Kingfisher 33

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.

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The ‘Tiny House’ Concept Takes To The Water

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=4438

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Sam’s Sockeye 62 Article in Soundings

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.

 

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Blue Fin 54

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)
750 5.1 5 1.32
1000 6.5 5.5 1.45
1100 7.0 7.2 1.90
1200 7.8 7.4 1.95
1300 8.4 7.4 1.95
1400 9.2 8.4 2.22
1500 9.7 9.5 2.51
1600 10.4 11.6 3.06
1700 10.8 14.6 3.86
1800 11.4 15.8 4.17
1900 12.0 17.4 4.60
2000 12.8 26 6.87
2300 15.3
2400 16.1
2500 16.8


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Blue Fin 54 ‘Lucky Star’ – Built in Russia

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)
750 5.1 5 1.32
1000 6.5 5.5 1.45
1100 7.0 7.2 1.90
1200 7.8 7.4 1.95
1300 8.4 7.4 1.95
1400 9.2 8.4 2.22
1500 9.7 9.5 2.51
1600 10.4 11.6 3.06
1700 10.8 14.6 3.86
1800 11.4 15.8 4.17
1900 12.0 17.4 4.60
2000 12.8 26 6.87
2300 15.3
2400 16.1
2500 16.8

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!

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Diana – Beals Island Lobster Boat – 1952-2002

Information from Doug Hyland:

DIANA was built by Alvin Beal in the early 1950s on Beals Island, Maine. She
incorporates the handsome low sheer and skeg construction that were a hallmark
of that era.


In 2002, a new owner asked D. N. Hylan & Assoc. to rebuilt DIANA for use as a
picnic boat for his Downeast summer home. The boats lines were lifted and her
original construction documented. A new house and shelter were designed and
the original propulsion system was re-configured.

If you want piece of nautical history that also works as an excellent day cruiser, this is your boat. She is beautiful and runs like a fine clock.

The Diana has had many hands in her modern refinement. The Diana is diesel inboard engine powered, traditional carvel plank construction and condition is very good. The asking price is  $49,900. Contact Sam for more information and to arrange a showing.

Contact information is at the bottom of every page.

 

 

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MoonGlow – Black Crown 29 – 1995

Our venerable Black Crown 29 “MoonGlow” is now offered for sale and she will be a very nice cruiser for her next owners.

She is one of the 29ft. version of the Black Crown and offers a commodious and comfortable cockpit with space for the engine box (she has a Volvo Penta AD-DP 41 series 6 cylinder diesel engine sterndrive) and seating for crew and guests when the hook is down and you just want to enjoy the evening breeze. Going into the cabin there is a full enclosed and private head to port and a full headroom shower just opposite on the port side. Forward of the head is a fore and aft facing dinette with room to seat up to 4 for cocktails or an intimate dinner. Galley is to starboard and forward of the head and aft of the helm seat. Space for a below counter refrigerator/freezer unit, sink, and range oven cook top. Helm seat is to starboard and forward of the galley as mentioned above and has excellent visibility and comfortable seating, room for electronics instruments etc.

On the port side of the boat and opposite the helm is a side facing co-helm seat that works well for keeping an extra pair of eyes scanning forward while the boat is running but also allowing good conversation with the skipper. Forward of the main salon area is a large double berth that has a queen sized double slightly to starboard side. There is 6′-4″ headroom in the main salon cabin and good seating and sleeping headroom forward in the bow/sleeping area.

Performance is good with a 200hp Diesel Sterndrive giving her top speed of 24 knots and a cruise speed of 18 knots with a fuel burn economy of 4.17 miles for each gallon of fuel used and that, my friends, is just about a good mileage as can be managed with a boat!

She can be loaded to a trailer for winter storage and these hulls are more than capable of traveling on some very long cruises whether you are on the East Coast or the West Coast, the MoonGlow can handle the seas and the waters that you will encounter and handle them with aplomb!

The Moonglow is a 1995 build in fair condition. The asking price is $89,900 and there is enough margin in the price to allow a complete re-paint and refinish of her.

Contact Sam for more information or to arrange a showing.

Contact info is on the bottom of every page.

 

 

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Zelda Belle – Surf Scoter 26 – 2006

This is a full-sized boat with full-sized features, and a pilothouse with 6′ 4″ headroom. The pilothouse area has a fully enclosed head, galley with sink, cook top range and cabin heater. The helm area has plenty of room for electronics above the dash and opposite the port side is the co-helm and passenger seats.

Forward under the raised flush deck is a U-shaped berthing area with good sitting headroom and a table. The table can be lowered to convert this area into a very large double berth area or it can be used as port and starboard single births.

All in all, this a very livable and comfortable boat for recreation and long range cruising with enough performance to accommodate your adventures in boating.

Asking price is $119,500. Contact Sam for details and to arrange a showing.

Use the direct email link or see contact information at the bottom of the page.

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Sketchbook 7-30-16 #2

Albacore 38 and 44 Powerboats

Albacore 38
Length 38’-2”
Beam 11’-8”
Draft 2’-8”
Disp. Est. 18,800 lbs.

Albacore 44
Length 44’-3”
Beam 13’-7”
Draft 3’-2”
Disp. Est. 28,800 lbs.

I worked up this pair of designs for the landlord of our former boatbuilding shop. He sort of liked my boats but being a bit of a gold chain guy missed the sex part of my design eye (the sad from my point view truth, is that he really liked some of the mass produced ‘blister boats’ that seem to be so popular these days). But he was slightly intrigued with the prospect of considering having us build him a custom boat and so gave me a shot at the interpretation of what he was dreaming.

The design game is really more psychology than design as the job that must be performed by the designer is to interpret the dream of the customer, usually with not much of a clear explanation or description of what the customer really wants. So in other words the trick that must be performed is to look into the inner psyche of the customer, quickly grab that snapshot of what they are thinking out of the right hemisphere of their brain and somehow put it on paper or screen in a manner that viscerally grabs at the customer and compels them to spend money that is clutched very tightly. Somehow in the middle of all this work we need to somehow manage to allow us survive another period of time in this dreamland of boat designs and shapes that we live in. In other words we design and live at the pleasure and whim of our customers and bless them that so many of them actually let us do just that!

Albacore38S
Albacore 38

Albacore38T

So back to the designs at hand…. First out of the gate was the 38ft. version of the Albacore. Very close to a few of the lobsta-type designs that I have done in the last decade but with smoother lines and hopefully they would have a shot at speaking more to the hearts of the gold chain types. I actually like this design and I don’t mind that I was pushed a bit in the execution of it. The more I worked on it the more I liked her flowing lines and it really wasn’t too long before I could imagine myself at the helm blasting down the waterway at a nice clip, not making much fuss in the water, but being able to clip along at a good rate. Twin engines were planned on in this design using the Zeus drive being marketed by Cummins Diesel. That drive is a tougher version of the same kind of thought process that Volvo and their IPS took the industry down. Basically these are drives that bolt onto the bottom of the boat, they rotate which means that they can be steered (much like a stern drive) but being on the bottom of the boat don’t draw all the marine growth and fussiness of the sterndrives. Installation is supposed to be easy, joystick controls are possible and it allows the builder to put the engines and drives way back aft in the vessel where the weight and noise can be contained easier. Twin engines would add to the maneuverability of the boat and make for some small redundancy of application.

So what do you think, she is certainly no ‘Blister boat’ but I do like the softened lines myself, but beauty is always in the eyes of the beholder!

This design came second in the series as soon as I submitted the first 38ft. drawing to my ex-landlord he had the idea that maybe he needed a second stateroom to play with and allow him to take his family out for a cruise. I certainly could see the utility of all so came up with this version which placed a second stateroom out in the cockpit of the boat. With the cabin roof overhang going out to a true private cabin should not be viewed as much of a hassle and with the privacy this would afford (hard to actually manage on a boat) I think of it as a very nice option.
The same twin engine Zeus drives but most likely more powerful engines would be used to push the extra 10,000 lbs. that she weighs around.

Albacore442V
Albacore 44

I like her as much as the original 38, soft lines that flow well to my eye and I certainly wouldn’t think this design would ever do anything but add to the beauty of any body of water. Enjoy…. Sam

P.S. I am not sure as we moved shops and lost daily contact but I think he ended up buying a Tiara.. Much more in line with what he was thinking and truth is I really couldn’t make myself do a ‘blister boat’ design.

 

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