Blue Fin 48

Lately I have noticed that two themes have become more constant in my life, one being that I have way less spare time than I used to (and I never had much to start with) and the other being that when my wife and I have the time to go cruising, we enjoy more a cruise “in company” with friends than a cruise where our friends are literally cruising onboard with us. So let me explain the concept to you. Living in the Pacific Northwest, we have amazing cruising grounds literally at our doorstep with smooth, and for the most part, protected waters stretching almost 1,100 miles from our home in Olympia, Washington to Skagway, Alaska. About 900 of those miles are in wonderful wilderness with solitude and beauty surrounding every day spent on the water and every anchorage at night. We have done that cruise several times over the past 20 years, sometimes with guests traveling in the boat with us and sometimes with friends taking their own boats and traveling alongside us. And in retrospect, our favorite trips were the ones with friends traveling alongside doing what I refer to as cruising “in company”. This type of cruising affords all participants a bit more privacy and intimacy than one with a pack of people all on the same boat. There is also a very significant safety factor involved with cruising “in company” because if there is an emergency or the need for a repair, there is a vessel nearby piloted by friends that can help reduce the extra tension involved in an emergency far from help. This safety factor is one that I usually refer to as being a “good boy scout” as you hope that you never need the assistance but it’s there when you need it. It is simply the best preparation for a journey and the best reduction of all the possible fate based factors that may thrust their ugly heads into the realm of a calm and relaxing vacation.

Forgive me for this dialogue but it’s only included to give you a little bit of the mindset for this new design that we are offering up for review. Considering that cruising in company is our preferred way to cruise and that my wife and I don’t really need that much space inside the boat, I started down the path of musing on what would be the most ideal boat for the time and space that my life might allow for cruising in these busy and active times. And so out of that inspiration came the Blue Fin 48, fueled by a very slight influx of dollars from a preliminary design commission by Bill and Meri Roberts, a couple with mostly parallel daydreams as to the perfect cruising boat. Out the door went any consideration about the economics of owning and operating a vessel of a length and breadth that would normally have multiple staterooms and a cost to construct somewhat north of a million dollars and into consideration came what could and would handle a couple for cruising, do it as efficiently as possible at speeds that would cover lots of ground when needed and yet allow unbelievably quiet, smooth and comfortable cruising in anything from 8-16 knots of speed. The only thing that is really extreme about this vessel is that she is basically the layout and the accommodations that you would normally have in a 30-34 ft. boat but is set in a boat that is 48 ft. long. In other words, she will cost certainly more than the typical mid-thirty foot boat, but not as much as her over-muscled brother, and will cruise faster, smoother, and have more space for all the functions of cruising. The downsides to this design are only one; dockage and moorage fees will be the same as the 48-50 ft. skyscraper of a floating condo moored next to you. For my book, I will pay the extra expense for the moorage in exchange of being able to move thru the water at the speed and ease that this vessel would be capable of.

BlueFin48BowSo let’s talk about the design a bit with the first topic being the powering options for her. My first inclination for powering her was a twin diesel arrangement with the engine boxes being set just on the aft side of the rear bulkhead to the cabin. That would allow us to use the top of the engine boxes as seats or tables in the cockpit when entertaining and believe me this cockpit would be a fine entertainment gathering spot for the group of cruisers once the anchors were set firmly and everyone had a quick freshen up after a long day on the water. Picture a pitcher of some refreshing drinks, some background music (not so loud as to drown out conversation) and perhaps some aromatic cigars being lit and puffed on with your friends around you and a whole hectic world left behind. In the twin screw version you will note that I show a couple of really comfortable arm chairs in the cockpit. I really like these folding chairs with their capability of being positioned where I want either out in the sun taking in the last rays of the day’s warmth or under the other half of the covered cockpit out of perhaps a sun too bright or some left over drizzle (remember it rains quite a bit here in the Northwest). It’s always good to have the chance to change one’s seating position and get some fresh air after a long day’s journey and comfortable chairs help with that equation. The other advantage of the twin installation is twofold, the first being the redundancy of power so that if something conspires to leave us with a powering issue, we still have a standby engine that will enable us to continue our journey until we get a chance to fix whatever went haywire on us. The second advantage of a twin installation is the maneuvering advantage that a twin has and with such a long and narrow boat, she will want to go forward far more easily than sideways and the ability of a twin installation to spin the boat either to port or to starboard is rather amazing. Coupled with the bow thruster way up in the nose of the boat, this would be a very easy boat to move about in the close confined waters of a marina or during a docking maneuver. So the twin screw/engine option is a good one and with the main door to the cabin opening into the pilothouse being on the centerline, we can have a nice balanced interior arrangement with the galley on the starboard side, the helm seat just at the forward edge of that space and a “L” shaped dinette on the port side with co/helm on its forward edge.

BlueFin48SternBut it wasn’t long before economy and ease of operation cropped up in my thoughts and I started musing about a single screw version of the same boat. Could it be done on this narrow of a boat without feeling like we are missing or eliminating too much of the useful function of the twin screw configuration? After many hours of cogitating on the problem and trying out the spatial use of the areas that would result, I came across what might really be an even better option to my original twin screw configuration. Looking at the single screw layout, we see the companionway skewed off to the port side of the boat allowing enough room on the centerline for the larger and longer engine box that would be necessary. The galley is set on the port side just forward of that companionway and has a built in co/helm seat at its forward edge, an arrangement we have used successfully in our Surf Scoter and Black Crown designs many times. This may not be quite as compatible for the co/helm but look at the larger “L” shaped dinette area in the pilothouse and as a bonus, aft under the covered part of the cockpit, a mirror image of that dinette aft in the stern area of the boat. Now I can see this version would be an even better socializing cockpit or cabin area with good space to spread out a feast of eats and drinks. For the single screw I would pick the John Deere 4045 diesel which is available in anything from 150-225hp versions and would give us a top speed in the 18 knot range and a cruise speed of 14 knots with 4.4 gallons per hour fuel burn. With about 350 gallons of fuel, that would give this version a range of over 1,000 nautical miles. But slow her down to 8-9 knots and the burn rate lowers to well below 2 gph and the range would improve to well over 1,500 nautical miles. What an efficient and beautiful boat this would be to cruise in!

Soon after working on the single screw version, I started fooling around with a flying bridge version of her. Not being an immediate fan of flying bridges, I changed my tune after assisting in bringing a converted Seine fishing boat back from Alaska to the Puget Sound area many years ago. That boat had a large flying bridge with an unlimited vista and it really was surprisingly warm and dry (even in the wind and rain) with a rain shadow developed by the vertical walls of the flying bridge walls. Trying to steer on that vessel was virtually impossible from the lower helm station with its very small windows and lack of visibility. So after that trip and being “flying bridge enlightened”, this version of the Blue Fin really appeals to me. We can either steer from the lower helm on those heavy weather days or using the flying bridge upper helm in less extreme weather when really wanting maximum visibility.

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I have a couple of thoughts about the focsle sleeping cabin to make, the first being having enough space to have a proper head and separate shower being one of the advantages of the longer platform of this stretched boat, and the second being the chance of either having single queen sized island berth up forward or with port and starboard single berths with the option to put in a filler between the bunks to make an even larger queen sized berth for when you are cruising with your best first mate. This latter arrangement with its dual function really appeals to me. When going out with some guy friends, we can have port and starboard berths that allow proper separation for personal space and when cruising with my wife, I can put in the filler and sleep with my sweetie with tons of extra room.

The final feature that I want to talk about is the lack of a swim step at the stern of the boat. But you should also notice that her transom folds outward and makes into an integral swim step allowing easy and safe boarding from a dingy or from a stern tie at the dock. But while running at sea, the transom is hinged up to a safe and confining normal configuration. The primary reason why I like this folding transom arrangement is the capability of sliding easily onto and into the cockpit of my 13ft Candlefish skiff. This is a large skiff for this size of mothership but capable of taking us on outings that a normal shorter dingy could not handle. It also allows us to do our cruises with the dingy in the cockpit, keeping the center of gravity and weight low and our flexibility with this design at a real maximum. For those of you that need a conventional transom, this will accomplish that function but for those of you that want a really versatile arrangement in the cockpit, then this configuration will be a real asset.

That’s enough for a really long winded write-up but I am very hopeful to get this design off the drafting table and into the water. Feel free to call me to discuss her merits in detail…. So long for now (till my next design voyage). — Sam Devlin

The Blue Fin 48 is available as study plans and as a custom build by Sam Devlin and his team.

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Blue Fin 48 Specifications

Length 48 ft. – 4 in.
Beam 11 ft. – 0 in.
Draft 36 in.
Power Inboard diesel, 150hp – 225hp
Displacement 14800 lbs.
Hull Type Semi-Displacement
Speed 14 knots cruise @4.4gph/18 knots max
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Josephine 47

A recent visit by friends, Vicky and Craig Johnsen, was highlighted by some elegant drawings that Craig had been working on for a proper power cruiser proposed to be built around a Gardner 6L3 engine he owned. This reminded me of a preliminary design I had worked on some years ago but I must have gotten distracted and had never finished it. Several months later, I dusted off the drawings, wrapped them up and I now present the new version to you here — its resemblance to Craig’s drawing is striking.

I don’t own a Gardner 6L3 (though I certainly wish I did), a 6,700 lb. chunk of sweet sounding metal with a top RPM of 1,000 and generating 150 real horses (not those little ponies so common these days with higher speed and much lighter diesel engines). These horses could swing a 50 inch propeller with ease and make for the maneuvering of the boat armed with such gear a real exhibit of skill and mastery.

But back to the Josephine 47….without owning the Gardner, the next best option is to choose a John Deere 6068 engine with horsepower of 236 medium sized ponies.  This is a reasonable option with a top RPM of 2,400 turns and it should run very smooth at something like a speed of 1,800 revs. That should give us a cruising speed of 8.5 knots over the bottom. The engine is below the pilothouse and very well insulated with Aquadrive isolation of the shaft, soft engine mounts, and lots of sound insulation.

I think the two features that I most like about this design are the extension of the same arrangement that we use on our 81 year old Salmon Troller “Josephine” — the covered afterdeck and the completely separate cabin configuration of the accommodations. With the covered deck aft, the dingy can stow above on the solid roof and canvas drop curtains can be set on the sides of the aft roof enclosing off the entire stern for use when the weather is inclement. You would be surprised at how much you use the ‘covered porch’. Even simple little tasks can be done using the aft cabin housetop as a working and cooking area. When cruising in our own boat, I often wake up early and take a single burner butane stove to the aft deck to brew up my morning coffee without bothering Soitza sleeping below. A pleasant, quiet and peaceful start to the morning is a really great way to cruise. We often don’t do breakfast until we have run for the first hour or two, taking advantage of the typical flat water of the calm summer mornings, and a nice plate of scrambled eggs, salsa, and toast and another cup of coffee seems really civilized while underway. The smell of bacon from the galley in the pilothouse is visceral in its connection with the idea of a pleasant cruise on the water.

If you choose the centerline wheel pilothouse arrangement, there are doors both to port and starboard. The off center helm option shows a different arrangement for the seating in the pilothouse and eliminates the portside door — choose the layout that suits you best.

The fo’c’sle is a separate cabin from the large aft cabin with its own head and shower units. You can condemn the guests you drag along to this cabin where they can stack like cordwood in the staggered over/under port and starboard berths.

So let’s talk briefly about how you might proceed with this design as this drawing is really just a line and lure lowered into the water in an attempt to catch one of you readers. If you find this design tickling your fancy and you would like to talk more about fleshing it out into your own dreams, please give me a call. I look forward to that conversation — it will gives me a feel for what your own ideas are for the perfect boat, enable me to share my own motives and dreams for such a boat, and we’ll both learn a lot in the process. Together, the two of us can come up with a really amazing boat and project! – Sam Devlin

The Josephine 47 is available as study plans and as a custom build from Devlin Boats.

 

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Josephine 47 Specifications

Length 46 ft. – 8 in.
Beam 13 ft. – 11 in.
Draft 60 in.
Power Inboard diesel, 150hp
Displacement 38900 lbs.
Hull Type Displacement
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Sockeye 45

Sockeye45CoverThe Sockeye 45 is a full displacement type boat with an almost workboat type appearance. It has enough room inside to be comfortable with two couples. Its draft is modest enough to allow it to cruise in almost any waters you might encounter on the West or the East Coasts.

The profile is straight West Coast Tug type yacht with a heavy portion of fishboat thrown in. With twin masts in a Ketch configuration, this boat would allow a variety of deck boats to be handled on and off the deck.

Sockeye45SamThe Sockeye 45 is powered by a single 145 HP John Deere marine engine is recommended. This engine weighs in at 1,500 pounds and runs at a top speed of 2,400 rpm. The hull itself features a fantail configuration and is very seakindly in the full displacement range of performance. Top speed is 9 knots and cruising speed of 8 knots at about 3 – 4 gallons of fuel per hour. The engine is below the pilothouse and is sound insulated. — Sam Devlin

The Sockeye 45 is available in study and full construction plans, as well as a custom build from Sam Devlin.

 

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Sockeye 45 Specifications

Length 45 ft. – 10 in.
Beam 13 ft. – 2 in.
Draft 55 in.
Power Inboard diesel, 145hp
Displacement 38000 lbs.
Hull Type Displacement
Speed 8.5 knots cruise/9.7 knots max
Range 1500 miles @ 8.5 knots
Fuel Capacity 580 gallons
Water Capacity 80 gallons

 

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Kokanee 43

For the past 80 years, there has been a type of boat developed in the Northwest called a Halibut Schooner. These boats are evolved from the time when sailing schooners used to be common for commercial cod and Halibut fishing in the waters between Alaska and the mainland US. Those waters were renown for being rough and treacherous and the type of boat that evolved was tough, heavily constructed and extraordinarily seaworthy. The Kokanee is a small, but very able, version of this type and the result is a comfortable boat with good living room in her and a double cabin configuration for cruising with friends when that occasion rises. The main features that I like about this boat are the dinette and galley up in the pilothouse configuration. This allows a fo’c’sle that is very private and with enough space enough to allow the character of the live aboard configuration of this boat to actually be realized. The fo’c’sle has an island double berth, fireplace, lots of locker/stowage room and a dressing vanity. In the evening, this will be a very romantic and cozy cabin to retreat to after the day’s activities, and with its proper lighting and fine woodwork, the cabin will be a favorite retreat. The head is large and has plenty of room for keeping clean and comfortable.

Going up a few steps into the pilothouse, the helm is on the centerline and has a real ship’s wheel. With the dinette and settee to the port side and galley to starboard, everything is right at hand and it will be easy to communicate with crew. At the aft portside corner of the pilothouse, the aft/guest cabin can be accessed and with folding sink and porta-potti, the crew can be comfortable and not have to go forward in the evening to use the fo’c’sle head.

You should note that the cabin roof extends clear to the edge of the boat in the pilothouse area, and with port and starboard sliding doors and with an aft hinged door, all deck areas of the boat can be accessed with ease. The Kokanee is dry stacked for its exhaust and with a slow turning and heavy John Deere diesel engine of 145 horses, it will be quiet and comfortable. I would suggest using a bow thruster on this boat to aid in dockside maneuvering and with a balanced rudder and single screw, the Kokanee will put lots of sea miles below her keel, smoothly and comfortably.

There is plenty of deck space for carrying small rowing skiffs and a proper hard bottomed dingy for exploring an anchorage. This boat will have the capability to cruise to just about any waters that your imagination can take you and will do so with enough crew to be comfortable, safe and handy. I can just see her pulling into some quiet cove in Southeast Alaska, dropping the hook for the evening and after a brisk pull to the shore in the skiff. you can stretch your legs for a few minutes before settling back in for dinner and the evening. Can you imagine a nicer boat to be spending quality time on? Life is indeed too short….Sam Devlin

The Kokanee 43 is available as study plans and as a custom build from Devlin Boats.

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Kokanee 43 Specifications

Length 43 ft. – 4 in.
Beam 12 ft. – 4 in.
Draft 58 in.
Power Inboard diesel, 145hp
Displacement 28000 lbs.
Hull Type Displacement

 

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Sockeye 42

Sockeye42Morning2The Sockeye 42 is a full displacement type boat with an almost workboat type appearance, enough room inside to be comfortable with two couples and with modest enough draft to allow it to cruise in almost any waters you might encounter on the West or the East Coasts. The profile is straight West Coast Tug type yacht with a heavy portion of fishboat thrown in. With twin masts in a Ketch configuration, this boat would allow a variety of deck boats to be handled on and off the deck. I have shown her with dry stack exhaust and would recommend a 145 HP John Deere marine engine. This baby weighs in at 1,500 lbs. and runs at a top speed of 2,400 rpm. She is big, heavy, slow turning and would be a good match for this type of hull. The hull itself is of the fantail configuration and would be very seakindly in the full displacement range of performance. Top speed would be 9 knots and cruising speed would be 8 knots at about 3-4 gallons of fuel per hour. The engine is below the pilothouse sole and is sound insulated to result in an interior that is quiet and warm.

Coming into the cabin from the aft cockpit,Sockeye42Interior1 there is a hanging locker to starboard and a bulkhead and door on the port side. This door on the port side gives access to the aft cabin area for your guests. This cabin gives your guests their own area to sleep and rest in when they need the space and with a porta-potti and folding sink, your guests don’t need to go forward into the main head compartment at night. This arrangement could allow any one of the crew to get up in the morning, brew the day’s coffee and enjoy it without bothering the sleep of the rest of the passengers.

The galley is U shaped and allows good room and space for cooking and preparing meals, with good communication to the settee opposite and wood stove for heating your feet on a cool day.

Going up the steps into the pilothouse the helm is on the centerline with an L-shaped settee to port and chart table to starboard. The helm seat should be a swiveling helm seat of fit and construction of the type to allow long watches to be done comfortably.

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Sockeye42HeadGoing below into the fo’c’sle, the head is to port with the shower compartment being accessed below the seating part of the settee in the pilothouse. Again there is more room at the water closet than in most boats that you might be used to and there should be plenty of room for the crew to be comfortable and private. The double berth is forward to the port side and has a vanity opposite for the fair skinned crew to put their faces on in the morning.

I like this design a lot and think that speed considerations notwithstanding, the Sockeye would be a very handsome, comfortable, and able boat for cruising most any waters with some good friends. — Sam Devlin

The Sockeye 42 is available as a custom build from Sam Devlin.

 

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Sockeye 42 Specifications

Length 42 ft. – 0 in.
Beam 12 ft. – 6 in.
Draft 55 in.
Power Inboard diesel 145hp
Displacement 30000 lbs.
Hull Type Displacement
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Oysta 42

Oysta42SideA problem many boaters have is the unequal interests of their spouses in their real or imagined cruising adventures and, most specifically in “sailing” cruising adventures. Along came an East Coast customer who wished to spend the second half of his life with his wife continuing as his partner. It’s always a ticklish design issue, attempting to make a boat comfortable and unique enough to hold the interest of a less-than-eager spouse, yet capable and challenging enough to hold the interest and enthusiasm of the more experienced partner.

The Oysta 42 was specified to be a “motor sailer.” And not just a sailboat with an auxiliary engine. The Oysta 42 is a true 50/50 motor sailer capable of motoring through any sea condition; with the sail-assist it’s capable of doubling its useful cruising range from 1500 miles under power alone to better-than-3,000 miles with sail. And keeping an engine running affords a lot of comfort and luxury on board, while sail alone might work against the less willing crew member’s enthusiasm. An inboard low aspect ratio ketch rig was chosen to work within the design framework. Both masts are on tabernacles so that the rig can be easily lowered for canal passages. The aft pilot house design was selected allowing a large shaded (with boom canvas) outside deck area for carefree warm weather anchorages.

Oysta42RenderLooking at the accommodations, one can see a large, forward master cabin as a private refuge. The head is clear up in the bows of the boat with a separate shower and enough room to dress in leisurely comfort. There are bureaus and hanging lockers for clothing and stowage for a long cruise, and a reading seat to allow some private moments away from other crew members. Just aft of the master’s cabin is a separate cabin with its own access from a large 3 x 3′ deck hatch (which also functions as a mid-deck table). With port and starboard berths, this cabin functions as a crew’s quarters or the guest cabin for visiting family members or friends. Access to the large engine room is through the aft bulkhead of the guest cabin.

Power can be either twin small diesels of 50 hp each, or with one large single diesel of 100-120 hp. My own choice would be twin 4 cylinder 50 hp diesels as the maneuvering edge gained by twin engine installation more than justifies the small additional cost. And while motor-sailing, the lee sided engine can be left running which helps keep the shipboard electrics in shape.

In effect, the two diesels function like a built-in generator providing 12 volt and 110 AC power through high-output alternators and generous battery bank storage capabilities. Fuel tankage allows a range of 1,500 nautical miles under power alone.

Moving aft past the large mid cockpit, the pilot house is entered through port and starboard sliding doors, and features a centerline mounted helm with inside-or-outside steering, chart table to starboard, galley to port, and a real bridge to work the boat from. Stepping aft and down is a huge settee with a large table and enough room to accommodate 6 adults. A small head is off to port for quick access from the pilothouse and salon.

With tabernacle rigs, a displacement of 24,000 lbs., modest draft of 5’0″ and room enough for a long cruise, I can just imagine leaving the snow behind for warm Caribbean winds, with good ripe local fruit and pungent island rum – and best of all with my favorite mate to enthusiastically share my adventure. — Sam Devlin

The Oysta 42 is available in study plans and as a custom build from Sam Devlin and his crack crew.

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Oysta 42 Specifications

Length 42 ft. – 1 in.
Beam 12 ft. – 1 in.
Draft 60 in.
Power Inboard diesel, twin 50hp or single 100-150hp
Displacement 28000 lbs.
Hull Type Displacement
Sail Area 481 sq. ft.
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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”.

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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.

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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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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.

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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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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!

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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.

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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.

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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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