention to the current fascination with tiny homes. He even made preliminary sketches for Devlin marine plywood and epoxy small footprint dwellings. The next thing we all knew he had created an easily towable tiny home on the water and wonderful travel trailer on the road he chose to name the MugWump 21. Check out this little gem in the August issue of Soundings. http://www.devlinboat.com/?attachment_id=4438Share This:
Sam prepared a construction overview presentation for one of his larger boats, It’s more elaborate than some of the smaller builds for obvious reasons, but it will give you a good idea of how the Devlin building process works. You can download it here.Share This:
Update: Small Boats Monthly is releasing their review of the Pelicano 20! It goes online at noon today! June 1.
The oft-requested Pelicano 20 is coming in every possible way. Study plans are available now on our store.
Full construction plans and a CNC- cut kits are due on June 16th. The kit will sell for $6999 and solves the problem of all those accurate curved cuts on the hull construction. The plans will list for $325 and will enable you to build your own unique version of this beautiful, versatile boat. Finally, our Pelicano 20 catalog page is here. It contains the specifications so you can go out and measure your garage. It’ll fit!
With the Pelicano 20, Sam has pulled his usual trick of combining a lot of usability into a very convenient and lovely boat-shaped package. It started as a custom build, which resulted in the Adeline. You can read the customer’s experiences with his Pelicano 20 here.
The Pelicano Bassboat is an excellent choice for anyone who wants to maximize usability in a 20′-2″cruiser. It’s a traditional speedboat, a fishing boat, and versatile explorer for weekends on the water. The design has a spacious cabin forward, with enough space for a v-berth for the occasional camping weekend. The design has ample dry storage below.
Like all Pelicanos, the maximum HP is 115, and you can realistically expect over 40mph with that kind of power.
At 20′-2″, it not hard to find a garage that will store the Pelicano for the winter, which gives owners more options and saves money.
And finally, the Pelicano is an easily trailerable design, adding to its basic versatility, and helping you to find your own boating adventures.
The Pelicano 20 is currently available as study plans. The full construction plans and a CNC cut hull kit will be available in mid-June 2017.
Pelicano 20 Specifications
|Length||20 ft. – 2 in.|
|Beam||7 ft. – 5 in.|
|Power||Outboard (115hp max)|
Sam has been writing a series of articles for Soundings magazine. Collectively, they are entitled “Sketchbook” and he spends time writing about the designs he has dreamed up – in many cases highly developed plans are drawn – but for numerous reasons, these designs remain on the drawing board. They could be summed as the peak of a 40 year career in boat design, but I’d bet Sam wouldn’t give himself that much credit.
The latest article just appeared in the June 12 issue. It reveals Sam’s work on a 62-foot version of his venerable Sockeye design. It’s a true long-range cruiser drawn on the lines of oceangoing trawlers of decades past, but bringing all the advantages of his stitch-and-glue technology along for the ride.
As with all things Sam Devlin, and with the sheer amount of space on offer, the Sockeye 62 can be fitted out in any number of ways to meet your dreams of a boat that will literally take you anywhere on the water in supreme comfort and yes, style. Check out the Soundings article: http://www.devlinboat.com/sockeye62/
Check out the updated drawings on the main Sockeye 62 catalog page.
Sam designs in groups in his ongoing quest for unbelievable flexibility in boat design. The Blue Fin 54 is an adaption of the Blue Fin 48, which you should check out for the thought process behind her design. In the 54 variant, you keep the stunning efficiency and add more space and comfort, while keeping the fuel economy and designed-in ability to smooth out choppy waters. Sam has designed a single and twin screw version. The twin screw version offers a bit more performance and the ability to use the twin configuration for maneuverability in tight situations. The single screw version offers amazing efficiency for going the distance with minimal fuel burn. Our friend Temur Rukhaya has not only completed a sterling build of this design, he has given us real world data on the outcome of fuel efficiency. Read about Temur’s build here. Get the study plans here. Get the free poster here.
|RPM||Speed (knots)||Fuel Consumption (l/h)||Fuel Consumption (g/h)|
It would be hard to find a more sterling example of a customer built Devlin boat. This Blue Fin 54 was built by Temur Rukhaya and his crew in Russia. Temur named her the ‘Lucky Star’. He not only builds a beautiful boat, but he makes great videos as well.
Here is his showcase video for the ‘Lucky Star’.
In Temur’s own words…
About four years ago (or more) I ordered the Blue Fin 54 boat project.
In the spring of 2014 the boat was launched.
I called the boat “Lucky Star”
Today the boat ran over 8,000 nautical miles.
This year, I came to the White Sea and was in Sankt- Petersburg.
During this pass, I crossed about 100 locks. On Ladoga Lake was a heavy storm.
Technology “stitch and glue” deserves the best endorsement.
The boat is very comfortable, quiet, easy to use and on the go.
Temur was kind enough to make a build video.
Being a boat building company, we always want to know the details. Once again, Temur delivers in fine fashion.
Installed engine Vetus 231 hp / 2500 rev / min
Transmission 1: 2.78
Propeller 4 x 28 “x 27”
Displacement about 8500 kg
Fuel consumption: 14 knt – 0.75 l / km
9 knt – 0.5 l / km
Max. speed (unloaded boats) 16-17 knt
Two fuel tanks 1,100 liters each.
Diesel generator Vetus 4kW
Solar cells 6 x 140 watt
Water tank 2×230 liters
Black water tank 230 liters
Air Conditioning 9000 BT
Heating – diesel boiler combined with the engine cooling system.
When sailing – the boat is heated by the engine. On mooring – from the boiler(diesel heater).
Although Temur has noted the comfort, quiet operation, and ease of use of the “Lucky Star’, the hallmark of the Blue Fin 54 is her easy running efficiency. Here are his calculations for fuel economy.
|RPM||Speed (knots)||Fuel Consumption (l/h)||Fuel Consumption (g/h)|
As an example of what this kind of efficiency means in practice, look at this video of the acceleration of a 54 foot boat.
Our congratulations to Temur for a spectacular build, and our thanks for all data to go with it! All that information folds back into Sam’s ongoing understanding of how to design great boats across the spectrum of nautical goals and dreams. The ‘Lucky Star’ is more than a boat. It’s a builder’s example of what can be done with a dream, a design, and dedication.
Now, finally, some interior shots of the build, including the ever popular “Dog is my Co-pilot” shot. Lucky dog!
It’s safe to say that Chip Hanauer is one of THE names in unlimited hydroplane racing, which my father called the most dangerous sport on Earth. Bear in mind my dad once owned a Bumblebee Bass boat capable of 110 mph, so what would he know? Chip is an inductee of the International Motorsports Racing Hall of Fame, he has won the APBA Gold Cup 11 times, and he drove the Miss Budweiser in the 1990’s, for goodness sake! In fact, his accolades as a boat pilot are too many to mention. Why would a man who spent his career at the ragged edge of boat performance choose a Devlin Candlefish 16 as a recreational boat?
One could imagine that a man who spent his life on the water, testing the boundaries, would eventually decide that the water itself was enough of an answer, and when it comes to a purist vision of getting out on the waters of the Puget Sound, the Candlefish 16 ‘Stanley’ is a good answer.
I’ve got about 15 hours on Stanley and I absolutely love it!
The Candlefish 16 can carry a heavy load in comfort and stability. In the case of Chip’s boat, she is a simple tiller driven skiff design that carries Chip, his friends, and everyone’s gear in relative performance and safety, all of which is built into a design which takes in to account the safety off all, including the gear. Sam Devlin doesn’t design a boat without considering all the use cases of the design. In the Candlefish 16, as well as most of the rest of Sam’s design catalog, it safe to think of the boat as a platform that can be built in a number of ways, with a vast number of final details. Here’s an example from Chip:
We ran into another Candlefish 16 on Lake Washington. It was a kids sailing school on the east side and it was used as the, committee, safety boat. The young guy waved us over and excitedly asked, “Is that a Devlin Candlefish?” He said he loved theirs as well, but that was envious of our 60 HP engine. Theirs had a center steering station. I’m glad I have just the tiller, as I’m really enjoying the spaciousness and openness of the boat. It makes it very flexible as far as where to put things and where people like to hang out.
One of those details on Stanley is the vertical bar, perfectly positioned for Chip to operate the motor while standing. Here’s what he has to say about it:
The, “stripper bars” are so useful! They are positioned perfectly for stepping up into the boat from the fender step on the trailer. Great for stepping down, into the boat from the dock. Both of us just found ourselves with a hand on it all the time at the tiller. It’s super sweet when you are standing up while operating the boat. I only got about three hours on it today, but I’m telling you, I’m already very much in love with it.
Apparently Chip didn’t completely abandon performance when he stepped down from turbine powered racing boats.
As far as speed goes, faster is right! I’d guess over 40! A friend has a gps app. that should let us know for sure. I can’t leave the throttle open until I get the motor more broken in. But bottom line it’s fast! You were certainly right about going with the 60HP, engine as opposed to something smaller. I had two people in the boat, totaling about 325lbs total and having the horsepower was really nice.
Chip’s own video of his break-in hours on ‘Stanley’ gives a sense of what he is saying.
A lot of thought, discussion, and consideration go into every Devlin-built boat. The result is an elegant balance in a rugged, lifelong boat. You can fish from it, you can hunt from it, and you can simply escape to your yacht or a weekend getaway in a package that melds classic, proven design with the need to ‘just get out there’. A Candlefish 16 will just handle the work you need to do, without fuss, in a smooth-riding platform that allows you to go where you want to go, do what you want to do, and come up smiling at the end of the trip. For a boat company, a smiling Chip Hanauer is a great reward.
But then, Chip says it best.
Sam, in a word, ‘Stanley’ is perfect!” I know there is no boat which is actually perfect, but for my intended use, ‘Stanley’ couldn’t be better! It rides solid and smooth. Both of us could stand at the rail on one side and the boat barely heeled over at all. That’s great for crabbing out of a small boat. It quiet and has a solid sound and feel to it. I couldn’t open the engine up beyond half way, as it’s still in break in mode. But half throttle was plenty and perfect for fast cruising.
Chip’s site is currently down for maintenance, but his Facebook feed is chock full of goodies.
You can find more Chip Hanauer videos on the Youtube Channel.
You can read more about the Candlefish 16 on this page, which links to plans, kits, and Sam’s notes on the design.